Vellitt Boe might be scared, but she’ll venture forth without hesitation regardless.
After all, Vellitt Boe has a world to save, and gods be damned, she’s going to do it.
Kij Johnson’s newest novella, heavily influenced by H. P. Lovecraft (The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath in particular), stars a retired-adventurer-turned-professor who follows the Hero’s Journey to save a wayward student from the waking realm and subsequently, her world from its tempestuous gods.
— Avery, Third Place Seward Park, Seattle, WA
Do you ever find yourself wanting more Lovecraft in your diet, but without the misogyny and antisemitism? Johnson turns Lovecraft on his head with this fast-paced and dreamlike quest story, featuring a mature woman as the hero, and lots of strange creatures and places.
Strange, accessible, and delightful!
— Zak, Third Place Books, Seattle, WA