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Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
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Aug 02, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction-and-fantasy
Read in August, 2008

I don't know why it took me so long to get to the work of Mervyn Peake. I think it is because I thought he was an earlier writer than he is. In fact, I had the wrong impression of his work entirely. It's much closer to Crowley and Miéville than Dunsany (in fact, it's quite apparent that Miéville has cribbed his obscure vocabulary tic from Peake).

Titus Groan is fantastic, although it's a little depressing to see how perfectly pitched it is for someone like me -- the dabbler in literary and fantasy genres who worships at the table of modernism but is also a sucker for more romantic (and archaic) expressions of modernism.

Odd and slow moving and crenelated and yet it all sticks together with a dark humor and genuine horror that is so well crafted that one both loves and admires and erupts with insane jealousy.

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