After the End of the World

After the End of the World

The second installment in a thrilling supernatural series that brings the H.P. Lovecraft mythos into the twenty-first century, optioned by Warner Bros TV.The Unfolded World is a bitter and unfriendly place for Daniel Carter and Emily Lovecraft. In this world, the Cold War never happened because the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1941. In this world the Nazi GroƟdeutschlan...

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After the End of the World Reviews

  • Dan Schwent

    In the aftermath of the previous book, Dan Carter and Emily Lovecraft are struggling to fit into their new world when Dan gets an intriguing case that sees him going undercover as a security guard at Miskatonic University to investigate a joint German-American zero point energy experiment. But what does the mysterious Mr. Weston have to do with everything?

    was one of my favorite books of 2015 so I've been dying to get my squamous tentacles on this ever since. Thank you, Net

    In the aftermath of the previous book, Dan Carter and Emily Lovecraft are struggling to fit into their new world when Dan gets an intriguing case that sees him going undercover as a security guard at Miskatonic University to investigate a joint German-American zero point energy experiment. But what does the mysterious Mr. Weston have to do with everything?

    was one of my favorite books of 2015 so I've been dying to get my squamous tentacles on this ever since. Thank you, Netgalley!

    Anyway, After the End of the World picks up where Carter and Lovecraft left off. Dan and Emily find themselves in a world where HPL's creatures are real and WWII didn't happen and the US and Germany are allies. Americans are a little too chummy with Nazis but that winds up being the least of Dan and Emily's problems.

    Carter and Lovecraft have their hands full in this one, with Mr. Weston, Nazis, German cultists, the Necronomicon, and the prospect of figuring out how to undo the events of Carter and Lovecraft. The zero point energy project eventually sees them wind up on a remote island and that's where things really get cracking.

    In the gulf not unlike the void between stars between the first book and this one, I'd forgotten how much I like these two characters. The banter between them is the star of the show for me. It's interesting that they're coping with the new status quo in different ways. I'd also forgotten just how slick Jonathan Howard's prose is at times.

    I don't want to give away too much. Suffice to say, After the End of the World was just as good as Carter and Lovecraft and now I medically need to read the third installment. Four out of five stars.

  • Bradley

    Sometimes it seems that this world doesn't have enough Cthulhu adventures. It's a real fault.

    Fortunately, JLH has a cure in mind.

    Granted, he may have helped unfold the world we all knew and loved to send us right into an alternate timeline where Nazis got the atomic bomb and wiped out Stalingrad, leaving poor Carter and Lovecraft stranded with memories of both timelines but stuck in the new one. My heart goes out to them!

    Really, this book should appeal to anyone who loves Strange Tales, Private

    Sometimes it seems that this world doesn't have enough Cthulhu adventures. It's a real fault.

    Fortunately, JLH has a cure in mind.

    Granted, he may have helped unfold the world we all knew and loved to send us right into an alternate timeline where Nazis got the atomic bomb and wiped out Stalingrad, leaving poor Carter and Lovecraft stranded with memories of both timelines but stuck in the new one. My heart goes out to them!

    Really, this book should appeal to anyone who loves Strange Tales, Private Investigators, rampant Lovecraftian universe references, and monster romps in remote locations. This novel has it all, including some rather good explorations of what such a timeline would include, not limiting itself to some of the obvious oddities, but getting subtle on us, too.

    It's really delightful and tickles most of my funny bones.

    My only complaint is a personal one. A lot of people might enjoy the traditional mystery feel and the buildup by way of sidequests before we get to the bottom of the Zero Energy experiment, but I personally wanted things to move along to the goodies a bit quicker. Not a big complaint, just a preference. :)

    Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this! And just in time for October, too! :)

  • Lindsay

    Daniel Carter and Emily Lovecraft now live in the Unfolded World. Rather than Providence, they're city is called Arkham. Rather than sleepy unremarkable Clave College, they're local institute of higher learning is actually Miskatonic University, and the local towns of Dunwich and Innsmouth are spoken of with trepidation. There's massive changes in the wider world as well, all symptoms of the Powers that really influence humanity in the Unfolded.

    Strange as all that is, it all gets stranger when D

    Daniel Carter and Emily Lovecraft now live in the Unfolded World. Rather than Providence, they're city is called Arkham. Rather than sleepy unremarkable Clave College, they're local institute of higher learning is actually Miskatonic University, and the local towns of Dunwich and Innsmouth are spoken of with trepidation. There's massive changes in the wider world as well, all symptoms of the Powers that really influence humanity in the Unfolded.

    Strange as all that is, it all gets stranger when Daniel Carter is again approached by the mysterious lawyer Henry Weston, this time with a job for Carter to get involved with a high-energy physics project at Miskatonic. Soon this leads to involvement in murder, international espionage and the obligate shadowy powers from beyond, all with the aid of the wit and resources of Emily Lovecraft.

    I thoroughly enjoyed

    from a few years ago so I approached this with plenty of expectations. I'm happy to report that this was actually much better than the first book. Having already established characters and a largely known world is a huge benefit for pieces like this that want to get to the immediate and complex plot without having to color in the background. I also felt that the Unfolded is a much better background for the type of fantastical elements that Jonathan is using here and when the plot takes a turn to the weird it's far less jarring than it was in the first.

    One last point: fans of the

    would thoroughly enjoy this; to the point that readong the first book to get here would be well worth it. As I said above, I actually think this is quite a leveling up for this series.

  • Char

    At the end of the excellent CARTER & LOVECRAFT there was a major cliffhanger and I felt compelled to request an ARC of the next book. I have to admit I was disappointed with AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD.

    The things I loved most in the universe that Jonathan Howard has created was the weirdness of it-the mysterious Mr. Weston who started everything off by showing up and awarding Dan Carter ownership of a bookshop, run by Emily Lovecraft. (Emily is black and you can almost hear Lovecraft turning

    At the end of the excellent CARTER & LOVECRAFT there was a major cliffhanger and I felt compelled to request an ARC of the next book. I have to admit I was disappointed with AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD.

    The things I loved most in the universe that Jonathan Howard has created was the weirdness of it-the mysterious Mr. Weston who started everything off by showing up and awarding Dan Carter ownership of a bookshop, run by Emily Lovecraft. (Emily is black and you can almost hear Lovecraft turning over in his grave.) I also enjoyed an area called Waite's Bill, an isolated place on the shore where creepy, mysterious people live. (Not to mention the large amphibian-like creatures emerging from the water!) Unfortunately, other than Dan Carter and Emily, most of the mysterious fun things I liked from the first book were not here.

    The world has unfolded, (the major event which ended CARTER & LOVECRAFT), and we're now in a universe where we are great friends with Germany and the Holocaust never happened. A group of Germans working at Miskatonic University are trying to build a machine that will provide unlimited power without draining any natural resources. Mr. Weston makes a brief appearance and Carter gets involved as a security guard at MU.

    From there, I feel like the tale crept away from the components that I enjoyed and veered into the area of weird science-fiction, with the entire group of scientists, (as well as Carter and Lovecraft), traveling to the Aleutian Islands to continue their work on the power machine. The pacing slowed way down and I really couldn't have cared less about the machine, the Germans, or anything else for that matter. Events degenerated until the story was more like an action movie than the dark fiction horror story I was expecting. I don't care for action movies.

    I still love Dan and Emily and am fascinated by Mr. Weston and the weird creatures, but I'm not sure I'll continue with the series if there is another book. This case is one of those "It's me, not you" situations, I think, because everyone else seemed to love this book. While I admired the world building and the banter between my favorite characters, the meat of the story just didn't appeal to me.

    *Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it. I'm sorry it's a little late.*

  • Karl

    Carter & Lovecraft may become a TV show, the rights have been sold to Warner Brothers.

    "Carter & Lovecraft": Jonathan Howard interview on YouTube -->

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