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Deep Roots

Aphra Marsh descendant of the People of the Water has survived Deep One internment camps and made a grudging peace with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her. I really enjoyed this novel but let s be real here this isn t your average Cthulhu monster novel full of mystery and intrigue and reveals that turn your hair white in disbelief There aren t even 1d6 investigators to throw into the open maw of a multitentacled AND multidimensional immortal beastieBut there are multitentacled and multidimensional immortal beasties ghouls Deep Ones halfbreeds and Creatures of Air Not to mention strange boxes a focus on books legacy and the ultimate fate of mankind I mean the whole thing that comes with a Cthulhu tale is the realization that we re insignificant specks of poop in a disturbed nightmare of a dead but sleeping god Of course our fates are up in the airBut that s where we take our tale out of the norm and place it firmly in the hands of a nuanced and careful character who has been locked away in a concentration camp thanks to her own country who only wants to read and preserve her culture who had suffered a massacre of almost all her people on her home soil in Innsmouth And she s a monster An immature Deep One Who likes books and just wants to be left alone But thanks to the FBI and her folks under the sea and a nightmare of diplomacy with other Outsiders that reckon diplomatic negotiations in terms of 50 thousand years she s thrown right into a tangled tentacular soup trying to protect the flies that s us humans with the super technologically advanced multidimensional space traveling immortals that WE call Lovecraftian horrorsThe premise and deep exploration of characters and processes and reveals including dreamwalking magics and threats from well meaning gods that think that consuming us is a proper way to preserve us forever is a perfect delight It is NOT a humorous tale however So fans of Stross Laundry Files should be forewarned It is however philosophical ethical and it tries to answer all the uestions about what constitutes MONSTERS No one is at fault but the power differentials are immense and even the flies can stingI m perfectly on board for reading this series until the end of time It s deep clever and monstrous

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T torn down by greedy developers but as she searches she discovers that people have been going missing She will have to unravel the mystery or risk seeing her way of life slip awa. What I find most interesting about this particular pattern of themes and the way they emerge in the novel is that the author presents a potential solution to a very real problem We all want the world to be a better place We want to vanuish oppression and fear and be really truly free But in order to do that we first need to be open and honest with the people around us about who we are and what we are while at the same time being accepting of those differences However to get to that point we need to work at it because that s just how the world works nothing of true value can be had for free We cannot simply wish a better world into being nor can we start from scratch We have to work with what we have and since this imperfect uncaring world is all we ve got we might as well start here with what we can change ourselvesFull review here

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People on land Deep Roots continues Aphra’s journey to rebuild her life and family on land as she tracks down long lost relatives She must repopulate Innsmouth or risk seeing i. That was satisfying More laterReal Rating 375 of fiveThe Publisher Says Aphra Marsh descendant of the People of the Water has survived Deep One internment camps and made a grudging peace with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her people on land Deep Roots continues Aphra s journey to rebuild her life and family on land as she tracks down long lost relatives She must repopulate Innsmouth or risk seeing it torn down by greedy developers but as she searches she discovers that people have been going missing She will have to unravel the mystery or risk seeing her way of life slip awayMy Review Second novel in what I devoutly hope will be an ongoing exploration of the Lovecraftian or Cthulhu Mythos by ULTBAG Author Emrys this time it s the Summer Solstice so we re six months after the events of Winter Tide The writing is as always luxurious and replete with the most pleasurably unexpected moments of character definitionNeko s familiar dreams lay open above me Twists of color scattered images buildings imagined cities the people on the subway She twitched among incomplete ideas They spilled over the edges of everyday reality coloring directions that she wasn t able to travel Aphra is speaking of her Nisei internee sister from the campsHe separated his hands unraveling finger from finger Ron Spector gay FBI agent is described here He is a man torn and mended one too many timesA pale man gangling in a tweed jacket walked hunched as if against blistering wind arms tight across his chest He caught sight of an awning marked in Chinese characters and shuddered hurrying on Lovecraft cameo And bloody well perfectIn every case Author Emrys makes this kind of observation completely without fuss or fanfare These are the characters the behaviors and thoughts are theirs no need to make a song and dance about it this is what that person would dosayfeel I trust Author Emrys implicitly to tell me what I need to know when it is most helpful for me to know it This is a characteristic of all of her writing that I ve read It s why I will buy and read of her stories as and when they come out The Mythos itself is replete with amazing juicy weirdnesses like the Mi Go or as the Deep Ones call them meigo betentacled crustaceany Outer Ones whose corporeal presence in out tediously limited and limiting 4D spacetime isn t remotely complete entire segments of the creatures exist in dimensions we cannot access with our sensory euipment Here s one image of the beings slightly off from what Author Emrys s evocation of them summons in my brain but better than trying to word paint them for you or spoil the book s amazing evocation so you can get some traction on where this story isThe Outer Ones are repugnant to Aphra our main character they aren t right the way she knows that she herself isn t right to People of the Air like thee and me But they are practically speaking immortal unlimited by mere 4D spacetime s demands and so vastly intelligent than merely mortal Humanity they have developed a strange moral code they adhere to they are very much creatures of deep philosophical thoughtDoesn t Nyarlathotep tell even you to ask the most dangerous uestions and travel as far as you need wherever you need to find the answersNyarlathobuddha sounds like to meTo accept without trying to change the errors of the universe Worse though to let our haven enforce the illusion that the universe can always be altered Architecture as debate Very much my thrice mate s style Spoken by one of the Outer Ones allied with Aphra about the leader of the Outer Ones s oppositionWe seek the civilizations capable of living with difference who can look on the vast and variable universes without fear who can recognize wisdom wherever it s foundThis then is the heart of the Outer Ones s need in our dimension They are learning about us for their own purposes not uite like the Yith those truly immortal and utterly amoral scholars and recorders in the Archive of the entire body of knowledge that all beings in all dimensions have accumulatedThey boast of all they ve learned but write nothing down and call their work finished when all they ve done is talk They see everything and learn nothing they are an embarrassment to NyarlathotepThe Mi Go need something This is value for them created value that pleases Nyarlathotep The Yith As we learned last book and as several of Aphra s confluence her metaphor for created family logical as opposed to biological family continue to wrestle with the aftermath of in this story they aren t interested in what the knowledge they are collecting is they are only determined to collect it however and wherever they can conseuences be hanged Which is why Winter Tide took place in Arkham and at Miskatonic University and now that the Outer Ones are the opponents where better to acuire truly useful knowledge than New York CityAuthor Emrys agrees with me She celebrates the very things that make this my homeNew York is full of immigrants and the United States is used to taking them in we may be able to help youThe city s rhythm was constant when I paid it mind but fickle in its effects It could buoy me with excess energy then wear me out a moment later with the pace of its million heartbeatsOutside the breeze brought relief still rich with sweat and trash but topped with the remnant of sugared pastry and the homesick scent of hot dogsNew York for all its height and humanity was a breath from the ocean and would pass in a geological instantGigantically and brobdingnagianly replete with differences and conflicts and all the other things that vastly increase a culture s store of knowledge and wisdom New York is the perfect place for the Outer Ones to set up shop Add in the borning Cold War the incredible postwar economic boom and the seaportwell I ask you What better stewpot pressure cooker percolator of a place to locate a spy ring Which is what the Outer Ones aretheir internal factions can t agree whether to continue to passively watch Humanity boil itself or out of deep savior complex fantasy needs to intervene and helpforce us to behaveWe needed Nnnnnn gt vvv s passivist faction to reassert their influence and to hold sway over what their species did on EarthBut Aphra and Company need to adjust their prickly offended sensibilities to the Outer Ones s very real intent to help fellow creatures on a path to self destruct You think we don t understand family but we do We recognize many kinds of family many kinds of connections that matter We understand duties beyond obedience and loyalty that can transcend species We re not the demons you think tempting children away from the safe shadow of the gravestone We serve a greater purpose tooBut help ain t help when it ain t asked for is it And that is where the whole rushing roaring climax of the story leads us What help are we willing to ask for And what price offering to help a species that in the main wants to vomit when your pandimensional person enters its members s frames of referenceGood timesThe attentive will recall that I gave Winter Tide four and a half stars two years ago Then the attentive will cast their eyes upon my less than four stars rating for this book Then consider the warbles of pleasure in this story and its writing its very universe that have occupied me for over a thousand words What gives Papaw the attentive will askFreddy and Frances excess baggage S vlk Obed Marsh Catherine Trumbull and Shelean not one of these characters has a hope in hell of making a lasting impression on the reader I have read this book twice a year apart That was deliberate and calculated I wanted to be absolutely sure I felt that I was fair and reasonable in my annoyance and subseuent chastisement of almost a whole star s docking I mean it s not like Author Emrys will be hurt and dismayed about my review or like there ll be any kind of backlash but it s an article of faith with me that I should behave online the way I would in person and I m always uick to praise and deliberate in disappointmentThe extra characters add little detract much and cost a great deal of forward momentum The fact is that I m always shifting gears like driving a five speed sports car up Lombard Street in San Francisco during rush hour The issue grows and becomes very distracting by halfway through the book I want the urgency of Winter Tide to continue and with the immense broadening of this story it does not I did not want to offer false praise and I haven t I did not want to stint on what I feel is merited celebration of Author Emrys s reimagined Mythos and I do not think that I have but in the end and after a year s thought and consideration I can t help but share Aphra s prayer for Cthulhu s help in her desperately overworked mind s ease a Cthulhu help me sleep in the shadow of others dreams Teach me patience in the shadow of frustrated desire Teach me stillness in the shadow of ever changing threats


10 thoughts on “Deep Roots

  1. says:

    The title captures it perfectly; uiet deep thoughtful Well yes there are multiple dimensions and worlds and horrors from the night and a smattering of G men who are paranoid the Russkies might get their hands on powerful weapons before the Americans do There's also uestions of families of bloodlines of spiritualism and of living one

  2. says:

    I really enjoyed this novel but let's be real here this isn't your average Cthulhu monster novel full of mystery and intrigue and reveals that turn your hair white in disbelief There aren't even 1d6 investigators to throw into the open maw of a multitentacled AND multidimensional immortal beastieBut there are multitentacled and multidimensional immortal beasties ghouls Deep Ones halfbreeds and Creatures of Air Not to mention st

  3. says:

    Aphra Marsh's uest of resettling Innsmouth to New York where her confluence runs into a snag two factions of Outer OnesI enjoyed Winter Tide uite a bit so I pre ordered this Oddly enough I was approved for an ARC on Netgalley AND a friend ga

  4. says:

    IDK maybe I had to read the first one but this book just did not blow my skirt up I found it extremely difficult to read and follow the storyline like I said maybe I should have read the first one first This one was a bail for me

  5. says:

    That was satisfying More laterReal Rating 375 of fiveThe Publisher Says Aphra Marsh descendant of the People of

  6. says:

    The first book in this series Winter Tide introduced a Lovecraftian mythos Earth with a found family where the monsters are just other sorts of peopleAphra Marsh and her confluence are seeking other humans with connections to the Deep Ones so that they can repopulate Innsmouth before the whole town is swallowed up by devel

  7. says:

    I really really loved the first book in this series Winter Tide so when I had the opportunity to read an ARC of Deep Roots I jumped at the chance I really enjoyed both books but was also a bit surprised by how different they wereIn Winter Tide the plot felt almost secondary to me what I loved about the book was the character development and the approach to themes of chosen family and how to rebuild one's life Deep Roots on the oth

  8. says:

    Although I didn't like the story in this one uite as much as the first it was pretty close and this seuel to Winter Tide really is extremely good Emrys is a wonderfully accomplished writer and I love reading her books as much for that uality as for the stories she tells I am most definitely on board for the next one

  9. says:

    What I find most interesting about this particular pattern of themes and the way they emerge in the novel is that the author presents

  10. says:

    Emrys continues to write beautifully about a diverse cast of characters and cosmic horrors that are much human than we'd expect from

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