I’ll be starting this book in a couple days, once I’ve finished Robert Silverberg’s highly entertaining Ace Double The Silent Invaders. I peeked at the first chapter when I picked this book up on the same Portland trip that brought me Crashing Suns and it looks delightful. The cover depicts a scene from chapter one, when the immense god-thing orders his hordes of slaves to carry his palanquin across a deep ravine by throwing themselves to their deaths so that others may ferry the creature across over their crushed bodies. Then the sea pours in, and the big bad is preserved for a later day.
The back cover makes The Atlantic Abomination sound more like a horror novel than a work of fantasy or science fiction, but the phrase “Godzilla, Gorgo, King Kong… stand aside for The Atlantic Abomination!” plus the giant size of the creature in question make me think I’ve got a giant monster story ahead of me, which sounds delicious.
John Brunner’s The Traveler in Black was perhaps the best book I read last year, and Brunner (whom I had not previously read) has graduated to “buy on sight” status. This book will be my secondary test. If I like it half as much as I liked The Traveler in Black, I suspect I’ll be reading John Brunner for years.