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Summary

One of NPR's Best Books of 2016 and a 2016 Nebula Award finalist for Best Novella

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.

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"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)

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  • 02-05-18

Journey Through the Dreamlands

Kij Johnson is one of my favourite living short fiction writers. She always delivers the unexpected - from her ultraviolent stories, to her quieter, more pensive tales. This was no exception, and I loved the inclusion of an older female character, so often invisible or ignored in fantasy. Vellitt was a great character, too - fierce and caring and intelligent, with a rich history of travelling. The ending was surprising and yet inevitable, as a good ending should be.

And while I love Johnson, I didn't think her narration was very good in places. When there was no dialogue, which is most of the story, it was fine, but the beginning was a little painful due to the lack of inflection or emotion in the dialogue. But otherwise, it worked well.

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  • 05-10-17

Awesome Sci Fi

Vellitt Boe is one of the coolest science fiction stories I've read/heard in a long time. Congrats to Kij Jonson for pulling this off! AWESOME!

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  • 30-08-17

Great Science Fiction!

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So good! I can see why it was up for so many awards. Can't wait to listen again!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-17

wonderful story written and read by a real talent!

Wonderful story written and read by a real talented author! Can't wait for more from this author.

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  • 16-08-17

Awesome Scifi!

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It's so awesome a book like this gets so much love. Great story and great narration from the author!

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  • Adam
  • 10-08-17

Sci Fi fantasy at its best

I can see why Kij Johnson was nominated for a Hugo award. This book is so wonderfully imaginative and it feels like I've been there. Definitely one of the good ones.

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  • James
  • 07-05-17

Excellent audiobook!

Would you listen to The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe again? Why?

Absolutely! This is a brilliant take on Lovecraft's "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath." With Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson was able to recreate the expansive wonder of the tale that inspired it. Absorbing and enjoyable.

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  • Debra Hartrum
  • 25-01-18

Awesome Science Fiction Fantasy!

Kij Johnson is a badass. Book won a bunch of awards and I can see why. Beautiful universe.

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  • Kay Lynn Ediger
  • 12-12-17

Great listen!

Took awhile to get used to narration. Enjoyable story. Interesting premise. I recommend this book.

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  • Russ
  • 19-10-17

Truly Awesome

I really enjoyed the amount of detail put into this book. The author did a wonderful job narrating. Great sci fi!

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  • Brent
  • 21-09-17

Wow! Awesome!

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This was great. Loved every chapter and every word. Good job to the author in narrating her book.

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