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  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (Aug. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892389916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892389916
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 14.6 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,139,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have several complaints about this book.
First, its dimensions are entirely Euclidean. The thing doesn't fit on any of my bookshelves. I've ordered my gibbering servants to get me one from Ikea, but I'm having a heck of a time putting it together.
Second, I don't like the fact that I'm made into a kind of allegory for conformity and the alienating effects of late capitalism on the middle class. I've always thought of myself as either an old hippie or, perhaps, an ancien regime man of leisure. Think about it -- all I do is sleep and dream.
That said, Mamatas effortlessly nails Kerouac's style without limiting himself -- which is great fun. There's eldritch kung-fu a-plenty, and horrible, unforgettable passages that will blast you out of complacency with their blasphemous, marxist terror.
I wish I could write a book but my giant hands crush typewriters.
-Cth.
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Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the hell out of this book. I've liked just about everything I've read by Nick Mamatas, so it came as no surprise to me how accomplished this novel was. Emotional, moving, and wickedly intelligent. You don't even have to be familiar with Kerouac or the Beats to get into it, so don't let that stop you. Read it now, or you risk becoming a mindless, clacking beetleman.
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By A Customer on July 10 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend. We are no longer friends. (Kidding .... but this book was really pretty lame.) It's written in a way that is too self-consciously cool, and unlike an homage to the beat authors it was just derivative. I strongly urge you to check this book out at the library or read excerpts before shelling out the bucks. I sure wish I'd done that.
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By Harmonyfb on June 21 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Move Under Ground" by Nick Mamatas tells the story of the last, great adventure of Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassidy, and William S. Burroughs; each of them worn down by life and by their own peculiar addictions, but each still somehow sparking with purpose, with joy. The story takes place in an alternate version of our world, where Cthulu and the other Old Ones have returned to place the world of men firmly under their dominion, subverting the 'squares' who have already sold their souls to the corporate machine. A letter from a friend and words from a visiting Bodhisattva spur Kerouac to make one long, final roadtrip to save the world.

It's written in Kerouac's style, that seductive, joyful cadence that makes your heart beat faster, makes you ache to experience everything as fully the narrator has done. It's that cadence that made me fall in love with a writer who died when I was just a child (as soon as I read "The Dharma Bums").

The ending is bittersweet and slow, a little needle to the heart that made me want to travel north to visit Kerouac's gravesite. Maybe I'll hit one of his favorite bars down here, instead, and buy a pint in his memory. If you love Kerouac, you'll love this.
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By Paul Tremblay on June 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
In lesser hands the premise of Jack Kerouac meets Cthulhu would be just that, a premise, a one trick pony with nothing to see. Not the case here. His use of beat voice and Burroughs-like dreamy metaphor is a perfect match to the slimey beasties of Cthulhu. Move Under Ground is clever and funny, but it's also surprisingly sad and human and profound.
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