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Voice of the FireOf the secrets of the landIn the tradition of Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill Schwob's Imaginary Lives and Borges' A Universal History of Infamy Moore travels through history blending truth and conjecture in a novel that is dazzling moving sometimes tragic but always mesmerizingThis edition presents Voice of the Fire for the first time in hardcover format with full color illustrations by Jose Villarrub. I've had this book on my shelf since 1996 when a friend tracked down a copy this was when it was available only in the UK and gave it to me for my birthday knowing how much of a fan of Alan Moore I wasam Yet I allowed nearly 15 years to pass before finally sitting down to read it Though I can't say I regret this it's not like I've been reading crap not worth my time this last decade and a half I am eminently happy now to have finally read itMore a collection of stories than a novel but still a novel inasmuch as the stories are all linked by their common setting Northampton and by sharing some of the same characters despite the stories being set in vastly different time periods Voice of the Fire is an ambitious book in its themes and use of language The first story in particular which was written in a neolithic dialect invented by Moore was even challenging than Burgess's A Clockwork Orange which at least had the advantage of being written grammatically albeit with generous amounts of Nadsat slang thrown in Subseuent stories were much easier to read though Moore's use of language remained poetic and period appropriate throughout And in terms of themes its link to history and certain macabre recurring elements those being fire shagfoals or black dog ghosts injured legs and beheadings Voice of the Fire is right at home among several of Moore's other comic book work particularly Swamp Thing From Hell The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen etc Several of the characters in Voice of the Fire are clearly authentic historical personages though I knew of only a few of them John Clare for instance who is a favorite subject of Moore's pal and fellow author Iain Sinclair before reading the book but this fact lends additional gravity to the book Moore has capitalized on the connections between his characters beyond their sharing of Northampton as their mutual home to create a novel that is much than the sum of its disparate parts All in all Voice of the Fire is exactly as impressive as I expected it would be and I'm looking forward to reading Moore's next novel Jerusalem as soon as he finishes itAnd now for memory jogging purposes down the line below is a list of each story and its basic plot for lack of a better word since few of the stories have true plots in the traditional sense1 Hob's Hog 4000 BC A neolithic boy is expelled from his tribe and is taken in by a girl who lives with another tribe's Hob man or magicianwizardshaman take your pick2 The Cremation Fields 2500 BC A wanderer murders a woman who was traveling to see her father a Hob man for the first time since she was a child and impersonates her with the hopes of stealing the Hob man's riches buried in tunnels beneath the village3 In the Drownings Post AD 43 A fisherman tells the story of the disappearance of his first wife and family4 The Head of Diocletian Post AD 290 A representative of the Roman Empire searches for a ring of counterfeiters5 November Saints AD 1064 Alfgiva a beggar who shortly thereafter becomes a nun witnesses the discovery of the tomb of Saint Ragener6 Limping to Jerusalem Post AD 1100 Simon de Senlis Earl of Northampton builds The Holy Sepulchre at the behest of the Knights Templar whom he met during the First Crusade7 Confessions of a Mask AD 1607 The severed head of Francis Tresham a conspirator in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 narrates his story from atop a pike outside Northampton He is later joined by the head of John Reynolds aka Captain Pouch who led the Midlands food riots which was against Tresham's family that same year 8 Angel Language AD 1618 Augustus Nicholls a lecherous judge arranges a tryst between himself and a young widow for the night before he is to condemn a thief to death A Moore regular Dr John Dee also figures in this story 9 Partners in Knitting AD 1705 Elinor Shaw and her lover Mary Phillips are condemned as witches and burned at the stake 10 The Sun Looks Pale Upon the Wall AD 1841 Poet John Clare's diary detailing his escape from the lunatic asylum Fair Mead House High Beech and his journey back to his second wife and family in Northampton 11 I Travel in Suspenders AD 1931 The trial of the infamous murderer Alfred Rouse as viewed by Alf himself who was a bit deluded as to the assumed outcome 12 Phipps' Fire Escape AD 1995 An up to the moment metafictional report by Alan Moore himself commenting on the themes of the novel and the linkages among the various stories as well as his own life and the lives of those in his family as he attempts to provide the book with a suitable denouement

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Deress who impersonates her victim; a fisherman who believes he has become a different species; a Roman emissary who realizes the bitter truth about the Empire; a crippled nun who is healed miraculously by a disturbing apparition; an old crusader whose faith is destroyed by witnessing the ultimate relic; two witches lovers who burn at the stake Each related tale traces a path in a journey of discovery. Moore does for Northampton what he did for London in From Hell He draws an arcane map of his hometown accreting layer upon layer of time and circumstance The book is composed of twelve stories starting in 4000 BCE and ending in 1995 One of the tricks Moore uses in his work is proving connections between disparate things by using repeated themes Here as in From Hell he uses actual historical figures for the most part as his characters Or at least actual architectural and other artifacts of Northampton And a bit of research on the internet tells me that the historical figures are indeed connected by the themes as Moore suggestsHis thesis is that there's an active accessible underworld that can be accessed if we only knew the symbols and could whisper the angel language The repeated symbols include the antlered witch man lame or missing legs decapitated heads monstrous dogs a whispered unearthly language men with multiple wives and fire Moore is a self described magician not an illusionist but an honest to Baphomet sorcerer and he closes the book with he himself performing a ritualReaders who like experimental prose will enjoy deciphering the first chapter which is told in the voice of a mentally challenged prehistoric boy The boy's language is composed of a narrow vocabulary of simple words but you'll be surprised how much it conveys That first chapter is a bravura writing performanceThis book has whetted my appetite for and may in fact be a primer for Moore's upcoming second novel about Northampton Jerusalem which is due to come out later this yearI'm docking it one star because brilliant as he is sometimes Moore's show offy prose style is too self conscious Sometimes he needs to get out of his own way

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Voice of the Fire Free download ☆ 105 ß Master storyteller Alan Moore Watchmen delivers twelve interconnected stories of lust madness and ectasy all set in central England and spanning over six thousand years the narratives woven together in patterns of recurring events strange traditions and uncanny visions First a cave boy loses his motherMaster storyteller Alan Moore Watchmen delivers twelve interconnected stories of lust madness and ectasy all set in central England and spanning over six thousand years the narratives woven together in patterns of recurring events strange traditions and uncanny visions First a cave boy loses his mother falls in love and learns a deadly lesson He is followed by an extraordinary cast of characters a mur. 'A hind of hill ways off to sun set down is sky come like as fire and walk I up in way of this all hard of breath where is grass colding on I’s feet and wetting they' It's a brave thing to begin your debut novel in the first person voice of a child with developmental issues A child that cannot distinguish dreams from reality; that cannot understand how to lie; that is incapable of looking after himself It's a braver thing too when that's not the focus of the novelAlan Moore is often mentioned as one of the most highly regarded British writers working today and yet this remains his only novel Like Neil Gaiman he had worked almost exclusively as a comic book writer until 1996 Both released their debut novels in that year Neverwhere for Gaiman Good Omens The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch doesn't count here since it was co authored with Terry Pratchett and it was Pratchett that did most of the writing but whereas Gaiman grew a reputation as a Fantasy novelist this remains Moore's only novel to dateMoore's both a proud Englishman and a keen occultist so it should be no surprise that both of those influences weigh heavily on this text His subject is his home town Northampton and his metaphor is fire As a metaphor it's a useful one with many associations bright warming comforting Signal destructive transformative Here it's all of those things sometimes at the same time Mostly though it's the latter; Moore paints a dynamic landscape always changing the coming of agriculture of metals of Romans Vikings Normans all have their place in Moore's narrativeWhere authors such as Edward Rutherfurd emphasise the continuity of a place in their historical works by following different generations of the same family often in the middle of sweeping epochs Moore structures his tale by always casting different unrelated individuals in every chapter and each personal story often occurs at the time of wider social change the first chapters take the structure of the changes listed above A sense of gradual change happening alongside the obvious but superficial changes already mentioned is hinted at by the developing language used in each chapter With each written from the first person perspective of a different character always in the present tense the author builds from the Mesolithic simpleton uoted at the beginning of this review in the first chapter through successive generations of changing language words change develop some disappear and others appear You sense that the words are not just a means for expressing ideas but things which have a life of their own separate from the people and inhabiting their own time scaleThe characters and their stories re appear in the tales of others This might be why some GoodReads users have classified the book as fantasy for my own part though I prefer to see the book as straight historical fiction the reappearance of characters and their happenings occur only in dreams and at times of madness and the characters who see them perceive them only in this context That seems reasonable to me; it's clearly a manifestation of Moore's beliefs in the occult hinted at blatantly in a chapter featuring John Dee as an off screen presence but it's not fantastical per se We know that they are ancient people and events the protagonists do not and do not try to interpret them in this way They're just dreams The only other fantastic element is the monologue of the dead but again there is no interaction between the dead and the living so in this sense it may be seen as the same situation reversedThese lives from the historic period onwards all protagonists and events save authorly embellishment did occur these tales are points glittering and flowing as they are pulled around and down through a vortex Like in Cloud Atlas that structure is sign posted by the author whereas that felt patronising though here I felt it merely honest there was nothing of the smug reveal about it but rather the smile of a friend as he says 'you've caught me' Why Because of what lies at the heart of the vortex 'Comitted to a present day first person narrative there seems no other option save a personal appearance which in turn demands a strictly documentary approach' Such an ending could easily be egotistical but instead it's deftly handled and a perfect fit As the author seeks inspiration to finish his book we pound the streets of Northampton with him and we know it The town comes alive for us both as it is and as it has been Ultimately though this final reveal is shown as the curtain for this novel isn't about Northampton or even England the star of the show isn't even the characters it's history History as Moore says in this chapter burns hot Gaiman wrote an introduction in this edition in which he states that this final chapter is already the perfect introduction to the book and I can see his point the chapters could be read in almost any order but why go against the hot tide of history