4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating blend of fact and fantasy,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Voice of the Fire (Paperback)
Having enjoyed Alan Moore's writing from the glory days of 2000AD onward, I was intrigued to discover he had actually written a complete novel. Some of the Amazon reviewers gave me pause before purchase, but I have to say I'm glad I did.
The book is a collection of linked short stories, set in or around Moore's hometown of Northampton and spanning a period between the Stone age and the late 1990s. Moore presents a great variety of memorable characters, including a simple-minded cave-boy, a Roman official, a pair of witches and a deeply untrustworthy underwear salesman. The brilliance of Moore's writing is that each of these characters has a very distinct voice and Moore seems to have an ear for idiom and syntax that makes each tale feel as though it really is a product of the time it's set in.
As others have commented above, the first tale 'Hob's Hog', is written in a difficult, first person present tense style, which, although absolutely necessary for the character, is a little heavy going. Stick with it though, because the book as a whole is a wonder to read and I certainly will be doing so again.
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 2 Jun 2015 23:15:53 BDT
Timelord - 007 says:
Excellent review Jason.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›