Originally Posted by j. d. worthington
I've got it set aside for a read soon (probably this weekend), so if you can hold off that long, I could give you my impression. However, from what I hear, it is at best a mixed bag....
Yes, there is no mistaking Houellebecq's enthusiasm, but he draws some weird conclusions and he is working from outdated source material (such as De Camp's biography). Besides, be wary of whenever he pretends to be quoting Lovecraft: Some of the quotations seem to be made up.
It annoys me so when people refer to it as a "biography", as I've seen some critics do. It isn't; it is a personal essay, or rather, as I think Houellebecq himself has said, a novel with only one character.