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  • Title: The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
  • Author: Kij Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780765391414
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women s College When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.But the journey sends her on a quest across the Dreamlands and into her own mysterious past, where some secrets were never meant to surface.
    The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women s College When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world Vellitt must retrieve her But the journey send

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    1. When a student from the Ulthar Women s College goes missing with her dreaming lover, Vellitt Boe journeys across the dreamlands to find a way to the waking world to bring her back With a cat in tow, will Vellitt be able to find Clarie Jurat Ghouls, ghasts, and gugs, oh my The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe is a new spin on HP Lovecraft s The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, with less racism and women It was already on my wish list when it popped up on Netgalley.The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe is Velli [...]

    2. This novella is a real delight I love all things Lovecraftian, with or without the inherent racism of the original, but fortunately, almost EVERY hand put to the task of building upon the mythos has recreated it into something egalitarian and deep while still retaining the rich, rich imaginings.This continues the quest within the Dreamland but from the point of view of a middle aged teacher of mathematics from within this other world, helping out a student from our world who had fallen in love w [...]

    3. I didn t plan for it, but this is my second in a row fan fic story The title should have been familiar from a highschool short foray into Lovecraftian horror, but the source of inspiration only became clear to me when reading the afterword acknowledgements I first read it at ten, thrilled and terrified, and uncomfortable with the racism but not yet aware that the total absence of women was also problematic This story is my adult self returning to a thing I loved as a child and seeing whether I c [...]

    4. Before reading this story, I highly recommend reading Lovecraft s Dream Cycle, or, at the very least, The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, book show 7 as this is a commentary on it Kij Johnson s piece is both an homage and a criticism She captures the wandering, questing tone and the series of encounters with eldritch and weird situations perfectly I would venture to say that her writing even improves on the originals.But what convinced me to up this to four stars was how much I enjoyed the revers [...]

    5. Weird and wonderful short tale of a university professor who is looking for a missing student I hadn t read any of Lovecraft s stories but I still enjoyed this very much.First of all, I learned what a group of cats is called A clowder had congregated with the quad, as well they ceased whatever was their business and watched as Vellitt and Oure passed, and one, a small black cat, separated itself from the rest and followed them into Jurat s stairwell pg 15 A clowder, how cool is that I nearly hav [...]

    6. 3.5 stars I read this not originally knowing that it is a kind of response to Lovecraft s The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath Even without that prior knowledge, I enjoyed this but having read over the synopsis of the Lovecraft tale, I probably would have enjoyed it immensely if I was previously familiar with that story This would be good for fans of Lovecraft who are not fans of the blatant racism and sexism of that time.

    7. We ve seen this book so many times someone from our world ends up in a portal universe and goes adventuring Everyone from the portal world, with all their rich stories, cultures, relationships, dreams, becomes just a part of the landscape, a prop for our protagonists to experience a strange world and discover themselves.The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe is not this book.This is a book about people and cultures from the portal world the Dreamlands People from our world might end up there by dreaming [...]

    8. I m not familiar with the H.P Lovecraft short story that this is a reply to The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath , but Lovecraftian themes abound and I recognize a lot of the references.Vellitt Boe is a Professor at the Woman s College of her University when one of her students runs away with a man from the waking world Fearful that the College will be disbanded because of this, Vellitt heads off in pursuit on foot to bring her back Her only companion is a mysterious black cat that has chosen to fo [...]

    9. Many reviews of Vellitt Boe start with something like I hate Lovecraft but I love this book but as a fan of Lovecraft, and specifically The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath I drew a comic based on it after all , I m here to say that I, too, loved this novel.It s interesting that out of all Lovecraft s books, Kadath , which Lovecraft didn t even try to get published and which many Lovecraft fans dislike because it s too fantasy and not horror enough , has inspired no less than two critical re envisi [...]

    10. The writing in this book was odd from the beginning Very stilted And then there were some seriously confusing sentences Here are two examples He offered her two additional gifts of great value a password that should secure safe passage and the aid of any ghouls she encountered, and a carved red opal suspended from a fine black iron chain, which would allow her to see in the lightless under realms.I had to reread that three or four times because I kept counting that as three gifts rather than two [...]

    11. Dobro, u ovoj noveli kratkom romanu meni je ba negde na granici izme u tog dvoga svakako e vi e u ivati itaoci koji ve poseduju neko pristojno poznavanje Lavkrafta i Dansejnija i tako te ekipe od pre sto godina, ali i oni sasvim fri ki itaoci e se vrlo lepo provesti Kid D onson ovde malo odstupa od svog uobi ajenog stila u smeru Lavkrafta nau ila sam nekoliko novih re i , ali su prepoznatljivo njeni i samotnja ki likovi naro ito junakinja, sredove na profesorka , i ljubav prema pe a enju i ma ka [...]

    12. When one of professor Vellitt Boe s students makes an attempt to escape into the waking world, she goes in hot pursuit of her charge across an ever changing, horror filled dreamscape At first, I wasn t much for this novella, which seemed like it would be a fairly boring travelogue As the book wore on, I ended up finding a lot to like in Vellitt s quest The world in which the story takes place is visited by humans from Earth during their dreaming and is mercurial in nature Distances that took thr [...]

    13. 3.5 Stars I thought this was very solidly written I enjoyed following a character who has already had her greatest adventures, and is forced to go on one I would have benefited a bit, I think, if I had read Lovecraft first, but I don t think it overly affected my experience I wish there was a bit of a conclusive ending, but I liked what we did get.

    14. full review with quotes on my blog adragoninspace.wordpress This story felt like I was going on a journey with Vellitt, I could feel the air and see the landscape through her eyes as if I was accompanying her, like the little black cat you can actually see on the cover.Talking about the cover isn t it wonderful It totally made me want to dive into the story immediately The art is by Victo Nga and design by Christine Foster.So we follow Vellitt, a middle aged woman around 55 years old living in a [...]

    15. One of my favorite stories by H.P Lovecraft is The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, which is a shortish and somewhat formless novel about Randolph Really, I m Not an Author Insert Carter s peregrinations through the Land of Dreams, which is suitably fabulous and occasionally nightmarish But although I ve read the story many, many times, I had never noticed There are literally no women No, I mean really Not just that there are no women in the roles of major characters, but there aren t even any wom [...]

    16. In this novella we re following an ex adventurer, Vellitt Boe, who goes out on a mission to retrieve a student who has run away from the Uni Boe works at This student was extremely gifted and valued and it would do a lot of harm to the uni if she were just to vanish, so Boe heads off into the wilds of Drealand to find her againThe story was truly captivating at first and I found the majority of it kept me excited as I was constantly imagining all the wacky and weird things that were being descri [...]

    17. Another great novella by Kij Johnson that will probably win many awards in 2017 and another great lovecraftian story that Lovecraft would ve hate.

    18. This was a glorious read Set in Lovecraft s Dreamlands, a place of shifting space and time and malevolent yet stupid gods, with a ferociously strong willed older woman as heroine on a quest to find a runaway student It s lovely to see Lovecraft s imagination reclaimed with women and queerness, the atmosphere on Vellitt s quest is extraordinary and immersive, and the ending, a defiant shout against the gods, is marvellous A thorough pleasure I have never actually managed to read the HPL story, bu [...]

    19. I really enjoyed this novella It is in dialogue with a short story by Lovecraft, which I have not read, but you don t need to read that to enjoy this And fortunately for me, this is fantasy, not horror It is set in a portal world clearly conceived as the stuff of nightmares, with monsters, shifting natural laws and an angry sky if this were made into a movie the horror would be inescapable But through the eyes of a protagonist who hails from that world, these are simply facts of life, evoking no [...]

    20. This book was sent to me by the publisher, at no cost.A middle aged woman goes on an epic quest You ll want to be reading this in August when it s released seriously, what do you need to know Vellitt is a mathematics professor at the only women s college in her city Although it s not really her city it s just where her youthful ramblings ended up taking her Anyway one night she discovers that one of the students has left run away with a boy and not just any boy, but one from the waking world Be [...]

    21. The writing is so good that it s actually distracting I started by taking Kindle highlights of plot points, then for ideas and adaptations on Lovecraft s Dreamlands, and finally to capture the pure joy of the sentences, to worry over particularly well wrought combinations and tasting how they fit together This is _gorgeous_ stuff, all the because it takes the Lord Dunsany mode that Lovecraft was operating in, welds it to an intensely personal experience and intimate thoughts, turns the perspect [...]

    22. In portal fantasy, my sympathies are always with those native to the portal world, and I m often frustrated by the tendency of the adventuring protagonist and the author to treat them like window dressing on a Grand Quest for Self Discovery Which is to say that this is a book that is written exactly for me, because this is about what it s like to live in a portal world, to accept that portal world as normal and real despite its hazards and inconsistencies It s about prosaic moments among gorgeou [...]

    23. 3ish stars Would probably be at least 4 stars but I had to skim through most of the middle Writing was self indulgent and the quest got really tedious Cool concept, cool ending, brief flashes of coolness in between.And a great looking cover

    24. And then, oh, I loved this I like road narratives when they re well done, and I was riveted to this one thanks to its middle aged female academic protagonist with sidekick cat , plus interesting incidents and a fascinating world to traverse I feel like I should ve read The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath before this, to fully contextualise it and what Johnson was doing, but I could still absolutely appreciate this through the lens of ineffable horrors made commonplace, and a place in which our own [...]

    25. Here s another of Tor Books excellent novellas I think this is my favorite so far, in large part because it s rare to find a story with a protagonist who s a woman and no longer young So you can take into account that one of the stars on this review is based on that alone, and I make no apologies The story has roots in the Lovecraft mythos, specifically The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath And it does a great job of capturing Kadath s dreamy quality and looming existential threat without falling in [...]

    26. DNF d halfway I did not connect to this story in any way and it felt like a tour guide of a world I had no interest in.

    27. It is said that in Ulthar, which lies beyond the river Skai, no man may kill a cat and this I can verily believe as I gaze upon him who sitteth purring before the fire For the cat is cryptic, and close to strange things which men cannot see So starts H.P Lovecraft s The Cat s of Ulthar, one of many stories from which Kij Johnson gets her inspiration for her novella The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe.The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe is told in Lovecraft s world, though a world where the cosmic horror i [...]

    28. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I don t remember reading about H P Lovecraft s Dreamlands, so I am undoubtedly not getting as much as I could from this novella, which I understand is the author s response to those works However, I enjoyed it just fine on its own The basic premise is that the instructor at a school, herself a former wanderer, must set off in search of an errant pupil This brilliant young woman has run off with a man from the Waking L [...]

    29. I haven t read much Lovecraft in the last fifteen years, but I have been really enjoying this year s Tor driven rash of Lovecraft inspired work The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe isn t quite the superb piece of critical work that The Ballad of Black Tom was, but it also doesn t require the same level of familiarity with Lovecraft that the earlier book did to really appreciate it Instead, Kij Johnson s novella stands well apart from Lovecraft and can been easily enjoyed even by those who have never r [...]

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