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characters The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ä 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 herBut the journey sends her on a uest across the Dreamlands aUest across the Dreamlands and into her own mysterious past where some secrets were never meant to surfa. The writing in this book was odd from the beginning Very stilted And then there were some seriously confusing sentences Here are two examples He offered her two additional gifts of great value a password that should secure safe passage and the aid of any ghouls she encountered and a carved red opal suspended from a fine black iron chain which would allow her to see in the lightless under realmsI had to reread that three or four times because I kept counting that as three gifts rather than two She took this to mean she should climb its back and it was thus they crossed her face inches above the gaping vertical mouth that split its head in halfAgain I had to reread because I thought the creature she was riding had its head split in half I never did figure out what this one meantThe writing bothered me yes but I also found the story to be rather dull Of the 166 pages I think at least 140 was spent on the journey I never felt attached to the college itself and didn't entirely buy the whole reason for the journeyI wish I knew about the Lovecraft story that inspired this I'm guessing it was something about the gods themselves Anyway any interest I might have had in the story was killed by the writing and I didn't have much interest in the first place

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Dents elopes with a dreamer from the waking world Vellitt must retrieve herBut the journey sends her on a. I didn't plan for it but this is my second in a row fan fic story The title should have been familiar from a highschool short foray into Lovecraftian horror but the source of inspiration only became clear to me when reading the afterword acknowledgements I first read it at ten thrilled and terrified and uncomfortable with the racism but not yet aware that the total absence of women was also problematic This story is my adult self returning to a thing I loved as a child and seeing whether I could make adult sense of it Kij Johnson is keeping the vision of Lovecraft alive approaching the Dreamland from a different perspective while remaining faithful to the call of adventure and to the sense of horror that lurks around almost every corner In The Dream uest of Unknown Kadath Lovecraft sends his hero Randolph Carter on a wild chase through a parallel universe a place where dreams become nightmares and where fickle gods hide in the immensity of space Vellitt Boe is a teacher from this scary Dreamland and she sets out on her own uest to cross over into our reality and recover one of her errant students Clarie Jurat who eloped with a dreamer as the likes of Randolph Carter are known in the underworldVellitt Boe is the kind of heroine I would like to find often in fantasy novels She's the complete opposite of the young feisty princess with a hidden talent in either combat or magic torn between two hansome and rich dreamboys At first glance Vellitt Boe is an elderly staid and predictable math teacher Celephaian Doctor of Teoretics and esteemed Professor Maior at Ulthar's ancient and honorable University Faced with the crisis of her runaway star student Clarie Vellitt Boe proves to be not only resourceful and determined but also young at heart and ready for adventure You see she was not always a professor She had been born in the harbor town of Jaren where the frigid Xari spilled into the northern reaches of the Cerenarian Sea; but in her nineteenth year she left and for years after that she voyaged crossed plains and forests and fenlands; ascended mountains and walked in the belly of the under realms; sailed in strange hulled boats across unfamiliar oceans under the low sky She had travelled until she realized that this yearning life could not be sustained that time woul eventually erode away her strength and courage; and so she stopped She applied to the Women's college of the University of Celephais and settled into rooms there a perfect student brilliant and disciplined She received her Physical Studies degree in Mathematics and came to Ulthar to stay and grow old and teach other young women rational responses to their restlessness It had been sensible a reasonable end to her far travelling youth The restlessness of youth and the call of the distant exotic lands beyond the horizon which of us has stopped hearing its song Is this not what we seek in all these fantasy novels on our shelves A little mystery a little danger a little romance to relieve the boredom of a routine life among concrete and glass towers Is this not what we dream about when we look in the windows of travel agencies or on the internet at the unusual holiday destinations Now where did I put my tent my sleeping bag and my camera I want to join Vellitt Boe on her journey Dropping the tinder box into its little interior pocket she lifted the rucksack by its shoulder straps It was lighter than it would have been for she no longer had rope and grapnel nor her blanket roll nor the compact little cooking kit she once carried; but it was heavy enough for all that On an impulse she walked into the bedroom and looked at herself in the pier mirror A stranger infinitely familiar stared back a stern eyed woman in walking tweeds with heavy laced boots and black and silver hair pulled away from her lined face An old woman but not soft or she thought with a sudden inward wry laugh perhaps not uite 'old' but also softer than she had been Vellitt Boe sets out on her uest and soon enough it becomes evident that the journey itself is the story rather than the destination Yes we have a plot and a terrible curse that can only be avoided if Clarie Jurat is returned from our Earth back to the Dreamlands But in the Dreamland the game is played by different rules reality is like a soft putty in the hands of the local gods and the fate of individuals is just a game for their amusement Vellitt Boe is sent from one corner of the realm to the other in her sdearch for a magical key to unlock the Gate of Deeper Slumber Inhospitable deserts haunted forests ice encrusted mountain peaks monster infested caves stormy seas and angry gods cannot stop her Perhaps Ulthar and the rest are just ants under the feet of fighting drunkards Or perhaps a hate filled god revels in destruction and pain and causes it however he may I have a confession to make I have cheated a little and also read the original Lovecraft novella in order to make sense of the Vellitt Boe Journey My comments from this point on are coloured by the knowledge of the difference between Randolph Carter and Vellitt Boe and of why Kij Johnson felt the neeed to revisit the classic tale The clue is in a small observation made by a Dreamland priest and former travel companion of Vellit Boe This guy makes a snarky remark that women are incapable of big dreams that what they are limited to images of houses flower gardens and smiling children Condescendent much Is it possible that 'hate filled god' that revels in pain and destruction is a reference to the tormented and openly racist mysoginistic Lovecraft SPOILER ALERT The answer can be found uite late in the uest by a meeting between Vellitt Boe and Lovecraft's hero Randolph Carter master dreamer adventurer now a king in the Dreamland It appears they have journeyed together even fallen in love when they were both young and thirsty for adventure but then they drifted apart Surprisingly maybe it wasn't Randolph who felt shackled in the relationship but the young girl known then as Veline He had been a man like many so wrapped and rapt in his own story that there was no room for the world around him except as it served his own tale When were women ever anything but footnotes to men's tales Here's the rub the uest for the Unknown Kadath is all taking place inside the head of Randolph Carter he created the Dreamland the fickle gods and the nightmares It's why the Anglo Saxons were superior to all the other races in the underworld why women are not even once mentioned during the long and eventful journey why all the lesser creatures exist only to serve theur lord and master Ultimately why the original novella feels dated and even uncomfortably racist in places Why a different dreamer may respond to a different call and will search for a different destination at the end of her uestVellitt Boe visits almost all the fantastic places that were on the original map of Randolph Carter and than a few new ones She fights creatures of darkness and she marvels at the obsidian and jasper cities of the Dreamland She travels alone and her old bones often complain about the hardships but she never gives up Because her uest is not about her self discovery but about saving the Dreamland about making a world fit for everybody young or old light skinned or dark skinned woman or man Come to think of it Vellitt Boe might change not only the Dreamland but also our own world once she finds the gate to cross over into our reality Because in our reality women are not treated a whole lot better thant in the Dreamlands of the Randolph Carters She could feel it settling about her what this world would expect of a woman her age She fit scarcely naturally here than in her own land I was a fan of Kij Johnson before reading this novella and I was lucky to read it before trying the Lovecraft original because I was able to appreciate the uest on its own merits not only by comparison In my opinion Kij Johnson is clearly the better writer her prose intensely emotional and intriguing without all the lurid adjectives Lovecraft loved so much But I should also acknowledge the role of Lovecraft as the catalyst as the master dreamer who can still amaze us with the immense scope and unrelenting darkness of his visionI would recommend reading both short novels in whatever order pleases you

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The Dream Quest of Vellitt BoeProfessor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College When one of her most gifted stu. We’ve seen this book so many times – someone from our world ends up in a portal universe and goes adventuring Everyone from the portal world with all their rich stories cultures relationships dreams becomes just a part of the landscape a prop for our protagonists to experience a strange world and discover themselves The Dream uest of Vellitt Boe is not this bookThis is a book about people and cultures from the portal world – the Dreamlands People from our world might end up there by dreaming but they only appear as characters in passing and never have much conseuence Still whenever people from the waking world reach the Dreamlands they are just as arrogant as any characters we’ve seen in other works He had been a man like many so wrapped and rapt in his own story that there was no room for the world around him except as it served his own tale the black men of Parg and Kled and Sona Nyl the gold men of Thorabon and Ophir and Rinar; and all the women invisible everywhere except when they brought him drinks or sold him food—all walk on parts in the play that was Randolph Carter or even wallpaper Later on we get to meet this lovely man He loved who he was Randolph Carter master dreamer adventurer To him she had been landscape an articulate crag he could ascend a face to put to this place When were women ever anything but footnotes to men’s tales But this book is not about Randolph Carter This book is about Vellitt BoeMeet Vellitt Boe She is a 55 year old brave adventurer from the Dreamlands She’s also an esteemed Math professor And in between teaching at the university climbing mountains fighting off scary creatures sailing the open seas adventuring in various underworlds verbally sparring with messengers of the gods and going on epic uests that can change the world she finds the time for dresses hair and fine foods and drinksIn other worlds Vellitt Boe is just like most women I knowOh I forgot the most important detail She has a cat sidekickBut before I go on let’s take a step back and give some background The Dream uest of Vellitt Boe is a retelling of Lovecraft’s “The Dream uest of Unknown Kadath” As I mentioned in my review of another Hugo finalist The Ballad of Black Tom I haven’t read Lovecraft’s works Perhaps I would have understood and appreciated this novella better if I had but I still loved it and so can youVellitt is smart resourceful self depreciating and extremely relatable When I was reading about her travels I felt I’ve been through the same experiences – devising efficient ways to pack to travel light but also take everything necessary the wanderlust the sense of adventure and discovery the safety concerns waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of lock picking Okay I did wake up once to the sound of what I thought was lock picking when I was staying by myself at a dodgy place but it turned out to be a mouse and the beast had no problem entering my room It’s decided I need a cat sidekick when I travel tooI was a bit disappointed the cat didn’t get to do much It did fight off some creatures in the beginning and then detected the lock picking but most of the time it seemed to be there to be cool or as a nod to the original Lovecraft story – as far as I understand there was a cat there as well I felt it could have played a much bigger role At least it gets respect The small black cat in its blue collar had accompanied Vellitt to her audience and been well rewarded Carter had saluted it with honor as a noble of its species and it had been served with its own fine foods mountain clear water minced mice and a tiny fish still flipping its tail in a lapis dish MINCED MICE Seriously it’s eating minced miceDuring her travels Vellitt never falls into the trap of becoming the type of arrogant adventurer she dislikes She encounters ghouls and all kinds of horrific creatures and it would have been extremely easy to dehumanize them but she never does My only complain with the book is that it raises a major uestion which remains unanswered and I was looking forward to a satisfying reveal Hopefully it will be addressed in future booksOverall a stunning epic fast paced fantasy uest It was a bit too heavy on the world building at points which might not be everyone’s cup of tea but the story and characters are still strong and compelling With so many great novellas I’ll have a really hard time deciding on my Hugo vote