This is a truly beautiful novel. It explores all facets of emotion and human endeavour. Our greatest fears are confronted, as are our innermost needs, hopes and desires. The great thing is that all of this is done within the framework of a fantastically enthralling STORY. It is the story which pulls the reader along while below the surface are such high philosophical quandries explored. The places and events are described in a detail that is not-too-little and not-too-much and which does not spoon-feed the reader but rather allows his or her imagination some scope to interpret. You almost want some drawings but at the same time are glad not to have them. The characters are many layered and include all types along the continuums of hero to villain and admired to pitied. This book will appeal to many ages and many levels. It is a superb story of a quest and yet has so many other levels, such as the philosophical and the many references to other great pieces of literature.Read it because it is a really good tale; but there is so much more to this book. I strongly encourage you to read this book. Then read it again!
I stumbled across All This is So by sheer chance, when trying to find something else - a rare example of the randomness of the internet working favourably. I bought it because I thought it was possibly by my old high school English teacher, who had always seemed like a man who might have a novel simmering within. And it is indeed his work. Fortunately the book was available via amazon, but it is very sad that it doesn't have wider availability here as it is a very fine novel. Note to US publishers: snap it up! It's doubly sad that it is categorised as a SciFi book as it is in fact a novel of ideas rather than a space opera -if the book does have SciFi parallels it is with works like Doris Lessing's Mara and Dann or William Miller's classic A Canticle for Leibowitz. I am a confessedly partial reader as I wanted to like the book, but even without that distant personal connection the book is extremely resonant. Hereward, the myth-inspiring central character, could have come from Chaucer's pen, but it also has muchmore contemporary literary parallels. As with writers like Philip Pullman,there is a strong moral dimension and the consequences of individual characters' actions ricochet around the oh-so plausible world Roe has created.
All This Is So is a massively satisfying and heady read well worth seeking out. Snap up a copy now and know you were an early adopter.