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It is always a delight to immerse oneself into a Brian Lumley title (I have read all of the Necroscope titles) and this one is no exception. I love Titus Crow and his short adventures. My favorites include "Lord of the worms" and "De Marigny's clock" while "Billy's oak" was a short gem of a story. The characters are colorful in their dark setting and I was sad when this audiobook ended. I must read more adventures of Titus Crow, I simply must.
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The Compleat Crow is the collected short stories of Brian Lumley's occult hero, Titus Crow, in chronological order (narratively speaking, not publishing order).
I have heard that Lovecraft purists don't like Lumley's Crow stories because they don't hew closely to the Lovecraft canon or style. The stories are indeed a bit more adventurous and positive in tone. Pulpy, you might say. The character actually triumphs most of the time. I understand the difference, but I can't really understand why it's a reason to hate the Crow stories. They are different than Lovecraft's in formulation and tone, but they absolutely adhere to the larger canon of weird fiction, taking into account investigative heroes like Algernon Blackwood's John Silence or William Hope Hodgson's Carnaki. Further, because they abandon the bleak and sometimes ponderous style of Lovecraft, they are more entertaining to read for most audiences. It just depends. If you are looking for horrifying, existentialist, verbose Lovecraftian style, you wont' find them in this collection. These are well-paced, punchy, heroic stories.
Anyway, the titles in this volume are:
"Lord of the Worms" (originally published in Weirdbook 17, 1983)
"The Caller of the Black" (originally published in The Caller of the Black, 1971 Arkham House)
"The Viking's Stone" (originally published in The Horror at Oakdeene & Others, 1977 Arkham House)
"The Mirror of Nitocris" (originally published in The Caller of the Black, 1971 Arkham House)
"An Item of Supporting Evidence" (originally published in Arkham Collector, Winter 1970)
"Billy's Oak" (originally published in Arkham Collector, Winter 1970)
"Darghud's Doll" (originally published in The Horror at Oakdeene & Others, 1977 Arkham House)
"De Marigny's Clock" (originally published in The Caller of the Black, 1971 Arkham House)
"Name and Number" (originally published in Kadath, July 1982)
"The Black Recalled" (1983, originally published in World Fantasy Convention 1983: Sixty Years of Weird Tales)
Overall the writing, as you might expect of a short story collection that spans more than a decade, is uneven. A few stories were weaker potboilers, but others were quite good. I particularly liked Inception, The Viking's Stone, Darghud's Idol, and De Maringny's Clock. Lord of the Worms was the longest story, FYI. I say that because it's the second one and it might lead you to expect all the stories to be long novellas.
Lumley has always been a bit hit and miss for me, but when he is at his best, the reading is really exciting. I especially liked his novel, Necroscope (not a Titus Crow story, but definitely an occult story.)
I don't know if The Compleat Crow is the best place to start reading the Titus Crow stories. All I can say is that I have not read any of the others and the collection made sense to me. On the other hand, I have read all of Lovecraft, so none of the mythos references threw me. Your mileage may vary.
The reading was by Simon Vance. That's all you have to know because Vance is a fantastic audiobook narrator and he gave this one his usual stellar effort.
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This finished toward the end of the lord of the worms.... Nothing after that... Just empty space!!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. I'm not familiar with the authors work but I really liked Titus and the whole Supernatural Sherlock Holmes and Watson that permeates the stories around him. Very enjoyable.
What other book might you compare The Compleat Crow to, and why?
I'd have to say Sherlock Holmes. It's not looking at Crime, instead he's dealing with the Supernatural but we have an intelligent, quirky main character who has his Watson tagging along as well.
What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I've listened to other books narrated by Simon. He's a great narrator and you can tell that he's got experience and he's got a great style as well as a good voice.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
That's not something I can answer with this collection. Some of the shorts appealed to me over others but that's not to criticise any of them as I really liked the book.
Any additional comments?
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