The Vorrh #2020

The Vorrh By Brian Catling The Vorrh 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 Ne
  • Title: The Vorrh
  • Author: Brian Catling
  • ISBN: 9781101873786
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Vorrh By Brian Catling 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 vast perhaps endless forest It is a place of demons and angels, of warriors and priests Sentient and magical, thePrepare 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 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 consequences of his mission, and a native marksman has been chosen to stop him Around them swirl 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 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.
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    About "Brian Catling"

    1. Brian Catling

      Also publishes as B Catling.Brian Catling was born in London in 1948 He is a poet, sculptor and performance artist, who makes installations and paints egg tempera portraits of imagined Cyclops He has been commissioned to make solo installations and performances in many countries including Spain, Japan, Iceland, Israel, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Germany, Greenland and Australia He is currently writing novels.He is Professor of Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing Fine Art, University of Oxford, and a fellow of Linacre College.

    359 thoughts on “The Vorrh”

    1. I think I was really prepping myself up for this one just a little too much I wanted to expect lyrical language, and I did get a lot of lyrical language, and I wanted to expect some rather interesting ideas and concepts put together in a poetic way, all the while getting immersed in fantasy and science fiction and a truly heaping helping of the dark stuff, enough to consider the novel as a true horror.What I did get was quite a few truly beautiful and evocative scenes of robots in a time and mem [...]


    2. The Heart of Darkness meets Borges meets something that might have crawled out of Guillermo del Toro s Pan s Labyrinth.Brian Catling sThe Vorrh or as editor Tim O Connell likes to put it, VVVOOORRRRRHHH is an intoxicating novel that defies easy summary A slippery, twisty book, it always seemed to be squirming out of reach The blurb that accompanies it is woefully inadequate, though of no fault to the blurber, because how can a book like this be summed up in a few lines I d love to hear about how [...]


    3. 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 plot.There are large chunks here that appear to [...]


    4. I started a bare bones blog to force myself to write better longer reviews scryingorb.wordpress Alan Moore loves this book His praise is all over the front and back covers and it begins with a few page introduction where he raves about how fantastic the Vorrh is how it is the best fantasy novel of this century thus far, how it enlivens a stale genre full of wizards and dragons, how superbly written it is, etc etc These sort of introductions are always problematic, especially for unproven novels, [...]



    5. Closer to a 2.5.I finished reading this close to two weeks ago and I m only writing a review now This is emblematic of my frustration with The Vorrh, a book that came with a lot of buzz in some circles and, in the first 80 or so pages, really established something I thought I was falling in love with.This is, at its heart, a sort of Weird fantasy tale There s a small town bordering a forest that is believed to be magical or haunted or dangerous or some combination of all of those things One man [...]


    6. There is a dark place in the world.Essentially 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 questioning myself the whole time, Why are you going on In the end, I probably shouldn t have, and you probably shouldn t either.There seems to be a lot to explain as to why I wo [...]


    7. A weird and astonishing fantasy of Africa The strange and sprawling cast of protagonists includes a native policeman drawn back into the service of the colonial authorities against whom he once led a bloody revolt, a bowman whose bow s name we know before we know his, a cyclops raised by bakelite robots and those are just the fictional figures Mixing with them on equal terms are the historically verified, such as proto surrealist Raymond Roussel from whose Impressions of Africa the Vorrh s name [...]



    8. Reading The Vorrh Reading The Vorrh reminds me of the first time I read Gene Wolfe Catling offers a very similar combination of mystery, allusion, tricky plots, some beautiful sentences, unpredictability, touches of horror, and a powerful sense of meaning just beneath the surface The Vorrh is like Shadow of the Torturer in that it s a standalone book which is also, apparently, the start of a series This is also my way of offering very high praise.If the Hugo awards matter ever again, this is now [...]


    9. Every so often, a book comes along that defies genre No Country for Old Men is than a thriller or a western The Big Sleep is than a crime novel And what exactly is The Catcher in the Rye Brian Catling s masterful The Vorrh is another such book This is not just another Fantasy There are remnants of the Western in there, Adventure, Crime, Romance And still, it transcends these genres as well It is simply The Vorrh and is a much better book because of that.Of course, due to the supernatural theme [...]


    10. Feb 2014The Vorrh is an unusual and remarkable historical fantasy though perhaps it s coming to it after reading a lot of classics that makes it not quite as mindblowing as some reviews say The vast cast of characters with interlocking stories, some of whom don t meet in person, tallies with current trends in literary fiction The glorious surfeit of adjectives and adverbs recalls the too richness of decadent literature but and I speak as someone who s too fond of those myself the clause rhythms [...]


    11. 4.5 stars I can say with all certainty that I ve never read anything like this before It s like a mosaic of strangeness a group of narratives surrounding the Vorrh, a forest in an unknown location on Earth The way most of these narratives slowly come together and intertwine is intelligent, and the sense of discovery throughout the novel is wonderful The writing is simply outstanding at times it reminds me of China Mi ville in the way that Catling has this large vocabulary and isn t afraid to use [...]


    12. Man I could probably write a 5 page essay on this one Given how narratively dense the book is, though, I imagine I wouldn t be the only one I fluttered back and forth between wanting to give this 4 stars or 5 Ultimately I chose 5 Here s why This is by far one of the most imaginatively wild novels I ve read Ever There is so much going on in The Vorrh that it s kind of impossible to describe It s set in post WWI colonial Africa, but it s also set in mid to late 1800s England and America It s an ad [...]


    13. This is the best book I ve read this year It is simply exquisite.It s difficult to compare this to any other work and to call it fantasy is to do it a disservice It is a grotesque and beautiful narrative poem masquerading as a novel.This is not a book for the faint hearted, and it manages to ratchet up the sheer weirdness almost on a page by page basis.The eponymous Vorrh is an imaginary but magical jungle in Africa The book is loosely plotted around three individuals Tsungali, a hunter and assa [...]


    14. I received this book through First Reads.I m not totally sure how to review this book Brian Catling is an extremely talented author his words in this novel are completely poetic And that s the main problem here, unfortunately At 500 pages, this wholly original Fantasy book is very dense The style of the prose combined with the subject matter just did not lend itself to grasping my full attention It doesn t help that the ending could ve been 40 pages shorter, and that the inclusion of Edward Muyb [...]


    15. I knew I was in for it when the cyclops started having sex with the robot My friend told me that it would pick up in part two which it did but despite some interesting parts the sexbot was not one of these the whole made pretty much no sense at all I feel as though this book was overhyped a bit, or that some of the folks writing blurbs didn t finish it.


    16. I came across The Vorrh while browsing in a bookshop and was intrigued by the prospect of a vast sentient forest, as well as impressed by praise from Alan Moore, Jeff Vandermeer, and Phillip Pullman on the back cover Then I reserved it at the library, of course I never buy new books, they re so expensive I was eager to read it and did so within 24 hours on two long train journeys The puff quotes make comparisons to Decadent literature, Michael Moorcock, and Mervyn Peake, none of which I can real [...]


    17. Some authors prose just clash with my ears Ray Bradbury, Patrick Rothfuss and the fictional author, James S A Corey Add Brian Catling to the list I m not saying it s these author s fault Who knows I m sure there s a large philosophical debate there about aesthetics, but I m not interested in getting into that.The Vorrh I got excited about this because Alan Moore was excited about this, as well as, other such luminaries From this moment forward I will only be reading books recommended by GR frien [...]


    18. The Vorrh is one of the best samples of fantasy fiction that has been written in the last decades Moreover, it is a book that walks skillfully across genres, like only very good literature can do It is as much fantasy as it is historical fiction and steampunk, playing all along with Jungian archetypes The Bowman, one of the protagonists narrators is such a one The eye, and everything related to that blindness, cyclopes, photography and much , is another More protagonists include Sir William Gul [...]


    19. Hard to reconcile Catling s technical proficiency and Lovecraftian ability to mount dread with the aimless narrative and regressive politics of the finished work If the new idiom of genre fiction is just going to concern itself with crafting parallel histories of other times when white men were terrible to everyone, count me out.Paradoxically, having learned this is intended to be a trilogy, I won t rule out giving the next one a try it s impossible not to be at least a little impressed with the [...]


    20. You could flick to any page, pick a section of text at random and mount it in a frame to inspire and confound you for years to come But the story is weak There is no doubt that Catling is a great writer almost every sentence, phrase and paragraph are beautifully written But the plot is all over the place and characters come and go with little or no structure or purpose.Deus ex machina has a place, but in the Vorrh it feels heavy handed Perhaps later novels in the series will make the story cohe [...]



    21. Really, really cool.The setting here is the great brooding forest older than humankind 9 , an expanse somewhere in Africa, near the site of where the Possession Wars began when the True People rebelled against the British occupiers 14 Setting mythology is that nobody had ever reached the centre of the Vorrh, the mother of forests ancient beyond language, older than every known species 34 Some indication that the Tetragrammaton gave Adam a corner of his clearing, so that he may dwell in it It is [...]


    22. I did not finish this book I abandoned it I do admit that my review of this book won t be as fair or reliable as somebody who read the whole thing, but I think I ve seen enough I read it up to 25% of the way and was totally disappointed I ll lay it out step by step Firstly, this book was meant to be a classic fantasy tale , and I have to say that I have read much better fantasy and adventure stories like LOTR and Harry Potter, which were told in a much captivating way Secondly, overloading each [...]


    23. Whilst the language was imaginative and evocative I struggled with the actual story I have no idea what the photographer was doing with his weird contraptions, and his part seemed to have no relevance to the rest of the book The cyclops, who seems to have an intriguing story to tell gets gradually and unsatisfactorily diminished as the book progresses Indeed none of the characters hold centre stage for long, leaving a feeling of incompleteness and lack of focus I wish books had ratings like film [...]


    24. The Vorrh The Vorrh Trilogy 1 Brian Catling 485 p ginas, Honest Publishing 2012 Relido de 25.04.17 a 29.04.17 horror fantasia g tico realismom gico NITRORELEITURASCom o lan amento do segundo volume da s rie Vorrh, um dos livros mais interessantes e originais de fantasia publicados recentemente, e que foi promovido e descoberto pelo grande Alan Moore, resolvi reler o primeiro livro, The Vorrh A minha resenha anterior segue abaixo, mas, como a obra muito densa e com diversas camadas, resolvi coloc [...]


    25. Completely absorbing and a genuine page turner, but occasionally quite maddening as well.Brian Catling s Africa is steeped in outdated dark continent mythology to the point that one half expects Tarzan or The Phantom to put in an appearance I understand that Catling is commenting on these racist, colonialist stereotypes and attempting to upend them, but his Africa remains a caricature By contrast, the parts of the novel set in actual recognizable locations Europe, the US and even the parts that [...]


    26. Was intrigued by the original premise but it got too twisted and convoluted for me It was several subplots one involving a curious girl and a cyclops another involving a soldier who has made a bow out of a person and the black man who chases him into the Vorrh forest which will steal a person s memory another involving the real life photographer, Edward Muybridge and another involving a surrealist writer, The Frenchman The forest ties them all together To me it read like a lot of hallucinogenic [...]


    27. The Vorrh The foreboding beauty of a bottomless dark water well.Beautiful prose Some gorgeous sentences The story is intriguing, captivating, mesmerizing, but the resolution of its plot points and characters journeys ultimately a bit disappointing It felt as though the writer changed his mind about his investment in the stature and significance of key characters while he was writing them and I preferred the way they were started to the way they were finished Likewise, it seems the import of its [...]


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