Originally published at: https://library.hrmtc.com/2018/02/28/hero-of-dreams/
Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Hero of Dreams by Brian Lumley.
This book is the first of a series by Lumley set in the Dreamlands of H.P. Lovecraft, a milieu first devised for such stories as “Celephais” and “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.” But the tone of Lumley’s yarn doesn’t manage to carry forward the neo-Dunsanian atmosphere that Lovecraft cultivated. Nor–despite a smattering of allusions to Titus Crow and his adventures–is it really a match for other more Cthulhu-oriented Lovecraftian yarns that I’ve read by Lumley. Instead, it reminded me of nothing so much as the Dying Earth stories by Jack Vance. It has a similar tongue-in-cheek feel of fantastic, almost psychedelic contrivance; which is not to say that it is in any sense laborious. The story was an effortlessly digestible confection. And despite the promise of further volumes, it provided a complete and satisfying plot. [via]