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READ ✓ Winter Tide ´ [Reading] ➶ Winter Tide ➽ Ruthanna Emrys – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928 the US Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert far from their ocean their Deep One ancestors and their sleeping god Cthulhu Onl After attacking Devil’s Reef in the US GovernmenAfter attacking Devil’s Reef inthe US Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert far from their ocean their Deep One ancestors and their sleeping god Cthulhu Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived th. Aphra and Caleb Marsh survivors of the government's raid on Innsmouth in 1928 and the internment camp that followed head to the east coast to find the lost books of their people Will Miskatonic University give up its secrets And what of the rumors of Russians researching body swapping magicAfter reading Litany of the Earth in Cthulhusattva Tales of the Black Gnosis I was intrigued by Ruthanna Emrys' tale of the plight of the survivors of the government's raid on Innsmouth and wanted Tor turned me down for an ARC of this but good old Richard came throughThe Marsh siblings the last known People of the Water or Deep Ones left on land head east to reclaim their birthright the accumulated knowledge once housed in the homes and libraries of Innsmouth With a couple friends in tow and a couple new friends met on the way they rediscover their lost heritage and cross paths with magic most fowlI love what Ruthanna Emrys has built atop the foundation that HP Lovecraft laid a long time ago Her bricks aren't mortared with hate however By mirroring the experiences of the Innsmouth survivors and the interned Japanese Americans in World War II she humanizes the Deep Ones uite a bit and gives a much greater depth to their culture The book has a message of tolerance throughout something the world could use of in this day and ageThe relationship between Aphra and her students the confluence drive the story making it much nuanced than I thought it would be going in You wouldn't think a book that's primarily people researching magic would be this gripping I love the magic system and the way Emrys wove Lovecraftian concepts with her own ideasThere's not a lot I didn't find fascinating about this book If I had to pick one gripe it would be that there wasn't a big showdown at the end though the end was pretty satisfying and felt truer to the rest of the book than a monster smackdown would haveAs I've said many times before I like the concepts HPL created better than works by Old Howie himself Ruthanna Emrys uses those concepts better than most Four out of five stars

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Rets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant and hasten the end of the human raceAphra must return to the ruins of her home gather scraps of her stolen history and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature. 45 starsA very impressive and impeccably written debut novelThe story is rooted in Lovecraftian mythos but goes in new and unexpected places The so called monsters of Innsmouth are given the chance to show that they are people with families and friends who frighten primarily by being different They possess power and magic but no inherent desire to harm than any of the other people of the Earth even as they are subjected to continued persecution and surveillanceThe writing is wonderful and gives the book the feel of literary fiction While the pace is steady and the plotting meticulous there is a real focus on the characters and their interactions with each other which gives the whole story a very personal feelThis book stands nicely on its own but also provides a fertile start for further books I would happily read anything else Emrys comes up with

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Winter TideE camps and they emerged without a past or a futureThe government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University sec. Rating 45 of fiveI need some bandwidth to become available prior to reviewing this novel Watch this space And don't forget to read my review of The Litany of Earth the link to the Torcom free read is in itThe Publisher Says After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928 the US Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert far from their ocean their Deep One ancestors and their sleeping god Cthulhu Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps and they emerged without a past or a futureThe government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant and hasten the end of the human raceAphra must return to the ruins of her home gather scraps of her stolen history and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human natureTOR DOT COM SENT ME THIS BOOK AT MY REUESTTHANKS Y'ALLMy Review I began this book hoping it would be at least as good as THE LITANY OF EARTH link above and would expand my sense of the reality of Miskatonic University I had enough contact with the Cthulhu Mythos to have developed a deep desire to become an alumnus of Miskatonic It is not to be of course Arkham being fictional as well as in coastal Massachusetts shiver but it gives you a sense of how real this mythos seems to me Current titles like Lovecraft Country and Carter Lovecraft have passed before my approving gaze deepening my appreciation for the talent if not the person of racist sexist nativist HP Lovecraft There is something in the Elder Gods that answers a need in people since there are so very many people using the Mythos today to explore the dystopia in which we liveAuthor Emrys's particular flash of genius is to make the Mythos spread over time writing an historical novel set in 1948 from the standpoint of a World War II to Cold War world where Innsmouth and the Water People were interned before the Japanese were It's brilliant The government needed only to turn their bureaucratic gaze a few inches to get a ready made solution to the Nisei Threat I was completely convinced by this I can think of nothing to prevent this from being trueexcept it isn'tFeels to me like it should be Families like the Marshes longtime residents of Innsmouth and leaders among the Water People who make up most of Innsmouth's population are wrenched from the spawning grounds being humans although amphibious they need to breed on terra firma before they can undergo final metamorphosis and go back to the sea and sent to desert camps Most died in the violence of the round up or in the deserts and now only Aphra Marsh of San Francisco and her brother Caleb of Arkham Massachusetts are left The sole full blooded Water People who can breed are in returning to Innsmouth to assist the government that committed genocide against their kind coming to grips with what it means to be the future not simply to have a futureAs we submerge deeper and deeper into the cold dark high pressure depths of human hatred of otherness and intolerance of difference WINTER TIDE feels and like a howl from the edge of the pack A better trail is over here Come this way accept and embrace the not usual accept and embrace the viewpoint of the outsider and you'll see the whole picture much clearly The threats are real They simply aren't where you're looking for themHow perfect a co opting of the Cthulhu Mythos that is In keeping with the co opting we the sane and normal need to do with the lunatic fringe's ideological excesses Making the bad spirits better is as the titanic struggles Aphra and her rag tag family of choice endure and prevail over extremely hard But the will to do it the willingness to suffer the literal and psychic pains and amputations reuired by it exist in us We need to need the end results as much as Aphra and her family as well as her blood family need the results of their internecine warAphra Marsh for President