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I Am Providence (2016)

av Nick Mamatas

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An author's murder during an H. P. Lovecraft fan convention reveals dark secrets beneath the printed page in this biting murder-mystery satire. At the Summer Tentacular, murder is non-fiction. For fans of legendary pulp author H. P. Lovecraft, there is nothing bigger than the annual Providence-based convention the Summer Tentacular. Horror writer Colleen Danzig doesn't know what to expect when she arrives, but is unsettled to find that among the hobnobbing between scholars and literary critics are a group of real freaks: book collectors looking for volumes bound in human skin, and true believers claiming the power to summon the Elder God Cthulhu, one of their idol's most horrific fictional creations, before the weekend is out. Colleen's trip spirals into a nightmare when her roommate for the weekend, an obnoxious novelist known as Panossian, turns up dead, his face neatly removed. What's more unsettling is that, in the aftermath of the murder, there is little concern among the convention goers. The Summer Tentacular continues uninterrupted, except by a few bumbling police. Everyone at the convention is a possible suspect, but only Colleen seems to show any interest in solving the murder. So she delves deep into the darkness, where occult truths have been lurking since the beginning of time. A darkness where Panossian is waiting, spending a lot of time thinking about Colleen, narrating a new Lovecraftian tale that could very well spell her doom.… (mer)
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One long hilarious and indulgent in-joke, but a wonderful fun read for anyone who's discussed Lovecraft on the internet, ever. ( )
  ThomasPluck | Apr 27, 2020 |
I AM PROVIDENCE is a book that I feel would really appeal to Lovecraft fans. I can imagine that this book would be a bit confusing to people with not much knowledge about Lovecraft's books. You do get information about Lovecraft, the man, and his books in the story. Especially about the Elder God Cthulhu, who will bring the end to humanity when summoned. And, yes there are those in the book that wants that.

READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
I'm having trouble writing a review for this book without pissing people off or giving people the wrong idea about myself.
This book is supposedly about Colleen Danzig a writer who goes to a HP Lovecraft convention and gets more than she bargains for when her roommate for the convention turns up dead.
Ugh, ok here we go.... 😩
First off, I really do not care for the writing style. This book is written with two different points of view, one in first person the other in third person, and it bounces back and forth between the two. I personally think that the author should have left the first chapter written in the first-person narration and then the rest of the book written in third person rather than constantly going back to the first person point of view. It's disorienting and annoying to say the least.
Secondly, the first person point of view is narrated by a dead guy. Yes that's right, a dead guy! He is already dead when he begins to narrate this book for us. Not only is he dead but he is a total pretentious asshole. The back of book summary describes him as being "annoying" and no he is just a downright asshole. Like I hate to say it but I'm kind of glad he dies. But then I still have to listen to him rattling on even though he's already dead so I guess that defeats the purpose. Also the other main character (who is not dead) Colleen has to be one of the most annoying characters I've ever read. So basically both of the main characters are insufferable.
Thirdly, this is not a book about Lovecraft's mythos but more about bashing him and his fans. Very sad 💔
I guess that's all I have to say on this one. I definitely can't recommend this book. ( )
  SumisBooks | May 11, 2019 |
This book sounded like it would be so much fun! A murder mystery set at a Lovecraft Convention called the Summer Tentacular. I thought it would be quirky and interesting, and at first I was enjoying it. There was quite a bit of information on H.P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu Mythos, him as a person (including his horrible racism), and the reason his books have continued to have such an impact on the horror genre. The characters seemed somewhat interesting, but I quickly found myself at odds with the way some of the characters seemed to be portrayed ...or at least the way the author wanted the reader to see them. The first victim, for instance, was supposed to be very unlikeable, as many of the murder victims often are in the murder mystery genre... but he just didn't come across that way to me. If anything, I felt he was harassed and treated badly by most of the others for no real reason. I didn't really find him that unlikeable. Many of the other characters were much more unlikeable in my opinion, and the longer the story went on, the more they annoyed me. I also found some of the later things that happen to be so unlikely that it was impossible to suspend disbelief. It just didn't make sense to me and felt beyond ridiculous in parts. Clearly it wasn't a book for me. I did finish it, hoping that somehow I'd find more to enjoy once all the loose ends wrapped up, but if anything, the ending made me like it even less. Too bad, I had such high hopes for it. ( )
  LongDogMom | Oct 8, 2017 |
Disjointed, dull, unbelievable, and generally rather awful. I liked the descriptions of some of the Lovecraft convention attendees, but that is all I found redeeming about this book. Not recommended. ( )
  librarianarpita | Aug 28, 2017 |
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An author's murder during an H. P. Lovecraft fan convention reveals dark secrets beneath the printed page in this biting murder-mystery satire. At the Summer Tentacular, murder is non-fiction. For fans of legendary pulp author H. P. Lovecraft, there is nothing bigger than the annual Providence-based convention the Summer Tentacular. Horror writer Colleen Danzig doesn't know what to expect when she arrives, but is unsettled to find that among the hobnobbing between scholars and literary critics are a group of real freaks: book collectors looking for volumes bound in human skin, and true believers claiming the power to summon the Elder God Cthulhu, one of their idol's most horrific fictional creations, before the weekend is out. Colleen's trip spirals into a nightmare when her roommate for the weekend, an obnoxious novelist known as Panossian, turns up dead, his face neatly removed. What's more unsettling is that, in the aftermath of the murder, there is little concern among the convention goers. The Summer Tentacular continues uninterrupted, except by a few bumbling police. Everyone at the convention is a possible suspect, but only Colleen seems to show any interest in solving the murder. So she delves deep into the darkness, where occult truths have been lurking since the beginning of time. A darkness where Panossian is waiting, spending a lot of time thinking about Colleen, narrating a new Lovecraftian tale that could very well spell her doom.

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