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The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities

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The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities

Jeff and Anne Vandermeer, editors

HarperCollins

 

 

Reading this book, I have the general impression of a group of extremely talented, very intelligent people having fun.  A lot of fun.

The concept is the collection of oddities of the recently deceased Thackery Lambshead, eccentric/adventurer/scholar.  There are some very very odd things in his collection.  Magic, occult, forgotten-science sort of things.

A collection of very familiar names, some of the best writers of speculative fiction around, take the concept and run with it.  There are works of short fiction, drawings, photographs, and pseudononfictional articles related to the items that are part of the collection.

The Vandermeers love the ‘weird fiction’ subcategory of the genre, traditional home of H. P. Lovecraft and his assorted beasties, and that’s the tradition in which this collection is written.

I read it straight through, but this would work very well as the sort of book you read in bits and pieces, dipping in over a period of time.  I might recommend it as a good book to keep by the nightstand and read before bed, but… I think that would give you some very odd dreams.

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Written by Contented Reader

August 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm

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