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The Doom That Came to Sarnath by H.P. Lovecraft
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Mass Market PB Bone-chilling tales of horror and the macabre. Chris Hartmann, Bookseller Published: Very Good with no DJ Edition: A very good plus paperback. Jan 03, Netanella rated it liked it Shelves: A fun and flowery read about the rise and fall of the doomed ancient city of Sarnath. A plethora of place names, a distant mythos, but I am reminded of nothing so much as The Masque of the Red Death , which was far, far better. The Bible-like descriptions of Sarnath itself are beautiful, the names evocative, but this is the kind of fantasy building I've been doing myself as long as I can remember, so I guess it seems like a childish way to build a story, to me.
Completely non-creepy, as view spoiler [I was totally cheering for the fish people from the word go hide spoiler ]. K A plethora of place names, a distant mythos, but I am reminded of nothing so much as The Masque of the Red Death , which was far, far better. Kind of enjoyed this one. Moved review to the individual work Sept. Another story that I remember rather vividly I couldn't get past the overly descriptive middle section of this story. Lovecraft has a way with engulfing a person into his enchantment.
However, I think it was a bit overdone. While the Sarnath vividness was relished towards the end, perhaps it could have been been better composed? To be blunt, it got boring. It's obvious one is not supposed to know what are the geographical details of "Mnar", or "Ib"; or the personal stories of the great warriors, and many kings and nobles. But the informati I couldn't get past the overly descriptive middle section of this story.
But the information-attack was overwhelming at times; and it distracted from the fanciful story. Jan 14, Joshua Shioshita rated it liked it. Another fantasy tale from Lovecraft. This one deals with revenge and curses. He loves to make descendants pay for the crimes of their ancestors which is pretty messed up. Apart from that though I'm just not a fantasy guy, and it's hard to get into it. Aug 02, David rated it it was ok. A morality tale and a vivid description of the land of Mnar and Sarnath, but not really that scary at all.
The description of the city was neat, at least. More of a myth than a 'Lovecraftian" horror. A simple story of human eradication of another species, because they are other, the slow build of magnificent empire, and then their destruction by those they thought they had wiped out. Flowery language, and a very fairy-tale feeling in the opulence of the city.
Oct 18, Carole Rae rated it liked it.
The Doom That Came To Sarnath
I honestly feel like this was only an intro to more. Lots of backstory for such a short one. This really felt like it needed more. The creatures were creepy. I felt bad for them. People can suck and sorry Don't be killing things that really did nothing to you but look weird. This wasn't spooky especially if you are like me and wanted the settlers to be punished for being evil.
Humans or these creatures? Mmmm the humans for sure. But yes, a quickie to read at nighttime before bed. I'll give this 3 stars Oct 16, Mike MacDee rated it liked it. Of actual story there is very little, so I didn't much care for it: HP gets too carried away with the setting itself.
That setting IS vivid and amazing, though, so I can't rate it lower than 3 stars. I would say A Princess of Mars by Burroughs is a much better example of how to establish a cool setting AND tell a story at the same time. Dec 10, Oleksandr rated it it was ok. I love everything Lovecraftian. Although I have a few collections of his works. This one stands out, having north of 35 tales.
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Each one better than the last. The print is quite large, the binding is stunning the paper quality surprisingly elegant for such a large collection, and a great price if you get it from Amazon. Oct 22, Anne rated it liked it. It's certainly an interesting short story with Lovecraft's signature vivid descriptions.
However, most of the story is just descriptions of Sarnath and the ancient city of Ib. The plot itself is probably a cautionary tale, and I quite enjoyed it, but too much time is spent on describing a city, especially for how short the story is already.
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Dec 03, Vineeta Tyagi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although I've been to the real Sarnath, which has nothing in common with this story, I absolutely love Lovecraft's world building and dreamlike dark fantasy. Read it for the the mood it sets, suspend disbelief, and have no other expectations; then it grips your attention from the beginning to the end. Absolutely stunning work from Lovecraft. Arguably the best I have read so far. The way he builds the story and the descriptions are amazing.
May 16, A. Again a myth without any plot where the author only describes a faraway exotic landscape. Not the best of Lovecraft, just an additional painting to his long portfolio. This story really drags in the middle with its descriptions of how awesome the town is, but the payoff is decent. These dudes sound like real assholes and got what was coming to them. How many times do I need to read that the stone and metal were unknown? Feb 26, Thor The Redbeard rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 03, J. I was expecting better. Jul 07, Walter Schutjens rated it it was ok Shelves: Nov 21, Eddie rated it liked it Shelves: It was fine, some of the description was a bit lengthy and repetitive for my liking but yeah, sure, whatever.
A lot of my affection for this story comes because I ran a Delta Green scenario based on it, where the descendants of king Nargis-Hei had fled to the waking world to avoid the wrath of Bokrug, the detestable water lizard, and that seed turned into a long scenario. But even taken on its own merits, it's not bad.
A lot of the appeal in "The Doom that Came to Sarnath" is in the descriptive language, because the plot by itself is pretty basic. There are hideous pre-human beings who live in the land o A lot of my affection for this story comes because I ran a Delta Green scenario based on it, where the descendants of king Nargis-Hei had fled to the waking world to avoid the wrath of Bokrug, the detestable water lizard, and that seed turned into a long scenario. There are hideous pre-human beings who live in the land of Mnar, and when humans moved there and built the city of Sarnath, they killed them all off because humans found them offensive in all ways.
After a thousand years, a long-prophesied DOOM [sic] comes to pass and the wrath of Bokrug wipes the city of Sarnath from existence so completely that not even ruined stones remain. You'd think that maybe Bokrug could have moved a bit more quickly.
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