It’s time my pretties, the moment you’ve been waiting for! Part 2 of H.P. Lovecraftian horror in the magic of Dr. Seuss. Go read Part 1 or Cthulhu won’t seem as cool or lore heavy. . . (probably)

Cthulhu’s Plot

A man looks into the lore and history of everything Cthulhu because his uncle allegedly died of natural causes.

Thumbs up

Dr. Seuss’s art style gels really well with the mend bending/breaking visage that is Lovecraft. While the pictures may not be horrific, they come across as surreal.

Cthulhu world

The color scheme divides itself well. Instead of a prominent blue, they chose green, but we also have more variety with reds, blues, and pink.

Cthulhu
Cthulhu not pictured

Meh

This book is longer than Dagon, which surprises no one. That said, the poetic nature of the book leaves some things to be desired. When I first received the book in the mail, I ran into the other room to read it aloud to my grandma. (No, she didn’t care.)

I first noticed how less it adhered to 6 syllables per line, but still evened out the syllable count. Dagon did this sometimes, but it happens more in Cthulhu. The book is longer so I get it. The structure is the same, it just didn’t carry the expected flow. (That can f@%$ up aloud reading. That or grandmas turning up the radio.)

Dagon
Page 1 – Dagon
Cthulhu
Page 1 – Call of Cthulhu . . .

Now Complain

Narrative

What mostly f@$#ed up my aloud reading though involved re-occuring rhyming and the abrupt lack.

They had told him the meaning
of the words they’d been screaming:
“In this house at R’lyeh,
dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”

In a New Orleans swamp,
less than one year before,
he had broken that cult
in the name of the law.

The Call of Cthulhu – R.J.Ivankovic

It’s not often, but when it happens, your tongue b*tc#slaps you.

Art

As much as I applauded the art earlier, the regular everyday bits get boring. Some of that I can attribute to the narrative. At it’s core, the book is re-telling stories people are telling, so there are a few pages of a guy standing there.

Paired with that, there are more pages of words. Compare it to Dagon and you can see how, before, the words filled empty spaces on a page. Cthulhu, you notice the emptiness a bit more.

Lovecraftian Wonders of Cthulhu

. . . Y’all know how Lovecraft was kinda sorta really racist? Um. . . The book isn’t really doing anything, but somehow kinda makes noticing it easier? Like an uncomfortable, huh, just sorta pops into your brain at some parts. It’s just Lovecraft, NOT Ivankovic, making me go back and question his life choices knowing what I know.

Sorry Lovecraft. I don’t trust you with Eskimos. Actually spelled Esquimaux. I learned stuff.

Final thoughts?

This Cthulhu could use some fat trimming. Ivankovic is obviously a fan of Lovecraft, but that doesn’t mean that in adapting the story you can’t change whatever.

I checked my books and Call of Cthulhu came out first in 2017 and Dagon in 2018. (I also noticed my Dagon is a 1st edition [yay] while Cthulhu is a 2nd [boo]) It’s nice to see a refinement in the craft with only a years difference.

I didn’t love this book the way I did with Dagon, but I experienced enjoyment while reading.

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) (More than likely the grade is lower cause Dagon always had a special place in my heart)

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