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The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe (Paperback)
— From Adelaide
I loved this dream-like story and especially its inspiration as a feminist take on Lovecraft's mythology. Vellit Boe is a professor in her mid-fifties whose quiet life at the University is interrupted by a student's decision to run off with a man from the waking world. She embarks on a journey to find a way into his mysterious land, all the while contending with angry gods, monstrous creatures and a sexist society that any readers of Lovecraft will immediately recognize. Kij Johnson's prose is gorgeous and her descriptions of the dream-lands are breathtaking.
Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women's College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.
"Kij Johnson's haunting novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is both a commentary on a classic H.P. Lovecraft tale and a profound reflection on a woman's life. Vellitt's quest to find a former student who may be the only person who can save her community takes her through a world governed by a seemingly arbitrary dream logic in which she occasionally glimpses an underlying but mysterious order, a world ruled by capricious gods and populated by the creatures of dreams and nightmares. Those familiar with Lovecraft's work will travel through a fantasy landscape infused with Lovecraftian images viewed from another perspective, but even readers unfamiliar with his work will be enthralled by Vellitt's quest. A remarkable accomplishment that repays rereading." ―Pamela Sargent, winner of the Nebula Award
About the Author
KIJ JOHNSON is an American fantasy writer noted for her adaptations of Japanese myths and folklore. Her Tor.com story "Ponies" won the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Short Story. Her story "Fox Magic" won the 1994 Theodore Sturgeon Award, her novel "The Fox Woman" won the Crawford Award for best debut fantasy novel, and her subsequent novel "Fudoki" was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and was cited by "Publishers Weekly" as one of the best fantasy novels of its year. She is also an associate director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas.