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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, September 18, 2005
    Voice of the Fire
     
    Well, Iain Sinclair and Roy (in Comments) were very right - Alan Moore's Voice of the Fire is quite outstanding. In a dark, er, fiery sort of way. Where fire equates with primal behaviour, high emotions and occult activity. It all takes place in a ten-mile radius of modern-day Northampton, where Moore lives, but starts with a story narrated by a traveller through that country 5,000 years ago. Each story draws us closer to the present and each is raw and real in its own terms. It's a singular novel, and its very engrossing.