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on Aug. 29, 2012 :
What if cities were built on creatures left by the Old Ones?
I have to admit, the premise of this story interested me enough to purchase this little story. First thing that surprised me was the length, which I expected to be longer. Yet once I started reading, I found that it was just long enough.
Shown through multiple points of view, this story collects a variety of people's experiences as the city around them wakes up from its long slumber. As expected, there are a lot of deaths. You never really see the monster, which in this case works really well for the story itself. Yet having so many characters, it's more like reading drabbles than an actual story itself, as there is no real flow between character to character except in one instance.
The story is also written in past tense, which unfortunately destroys any and all feeling that what was happening was happening RIGHT NOW. Instead, it reads like a past experience recorded down, which of course is impossible as everyone you read about pretty much dies. This was one flaw in the story, and sadly a glaring one. Had this been written in present tense, the action would have been more intense, the feeling of confusion and death more apparent. Instead, we are left looking at it all from the eyes of things already past.
Possibly the best part of this story is the ending. I thought the last segment did a good job of explaining what was happening, and why it was happening. Unlike the rest of the stories in this tale, it was possibly the best one put together story-wise.
If you want a very quick read, and enjoy Lovecraft, then this story will be interesting to you. Other than that, it's a good example how choosing the wrong tense can change the feel of a story.
(reviewed long after purchase)