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- Publication date : February 24, 2017
- Publisher : Trepidatio Publishing - JournalStone (February 24, 2017)
- File size : 2213 KB
- Print length : 201 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01N7W6G6W
- Lending : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,282 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
A day of fishing in the Northwestern woods becomes the catalyst for Guy’s descent into a world that’s far beyond his humdrum existence. The elements of witchcraft here---if calling it witchcraft at all is a fair description; the specifics of the magic system are left open-ended---are dealt with in such a wholly original and enthralling way. There's an undeniable air of foreboding that swirls around the magic of the novel, but there's a sensuality too, one that draws Guy closer both in spite of himself and precisely because it's what he most desires: an escape from the mundane, from the past, from everything that shackles him to his own unhappiness. Here, the forest operates both as savior and destroyer, like a kind of bizarre post-modern fairy tale. Lost in spirit and body, Guy repeatedly wanders into the unknown of the woods, but in lieu of a traditional witch in the vein of Baba Yaga, he discovers Lily, enchanting and wild and absolutely not at all what he's expecting.
And let's talk about Lily for a moment. She's not on the page as much as she could be (I could read a whole book series about her and the contents of the strange leather-bound tomes she creates). But even with her relatively small role, her presence brims at the edges of virtually every scene, as she keeps a strange yet watchful eye over things. At once a seer and a remote manipulator and a direct player in her own right, her character could have easily been one-dimensional and disposable, but instead, she becomes the most powerful and fascinating force of the book. As their relationship develops, the push and pull between Lily and Guy is at points playful and sweet, and at other times deeply frightening (blood and bone are in the title for a reason). It’s a fascinating dynamic, and one that lives at the heart of this very dark journey.
From beginning to end, Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone maintains a constant sense of unreality, as Guy struggles to differentiate between what’s true and what’s fantasy. Before it’s over, he loses all sense of time, and eventually loses all sense of place as well. There are no neat, easy answers here, and for a work of weird fiction as intricate and unique as this one, that's exactly how it should be. A mesmerizing novel to be sure, and undoubtedly a herald of great works to come.