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Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone Kindle Edition
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This is not an easy read. I don’t say that in terms of extreme horror, graphic violence, or vastly disturbing visuals. From almost the beginning of the book, Guy has experiences that cumulate in the reader wondering if they really happened at all. This is fair, because more than once Guy wonders as well. The depth to which this doubtfulness builds within the story and the varying levels to which it is resolved creates a tense apprehension in the ongoing process of Guy finding out what is actually real in his life. Griffin does a magnificent job of a crafting a story where the reader has little choice but to join in the unsureness (He almost does away with an ongoing sense of time altogether.) as the story goes to its inexorable end. Even at the end there is much unanswered, but it cannot be said that the questions asked are not beautiful, extraordinary, and weird. Not a book for people who absolutely need to have closure in their stories, but for anyone else who appreciates tales of the Modern Weird, you shouldn’t miss out on this.
After a confusing yet amicable split with his wife and first love, Guy moves into friend Karl’s houseboat. Urged by his alpha male friend to enjoy the other fish in the sea and let go, Guy begins to venture out socially. As he begins to discover himself again outside of married life, his perceptions and experiences also begin to cross into a gray area with what is real or possible. After a fishing trip with Karl, Guy returns to the same area to fish alone. He is intrigued by a secluded cabin and upon meeting it’s sole inhabitant Lily for the first time, is instantly drawn to her. What she offers seems to be everything he needs, but there is so much more that he does not understand about her or the effect she has over him.
As for the writing, the prose touches on the poetic, yet remains effective. Lily's mystique is spellbinding and potent, a fascinating character. Last, the “unreliable narrator” is handled with grace and tact. A highly recommended read.