Really wasn’t sure how this was going to work out. Most of my reading over the last few years has been non-fiction. Something about the re-release of the trilogy of Gormenghast completed books, in a single illustrated edition, appealed to me.
Started reading it last night, ploughed through fifty pages before the bulk of the thing got too be much – it’s a thousand good quality pages. And, wow! Really didn’t want to put it down. The writing just folds around you, like some big heavy oppressively warm blanket. The atmosphere invoked by it all is more than simply strange; it is bizarre, unsettling, unnerving. In the extreme.
It doesn’t feel like anything i’ve ever read before… truly unique? Anyway, highly recommended. You can dip your toe in and read extracts here.