* ItGetsBetter: Fifty pages of description of how their scientific expedition was meant to go. How it actually went starts around page sixty.
* NightmareRetardant: Giant albino penguins!
** YMMV on exactly the grade of NightmareRetardant. They are described as six feet tall and eyeless, shambling about and squawking loudly, a far cry from [[http://www.oceanadventures.co.uk/images/Adelie-Penguin--Q.jpg this]]. A bit unsettling depending on the reader.
*** So, [[http://i.imgur.com/zKMXE.jpg this]] is an albino penguin. If it was 6 feet tall and eyeless... yup. [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Still cute]].
**** Unless you interpret them as looking like [[http://verreaux.deviantart.com/art/Albino-Penguin-195983718 this]]. Ew.
* ValuesDissonance: The reader is meant to sympathize with the "upper-class" Elder Things over the "lower-class" Shoggoths, which were manufactured en masse by the Elder Things to act as their servitors. Admittedly, it's easy to do when one is rational and ill-fated and the other is a formless, possibly non-sentient mass of black goo trying to rip your head off (literally), but still. It's like a biological ancestor to the RobotWar.