What no one mentioned, of course, was that this was Lavalle's Wide Sargasso Sea response to a Lovecraft work I'd never even heard of (for very good reasons, quite apart from my detestation of Lovecraft and all his
So, um, yeah. Rivers of London it is not, most emphatically. I applaud it as corrective, but the whole Lovecraft thing defeats me completely. The pleasure is non-existent, the style ridiculous, and the ideas damnable, as Lord Chesterfield did not say, not even the original.