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Download Vorrh Author Brian Catling Epub É 485 pages Á Naturaltreatment ✓ 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 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 I started a bare bones blog to force myself to write betterlonger reviews 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 as they heighten expectations and when they don’t live up to them you feel let down rather than surprised a book you never heard of was actually pretty good The Vorrh isn’t bad but it’s not nearly as excellent or groundbreaking as Moore claims and fantasy hasn’t been merely about wizards and dragons in a very long time though it is frustratingly limited at timesThe Vorrh is a massive primal forest in Africa unfortunately described as a single monolithic entity and not a large multi culture continent here that apparently originates in Raymond Roussel’s Impressions of Africa and may or may not contain the Garden of Eden amongst other things The novel itself follows several disparate threads characters that slowly begin to converge within the titular forest during the middle and last thirds of the novel though they do not come fully together and some threads barely meet at all allI don’t mind this sort of structure a great plot is not essential and some of my favorite novels follow it It does reuire two things however1 An author who is a skilled craftsperson at the prose level They can write2 Compelling and interesting characters that the reader enjoys following even if the overarching plot is sparseFor the first reuirement Catling largely succeeds His writing isn’t uite the caliber Alan Moore describes but it is still better than genre average and he does creeping horror very well The best parts of the book include a side story involving stillborn babies and the doctor who first diagnosed anorexia The descriptions of The Vorrh itself are also stellar Additionally the book has that difficult to analyze page turner uality I read it pretty uick for a big bulky 500 page novelThe problem comes with number 2 None of the characters are particularly likeable Some of this is by design The real life photographer Edweard Muybridge is the best character and also a total prick But for the most part none of them are very compelling The cyclops Ishmael is the worst He is bland as all hell and his storyline is boring for a significant chunk of the book The rest are largely forgettable and some of the fates they meet are sort of bewildering not in the good way or shrug worthyOn top of that the women are all miserable characters and all the noteworthy ones have sex with the main male characters And having sex with them is why they are important to the plot In fact the only real point of view women in the novel have sex with same male character And the only black woman remember this takes place in Africa who gets any characterization at all is both mute and like savagely sexualSo ultimately it has its moments and isn’t terribly written but I’d only recommend it with major reservations It’s part of a trilogy and I am not sure if I would read future installmentsThanks to Green Apple Books in San Francisco for stocking this Even if I did not love it it was interesting and somewhat uniue and it’s good to support independent presses

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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 The Heart of Darkness meets Borges meets something that might have crawled out of Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth Brian Catling’s The 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 suirming out of reach The blurb that accompanies it is woefully inadeuate 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 Catling pitched this to his publishers I don’t think I’ve read a book like this in a while Words like ‘genius’ and ‘sheer madness’ and ‘Jungian’ get jumbled like marbles in my mouth when I try to describe this book for friends The easiest way to start talking about The Vorrh is to ask ‘What is the Vorrh’ The Vorrh is an ancient dense forest set in the heart of the African continent most likely the Congo and rud to enclose the Garden of Eden Catling took the name from Raymond Roussel’s tract Impressions of Africa which from what I can tell was mostly a madcap travelogue of sorts that helped foster the boilerplate Western notion of Africa as an alien place filled with exotic horrors and savagery Now does Catling an English white man perpetuate that I don’t think so but I’ll get to that Catling freights the Vorrh with its own mythos It is eternal and endless It bends time; it cannibalizes the memories of anyone who encroaches too long The forest is regarded with reverence and fear by both locals and colonials Nestled next to the Vorrh is Essenwald a colonial cut out built to resemble a typical European city down to the last stone As the city expands there are logging trips into parts of the Vorrh to gather lumber and local materials for the building projects an ironic and very operant metaphor for the idea of colonial incursion In and around the Vorrh and the city of Essenwald we meet several characters Europeans and Africans alike all transformed or effaced by violence and the clash of cultures in some way and all drawn to make ill advised treks into the VorrhStructurally the novel is essentially a series of image laden set pieces and disparate storylines Some stories converge a few uite violently in the mysterious forest; others circle around the perimeter and lurk This disjointedness can be maddening Those readers who like their narratives neat and tidy might be put off but be patient; eventually things start to coalesce and what you’ll be rewarded with is a wickedly labyrinthine masterpiecePopulating this surreal tinged universe are people from real life and history Edward Muybridge Sarah Winchester Sir William Withey Gull even Raymond Roussel himself though not exactly by that name all make their uncanny appearances There are also fantastical characters a melancholy cyclops named Ishmael sentient bakelite robots and various monstrous eg the anthropophagi and ethereal beings the Erstwhile There are warriors medicine men assassins and hunters There are charmed weapons of incredible heft and symbolism one is a bow carved from the remains of a mystic woman the Bowman’s lover; another is a Lee Enfield rifle protected by charms Waves of the macabre and grotesue come up freuently here but Catling uses them in ways that are far from repellant Two examples In the opening scene an act of vivisection and mutilation becomes transmuted into a solemn tender tribute of love It’s a depiction of love so deep and profound that it boggles the senses and challenges our modern sanitized notions of love To my own perplexity the scene brought to mind that Neruda sonnet that everyone is so fond of uoting about loving something as dark things should be loved—but with blood and viscera It also evokes the reverent butchery in Tibetan sky burialsIn a scene later in the book an eye still alive but separated from its body is consumed by insectsThe fluid and movement attracted the attentions of other watchers bringing the hungry curiosity of a stream of black ants to the rock Without hesitation they continued the dissection that Tsungali had started He watched the eye being nibbled and ferried away its muscles still alive and contracting as the insects held it aloft like a great prize dragging it backwards along the glistening black chain of their frantic bodies A few minutes later there was nothing left—even the stain was fought over and diminished by the porous stone and the cooking sun I got goosebumps when I read that I’ve lived in the tropics and know how the forest can eat you alive Taken alone without context the passage may seem overly graphic though you can’t deny its effect And in any case Catling doesn’t use imagery like this gratuitously; images like this fit with the various leitmotifs centered around vision and sight throughout the book think the Cyclops Muybridge and his brand of photography references to inner eyes and occult visions blindness and so on In this strange world it makes narrative sense that clarity and sight would be consumedFor me the most difficult parts were the depictions of sexual frenzy often nightmarish and often streaked with violence or mute suffering Kristen Roupenian discusses this in her review These parts will probably be the most unsettling for readers For what it’s worth Catling has gone on record to say that the trodden upon female characters in the book are part of a larger set piece that eventually sees them exceeding their male counterparts in the next two books yes The Vorrh is part of a planned trilogy If this is a chronicle of oppression being inverted or displaced then it makes sense that a baseline needs to be first established More cynical readings of The Vorrh may dismiss the surreal tropes as another kind of broad cultural brushstroke pilloried by Binyavanga Wainaina in Granta But I personally think Catling is operating on a completely different level here It’s a critiue of colonialism and the violence and distortion of identityself in both the oppressor and oppressed but it’s also a kind of alternate history where all bets are off But critical theory aside what takes center stage is how Catling maneuvers through the fantasy tropes The fantastical so deeply permeates the narrative reality of the book that you are constantly wondering ‘Am I awake Am I dreaming this’ In the words of Alan Moore it “leaves the reader filthy with its seeds and spores encouraging new growth and threatening a great reforesting of the imagination” Catling is a published poet and that sensibility very much informs the prose style of the novel where pedestrian ordinary things constantly get illuminated and flushed with new life Consider this line a description of dusk which another reviewer here also flagged as Catling prose exemplar “Outside the swallows were changing to bats to measure the space of the sky with sound instead of sight” So expect a lot of lovely lush language in The Vorrh Catling is so good at evoking the uncanny with imagery taking something that’s ordinary or familiar and making it strangeOverall this is a spectacular book like a flicker of light that makes other books seem bland and monochromatic I give it the highest possible rating because it dares to explore; it’s primal and potent I’d recommend this if you’ve been secretly yearning for something to jolt you out of your reading doldrums something that will crack open your subconscious and blur the borders between prose and poetryand dreams“VVVOOORRRRRHHH” peopleDisclaimer I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher through the Goodreads First Reads Program in exchange for an honest review