The Gathering Of The Aspects
by Paul Ratte (Goodreads Author)
A revisionist account of mankind's final days that chronicles how a prostitute, a college professor, a homicidal psychopath, and a tv evangelist contend with frightening visions, mysteries of faith, personal demons, and a Daliesque assemblage of visiting Immortals that walk among us ! This re-working of the apocalypse is based on uncanonized scriptures, Dead Sea scroll wri...more
Published November 19th 2011
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This is not something I would have picked up ordinarily, but I met the author through his day job - and he's awesome - so I thought I'd give it a try. I read the first 50 pages, but it was very dark and I just couldn't get into it. I do plan to try again, though.
Very fine novel. This book strikes the perfect balance between being an intimate character drama and an epic about the apocalyptic end of mankind. Focussing on four very different characters, this novel chronicles their lives as the End of Days begins to unfold. The book is part horror story and part cautionary fable, but it is also a novel of intense humanistic compassion. There are tons of novels about the apocalypse, but none are anywhere as original as this one! This is the second novel of a...more
This novel is incredible! I loved the prequel GRACELORN and this follow-up does not disappoint! It is an astonishing vision of the end of the world as experienced through four main characters who's lives collide. This novel challenges the reader emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. It is a very dark novel, but is optimistic that humanity will persevere. Like GRACELORN, this novel throws a bunch of unexpected curveballs at you and leaves you breathless. A truly great novel. I can't praise...more
This book was unbelievable! It is the sequel to GRACELORN and it is an alternative apocalyptic thriller. This novel is an emotional roller coaster and offers a vision of the end of the world that is unlike any other. This novel is smart and brave and challenging. I loved this book! This novel tells the story of a number of characters who are dealing with wild, crazy visions and visitations as the apocalyse begins to unfold in our world. Unconventionally powerful and brilliant.
The Gathering of the Aspects is a potent mix...part horror story, part philosophical exploration, but perhaps most notably an indictment of organized religion and its consequences for those who lose themselves in it...an intellectually stimulating and deeply disturbing book.
Paul Ratte was born in New York City to parents of French Canadian heritage. He was raised in the Bronx and Parsippany, N.J. until he immigrated with his family to Quebec City as a boy. He studied literature, psychology and philosophy at St. Lawrence College and Trent University. While writing, he has worked as a mental health counsellor, dairy farmer, and security officer. His first novel, the al...moreMore about Paul Ratte...