The Litany of Earth

The Litany of Earth

Ruthanna Emrys / Jan 25, 2020

The Litany of Earth The state took Aphra away from Innsmouth They took her history her home her family her god They tried to take the sea Now years later when she is just beginning to rebuild a life an agent of tha

  • Title: The Litany of Earth
  • Author: Ruthanna Emrys
  • ISBN: 9781466868946
  • Page: 278
  • Format: ebook
  • The state took Aphra away from Innsmouth They took her history, her home, her family, her god They tried to take the sea Now, years later, when she is just beginning to rebuild a life, an agent of that government intrudes on her life again, with an offer she wishes she could refuse The Litany of Earth is a dark fantasy story inspired by the Lovecraft mythos.

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    1. “Some people think that ‘power’ is a good answer, and it isn’t. The power that can be found in magic is less than what you get from a gun, or a badge, or a bomb…. What magic is for is understanding. Knowledge. And it won’t work until you know how little that gets you.”this was a surprisingly good story. my surprise has nothing to do with either the author, who is completely new to me, or the free tor shorts themselves, despite our on-again/off-again relationship. it has everything [...]

    2. Rating: 4* of five“The state is not one entity. It is changing. And when it changes, it’s good for everyone. The people you could help us stop are truly hurting others. And the ones being hurt know nothing of what was done to your family. Will you hold the actions of a few against them? Should more families suffer because yours did?”And so Ruthanna Emrys casts the first stone in the civil war we fight among our many ill-taught unlearned people. The tale continues in Winter Tide, which I am [...]

    3. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

      e, is for Emrys.3.5 Stars Foreword by a Vampire Ninja:I am NOT well versed in Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, in fact: I am not even versed in it AT ALL. I have never touched a book on the subject. The beginning and end of my knowledge has been garnered from snippets of conversation on the interwebz OR friend's brief discussions. In short: this is about the extent of my Cthulhu knowledgeThat's right. NOTHING!So if, for some unknown reason, you come on my review to argue mythos or continuity. well ju [...]

    4. e is for Emrys3.5 starsBEWARE! CTHULHU!!!!I have never read anything by H.P. Lovecraft before. And I know that a lot of people have. I know a teensy weensy little bit about his mythos involving his legendary Cthulhu monster but not a lot. And this story is set in the same world as that mythos. So, some of the story was unfortunately lost in translation for me which is why it didn't get more stars. Because there were some things that I absolutely loved about this short story. I loved the world bu [...]

    5. Interesting story that uses Lovecraft's Innsmouth story for its inspiration, picking up several years after the raids of the town. Aphra Marsh, along with her Japanese American friends, is rebuilding a life after years in camps in the desert. I appreciated Emrys' use of the actual imprisonment of Japanese Americans to highlight the unethical incarceration of individuals. There's a lot of fog and humidity references in this short, all things Aphra was denied while growing up in prison.

    6. An original take on Cthulhu mythos. Anyone who has read Lovecraft will recognize the names and places and hints of the past events (the Yith, the Shoggoth, Cthulhu, the Marshes, Innsmouth). This story deals with the aftermath of the government's treatment of Innsmouth. While it is not necessary, I'd recommend reading The Shadow Over Innsmouth before this.'The state stole nearly two decades of my life. The state killed my father, and locked the rest of my family away from anything they thought mi [...]

    7. The people of the water are born in shadow on the land, but what they make beneath the waves will live in glory till the dying sun burns away their last shelter.Aphra Marsh is a survivor of interment camp. Her old town was Innsmouth. For you, o not versed, Innsmouth is a fictional place of Lovecraftian horror. ( The Shadow Over Innsmouth )More than a short story this is a sneek peak into the book of this author - Winter Tide . Takes place in the 1940s, after the war. Emrys (really??) narrate wit [...]

    8. Extra bias ahoy, since this is a story from our sitebut with that caveat up front, wow. A Lovecraftian story told from the perspective of a Deep One hybrid Innsmouth survivor, this doesn't just subvert HP Lovecraft, it turns it on it's head & makes his Mythos about found families, outsiders & outcasts, & finding love in an uncaring world. We've got a follow-up, WINTER TIDE, coming early in 2017 & it's so good. Like I said, take this with a grain of saltbut it's amazing stuff. --M [...]

    9. This is a good story that I didn't really like.I appreciate the main message, about cultural appropriation and the tendency of humanity to demonize what it doesn't understand. In the world of "The Litany of Earth," the deep ones are not human, but they're not inhuman. They're people, with strange cultural practices and an odd appearance, but they're not really fundamentally different as they are depicted here. And that's the problem, to my mind. "The Litany of Earth" is written as a deconstructi [...]

    10. Review also published hereDisclaimer: After buying this story and procrastinating on getting started, the novel sequel to it appeared as an ARC in my mailbox. While I made the purchase independently, I read it with that knowledge in mind.The Litany of Earth is the first story written by Ruthanna Emrys that I've read so far. The idea of a somewhat-sequel to H.P. Lovecraft's The Shadow Over Innsmouth caught my attention while browsing for Kindle short stories, and I picked it up. However, this st [...]

    11. A fascinating and brilliant take on Lovecraftian themes, Emrys pushes the boundaries in a tale that is both enthralling and new.

    12. The original Cthulhu mythos doesn't do much for me, but I'm very much enjoying the modern trend toward deconstructing it. And Emrys's writing is spare and lovely, perfect for evoking the viewpoint of an immortal species drawn to drift beneath the waves. This was all set to be four stars until the ending, which I found awkwardly abrupt, with the climactic character moment occurring off-screen. (It's possible I would have found the ending less jarring more had my expectations been better-set by th [...]

    13. This is a gem of a story, set in postwar 1940s San Francisco, which extends the examination of the legacy of the Japanese-American internment camps and the Holocaust into the realm of Lovecraftian fantasy. It's particularly interesting in light of the xenophobic themes of the original Lovecraft stories, which I should add I read only some of, and that a long time ago. The language is beautiful and transparent, the themes of identity, friendship, and othering strong but not preachy. I'm looking f [...]

    14. I first encountered this unexpected gem of Mythos lit in Scott R. Jones' unique and masterfully edited Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis, and noted in my review that Emrys' tale was the real star of the anthology. I'm gonna go ahead and quote my own review, since I already said it:*****". . . the heart, and possibly also the point, of the collection is Ruthanna Emrys' "The Litany of Earth." Here we meet Aphra Marsh (of those Marshes), a mild, devout "Aeonist" in a world where they are a p [...]

    15. This is the novelette that establishes the world and the characters upon which Ruthanna Emrys builds her novel, WINTER TIDE. I found it free on the Tor website ( tor/2014/05/14/the-li ). The Litany of Earth is spare and clear. This is the back story that is recounted in the novel. The novelette, like the novel are much more about character, and situation than about plot, but the concept is brilliant, and the main character, Aphra Marsh is fascinating.Read the novelette. If you like it, you will [...]

    16. The Litany of Earth is a short novella, roughly 32 pages, depicting the life of Aphra Marsh. Aphra Marsh is an unusual protagonist as she is a Deep One hybrid and trying to make a normal life for herself amongst humans. While short, The Litany of the Earth serves as one of the best deconstructions of Lovecraftian horror in years. I admit to firm bias as one of the things I was tackling when writing Cthulhu Apocalypse: Death May Die was how to deal with the Othering of other races. I could ignore [...]

    17. I stumbled across a link to this story on I09 and I am so very happy that I did. Set some time after Lovecraft's "Shadow Over Innsmouth", it explores the repercussions of the American government's discovery of the Deep Ones and the various other cults (called Aeonists)devoted to the worship of eldritch abominations. Aphra Marsh and her family were taken from Innsmouth and held in camps for decades deep in the desert and far from the sea destined to be their eternal homes when the change came upo [...]

    18. The narrator is a woman taken as a child from Innsmouth, placed in care and kept far from the sea; her experience is explicitly compared to the innocent Japanese-Americans interred during the Second World War. And like them, her family just wanted a quiet life: “Most religions consist largely of good people trying to get by. No matter what names they worship, or what church they go to, or what language they pray in.” Other, more modern parallels are clearly intended here, of course. And the [...]

    19. You can read this novella online here, and it’s good background to have if you’re interested in reading Emrys’ novel, Winter Tide. It helps orientate you and figure out the characters, how they’re related, what they care about, where they’ve been. I paused in reading Winter Tide to read this, and it definitely clarified things. In fact, I liked it more than Winter Tide: it felt better paced, perhaps because it does have to have a beginning, middle and end in a fairly short stretch of w [...]

    20. Found this novelette by accident, and started reading it on my way home from work yesterday. It's probably one of the best Lovecraft pastiches that I know of, similar in intent to Neil Gaiman's "The Problem of Susan"--taking the unpleasant subtext of an acknowledged classic and delivering a story that's both critique and tribute. HP Lovecraft was famously driven in part by a horror of race-mixing, and here Emrys is using his universe to tell a powerful story about bigotry and cultural appropriat [...]

    21. Rating 3.4 I've never read Lovecraft, so I think some nuances of the story escape me. I'll try to read some Cthulhu Mythos, and maybe re-read this one. Not bad all the same.Link here:tor/stories/2014/05/th

    22. I tried to read Lovecraft, once upon a time, and failed. I don't care much for the neo-Lovecraftian stories, either. Still, I try. Every once in awhile. I've read Lovecraft was a deeply disturbed, severely repressed person. Apparently, from accounts and reviews I've read, he was an extreme racist as well. I find it seriously weird that the pseudo-religion he created lives on in stories like this one to this day. But L. Ron Hubbard has his fans, too. Each to his own, I say. But I can't say I unde [...]

    23. I haven't read any Lovecraft and the extent of my knowledge is what I've gleaned from pop culture diffusion. However, I heard that this novelette was accessible regardless, and I've been interested in Ruthanna Emrys' new novel, so I thought I would give it a try. This is a quiet story about recovering and reclaiming your life after a trauma, and I found that I really liked it. The beginning was a bit too slow for me, and this is probably a result of my own lack of knowledge. It's clear that this [...]

    24. This is interesting. This is basically set in a world where magic practitioners were kept in internment camps and experimented upon. The state has walked back on it, and is now dealing with potential rogue magic practitioners. They therefore turn to Aphra (a survivor of the internment camps) and ask her to help them investigate. (There's also a side-plot where she teaches her employer magic.)The magic system is apparently based on Lovecraft, but I'm not familiar enough with it to pick up the sim [...]

    25. This was a fantastic short. Introspective writing and a moody atmosphere. Really looking forward to starting the series based on it.

    26. It's a few years after the end of World War II, and Aphra Marsh is living in San Francisco. She's living with a family that, like her own, spent the war locked up as possible threats, despite neither guilt nor evidence, solely based on group identity.The Kotos are Japanese-Americans.Aphra Marsh is something else, as her family was. The greatest cruelty they were subjected to was isolation from the sea.With most of her family and all their possessions gone, and having lived too much of her life i [...]

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