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Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
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it was amazing
bookshelves: recommended, favorites, stories-that-inspired-my-books

Titus Groan is another one of my favorite books and it, along with The Worm Ouroboros, had a big influence on me while writing the Inheritance Cycle. The prose is incredible—it’s the ultimate gothic fantasy. And it’s so rich, it’s actually a little bit hard to read in one sitting; it’s better taken in small chunks.

Mervyn Peake, like so many authors who survived and endured the World Wars—World War One particularly—had a sense of the grotesque and the grotesquely beautiful that is hard to find. For anyone who’s looking for something that captures those elements, I would recommend this series. You’re not going to find anything like this among any other modern day writers. The closest would be perhaps China Miéville, but even he does very different things than Mervyn Peake.
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March 21, 2016 – Shelved
March 21, 2016 – Shelved as: favorites
March 21, 2016 – Shelved as: recommended
March 21, 2016 – Shelved as: stories-that-inspired-my-books

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David Only another two books to go. I think Titus Alone is very different. They are on the shelf waiting for my son (10). He has read the Inheritance Cycle.

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