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 Großdeutschlan...

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Title:After the End of the World
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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.

  • Miriam

    The alternate-dimensional Nazis, on the other hand, piss Emily Lovecraft the fuck off.

  • 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.*

  • Jack +The Page Runner+

    Is it possible to absolutely enjoy a book while at the same time be completely let down by it? Before finishing

    I would have said no…but I have to revise that view. Because this second book in the Carter & Lovecraft series is both wonderful and disappointing at the same time, and in equal measures. I’ll do my best to explain the rationale behind that statement with this review.

    I wholeheartedly enjoyed the first

    Is it possible to absolutely enjoy a book while at the same time be completely let down by it? Before finishing

    I would have said no…but I have to revise that view. Because this second book in the Carter & Lovecraft series is both wonderful and disappointing at the same time, and in equal measures. I’ll do my best to explain the rationale behind that statement with this review.

    I wholeheartedly enjoyed the first book in the series, aptly titled

    , a modern take on the works & imaginings of H.P. Lovecraft (an author whose writings and concepts I thoroughly enjoy). It was quirky, it was mostly fast paced, and it contained enough weirdness in it to satisfy any H.P.L. purist. But while the first book in the series was an occult themed detective tale with a great partnership, the sequel is vastly different in almost every way.

    As with all my reviews, I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum, so readers can go in as blind as possible. If it’s not mentioned in the official book synopsis, I’ll do my level best to avoid mentioning it in my review.

    So what makes

    so different? Well, for one thing, while the occult/supernatural element still exists, it’s mostly pushed to the backburner, only infrequently rearing its head and making itself known. No, this book is genuinely more of an alternate history/secret agent/cold-war lite type affair, and it kinda caught me off guard. Because, as much as I love those types of stories (and I sincerely do), that’s not what I was after when I started reading this book. I was looking forward to even more danger from the Old Ones, even more run-ins with power infused madmen who could reshape reality, and even more mind shattering revelations and insanity-causing creatures. But, Jonathan L. Howard said “screw you Jack, this isn’t about what you want”, and wrote something completely different.

    And, you know, different is ok. The book is actually great, once you get past your own internal bias as to what it’s going to be about. As an alternate history spy thriller with H.P.L. elements casting their shadows over the whole affair, it delivers quite a bit of the goods. The circumstances are varied and well plotted, the cast of characters is bigger this time around, and the interplay between

    Carter & Lovecraft (one of the best things about the first book) is even more on point.

    Yes, the buddy cop vibe is back in a big way, as our two intrepid interdimensional enforcers are stuck in an alternate reality where WWII went a completely different direction, and they are basically the only ones who know. This forces them to be even more reliant upon each other, as they both share a knowledge of a world that may not exist anymore, and that knowledge weighs them down. And though they come from completely different backgrounds, they complement each other so well that it’s almost too easy.

    As with the first book, Daniel Carter still gets the majority of page time, but it’s a near thing with how much more Emily is in the spotlight. And he’s still an engaging and enjoyable character to spend time with. Though he has seen some completely weird stuff, he’s still a generally grounded character with police training that he can fall back on when things go sideways. But because of the crazy things he’s seen, he’s more attuned to the distorted reality and general strangeness that takes place, which gives him even more impact in this book. He’s a good guy at heart, and I can’t help but feel for him as he gets thrown from one mind-bending situation to the next.

    But while Carter may get more page time, Emily Lovecraft is still the undeniable main attraction of the story. Especially in this book, as with the change in power and social acceptance, she’s even more of an outcast. But though she may have harsh words about the heightened injustice to minorities in this alternate reality, she refuses to be a victim. She’s still the one who “gets it” about most of what is happening, so she’s the one that Carter relies on to keep him straight. She’s also just so damn smart and funny, and is unapologetically blunt and to the point. She was my favorite character from the first book, by far, and has only had that status firmly cemented in

    . Apparently this series is being optioned for TV rights from a studio, and while Carter could be cast by nearly any middle aged male actor, Emily is going to require some serious finesse…and I really really REALLY hope they don’t screw it up. She’s just such a standout character that, whatever the medium, the proper justice needs to be done with her portrayal.

    The rest of the characters are varied in their page time and impact, mostly there to add flavor to the story and to give a quick alternate viewpoint. It’s basically just Carter & Lovecraft’s show, which is fine, as they are good characters and their interplay is never dull.

    On the villain side, we get ageless non-humans who…no, wait. That’s not right. We get humans driven mad by the supernatural, imbued with fantastic mental power who…errr…hold on, that’s not right either. Oh! We get Nazis! That’s right, Nazis. The history of why they are still in power makes sense, and Johnathan L. Howard actually manages a completely new portrayal of them, one I was not expecting. In all reality, on the villain front, we get mostly stooges and cronies, with the overarching villains barely getting any page time, and mostly just being bogeymen with evil ulterior motives. I understand that the true enemies they face are cosmic beings so far beyond mortal man’s comprehension that it’s like an ant trying to contemplate Mount Everest, but at the same time, I’d really like Carter & Lovecraft to have a good solid villain to contend with.

    The alternate history & alternate present are well thought out and provide an entertaining backdrop for our story. I like the subtle differences in technology, mannerisms, and general vibe between the Folded world and the Unfolded world. But, that being said, I think Mr. Howard was a little too in love with this new setting, as aside from a few brief instances, he seems to have forgotten to include the crazy shenanigans we expect from a tale like this.

    Thankfully, the relationship between Carter & Lovecraft (one of the main draws) ends up being the glue of the story. This book is imminently quotable, as you can see here in the review. In fact, it’s one of the more quotable books I’ve read in a long time, and I was nearly always smiling at some joke or reference that our characters zing out at each other. I would love to meet these characters for real at a bar somewhere; I think we’d be laughing and having movie/book reference challenges well into the night.

    But again, I have to nitpick because this was much more science & science-fiction oriented than I wanted it to be. And hell, I run science fiction book club, so I’m all for those stories. I just don’t want the science getting in the way of my occult horrors from beyond our reality. So that’s my big ding against the book. It’s a wonderful story, well written and supremely funny & entertaining…it just didn’t do enough with the H.P.L. inspired weirdness to really bring it home.

    That said, I have a sneaking suspicion that Mr. Howard will get this train back on the rails for the third book, so I’ll definitely still be picking it up!

  • Mel (Epic Reading)

    Originally I gave this a generous 3 stars. But after thinking about it for a few days I just can't give it three. Sorry Jonathan L. Howard I do usually love your writing and works, but this one fell flat.

    This is book 2 to Carter & Lovecraft, and of course features our two leads Carter and Lovecraft.

    The

    Originally I gave this a generous 3 stars. But after thinking about it for a few days I just can't give it three. Sorry Jonathan L. Howard I do usually love your writing and works, but this one fell flat.

    This is book 2 to Carter & Lovecraft, and of course features our two leads Carter and Lovecraft.

    The gist is we are in a world where the Nazis never lost the war. Instead they blew up Russia in order to win. Cool right? Sure.

    Now knowing that our characters remember the real world is one of two interesting things in this story. Especially Lovecraft's continual hate for the Nazis; even though in this world they ended the war early and became heroes. And her hate reminds us over and over again if why prejudice is brutal. Because really Nazis who didn't even fight with the army in WWII kind of aren't bad guys necessarily in this world. Although it's hard to argue with the black female librarian in her hatred. She is after all demeaned and written off as unimportant many times based on her dark skin colour and gender. Although at one point she does wonder what people hate most about her... that she's black, that she's female or that she's a librarian and can kicks ass with a shotgun in hand. These moments of wit kept me alive through much of the dreary boringness to come.

    In case your skimming, interesting thing number 1 was Nazis won WWII but out characters know that's not 'right'. They remember our world, the way it was.

    The second coolest thing is the link-ups to Lovecraft literature. Now book 1 had a fair bit of this. But book 2 ramps it up. I'm not even close to an obsessive Lovecraft fan, so I'm confident many references went over my head; but the ones that won't for almost anyone familiar with the Horror genre and/or H.P. Lovecraft are these two: the town of Providence is now called Arkham (yes for you Batman fans they stole this name from H.P. Lovecraft--although I believe it's perfect for the Asylum name) and the Necronomican is real.

    Yeah that's right. It's real!!

    Cool right?

    Totally.

    Except then Howard does the worst possible thing...

    We suddenly find ourselves in a spy/thriller novel with too many scientists names, too many secret agencies I've never heard of, and too much crap I don't care about.

    All in an attempt to get our characters to an ultimate standoff. Seriously 300 pages of almost entirely filler where our characters say to themselves

    Even when it makes no sense and seems irrelevant.

    Now I'll give Howard this, those 300 pages are relevant eventually. But mostly by the end (even after some cool stuff happens) I just didn't care and wanted it to be over.

    Had this been written by an author that I didn't know and respect I would have DNF'd it. I know tragic to say that but it was really that boring for 3/4 of the book.

    There is an opening left for a third book (because this universe could actually be truly infinite the way its set-up). And yes I'll probably cave and read it too. Why? Because I know Howard can make witty, satirical magic with words and I refuse to believe he's out of magic.

    And so I'm going to hope that this was an anomaly. A bad editor, a rushed publication date, a hard time in Howard's life; it does even matter, because honestly I'll take any excuse so I can keep believing Howard hasn't gone downhill.

    Do yourself a favour and go read Howard's Johannes Cabal series instead; or stop at book 1 and I'll let you know if book 3 is better than this book 2.

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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    What happened? The first book was great while the story of this book never caught my interested and if it weren't for Carter & Lovecraft chemistry and banter wouldn't have bothered finishing the book.

    The idea of the book, an alternative world where the Nazis won is a good one, but alas I never found myself truly enjoying the book. Not sure, that I want to read more books in this series...

  • 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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