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The Broken Hours In the spring of , horror writer HP Lovecraft is broke, living alone in a creaky old house and deathly ill At the edge of a nervous breakdown, he hires a personal assistant, Arthor Crandle As the novel opens, Crandle arrives at Lovecraft s home with no knowledge of the writer or his work but is soon drawn into his distinctly unnerving world the malevolent presence that hovers on the landing the ever shining light from Lovecraft s study, invisible from the street and visions in the night of a white clad girl in the walled garden Add to this the arrival of a beautiful woman who may not be exactly what she seems, and Crandle is pulled deeper into the strange world of the horror writer a man known to Crandle only through letters, signed Ech Pi , until Crandle begins to unravel the dark secret at its heartA brilliantly written, compelling and deeply creepy novel, The Broken Hours is an irresistible literary ghost story I guess it was only a matter of time before Lovecraft himself started winding his proverbial tentacles into the New Weird as a character, but here we are with The Broken Hours, a quiet, creepy affair.The story is mainly about a man who takes an assistant position in an old house in Providence He never meets the man he works for, communicating only in letters The house is believed to be haunted, there is unexplained phenomena throughout, and the book follows these reveals slowly throughout.The I guess it was only a matter of time before Lovecraft himself started winding his proverbial tentacles into the New Weird as a character, but here we are with The Broken Hours, a quiet, creepy affair.The story is mainly about a man who takes an assistant position in an old house in Providence He never meets the man he works for, communicating only in letters The house is believed to be haunted, there is unexplained phenomena throughout, and the book follows these reveals slowly throughout.The most frustrating part of reading this book is that Jacqueline Baker makes a conscious decision to place all quotes within italics instead, which is something I never got used to and really drew me out of the story instead of perhaps drawing me inward as intended The result is that the narrative itself, while an interesting, slow burn, feelsthan a little stilted as one tries to get back into the tale Other readers might not have the same issue, though.There s not a lot of obvious mythos here, and the payoff isn t what I personally expected, but this is still a fun read Things are just uneasy and creepy enough to keep the reader engaged, and the Providence of this book feels appropriately Lovecraftian even though people aren t fornicating with the sea monsters as far as we can tell , so there s a lot to love here for those interested in weird fiction or Lovecraft in general There s just too much here that doesn t quite work that keeps The Broken Hours from being great instead of the very good that it is When Arthor Crandle is down on his luck, he gets a job as a personal assistant to a reclusive Providence author whose initials are H.P While getting increasingly vexed by his absent employer, Crandle is haunted by the ghost of a little girlI had my eye on this one for a while but the ebook was ridiculously expensive Fortunately, it went on sale a couple weeks ago Frankly, I wouldn t mind having my 2.99 back.Basically, this is both a haunted house story and a story of congenital insanity When Arthor Crandle is down on his luck, he gets a job as a personal assistant to a reclusive Providence author whose initials are H.P While getting increasingly vexed by his absent employer, Crandle is haunted by the ghost of a little girlI had my eye on this one for a while but the ebook was ridiculously expensive Fortunately, it went on sale a couple weeks ago Frankly, I wouldn t mind having my 2.99 back.Basically, this is both a haunted house story and a story of congenital insanity Is Crandle losing his mind Is the house really haunted Will H.P Lovecraft ever make an appearance How much do I actually care about any of this Okay, so it has some creepy parts but I have to do some griping about this book What the hell is the point about a horror story involving H.P Lovecraft if you aren t going to include any elements from the Cthulhu mythos It s really misleading The author character could have been a fictitious author and the story would have had the same impact Not only that, there would be at least one reader that wouldn t have felt mislead by what was probably a cash grab.Anyway, nothing much happens There are a few moments of horror but it s mostly tedium The big twist was telegraphed and could be predicted by anyone who s ever seen an episode of the Twilight Zone or any movie by M Night Shamalama ding dong.Two out of five stars, only because I didn t actually hate it and it was well written Too bad not much actually happened I had mixed feelings about The Broken Hours The book was not at all what I expected, in good and bad ways The writing itself was spectacular, scalpel precise but never too simple or sparse Every word felt like it was exactly where it was supposed to be There was a beauty and intensity andthan a little melancholy that cut right into my perception and continued its work deep into my brain matter Lines like the coldly muscled coursing of the river provided perfect, delicious moment I had mixed feelings about The Broken Hours The book was not at all what I expected, in good and bad ways The writing itself was spectacular, scalpel precise but never too simple or sparse Every word felt like it was exactly where it was supposed to be There was a beauty and intensity andthan a little melancholy that cut right into my perception and continued its work deep into my brain matter Lines like the coldly muscled coursing of the river provided perfect, delicious moments of imagery so vivid in both what they evoked and the sheer genius of that particular combination of words that I often found myself re reading them over and over again under my breath until the rhythm became familiar with my tongue.The story, which was not exactly plot heavy, opting instead for a gloomy slow burn character study, was engaging in terms of psychology and atmosphere, but confounded my initial expectations of the cover s promise that this was a novel of H.P Lovecraft I kept expecting hoping some eldritch horror would come squirming from the shadows, and was inevitably disappointed when this SPOILERS didn t happen But to judge a book by something it is not and something that it isn t trying to be,specifically is somewhat unfair.The real problem I had with The Broken Hours was the at once implausibility and predictability of what constitutes the book s major climactic twist Although the mystery is underplayed quite well at times, to fantastic emotional effect a particular flashback is brilliantly executed in terms of what it specifically doesn t mention , it became one of those I really hope they don t go in that direction contrivances Ultimately, the author did go in that direction, and although by no means a failure, the reveal fell flat for me A quiet novel with a quiet ending, all of it laced with melancholy and loss, but with something missing that could have brought some of the disparate elements together and elevated it to great piece of literature I d still definitely recommend the book though I devoured it quickly and urged myself to read onechapter, onechapter with every sitting Jacqueline Baker writes with a deep sort of Gothic poetry that really gets under your skin and stays there, worming its way into you Despite my misgivings, its scenes and characters and tangible atmospherics still turn slowly in my head Review BROKEN HOURS by Jacqueline BakerI have been extraordinarily blessed in the last few years by discovering several perfect books BROKEN HOURS A NOVEL OF H P LOVECRAFT is one I don t even feel capable of doing this novel justice in my review BROKEN HOURS should be an award winner, multiple times.Mike Davis at LOVECRAFT EZINE highly recommended BROKEN HOURS, and I was impelled to pre order it even though mire expensive than I usually buy and it is worth every single penny I read i Review BROKEN HOURS by Jacqueline BakerI have been extraordinarily blessed in the last few years by discovering several perfect books BROKEN HOURS A NOVEL OF H P LOVECRAFT is one I don t even feel capable of doing this novel justice in my review BROKEN HOURS should be an award winner, multiple times.Mike Davis at LOVECRAFT EZINE highly recommended BROKEN HOURS, and I was impelled to pre order it even though mire expensive than I usually buy and it is worth every single penny I read it in just a few hours and want to read it again, right away.If you love the Lovecraftian Mythos if you enjoy fictional biographies of authors if you want to be stunned by enormously graceful writing if you are drawn to depth psychology and abnormal psychology, BROKEN HOURS is your book

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