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That Darn Squid God by Nick Pollotta & James Clay
Review by Drew Bittner
Double Dragon Publishing Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781554045198
Date: 25 December 2007 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Adventurers Professor Felix Einstein and his comrade, Lord Carstairs, are in a sticky wicket: the moon is rotating to show its hidden face to the Earth, heralding the rise of the dreaded Squid God. Cultists are running amuck, the pillars of civilization are a-tremble and, well, it's becoming difficult to keep a stiff upper lip.

Unless Einstein and Carstairs can get to the murky heart of this damnable business, however, a stiff upper lip may be the very least of their problems.

From official release/information:

Product Description: In the year 1881, the moon suddenly begins to turn around and reveal its long-hidden darker side to the startled world. While most of Humanity finds the event fascinating, two British explorers know the horrible truth. The rotating moon is the legendary sign that foreshadows the return of a prehistoric demon, the monstrous destroyer of Atlantis, an unkillable colossus known only as the deadly, dreaded Squid God. Racing around the world, and against the clock, Prof. Einstein and Lord Carstairs battle the fanatical legions of Squid God worshippers in a valiant effort to stop the ghastly rebirthing ceremony and keep the demonic mollusk locked in the stygian depths of its unearthly lair. Authors Nick Pollotta & James Clay have lovingly crafted a splendid Fantasy/Adventure, heavily laced with their classic off-the-wall humor, and sprinkled with a light dusting of parody toward the legendary works of H.P. Lovecraft, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and just about everything else from the golden glory days of Victorian England.

"'That Darn Squid God" rewrites literary history, remodels London worse than the Blitz, and convinces that it is wise never to deny the supremacy of British womanhood! What more can you ask?" ANALOG SF MAGAZINE

"Nick Pollotta is the funniest man in SF!" GENE WOLFE, two-time Nebula Award winner

"Funny, compelling and an absolute pleasure to read. The finest comedy/fantasy I have read this year!" ETERNAL NIGHT SF MAGAZINE

"Delightfully entertaining!" Robin Wood

"It's not often a book of this nature comes along and you do not want to miss it. Pollotta and Clay are trying to corner humorous fantasy and this tale gives them a firm foundation." BARYON SF MAGAZINE

"Set in Victorian England in the year 1881, That Darn Squid God is an hilarious parody of the otherworldly mythos of H. P. Lovecraft, strewn with delightful trappings of mystery and magic. Tongue-and-cheek humor with a fresh, and fast-paced, narrative style set apart That Darn Squid God as a fantastically funny end-of-the-world ride." MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

".and those who hunt the night alone,
With sword and gun, with cross and bone,
Will sneer at Death, and refuse to kneel,
When graveyard chimes being to peal."
from 'Heroes, or Idiots?'
author unknown

(Source: Double Dragon Publishing)

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