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The protagonist, Randolph Carter isn't someone the reader would care about; he's not someone I felt I was able to admire, love, or even pity, nor could I hate this character, because virtually no information was given about him and we never really see what kind of a person Carter really is. The reader is told that he likes cats and that he prefers the dreamworld to the real world (though it isn't discussed WHY he feels this way about either cats or the dreamworld), but no other information was given about Carter, thus rendering him little more than a name without a face throughout the novel. Perhaps the intent here was to make him enigmatic somehow, but that doesn't work either, because usually when a character is an enigma, the reader is interested in finding out what makes him tick, though learning about him or her may diminish the mystery and intrigue at times.Read more ›
Lovecraft is famous for his creation of the Cthulhu mythos, an alternate universe (or series of universes) populated by strange beings of infinite evil. These are the Elder Gods, beings who enjoy tormenting the human race. Time and time again, Lovecraft takes his characters into unfortunate encounters with the Elder Gods, almost always to the detriment of these hapless souls. In "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," DelRey collects yet another batch of Lovecraft gems.
The main course of this collection is "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," a story about Randolph Carter, a mystic who has the ability to enter a fabulous world through his dreams. Carter isn't content with merely shuffling about a dream world; he wants to track down Kadath, a fortress where the gods live and play. Carter's quest takes him through endless adventures where he faces both good and evil realms. Carter goes to the moon, talks to cats, sails on the seas, and encounters weird creatures both helpful and harmful. All of this brings him steadily closer to his goal. This story is a synthesis of many of Lovecraft's other stories, such as "The Cats of Ulthar."
"Celephais" is a short story about one of Carter's friends who became a king in the dream world.Read more ›
The other stories in the collection also take us to the dream world created by Lovecraft. "The Silver Key" and "Through the Gates of the Silver Key" (written in collaboration with E. Hoffman Price) reveal much of the history of Randolph Carter and offer glimpses of other dream quests he embarked on in life.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
To sustain a fantasy tale solely on the strength of the imagery, without the support of strong character development or a narrative that is richly symbolic or allegorical, is... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003 by Peter Reeve
Randolph Carter is Lovecraft's only hero. He is an expert dreamer, who passes at will through the Gates of Deeper Slumber and openly defies the mythos. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2001 by Zack Davisson
Something about Lovecraft's way of lifting us from the mundane into the n-dimensional other reality of dreamtime is beyond my meager vocabulary to explicate. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2000 by Gary D. Smith
This book was my introduction to the worlds of HP Lovecraft. I found it in the library, was enthralled for some reason by the title, and took it home to read it. Read morePublished on July 30 2000 by Moderan
The best part of this work for me - as a Lovecraft fan - was that I read it dead last of all his works of horror. Read morePublished on July 10 2000 by David Parsons
The cover misleads completely. This is Lovecraft working in the mode of Lord Dunsany-- not creeping horror or dark elder gods, but a more genteel and poetical fantasy in the... Read morePublished on May 18 2000 by Peter A. Greene
The Dreamquest of unknown kadath creates a beautiful dreamworld. The way HP Lovecraft talks about the boundaries between dreams and reality and paints a magical world of beasts... Read morePublished on June 21 1999
It was a lot tougher being a Lovecraft fan in the 1970s. Hardly any of his work was in print. I owned no Lovecraft books except for an extremely worn copy of The Colour out of... Read morePublished on May 17 1999 by joe_n_bloe
If you enjoy tales of fantasy, qv the Hobbit series by JRR Tolkein or the Elric tales by Michael Moorcock, you must read this scarcely read tale of fantasy by american author H.P. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 1999