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The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe di [Johnson, Kij]
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One of NPR's Best Books of 2016 and a Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell, and Locus Award finalist for Best Novella

Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.

"Kij Johnson's haunting novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is both a commentary on a classic H.P. Lovecraft tale and a profound reflection on a woman's life. Vellitt's quest to find a former student who may be the only person who can save her community takes her through a world governed by a seemingly arbitrary dream logic in which she occasionally glimpses an underlying but mysterious order, a world ruled by capricious gods and populated by the creatures of dreams and nightmares. Those familiar with Lovecraft's work will travel through a fantasy landscape infused with Lovecraftian images viewed from another perspective, but even readers unfamiliar with his work will be enthralled by Vellitt's quest. A remarkable accomplishment that repays rereading." —Pamela Sargent, winner of the Nebula Award

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Editore: Tor.com (16 agosto 2016)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B01DJ0NARW
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22 di 23 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A wonderful, unsentimental story about an independent middle-aged woman on a quest 22 agosto 2016
Di Tracy Rowan - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Representation matters. That the protagonist of this novella is a middle-aged woman delighted me. I saw my friends in her. I saw myself in her, and was immediately at home in her narrative. If that was the only thing to recommend this book, however, my response would be an acknowledgement certainly, but not the overwhelming enthusiasm I felt as I read, still feel now that I have finished reading, but not finished thinking about this story.

The subject of the quest is a classic in literature. In Vellitt Boe, we have a reluctant traveler, a professor from the dreaming world who sets out to retrieve one of her students, the daughter of one of the trustees of the university where Boe teaches. The young woman, Claire, has eloped with a man from the waking world, and the faculty of the university are afraid that her father will shut down the school as a result. So Boe, who was a world traveler in her youth, sets out to bring Claire back, to save her from an ill-conceived alliance. To save her from herself. It doesn't take her long to realize that the stakes are far higher than anyone has imagined.

Boe's adventures draw inspiration from Lovecraft, among others, and the world she lives in is slippery as a dream. Time and distance are mutable things, and the world is filled with strange and potentially dangerous creatures. It's also a world where women are not equal participants, which makes Boe an oddity, someone who is not entirely trusted by the men she's forced to deal with. Over the years she's spent as part of the university, she's lost her travel legs, so her journey feels slow and arduous until she begins to recall her traveler's ways.

This is an unsentimental story, so if you're looking for romance and happy endings, don't. Don't look for tragedy here either, or even an easy resolution to the situations that arise within the narrative. What you will get is a pragmatic narrator who may have found a way back to an authentic life, and a wonderfully clear-eyed younger version of herself who is willing (and I think more than able) to take on the capricious gods of the dream world. If I have a complaint about this novella at all, it's that it ended too quickly. I want more of Vellitt Boe's new life. I want to know what happens to Claire next.

I want more. I can't think of higher praise than that.
8 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Beautiful and unexpected 31 agosto 2016
Di Amazon Customer - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
If you seek traditional fantasy or particular and consistent fantasy tropes, just move along. This is a book you keep reading...there is no problem turning pages...but it is entirely it's own thing. The writing a lovely and transparent, the characters engaging, and you when you finish it--at 176 pages it is a quick read--the reader mat find herself a bit transported, a bit different, and for a moment, half in this world and half in another. Please do not be put off by the variation in reviews...it is a gem. Strongly recommended.
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3.0 su 5 stelle An imaginative, violent update of HP Lovecraft's Dream Cycle world. The prose is excellent, although the story drags in places. 21 maggio 2017
Di Craig - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Vellitt Boe is a professor at a Women’s College, but when her star pupil disappears with a male suitor from another land, she must embark on a long, terrifying journey through her own world to bring the headstrong girl home.

I enjoyed the fantasy world of this novella, a dark universe where ‘waking men’ from our Earth go when they dream, a land ruled by pitiless mythological gods and malleable laws of physics and time. I did not realize when I started reading that Kij Johnson is reimagining H.P. Lovecraft’s early Dream Cycle stories and updating its landscape with a strong middle age female heroine. (Apparently, Lovecraft wrote for a male audience and rarely used female characters for anything other than window dressing.) Many of Lovecraft’s settings are reused in this tale, as well as one prominent male character.

I am a Kij Johnson fan, and I am glad this was recently nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards. The story is inventive, and the writing often lyrical, although I must admit I found it a bit sluggish at times as well. Vellitt Boe is on her own for most of the journey, so there are long passages of description and narration, rarely broken up with scenes of dialogue or interactions of human characters.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Im in pieces over this book 4 marzo 2017
Di MmeP - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
It was so beautifully written, and usually I'm annoyed by the use of words I don't know (I know, I know: just look it up. I never said it was rational). This book HAD to have almost archaic words. It wouldn't have worked well otherwise. The protagonist was a dream herself; I've never encountered a main character who was over 40 and a woman AND not someone's biological mother AND a former traveller AND a scholar/professor AND not killed to further some plot. Awesome.
4.0 su 5 stelle This was fun to read 5 giugno 2017
Di Francois Pointeau - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
"The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe" by Kij Johnson took me on a fascinating journey through hell of many different kinds, though it's not a scary book, it is a page turner. The world the main character inhabits is so strange and unwelcoming, especially to it's woman protagonist, that it's unhinging much of the time. It is a quest, a long journey through dark forests, underworlds, weird religions, and a strangely friendly king, full of nasty gods and a sense of absolute doom and destruction that could hit at any time. This was fun to read. I'd like to visit this place again.

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