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The Ballad of Black Tom di [LaValle, Victor]
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One of NPR's Best Books of 2016, winner of the 2016 This is Horror Award for Novella of the Year, and a finalist for the 2016 Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Bram Stoker Awards

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there.

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?

"LaValle's novella of sorcery and skullduggery in Jazz Age New York is a magnificent example of what weird fiction can and should do."
— Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

"[LaValle] reinvents outmoded literary conventions, particularly the ghettos of genre and ethnicity that long divided serious literature from popular fiction."
— Praise for The Devil in Silver from Elizabeth Hand, author of Radiant Days

“LaValle cleverly subverts Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos by imbuing a black man with the power to summon the Old Ones, and creates genuine chills with his evocation of the monstrous Sleeping King, an echo of Lovecraft’s Dagon… [The Ballad of Black Tom] has a satisfying slingshot ending.” – Elizabeth Hand for Fantasy & ScienceFiction

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 777 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 153
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 0765387867
  • Editore: (16 febbraio 2016)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B0166PX1Z8
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Return To Lovecraft's RED HOOK... 28 febbraio 2016
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In 1925 H.P. Lovecraft published a story titled, THE HORROR AT RED HOOK. In it, a detective by the name of Malone investigates strange goings-on in the largely immigrant populated section of New York City, Red Hook. The story takes place in Lovecraft’s familiar universe of cosmic horror, always subject to the return of the Old Ones.

Now, it is no secret that Lovecraft held strong feelings about certain minority and immigrant groups, and THE HORROR AT RED HOOK is often singled out as the most egregious example. Because of this, there are some today that would prefer to banish Lovecraft’s entire body of work to the scrap heap because of it. I don’t happen to share that view. Lovecraft was a strange man, for certain, but a man of his time. A better response is what author Victor Lavalle has done. A black author of weird fiction, Lavalle has taken Lovecraft’s tale and reworked it from another viewpoint, the viewpoint of black would-be street-troubadour Charles Thomas Tester who plays a pivotal role in the unearthly happenings in the tenements of Robert Suydam, in the summoning of The Sleeping King.

THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM is a wonderful novella, and I would strongly suggest reading Lovecraft’s story first, to set the scene, and to better appreciate how Lavalle has returned us to Lovecraft’s imperfect world. There are a few truly horrifying scenes to be had.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Eery Quietness Masterfully Portrayed 29 febbraio 2016
Di K. I. Milai - Pubblicato su
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I heard the author interviewed on NPR and I immediately empathized with his experience with reading Lovecraft as a young person. I too read all the Lovecraft I could get my hands on and me being of mixed background, I felt a twinge of sadness for his fear of dark people from other countries. But for some reason I did not feel his own repulsion was directed at me. His fear of other races and people did not deter me from appreciating the crawling descriptive horror in those stories. By coincidence I had just recently reread the Horror of Red Hook and even though I knew Lovecraft was phobically racist, it really hit me and I kept wanting to sit with him at a cafe in New York (I lived in NYC for 12 years) and try to get him to separate his racism from his fear and horror of the world.

Well if I can't do that then let me enjoy this wonderful novel by Victor LaValle. Thank you Victor for the shared childhood memory and most of all thank you for your writing.
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2.0 su 5 stelle Doesn't live up to the hype 12 maggio 2017
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In need of a good editor. The author can't settle on one name for the protagonist; even on the same page. The story is also overly long.
4.0 su 5 stelle Well done Lovecraft update 25 maggio 2017
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I knew the basic story already but still was engaged enough to read in one sitting. Well worth the time.
5.0 su 5 stelle A great story in the Lovecraft as told from a different perspective. 7 maggio 2016
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I chose this story based on a review on the site. I wanted to read it because it is written by an author who wanted to tell a tale in the mythos from a different perspective. I was not disappointed in the least as it is a great read about love, loss, and madness. I hope to see other authors use the history of the mythology as well as this and look forward to reading more of Mr. LaValle's books.
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