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Vorrh author Brian CatliPrepare to lose yourself in the heady mythical expanse of  The Vorrh a daring debut that Alan Moore has called “a phosphorescent masterpiece” and “the current century's first landmark work of fantasy” Next to the colonial town of Essenwald sits the Vorrh a vast perhaps endless forest It is a place of demons and angels of warriors and priests Sentient. Reads like an old white dude's psychoanalytic sessions

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review Vorrh author Brian Catling Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB Ë Prepare to lose yourself in the heady mythical expanse of  The Vorrh a daring debut that Alan Moore has called “a phosphorescent masterpiece” and “the current century's first landmark work of fantasy” Next to the colonial town of Essenwald sits the Vorrh a A remarkable cast of characters including a Cyclops raised by robots and a young girl with tragic curiosity as well as historical figures such as writer Raymond Roussel heiress Sarah Winchester and photographer Edward Muybridge  While fact and fiction blend the hunter will become the hunted and everyone’s fate hangs in the balance under the will of the Vorrh. There is a dark place in the worldEssentially this place has been captured by Brian Catling in his novel The Vorrh an alternative history of a soul sucking forest in the midst of Africa in the early 20th century I finished this somewhat plotless book that reads as a descent into madness than a traditional novel while uestioning myself the whole time “Why are you going on” In the end I probably shouldn’t have and you probably shouldn’t eitherThere seems to be a lot to explain as to why I would not recommend you reading a book that for most purposes was well written and at least if you believe the reviews well received I’ll try my hand a some key pointsHave you ever had a friend that thinks that he is so clever when he turns a phrase Maybe like a non seuitur or a simple play on words that gives his sentence an unintended but to him serendipitous meaning Now imagine having to read a book full of these crafted sentences Sure maybe one in five come off with some power but honestly it becomes a slog rather than the occasional moments of delight like they can be The author is trying too hard to get a little nod of the hat with each phrase Some may see this as lyrical but hundreds of pages worth makes you long for the spartan description of HemingwayNow let’s talk about description or world building or character development or anything else besides say a plot This is what Mr Catling offers to you in this tome – which is supposedly the first of a trilogy I couldn’t tell you what the next volume could be about because I’m not sure I could tell you what the story of this one is There are a bunch of fleshed out characters and the world of The Vorrh is elaborately assembled with such dark intention that makes the reader ready to escape A story such as it is or less develops just because the characters kind of bump into each other – not because there is any direction to the tale Several long “side” stories have virtually no relation to the main characters or the Vorrh at all It’s almost as if separate stories were just cobbled into this novel because they exhibited the same mood as the others and it would thicken the book I love world building and character development but there seems to be a sad tendency – especially in the fantasy genre – to substitute worlds with stories I’m sorry but give me an O Henry short story every day that has a plot than 500 pages of an immaculate world with no point It is like many modern authors are trying to be Tolkein but missing the pointFinally I need to mention the evil The Vorrh is a dark place It turns everyone that goes into it a hollow shell of a person Make no mistake this is the intention of this book to those who read it Every single character is a dark twisted caricature of a person There are no heroes no good guys no noble purposes The one character who should be a bright spot is a woman who receives back her sight after being born blind In such a gloomy oppressive world surely this one would find joy in her sight Almost purposefully as soon as the reader thinks this the author spends the time to show the ugliness of the sight of flowers in this character’s mind The gift of sight is actually a curse – for really to all the people that inhabit this world life is a curse I rarely psychoanalyze authors but Mr Catling has presented a worldview that sees corruption and evil in all things I don’t know if I know anyone who I think would like this book and if I did I would be scared to give it to them because it might sink them beyond hopeI usually don’t bring up the Bible in non Christian works but the author has taken perverse pleasure at bringing up many illustrations of it and making them horrible In Phillipians Paul says “whatever is true whatever is honorable whatever is right whatever is pure whatever is lovely whatever is of good repute if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise dwell on these things” I cannot think of a better antithesis to that statement than this book It is a mire of thought Avoid it2 stars out of 10Red Eagle's Legacy

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And magical the Vorrh bends time and wipes  memory Legend has it that the Garden of Eden still exists at its heart Now a renegade English soldier aims to be the first human to traverse its expanse Armed with only a strange bow he begins his journey but some fear the conseuences of his mission and a native marksman has been chosen to stop him Around them swirl. B Catling is a poet sculptor painter and performance artist Hmm Henceforth I may stick to books by authors Terry Gilliam and Tom Waits liked this book Jeff Vandermeer says it reads like a long lost classic of Decadent or Symbolist literature No doubt someone else says Catling's sensibilities are informed by a contempt for post something deconstructionalism and a desire to bring a new structure to fantasy unencumbered by such things as a coherent plotThere are large chunks here that appear to be part of a real book in which someone is telling you a story Then I guess the acid kicks in and Castaneda goes with J G Ballard and Sam Delany to the Heart of Darkness Eadweard Muybridge is here for no reason I can see except that perverts are always useful when you need a kinky sex scene because the plot has derailed And why waste the research Maybe he was meant to be in another book that fell through This book may have ended well I'll never know because I bailed after 300 some pages If you took four 300 level classes in philosophy and speak of lit'racher and the dance terpsichore not pro sports you might enjoy this If you didn't you might call it some of the rude words I'm thinking But I've read better far out fantasy than this