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The Wanderer

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  28 reviews
After obscure author of strange stories, Simon Peterkin, vanishes in bizarre circumstances, a typescript, of a text entitled, 'The Wanderer', is found in his flat. 'The Wanderer' is a weird document. On a dying Earth, in the far-flung future, a man, an immortal, types the tale of his aeon-long life as prey, as a hunted man; he tells of his quitting the Himalayas, his sanct ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published August 29th 2014 by Perfect Edge
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I read this excellent volume of weird tales with the Literary Horror Group over at Goodreads during the month of April.

What I liked: I enjoyed the premise-which is basically a collection of short stories connected by a manuscript. Towards the end of the book the creation of the manuscript becomes the main story, but I liked the individual stories the best. These were not flat out horror stories, but they WERE horrific at times. They were more like tales of the weird and they put me in mind of
mark monday
he has a lot of tricky tools in his bag; he dumps them all out and uses them to construct something. he tries to use every single tool to see what will work. it's his first time so why not?

there's a Lovecraft tool and that one works well. really well, the best I've seen in a while, a perfect pastiche. but he seems to lose interest in that rarified tool fairly soon, like he's just playing with it for now, not really interested in building a whole thing with it. that's too bad, that tool really di
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was struck by a phrase at the beginning of the prologue. "...tonight the sunset is violet and bile." The word "bile" is a bit jarring, no? It's not a word that comes to mind when describing sunsets. This book is like that. The Wanderer is violet and bile. Beautiful prose relating the most terrible things.

The Wanderer wants to tell you his story, but first you must hear a different story, and then, some others will tell their stories, until you can't remember where you are or what it was you we
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read of all the things I look for in a book. The pace is fast,the weird elements endless. The writing style is reminiscent of authors I admire. Such as Clark Ashton Smith and Tanith Lee. I only hope I find other books to read this year I like as much.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I published Jarvis' first piece of (published) fiction "The Imaginary Anatomy of a Horse" in the Leviathan 4 anthology, which I edited back in 2005. His was a slush-pile submission, picked out of hundreds. I was very pleased to "find" this author, though I think that with Jarvis' poetic voice, this was eventually bound to happen. Yet, I will attempt to remain as unbiased as possible in this review.

The difficulty with reviewing this kind of strung-together narrative, wrought and
Seregil of Rhiminee
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Originally published at Risingshadow.

I recently read Timothy J. Jarvis' short story ("Nae Greeance o' Bane") that was published in Caledonia Dreamin' (edited by Hal Duncan and Chris Kelso; Eibonvale Press, 2014). It made a huge impression on me, because it was excellent weird fiction. When I read it, I thought to myself that this author will most likely be able to achieve great things if he continues to write weird fiction. My feelings were right, because the author's debut novel, The Wanderer,
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although this book will be read by the goodreads group Literary Horror in April 2015, it seemed the sort of novel that I would like, and I went ahead and read it in advance. I read this novel at a good pace--while reading another novel--which for me is an indicator that I'm liking the book.

The novel has a 'frame' structure'. A horror writer is missing, and among the stuff in his room is a manuscript. This manuscript comprises most of the novel. I would call this story a macabre picaresque. The n
Maxine Marsh
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

This is a weird tale, a tale that spans thousands of years, not only jumping backward and forward in time, but also upward and downward as narrative within narrative within narrative and back again. The effect, is to ensnare the reader into a tale of the battle between eternal evil and eternal hope. This is a fascinating story with a nice twist toward the ending. Or the ending that comes before the ending of the epilogue, and then the ending of the afterword. Or whatever.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Des Lewis
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it

“Creation is in disarray.”

Vestigial, not inchoate, overwrought, too, from internal inspection by a character within the manuscript, self-referential as this book sometimes is, and it is the perfect subject for a gestalt real-time review, as we appear to be reading a manuscript being written in real-time before our very eyes. Creation not only in disarray, real universal mis-evolution with mutant healing and null immortality, but also in retrocausal gestalt when the final hindsight is clinched, a
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-read
Do you like ichor?

Do you like ichor as a word? Because The Wanderer is a book where a word like ichor feels right at home. The vocabulary is extensive and the description is remarkable. The prose is described as poetic in more that one place, and it's easy to see where that comes from.

Do you like ichor as a substance? The description is concerned with things often visceral, often gory, often downright repulsive. Horrible things are happening in The Wanderer. And they keep happening.

Do you like
R.L. Robinson
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Wanderer blends fantasy, horror and science fiction and creates an intelligent and fascinating story. I found it difficult to put down, even though some scenes made me so uncomfortable I wanted to at times. The horror in the novel builds, creeping in at the edges, until all at once the reader is confronted with horrific scenes, described with just enough left out that your mind easily fills in the rest. Rarely have I felt genuinely unnerved by a work of fiction. The plot balances these macab ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best weird novels I've ever read. Indispensable. ...more
John Duncan
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Harrowing, beastly and brilliant. Highly recommended!
Tony Malone
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Deeply creepy, written with a poet's eye. Weird in the best sense of that word. ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
It took me a while to read The Wanderer and I'm not entirely sure why. It might've been this cursed year - hell, let's blame that. But I certainly found that as much as I was entranced whenever I perused the book, I wasn't quick to come back to it.

Curiously, this isn't the bad thing that I had expected. It meant that each time I returned, I was surprised anew at how bizarre the thing is.

The novel is constructed as an elaborate series of records: letters, pub conversations and apocalypse-typed
I was expecting to love this book. Unfortunately, while the author's prose is quite accomplished, several of the interwoven stories were not interesting at all (I pretty much skimmed the Jamaican cabdriver's tale) and dragged out for too long. The narrator's immortal memory issues are also highly inconsistent - he's too old to remember his own name yet he recounts events from thousands and thousands of years ago in minute detail, down to entire conversations and what drinks everyone ordered at t ...more
Jeston Dulin
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant blend of supernatural horror and science fantasy, Jarvis describes it best himself when he calls his work "antic fiction." It's simultaneously playful and menacing, pressing at the boundaries of the readers' understanding of the world around them. I'm just sad I can't find any other books he's written. ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Seriously creepy, beautifully written.
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: weird
David Pollock
I like original efforts by authors. And I can't say its premise wasn't original but somehow The Wanderer peters out after a promising start (I will get into that below).
But first a note on the vocabulary: I realize the author is British and the characters come from literary and publishing backgrounds but damn... "Crepuscular welkins," "gloaming spinneys," "tessellating sphagnum," and "chthonic scrim" are a lot for this 'Merican to handle... I'm kind of exaggerating but all of those words do app
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
enjoyed it enough through the first 2/3 to give it four stars, then the rest was rather stale/trite, and the tacked on appendices smacked of 'trying too hard', so to be fair i figured i would average things out, then after remembering how overused the comma was, and, as a result, remembering that, along with the near-plagiarization of several more famous, and hardly-needs-to-be-mentioned, better written works... OK, i'll stop with the overwrought lengthy sentence mockery... 'cuz it was damned su ...more
Peter Haynes
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Swinging with great skill from one dread cthonic encounter to the next, this epic novel offers the reader squirming unease and genuine horror in full measure. At times The Wanderer reads more like a grimoire of summoning magic than a piece of fiction, as if in reading it you have become possessed of forbidden knowledge, or are an unknowing accomplice in some shadowy invocation. A tome of weird dark wonder.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'The Wanderer' by Timothy J. Jarvis was a phenomenal read and honestly one of the best books I have read in a long time.

The book switches between two time lines where the protagonist is unable to die and is being hunted by the one and only person who can kill him.

We learn what circumstances lead to him being like this. How a number of other people have had the same fate, yet all have very different weird ways that they happened.

Honestly, I cannot say too much incase I spoil it for anyone but its
Jerry Balzano
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Genuinely frightening in places. Author's verbal tics get in the way of the reader's pleasure (how many times can one use the word "gawp" in a novel before it gets distracting or annoying? clumsy uses of commas EVERYWHERE). I don't mind being grossed out from time to time but I think the author overdid it here. Really, 2.6 stars but the GR Gestapo refuses to give us even half-stars regardless of how vast a majority of users want them. Up yours, Goodreads! ...more
Sam Browne
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Its been years since I read it and bit of this book still haunt me. In a way this is real horror, the fear that stays with you that you can't really put a finger on. I'll write my peace with it soon but for now this will do. ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wonderful first novel. Eminently readable, clever and above all, entertaining. I eagerly await what the author has in store.
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Timothy J. Jarvis is a writer and scholar with an interest in the antic, the weird, the strange. His first novel, The Wanderer, was published by Perfect Edge Books in the summer of 2014. His short-fiction has appeared in Caledonia Dreamin’: Strange Fiction of Scottish Descent, Pandemonium: Ash, 3:AM Magazine, New Writing 13, Prospect Magazine, and Leviathan 4: Cities, and he writes criticism for t ...more

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