Résumé with Monsters

Philip Kenan is battling a series of bad jobs and the monsters from H.P Lovecraft s fiction go with him.Philip s first confrontation with the monsters set in motion a bizarre chain of events that finally sent his girlfriend Amelia packing Now the battle rages from the dank, cramped sweatshop of Philip s former place of employment, Ralph s One Day R sum s, to the gleaminPhilip Kenan is battling a series of bad jobs and the monsters from H.P Lovecraft s fiction go with him.Philip s first confrontation with the monsters set in motion a bizarre chain of events that finally sent his girlfriend Amelia packing Now the battle rages from the dank, cramped sweatshop of Philip s former place of employment, Ralph s One Day R sum s, to the gleaming, deadly corridors of corporate giant Pelidyne Can he save Amelia this time, or will the monsters triumph and consign all humanity to an existence of grim servitude
R sum with Monsters Philip Kenan is battling a series of bad jobs and the monsters from H P Lovecraft s fiction go with him Philip s first confrontation with the monsters set in motion a bizarre chain of events that fina

  • Title: Résumé with Monsters
  • Author: William Browning Spencer
  • ISBN: 9781565049130
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. If you think your boss is a soulless, inhuman, bunny-blowing pile of ass vomit who’s slowly sucking the joy out of your existence with each intake of breath into their smarmy, callous, troll-like mouthwait until you hear about the monsters Philip Kenan works for in this bizarre, intelligent, Cthulhu-spiced and frighteningly funny piece of corporate horror/dark comedy/satire. So the math on this book is pretty simple: Lovecraft + Wall Street + Philip K. Dick (with a dash of William S. Burroughs [...]

    2. This fantasy by the author of the superb Zod Wallop is sort of a combination of "Office Space" and Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, with the Morlocks of The Time Machine thrown in just for the fun of it. Amusing and horrifying by turns, it shows us that although creatures from beyond the stars may swallow our souls, so may our mind-numbing, boring jobs.This is one of my favorite kinds of fantasy, with much in common with Marquez' magic realism. At first, the world seems perfectly normal, but then, li [...]

    3. Cross Woody Allen with H. P. Lovecraft and you begin to get a notion of what "Resume with Monsters" by William Browning Spencer reads like. If you don't like those references, then cross Joe R. Lansdale with Philip K. Dick. In other words Mr. Spencer is one heck of a writer. In fact, this book was the winner of the International Horror Critics Guild Award for Best Novel in 1995.What the book offers is Philip Kenan our hero and he does not appear to be the most reliable narrator.This becomes appa [...]

    4. I'm not sure where I got the idea that this book was going to be funny, but I went into it with that expectation, and my expectation was wrong. It is darkly humorous, but more in a reflection of all the worst aspects of corporate culture with business speak crammed into motivational pamphlets, stupid dress codes, lectures about company loyalty and working hard, all mixed in with a background of elder gods influencing the background to make everything weirdly off. The story starts with small touc [...]

    5. I find the whole star rating system to be arbitrary and silly, but I will add that this is more of a 2 1/2 stars for me, if that matters. It was a solid 3 stars until perhaps the last 1/5, when it really flies off the rails.I should add that I am a fan of Spencer's short stories, which tend to either be pithy and clever, or sad and poetic. I prefer the latter kind, and this novel certainly is not that. It's well-written, engaging, clever, and has several funny observations, but I had some real p [...]

    6. This book has currently had trouble staying on my shelves. I'm now on my second copy of the book, but it's always on someone else's shelf as I lend it out to anyone who has ever read the Call of Cthulhu or any other Loveraft writings.The office life is hell, but moreso for the story's protagonist than most people. Philip is sick. Or that's what his past psychiatrists (court appointed) would tell you. He believes that the corporate entities of the world are not headed by men, but my extra-dimensi [...]

    7. In the tradition of other "weird" fiction this is quite the trip. Not as unnerving as I thought it would be but it was engaging. A quick and entertaining read. I will be reading more novels by this author.

    8. Great Cthulhu in a cubicle!William Browning Spencer is another undeservedly obscure writer, notwithstanding a name worthy of a romantic poet - although his output seems to have been limited to a few novels in the 1990's and elegant short stories from that decade to the next. Again he is a relatively recent addition to my fantasy top ten and I am still exploring his work, but his obscurity seems undeserved as he delightfully combines a playful comedic style and observational humor to fantasy them [...]

    9. Philip Kenan has moved to Austin, Texas, in an effort to win back his estranged girlfriend, Amelia. Since at Micromeg, their previous workplace, he once tied her up and hid her in a mail cart, she is not inclined to get back together. But Philip was saving Amelia and indeed the world from the incursion of The Old Ones – Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, Dagon, and rest of the slimy crowd from the works of H.P Lovecraft. Unfortunately for Philip, his heroic efforts look remarkably like complete mental brea [...]

    10. I'll start by granting that the quality of the book with regards to its language was actually quite good. It is readable, at the very least, and there were a few moments that kept me fully engaged.Nevertheless, to classify this as a horror - particularly a Lovecraftian horror - is almost blasphemous. Perhaps a satire or parody of the genre or Lovecraft's work, but there is not a single moment in this novel that I could take seriously. What makes the work of Lovecraft so timeless and horrifying i [...]

    11. Darrell Schweitzer's blurb for this book reads, "If Woody Allen had ever written a Cthulhu Mythos novel, it might have come out like this." Pithy, short, moderately funny, interesting, and entirely wrong. Yes, there are Cthulhu references here, and yes, Spencer can write with humor, but this is not "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Necrinomicon (But Were Afraid to Ask)." If we must resort to comparing Spencer to other writers, Resume with Monsters owes the most to Philip K. Dick ra [...]

    12. William Browning Spencer is an underappreciated novelist in the vein of Tim Powers, James Blaylock and Jonathan Carroll. He writes stories of men, often writers, beset by terrible supernatural forces. I loved his Zod Wallop and I recently got my hands on a copy of his Resume with Monsters. When I say underappreciated, you should read that also as out of print. The status of his book would certainly vex his main character, Phillip Kenan, who fights through dead end job after dead end job in hopes [...]

    13. The first time I read this I was confused and rather disappointed. The book came to me with high praise from people I trust for their opinions, and I thought "Hmm, well maybe it's just one of those things." Then I read it again. Inside the back cover is a reference to a review by Joe Lansdale, where he likened it to a Philip K Dick novel, and this got me into the thing again. I've never read any other books or stories by this writer, so I don't have that as a point of comparison. It is difficult [...]

    14. I love Charles Stross's humorous spy-meets-Cthulhu-meets-bureaucracy novels, and this is like that, only with no espionage and a lot less focus. It's brilliantly written, with a good line on every page and not a single bad sentence I could find. But it does take a while to find its footing, and on my White Wolf Press Edition (486 huge-type pages), it didn't really kick into high gear until 200 pages in. But I can't dismiss it outright, because there's frankly nothing else like it (except Charles [...]

    15. I can't think of any reason not to give this book 5 stars. But then, a book that takes the reader on a darkly humorous trip through a modern world, in which Lovecraft's Old Ones and Elder ones do exist, is right up my alley. But do such terrible creatures really exist, or is our hero simply as mad as Abdul Alhazred? Or, more frightening yet, is it modern workplaces and modern romantic relationships which are, all by themselves, indescribably horrible? Recommended for those who don't mind the mix [...]

    16. Not for everyone, this book is just WEIRD.The writing is frequently plodding and rambling, but that is in keeping with the mindset of the main character, whom you're never actually certain as to whether he is insane as everyone who cares about him seems to think, or is in fact fighting forces of Lovecraftian* mythos within the drudgery and despair of the time-clock world.*(it counts as a real word if it successfully conveys meaning to the reader, so deal with it)

    17. This book is rarer than rare. I got rid of my copy while immigrating thinking it would be easy to replace and boy was I wrong.If you like any of Charles Stross' "Laundry Files" novels or even Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" and "Anansi Boys" novels - you'll love this.It helps to actually know HPL's work as well.

    18. This is an enjoyable take on the Cthulu mythos. I particularly appreciated it the correlation between outer gods, great old ones, and corporate America. It's a funny and entertaining book as long as you don't think too hard about it. Once you really think about it it is pretty dark. None the less, its a lot of fun. Recommended to jaded and crazy people everywhere.

    19. This was my Halloween scaaaary book for this year. It was a great choice. I've heard about Spencer for a while but this is the first book by him that I've read. It was a good introduction. If you liked _Atrocity Archives_ by Stross you'd most likely enjoy this book as well.

    20. Awesome book! If you can picture the movie "After Hours" but filmed with Lovecraftian monsters. A quirky, comedic novel that keeps your interest and is quality writing. Mr. Spencer has done a great job with the characters in this novel and I am surprised I have not read this sooner.

    21. Cthulian horror meets Office Space. Genre mashup before mashup was hip, and still a favorite book of mine.

    22. What if your workplace was ruled by characters out of H.P. Lovecraft novels? Waitaminnit! You mean it ISN'T???

    23. A parody of H. P. Lovecraft set in a modern corporation.It's really much better than that simple description.

    24. This is one of my favorite books by one of my new favorite authors. All of his books are a blast to read!

    25. I've read this book a couple times now and I really love it. Great Cthulhu mythos and the protagonist is really the hero his ex-girlfriend needs or hopelessly drowning in his own neurosis.

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