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After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. 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 future.The government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector bAfter attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. 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 future.The 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 race.Aphra 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....

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Winter Tide Reviews

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-01-17 22:02

    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 magic?After 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 more. Tor turned me down for an ARC of this but good old Richard came through.The 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 more new friends met on the way, they rediscover their lost heritage and cross paths with magic most fowl.I 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 quite a bit and gives a much greater depth to their culture. The book has a message of tolerance throughout, something the world could use more of in this day and age.The relationship between Aphra and her students, the confluence, drive the story, making it much more 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 ideas.There'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 have.As 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.

  • Bradley
    2019-01-28 19:07

    It's impossible to think that most of you will have to wait until April to read this, and I say that for one reason: It's amazing! Take the Cthulhu mythos, take it seriously, have your sympathetic main character be a Deep One, and make us care for her family's plight.What's more, add a more than liberal dose of book-loving research that include Enochian and all the best beloved titles from HPL, perhaps turn it into a quest to build or re-build your family's lost collection, and of course, butting your head against the Miskatonic University.And of course, that's just a start. I loved learning about the Human races of of Air, Water, and Earth, about the great danger that the Outsiders represented.This novel paints all of the happenings in HPL's works in an all new light, defines and redefines all the happenings on a much more solid framework of the universe. There's much less racism and fanaticism and sexism, for one. There's a LOT of interesting magic, however. And linking the plight of the Japanese Internment Camps with the two surviving children of the race of the Deep Ones was a brilliant stroke. Getting us involved with the government never felt more squishy, especially when the main action is set in the dawn of the McCarthy era.I can't rave about this book enough. It may be intended for readers who love magical realism, historical novels, HPL, awe-inspiring fantasy, or anyone with a taste for vengeance against those who would steal your books, but honestly? I think it works on a universal scale of awesome.And because most of you can't get your hands on it yet? Well... I pity you. Sincerely. Just keep your eyes open for it in April and weep with joy and wonder as you read. :)Thanks goes to Netgalley for the ARC!

  • Nicole
    2019-02-05 19:40

    actual rating: 2.5 starsIf you're not familiar with Aphra's story, you should read Litany of Earthnovella (read it here). I enjoyed this short story way more than Winer Tide. I really liked it but this book was so slow. I read it almost directly after starting this book. I expected Winter Tide to be as enjoyable but sadly, it wasn't. Even though this book didn't meet my expectations, it certainly made me curious enough to check out Lovecraft work in the future. I had no idea it held such influence before starting this book. The only knowledge about this topic was Cthulhu, and only by name. My friend even told me that the Drowned God (and the Greyjoys religion in general) in ASOIAF is inspired by H. P. Lovecraft work so naturally, I'll definitely read some of his books.I think, no, I know that a person with more experience in this field, would've liked this book more since he'd understand all the references. I didn't know what was Ruthanna Emrys' creations and what wasn't and we had lotsof new words. So "it's me not you" kind of book.While I appreciated the descriptions of the world and traditions, it was a bit too much because it made the book slow-paced. The characters were likable enough. Their character development was obvious by the end of the book. But I still couldn't relate to any of them or even get attached to them.I'd recommend this book for the fans of Lovecraft world but if it's your first try, like me, you might want to learn more about his work to fully enjoy Winter Tide.***ARC provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***

  • Richard Derus
    2019-01-22 22:39

    Rating: 4.5* of fiveI need some more 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 free read is in it.The Publisher Says: After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. 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 future.The 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 race.Aphra 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.TOR DOT COM SENT ME THIS BOOK AT MY REQUEST**THANKS Y'ALL**My 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 H.P. 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 live.Author 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 true...except it isn't.Feels 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 future.As we submerge deeper and deeper into the cold, dark, high-pressure depths of human hatred of otherness and intolerance of difference, WINTER TIDE feels more and more 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 more clearly. The threats are real. They simply aren't where you're looking for them.How 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 required 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 war.Aphra Marsh for President.

  • Lindsay
    2019-01-24 01:47

    This is not what I expected. From the description I was thinking a cold war spy romp with a native of Innsmouth using her skills as a US agent. It's nothing like that.Aphra Marsh and her brother Caleb are the only survivors of the US government's raid on Innsmouth in 1928 due to the report of the main character of The Shadow Over Innsmouth. The government had interned the Innsmouth people in a desert camp; a particularly horrible fate for amphibious humans. But then in 1942 the government had more internees, over 100,000 American Japanese. When they were released in 1945 Aphra and Caleb left with them, now almost adopted by a Japanese family, the Kotos.Aphra had been approached by a US government agent to help deal with a cult of people who based their beliefs on those of the Innsmouth residents in the novelette The Litany of Earth, but this book is set after those events. The same agent, Ron Spektor, approaches Aphra again in San Francisco where she has formed a friendship with a bookseller that she is teaching magic to, Charlie Day. This time it's to investigate rumors that the Russians have acquired the forbidden body-swapping magic of the ancient Yith race. A spy with the ability to swap bodies would be impossible to stop.So Aphra, Charlie, Ron and Aphra's adopted sister Nancy Koto ("Neko") go to Miskatonic University which is near ruined Innsmouth and has all the books the government raided from the town. From there Aphra encounters allies, enemies and family.You should be familiar with some elements of Lovecraft's stories before reading this book, and particularly the Shadows over Innsmouth, which this book is an almost direct sequel to. Of lesser importance (as all the events in them are explained) are "The Shadow Out of Time" and "The Thing on the Doorstep".What this book actually turns out to be is further healing for Aphra Marsh. She's already had two families, the one she was born into and tragically lost, and the one that she was invited into, the Kotos. In the situation she finds herself in here, she finds herself building a whole new family, one of her choosing, but no less devoted for that. Aphra will do anything for the people she considers family, no matter how strange they might be.And that's a wonderful message for any book, and a beautiful reversal of the sourness and misanthropy of Lovecraft himself.

  • Justine
    2019-02-13 18:04

    4.5 starsA very impressive and impeccably written debut novel.The 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 more inherent desire to harm than any of the other people of the Earth, even as they are subjected to continued persecution and surveillance.The 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 feel.This 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.

  • Mimi
    2019-01-28 22:06

    Really good. Like SO GOOD... until the end where it got convoluted and the ending got unnecessarily long. Certain sub-plots that needed wrapping up went on for too long which caused the writing to lose some of the initial momentum from the early parts of the book, but right up until then, I loved this book. It was solid hit and came as a total surprise to me because I'm not a fan of Lovecraft or Lovecraftian things. Ruthanna Emrys is an incredible writer and she has created something very special here. I cannot wait to see what she has in store for the next book in this series.

  • Lata
    2019-02-07 01:07

    Beautifully written story, picking up from Lovecraft's The Shadow of Innsmouth, but with a much more relatable and sympathetic protagonist, Aphra Marsh. Aphra's roped into helping Ron Spector (both characters are introduced, along with Charlie Day, in Emrys' The Litany of Earth) with another investigation into Innsmouth-infused weirdness. They all end up in New England, posing as Spector's research assistants so they can gain access to the Innsmouth families' books, which are stored at Miskatonic University in Arkham (one of Lovecraft's fictional towns).The characters spend a lot of time in libraries, concerned about their books, and wondering how to repossess their books. And there is a time spent explaining some of the Deep Ones' rituals and myths, which is good since I know next to nothing about H.P.'s mythos.Though this book seems at first like it should be a mystery with horror themes, it's actually a sensitive and thoughtful story of recovery, and the way Aphra begins rebuilding her family and healing the damage in her psyche from her many years of incarceration. The Kotos, Japanese Americans Aphra spent many years with in the internment camp, form the basis of this new family, which expands in strange and wonderful ways during the investigation.

  • Anne
    2019-01-20 01:43

    Should we be surprised to read that the denizens of Innsmouth and Y'ha-nthlei don't think of themselves as hideous hybrids of fish and frog and man? Or that they call themselves Chyrlid Ajha, People of the Water, rather than the perhaps overly poetic Deep Ones? Or that to them the name Devil Reef just doesn't cut it? They say Union Reef -- they're not devils, after all, and that jagged upthrust of rock is the meeting place between earth and ocean, the land-bound spawning grounds and the promise of future glory that is their undersea outpost off Massachusetts.No. No, we shouldn't be surprised at all. As natural as it may be for us land-based readers to enjoy a good scare at their expense, the People of the Water are our first cousins, separated from us by a mere tick or two of cosmic time, along with those other first cousins, the People of the Rock, aka the Mad Ones under the Earth. So it is written in the Archives of the Yith, who mentally span all time and space, and so says Aphra Marsh, born of Innsmouth, nearly martyred in the desert, now returned to Arkham to recover her family's stolen legacy.That Aphra Marsh? Yes, that Aphra Marsh, whom we first met in "The Litany of the Earth". If you've yet to read this novelette, link to it and enjoy. Then, if you love "Litany" as much as I and many other readers have, you're in for an extended feast in Ruthanna Emrys's first novel, Winter Tide.Those familiar with H. P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", will remember that its narrator rallied the U. S. government to raid that town and scour it of its blasphemous fish-frog inhabitants, worshippers of unthinkable gods, defilers of our pristine human gene pool, breeders of the dread shoggoth! Emrys doesn't allow the scouring to be passed over in a sentence or two. She makes the effectual annihilation of the Deep One's spawning population the germ of her story and novel, following the captured Innsmouthers into their desert internment camp. The desert -- and certain government experiments -- prove deadly to all but Aphra and her brother Caleb, who are barely holding on more than ten years later, when the Japanese internees arrive. Mama Rei Koto and her children are their salvation, and the first branching of Aphra's new family, which she, natural gardener of connections, continues to expand through Winter Tide.The girl can't help it. She's already won over San Francisco bookseller Charlie Day, her official employer and fellow student of magic; also Ron Spector, the FBI agent who coerced her into helping the Bureau root out cultists in "Litany." Spector's back in Winter Tide., again looking for help but asking nicely this time, with genuine respect. The Cold War's on, and the Russians may be hot on the trail of very dangerous magic indeed: the ability to project one's mind into another's body. Talk about potential super-spies and super-saboteurs!To Arkham and Miskatonic University, Aphra goes. Not only does she want to keep mind-switching techniques from the Russians (and everyone else) but brother Caleb's already there, trying to get access to Innsmouth's stolen libraries and artifacts. Soon Aphra takes on another magical student, Audrey Winslow, and spars with a visiting Yith scholar, who happens to have "borrowed" the body of Catherine Trumbull, Miskatonic's rare female professor. FBI agents less sympathetic than Spector appear to complicate matters. And because that's not enough trouble for Aphra, she finally reunites with her underwater family, a joyful occasion, but do they expect a lot from her and Caleb, the Deep Ones' sole land survivors? Of course they do -- what's family for?Emrys's take on Lovecraft Country retains vital canon features while making the milieu her own, with such fresh piquant details as the post-WWII urban renewal in Innsmouth and the best way to scale the Miskatonic wall after curfew. By milieu, I mean geography and atmospherics and cosmology all three. But her moral outlook is keenly different from Lovecraft's, as it would have to be given we remain firmly and skillfully in Aphra's point of view. For her, people of the air were the monsters, people of the water the wronged ones, left homeless and adrift.But Aphra's no mere victim or avenger archetype. As an Aeonist, follower of the Great Old Ones and Outer Gods, she's increasingly aware of the complexity of the cosmos and the awful/awesome depth of time. As an acute observer, she's increasingly aware of the complexity of individuals, including herself. At one point she muses, "We're all monsters, or related to monsters, one way or another." One definition of "monster" is a thing or person that deviates from the norm. If that's so, then Aphra could add, "Conversely, we're all good guys, or related to good guys, one way or another." And for her, that includes people of the air, and the water, and the rock, and even the near-godly Yith, who seek to preserve the tragic ephemera of existence through memory and highly advanced library science.With its focus on character and the tender growth of character bonds into deep strong interlocking roots, this is a book to savor slowly, and to ponder. The writing itself is tender without sentimentality and deep without obscurity. One of my favorite passages beautifully captures Aphra's outlook, somber yet somehow hopeful:"It is written in the Archives that, once upon a time, the gods looked out on a universe barren and unthinking save for themselves. And they tested and experimented until they sparked matter into a form that might, one day, be capable of thought. And Shub-Nigaroth, mother of fear, looked on the first life and said: it will fail, but for now it is good."Earlier in the book Aphra has puzzled over the goddess's cognomen. Was Shub-Nigaroth mother of fear because She spawned horrors? Too simple and simplistic an answer. Aphra's mother has told her Shub-Nigaroth mothered fear because She mothered children, and children are terrifying. Young Aphra took this as a joke. Older Aphra begins to understand: When you love anyone, you risk the pain of loss, and the closer the bond, the greater the pain.Yet worse than the risk of love would be the sort of self-isolation figured forth in Aphra's dreams as an endless walk along an empty beach, alone between mountain-high dunes and waveless sea. That would be a life not only miserable but somehow transgressive.How Aphra finds the courage to rebuild her community is the adventure of this book, and one that only begins here, may the Outer Gods be thanked!

  • Allison Hurd
    2019-02-14 21:38

    DNF @30%It's taken me 8 days to read 113 pages. I don't care about any of the characters, or their quest. It started with a beautiful eeriness. I loved the setting and was hoping for a lot of tie in to socio-political currents as well as Cthulhu horror. I think they'd go so well together. And yet.The dialogue didn't make sense, there were continuity errors everywhere, and the second I'd find something cool to hope for, it was crushed in a mountain of over-explanation and no emotional buy in or added mystery. And then literal pages of people just reading silently.I've got 3 library books out and 2 others I'm in the middle of. I can't waste more time on a book that I feel so little about.

  • Liz
    2019-02-14 19:00

    The blurb doesn't give a very accurate account of what actually happens in the book. There's no real spy story, the fact that it takes place in the late 40s is barely relevant, and it's way more interested in the magic, meditation, and rituals that the main character Aphra (who really doesn't have much in the way of personality) does as religious practice that she seems both very protective of but also totally cool with bringing total strangers in to.I think more than third of the book is spent in a library looking at books that have nothing to do with why the FBI guy asked Aphra for her help. Another third is meditation. I think this book would be less frustrating for me if it HADN'T been incorporating stuff from the Lovecraft Mythos. Having read "Shadow Over Innsmouth," it was hard to reconcile the iconic insular town of people who sacrificed their community to the Deep Ones to ensure their personal survival and comfort with the town Aphra describes. The elder things like Dagon and Shub'Niggurath get name checked like they're the Roman pantheon rather than creatures so indifferent to life on this planet that human interaction with them leads inevitably to madness. Innsmouth heritage could be swapped out for something of the author's own invention with nothing lost. The story just needed something to make Aphra an "other," so why use Innsmouth?I don't know how to describe the Innsmouth people of "Winter Tide" other than they have been Deeply Wronged. It felt almost like that trope of the "noble savage" rolled up with an attempt to represent all marginalized, persecuted, and nearly wiped out groups that have ever been. The Innsmouth of Aphra's memory has absolutely nothing in common with the one from Lovecraft's original story. She makes it sound like a perfect, bucolic haven for a beatific community who want only to practice their religion in peace while living in relative harmony with others and never giving anyone a moment's worry. And there's nothing to indicate Aphra is anything other than a perfectly reliable narrator. She's almost always right about other things in the story, so why wouldn't the reader believe her version of Innsmouth to be the absolute truth?That's boring. There's no real conflict in the book as a whole (especially not for the reader) because it's always so clear who is right and who is wrong. Aphra and her brother are right and good, and anyone not affirming them is wrong and bad. Even when it's a subtle bad like mistrust ("You guys know magic and maybe that can be used as a weapon"), the person who isn't 100% behind Aphra is the antagonist. Aside from the weird "why bother?" use of the Lovecraft Mythos, the story also had some serious pacing issues, a Japanese American character who goes by "Neko," and *waaaay* too many characters who don't seem to anything. No one really does anything until around the end of the book, and even then it's a pretty small, contained plot. Even if the expectations brought on by the blurb hadn't been let down, the boring, unchallenging version of the Innsmouth legacy would have done it. I might try something else by this author, but I don't feel the need to hear more about Aphra or the "Mayberry" version of Innsmouth.

  • John
    2019-01-22 23:40

    4.5 starsWhen it comes to the existential dread of man's insignificance in an irrational universe, nobody beats H.P. Lovecraft. Like Wolverine, he's the best there is at what he does.That said, there are definitely some things he does NOT do. Pathos, characterization -- these are not so much his forté. No one, I sincerely hope, has ever said "You know, I really relate to Yog-Sothoth on a personal level," or "I feel like the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred is a cherished friend."In Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys takes Lovecraft's universe and injects all of these things. And she does it really, really well. This is definitely a character-driven story; in fact the actual plot is pretty bare-bones, as far as "things happening". The cast is compelling enough that this never became a problem for me except in the final act, which I thought could have been stronger.Strangely enough, there's not much horror in this book. The "Big Threat" that is introduced in the last third is extremely vague and its scariness potential is pretty much wasted. It's more like Urban Fantasy with a Lovecraft theme. I'm not going to lie, this was kind of a letdown for me and I considered going all the way down to 4 stars...but since this is the first in a series, I've decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and hope that we get some scares in the next book (dare I hope for a Shoggoth?).I would absolutely recommend this book even, and maybe especially, if you're not a fan of Lovecraft.It should be noted that the story ties in very closely with several of HPL's stories -- namely, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Shadow Out of Time, and The Thing on the Doorstep. The former is almost required reading as this is technically a direct sequel to it; the latter two are more supplemental. I'm very much hoping this continues and we get more tie-ins with the upcoming books.I listened to the audiobook edition, which I can definitely recommend. The narrator did a great job.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-26 23:53

    I’m giving it 3 stars overall. This isn’t a bad book. It’s just very slow. Slow isn’t always a bad thing, but I have a lot on my mind right now and I wasn’t able to dedicate the level of focus I think this book requires.I enjoyed the writing style and I liked the characters for the most part. I adored Charlie and Audrey. A couple people I read this with said they noticed some anachronisms in the text. I didn’t notice them myself but I am not as brushed up on my WWII era history as perhaps I should be.I often found as I was reading that I couldn’t get a clear sense of who all was in the scene and who wasn’t. I felt like sometimes characters just popped in, or sometimes I’d think they were in the library but they’d be in Trumbull’s office. This could be due to the fact that I wasn’t concentrating like I should have been.The story kind of ambles and doesn’t have any clear sense of direction. Aphra Marsh, a person of the water (a subspecies of human being) is working with an FBI agent Spector, to try and prevent Russian spies from learning the art of body snatching and starting another war. He brings her from her current home and job in San Francisco, back to Massachusetts, a university called Miskatonic where students can go and study the occult. Miskatonic’s library houses many of the texts a Russian spy might be looking for and texts that in turn may help Spector to track down the Russian body snatcher. While we are given a glimpse of many of these texts, the story sort of twists and veers away from this plot line, and I don’t feel that it is ever really recovered. I have not read any Lovecraft, and I did not read The Litany of Earth prior to this (I wish I had, it appears to be very short and was included with my ebook- so if you have the ebook go read that first!). I think fans of Lovecraft will appreciate this more. It’s not horror but maybe a blend of something in between? I may eventually check out Deep Roots (Innsmouth Legacy #2) but it doesn’t release until June/July and I’m not in any rush.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-02-10 21:37

    Review of WINTER TIDE by Ruthanna EmrysWINTER TIDE will clearly be one of my favorites of 2017, and one of my all-time top novels in the Lovecraftian Mythos category. Appropriately in Women in Horror Month (February), I want to acknowledge the influence of two women horror writers, both of whom excel at play in the fields of The Lovecraft Mythos: Ruthanna Emrys, and Caitlin R. Kiernan. The writings of both are truly exceptional.In WINTER TIDES, I am gifted with all that I seek in fantasy, all that I ask of science fiction, all I could imagine in Lovecraft's universes, and my mind is stretched beyond its usual capacity. Ms. Emrys waives any need for suspension of disbelief. Everything in the novel seems as real and as vivid as anything I might view through my windows. Innsmouth and Arkham; Miskatonic University and its sister institution, the Hall School; body thieving and the various species of humankind (people of the rock; people of the water; people of the air) are so vividly realised as to make them, indeed, real to readers. Even in its post-World War II setting, there are serious overtones reaching back to the U.S.'s interment of Japanese-Americans during that war, and forward to the political witch hunts in the 1950's by Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee in their quests to find Communists under each rock, and further to today's political climate and fear/hatred of the unknown (in this case, the “unknown” ethnicities, such as the “fish-folk” formerly of Innsmouth, and any practitioners of magic, and the Yith).H. P. Lovecraft might in his day have taken exception to the idea of a female writer working in his Mythos, but I for one am very thankful that Ruthanna Emrys has chosen to expand on his foundation. I'll be rereading WINTER TIDES repeatedly, enclosing myself in its literate explications, reveling in the language and in the metaphysics of the Lovecraft Mythos.

  • Stacey
    2019-02-09 23:44

    Even given my unfamiliarity with much of classic Lovecraftian lore, I found the story compelling and the main character richly drawn. Not a perfect story, there were characters who proved critical who were scarcely more than sketches, (particularly Charlie,) and the ending felt a bit abrupt.In spite of those small criticisms, I loved the subversion of primary objections to Lovecraft both as a (dubious) human, and as a (racist, misogynist) writer, significantly by resting so much of the story on the shoulders of two young women, and a gay Jewish man. Brava. Very much recommended.(Review of ARC.)

  • wishforagiraffe
    2019-02-01 22:53

    I know nothing really about H. P. Lovecraft and his mythos, aside from what's probably general knowledge - Cthulhu, racism, etc. So I went into this pretty unprepared, and came out with my mind basically blown. Set after the end of WWII, it's all about people finding their place in a world that is very different from before the war. Some of that is fantastical, but mostly it's a purely human experience. I loved Aphra, her willingness to be open to new ideas and new people, and her growth as a person. I also really admired her attitude toward religion and spirituality. The magic is deep and weird and also strangely approachable, which was fantastic. It was a very believable historical fantasy, for me. I'm absolutely looking forward to more books in the series.Great for folks who want to spin old stories upside down, people who are looking for diverse casts of characters (especially set in the 1950s, omg), and those who like Lovecraft's work but have a problem with the dude's antiquated views.

  • kari
    2019-02-04 21:59

    Oh wow, the concept. I don't feel particularly strongly about H.P. Lovecraft either way, but I can't say his works had no impact on me; if not directly, then through other works of fiction. Emrys takes this legacy and makes it something else while remaining true to the mythos. Giving voice to the monsters was a brilliant idea, and Aphra is a compelling character. At some point, the mundanity of monstrosity effect wears off, but you still stay for the narrative.

  • Allison
    2019-01-25 00:56

    So many excellent Lovecraft re-imaginings in the last few years. This is a pretty great one and a solid start to a new series. Longer review later.

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  • Nikki
    2019-02-14 01:49

    Received to review via Netgalley; publication date 4th April 2017Winter Tide has a very interesting premise, which builds on a short story by Ruthanna Emrys, ‘The Litany of Earth’ (you can find the story free to read online here). It took me a while to get used to what was going on because I hadn’t read that short story, but once I did, things started to fall into place. I do have to say that you’d probably appreciate this more if you’re familiar with Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. Since I’m not, I couldn’t appreciate a lot of the detail and the way Emrys reframes the sexist, racist themes of Lovecraft’s work. From the reviews/commentary I’ve read, that’s really well done.The problem for me, aside from not having the background in Lovecraft’s work, is that I found it kind of slow-paced. I appreciated the character development, the descriptions, all sorts of things about the world… but I wanted a story that was going somewhere faster. It was worth sticking with it, but I found that I enjoyed ‘The Litany of Earth’ (which I read when halfway through Winter Tide) more satisfying somehow.Still, I did appreciate that all the markers of monstrosity and so on were subverted here. I think Emrys loved the material and took care with making it more accessible to a modern, diverse audience, and it shows — as well of being a story of its own.Originally posted here.

  • Caleb Huett
    2019-02-09 00:47

    Winter Tide is Lovecraftian horror dragged howling and gurgling into the 21st century. Written with an obvious appreciation of the source material, Emrys's greatest addition to Lovecraft's legacy is a genuine love and kindness toward the characters. Emrys proves that monsters (and people) are only scary until you get to know them, so it follows that the most terrifying are the ones impossible to know.This book felt like it was urging me to run out in the streets and yell about my right to culture and life and love, my right to exist alongside Aphra, and Charlie, and Spector, and even the Great Race of Yith (who live unshackled to linear time.) This book will appeal to any reader who has felt the need to rebel against a system that treats them like an "other," anyone who knows how it feels to hide your truest self. It's a beautiful book, and I left it stronger than I entered.

  • Michael Hicks
    2019-01-25 18:41

    March 24, 2017. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, and I am officially calling it quits after five chapters (14%). I liked the short story Emrys wrote preceding this volume, but holy shit, this book puts me to sleep every time I try to read it. No rating. DNF.

  • Megan Baxter
    2019-01-19 01:02

    I said recently that I've now read more reinterpretations of Lovecraft than I have Lovecraft. (That wasn't hard, I've only read In the Mountains of Madness.) I guess today the scales are weighted even further on that side, with three interpretations up against one original. There's something about Lovecraft, even with, and perhaps because of, the racism, that makes it something to explore further, to look at how race intertwines with the Mythos, and grapple with what it would mean to take the lives of those he othered seriously.Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  • Lia Garofolo
    2019-02-03 23:54

    This book was so good. Full of a cast of intelligent and strong female characters, and a larger field of wonderfully diverse characters. Set in the 1950s during the Cold War where there are three types of humans: People of Water, People of Air, and People of Rock. I don't want to reveal much more for fear of ruining the book. I loved everything about it. It builds like a wave, subtle and slow and then it crashes over you and leaves you shaken and wondering what the hell just happened. Clever, clever, clever writing. I can't wait for the second one.

  • Sandro
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  • SmartBitches
    2019-02-04 21:44

    Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksWinter Tide is the first novel in the Innsmouth Legacy series (it was preceded by a novella, The Litany of Earth). It’s one of a wave of recent books that re-imagines the legacy of H.P. Lovecraft in a feminist and otherwise inclusive and progressive light.Winter Tide flips the script by making one of the inhabitants of Innsmouth the heroine of the story. In the world of Winter Tide, the Innsmouth population was indeed incarcerated in camps, some time around 1900. They were moved to deserts, where they were forbidden to read and write. Many were subject to medical experimentation and torture. They were denied the salt they loved and needed.The pace of this book is very slow, but I loved the characters and atmosphere so much that I didn’t care. The fogs of San Francisco and the mists of the Atlantic frame the story in a beautiful Lovecraftian symmetry. There are spells and tentacles, intrigue, and a suitably creepy library at Miskatonic University. Basically, the Lovecraftian tone, the feel of the thing, is dead on, no pun intended.This book takes the great parts of Lovecraft’s world building (general weirdness, a sense of our insignificance in the scale of the universe, tentacles, fogs, creeping horror, references to many Lovecraft stories) and uses it to work towards social justice. All of the main characters that are human have dealt directly with racism, mass incarceration, genocide, homophobia, cultural appropriation, sexism, or a combination. This makes it heavy read but also an exciting one, not because of the plot itself, although it has many exciting moments, but because there is a sense that people who have been downtrodden will rise again. Plus, at intervals there’s food and companionship and jokes and flirtations.I am very much looking forward to further books, but I’m honestly not that wrapped up in what actually happens. I just want to hang out more with Aphra and her found family, not to mention her family under the sea. It’s a great story and a seamless subversion of Lovecraft’s most repellent views while simultaneously being a tribute to his greatest accomplishments.- Carrie S.

  • P. Kirby
    2019-02-13 19:52

    Lovecraft fan fiction without Lovecraft's ponderous prose, but also without any of Lovecraft's creepy atmosphere. I've only read snippets of Lovecraft's writing but based on what little I do know, Winter Tide features a sanitized, gentrified version of the Deep Ones. For me, lacking any significant background in things Lovecraftian, this was stunningly boring. The story follows Agra or Adra, or whatever her name is, a member of a human/not-human species of humanoids who turn fishy after living for some time on land and return to the sea. They lived in the "idyllic" village of Innsmouth until the big, bad gov'ment decided their occult ways were a threat and incarcerated them in a desert internment camp. Years later, the protagonist and her brother are the only land-based members of their species left alive. To belabor the point that they are oppressed, the story explains that these camps would later also be occupied by Japanese during WWII. Although the whole oppressed people thing is heavy-handed, it's the most interesting part of the novel.The bulk of the story, at least in the first third, however, consists of Agra, Adra, whatever, wandering around libraries with her sullen brother and her student/boyfriend and other forgettable people. You'd think that the pace might pick up when the protagonist's sea-dwelling elders arrive on scene, but nope. More dull conversations doth ensue.I picked this up-free, thank Dog--thinking something Lovecraft/Cthulhu would be great for this, the season of things that go bump in the night. Instead it turned out to be the typical dross that the SFF literati swoon over, overwritten, pretentious and dull. The protagonist is prim, stiff, formal and without any charm. Her characterization is one note--she loves books, so therefore, the reader is supposed to love her. Not. The supporting characters are bland and undistinguished one from the other.Best part of the book is the cover.I've got a family member in hospice and don't have the patience for this shite. DNF at 33%.

  • Joe Gannon
    2019-02-01 23:38

    I was really excited when I heard about this book and I I was more excited to win a copy. I really wanted to love it. I liked it.I liked that it used allegory to explore questions that are very relevant, such as what happens when you put an entire culture in a box for the actions of a few, and what the consequences are both short term and long term. I liked that the characters were engaging and had understandable concerns, desires, and flaws. I liked that the language took me back to something resembling Lovecraft.My problem with the book was that it was close to Lovecraftian writing in all the wrong ways. Lovecraft was the master of the slow creep - the hints near the beginning of a story, the clues left throughout the story, followed by the horrible revelation/realization at the end. When you take the creep away, what you're left with is slow. The book was littered with hints and clues, but there was never a horrible realization, or even a satisfactory conclusion to the original plot, and it left me with an incomplete feeling.This read like an origin story, and while I know this review is mixed, I was intrigued enough by the characters to hope I get to visit them in a sequel, perhaps in more exciting circumstances.

  • Rachael Stein
    2019-01-25 00:58

    Ruthanna Emrys fixed Lovecraft for you.

  • Wing Kee
    2019-02-02 00:48

    A beautiful love letter to H.P Lovecraft.World: Best part about the book. The depth of knowledge that Emrys has for Lovecraftian Lore and her usage of it is astounding and she really makes all that lore and mythos come to life in a very real and organic way. The wetting of cold war McCarthyism era United States was also an interesting backdrop to set for these monsters to exist in, it's just good.Story: I'm very reminded by Charles DeLint by her writing but where DeLint and Emrys both really world build the hell out of their books Ermys is even deeper in her world and lore exploration, sometimes to a little detriment to the story. The story is good, the era in which it happens is fine and in reality it's a very small and intimate story, but it's not the story you expected from the blurb in the back of the book. This is not an adventure story it's a character story and it works the way it is. Emrys has done something I've not expected at all, she's made Lovecraft monsters to be the sympathetic characters of the book and her nonchalance of making them real and a part of the world is the core of the story and it reads like off the top of my head My So Called Life with HP Lovecraft. I found it interesting, slow, meticulous, monster slice of life.Characters: Aphra is an interesting character and a great gateway into Lovecraftian lore cause she is Lovecraftian lore. Her personal voice is gentle and beautiful giving readers a fresh new perspective that they won't expect. Caleb is a good pairing and so are the rest of the cast creating a very consistent core of character and tone for the book. The world is amazing, the story is slow and meticulous and the characters are endearing.I like!Onward to the next book!