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THE WHISPERER AND OTHER VOICES

Tor, Feb 2001, 24.95, 332 pp.
ISBN: 0312876955

    THE WHISPERER AND OTHER VOICES is an anthology consisting of a long novella (or is that a short novel as advertised by Tor?) and eight short stories. Each of the short stories is well written and for the most part pays homage to Lovecraft. They run the gamut from graveyard serious horror to satirical humor. The amusing tales like “The Lustone” show how talented Brian Lumley is as he provides an amusing twist to top his usual works. The title piece is classic horror that hits the reader in the gut. The novella, “The Return of the Deep Ones” is a journey into the deepest reaches of Lovecraftian environs. Fans of the author and those of Lovecraft will relish this devotion to the great writer while realizing how good Mr. Lumley is even outside his popular series.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner





Tor, Feb 2001, 24.95, 332 pp.
ISBN: 0312876955

    THE WHISPERER AND OTHER VOICES is an anthology consisting of a long novella (or is that a short novel as advertised by Tor?) and eight short stories. Each of the short stories is well written and for the most part pays homage to Lovecraft. They run the gamut from graveyard serious horror to satirical humor. The amusing tales like “The Lustone” show how talented Brian Lumley is as he provides an amusing twist to top his usual works. The title piece is classic horror that hits the reader in the gut. The novella, “The Return of the Deep Ones” is a journey into the deepest reaches of Lovecraftian environs. Fans of the author and those of Lovecraft will relish this devotion to the great writer while realizing how good Mr. Lumley is even outside his popular series.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Mental/magical powers focus    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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