All his life, Jack Chetwin has had incredible visions of a parallel worldand of a human couple fleeing an unspeakable terror But matters take a sinister turn when the man escapes into Jack s reality and threatens his family s safety Now Jack must enter this strange world to confront an ancient and powerful evil a confrontation he may well not survive


10 thoughts on “Ancient Echoes

  1. S.S. S.S. says:

    This is only the second book of Robert Holdstock s I ve ever read the first being Mythago Wood , but I think that Holdstock is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors Actually, Ancient Echoes reminded me quite a bit of Mythago Wood, with its themes and general concepts I wondered if this was tied into that book series in some way That s not a bad thing, because I liked both Mythago Wood and this book Ancient Echoes focusses upon a man called Jack who experiences time slip style visi This is only the second book of Robert Holdstock s I ve ever read the first being Mythago Wood , but I think that Holdstock is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors Actually, Ancient Echoes reminded me quite a bit of Mythago Wood, with its themes and general concepts I wondered if this was tied into that book series in some way That s not a bad thing, because I liked both Mythago Wood and this book Ancient Echoes focusses upon a man called Jack who experiences time slip style visions into another time and place This place is filled with ancient deities, ancient people, ancient rituals, ancient everything which probably might be the reason why it s called Ancient Echoes shifty eyes XD I quite liked Jack as a character and was intrigued by his burgeoning relationship with Greenface Nemet I really enjoyed this book, even though I thought that the ending was a little rushed it was weirdly surreal, creepy, intriguing, fantastical and very darkly mythological, all things which I really like anyway It s also very hard to try to describe I think it s probably one of those books best experienced first hand to truly appreciate I think Holdstock has a really lyrical way of writing I couldn t help getting sucked into his world every time I picked up this book and I found it very hard to put it back down again This is something that I will read again and I think it might be one of those books where I discover something new on each re read


  2. Rachel Rachel says:

    Oh boy I can t believe I m actually categorizing this as a DNF I ve loved this author s other works and it was so disappointing to read this First and foremost This book had so much potential It had a wonderfully original plotline, but was horrendously written Even if it was his first book, his depictions of the characters were horrible It was like what a teenage boy thinks women and adults would be like The plot was also all over the place Just as I started to become interested in the Oh boy I can t believe I m actually categorizing this as a DNF I ve loved this author s other works and it was so disappointing to read this First and foremost This book had so much potential It had a wonderfully original plotline, but was horrendously written Even if it was his first book, his depictions of the characters were horrible It was like what a teenage boy thinks women and adults would be like The plot was also all over the place Just as I started to become interested in the plot, he would drop in unnecessary lust scenes, or completely change the plot


  3. Bertrand Bertrand says:

    Robert Holdstock est un conteur qui nous vient des douces vall es de l Angleterre Sa terre semble toujours li e d une mani re ou d une autre ses crits, et il nous communique travers eux ce qui le fascine chez elle.La chair et l ombre, c est l histoire d un jeune gar on qui r ve un peu trop fort Jack Chatwin r ve de Visage Gris et Visage Vert, un couple apparemment venu tout droit des origines de la Terre qui fuit dans un monde lointain un taureau gigantesque qui les pourchasse Jack va re Robert Holdstock est un conteur qui nous vient des douces vall es de l Angleterre Sa terre semble toujours li e d une mani re ou d une autre ses crits, et il nous communique travers eux ce qui le fascine chez elle.La chair et l ombre, c est l histoire d un jeune gar on qui r ve un peu trop fort Jack Chatwin r ve de Visage Gris et Visage Vert, un couple apparemment venu tout droit des origines de la Terre qui fuit dans un monde lointain un taureau gigantesque qui les pourchasse Jack va rencontrer un arch ologue nomm John Garth, qui lui est la recherche d une cit mythique qui semble se d placer sous la surface du globe Jack va devoir partir la recherche et la rencontre de ce couple qui le hante, et d couvrir les myst res de cette cit apparemment elle aussi la recherche de quelque chose ou de quelqu un.Bon roman d aventures et de fantastique, La Chair et l Ombre m le avec du brio et un peu de bricolage psychanalytique le r ve et la r alit Jack est perdu entre les deux et essaye de r cup rer la vie dont il a toujours r v Il s agit d une sorte d Indiana Jones avec un soup on d Horreur qui fonctionne assez bien Si l histoire devient quelque peut confuse certains passage du roman, l auteur parvient assez bien maintenir le cap et donne assez de vitamines au sc nario pour tenir le lecteur en haleine jusqu au bout Robert Holdstock d crit avec beaucoup d attention et de saveur ses personnages les plus nigmatiques et v hicule bien au lecteur les motions que ceux ci ressentent Bref, un bouquin bien ficel qui plaira aux amateurs de chasses aux tr sors et de cit s disparues, et qui sauront se laisser bercer dans la douce folie de l histoire


  4. Eija Eija says:

    Jackill on ollut pienest pit en kyky n hd mielikuvitukselliseen myyttiseen todellisuuteen T m toinen ulottuvuus sijaitsee Jackin mielen Takamaassa, mutta se ei ole tyystin kuvitteellinen vaan hyvinkin todellinen paikka Toisesta todellisuudesta heijastuu muinainen Galnum kaupunki lahoavine temppeleineen todellisen kaupungin Exburghin alta, kaupunki joka liikkuu Takamaasta nousee my s esiin kaksi hahmoa, h rk juoksijoiksi kutsutut mies ja nainen Jackille hahmot ovat todellisia, k sin koske Jackill on ollut pienest pit en kyky n hd mielikuvitukselliseen myyttiseen todellisuuteen T m toinen ulottuvuus sijaitsee Jackin mielen Takamaassa, mutta se ei ole tyystin kuvitteellinen vaan hyvinkin todellinen paikka Toisesta todellisuudesta heijastuu muinainen Galnum kaupunki lahoavine temppeleineen todellisen kaupungin Exburghin alta, kaupunki joka liikkuu Takamaasta nousee my s esiin kaksi hahmoa, h rk juoksijoiksi kutsutut mies ja nainen Jackille hahmot ovat todellisia, k sin kosketeltavia, ulkopuolisille henkil ille todellisuuksien sulautuminen n kyy Jackin kimmellyksenKeit h rk juoksijat ovat ja miksi he juoksevat selvi kirjan loppupuolella Siin v liss Jack suostuu tieteelliseen kokeeseen, miss h n p see mielens Takamaahan Vaikka Jackin fyysinen olemus ei siirry, toisen todellisuuden tapahtumat vaikuttavat h neen fyysisesti Kaukaiset kaiut sekoittaa tieteen fantasiaan Tarina on paikoin kauhun kyll st m Mets n Henget kirjan tapaan Kirja ei kuulu Alkumetssarjaan, mutta sen pohjavire on samankaltainen H rk juoksijat ovat samantapaisia entiteettej kuin mythagot Kaukaiset kaiut oli varsin hyv lukukokemus, mutta ei ihan ylt nyt Mets n Henkien luomaan tunnelmaan


  5. Julie Julie says:

    Every couple of years I reread the works of Robert Holdstock, my favorite author Ancient Echos is a rich, complex novel, deeply thoughtful, of dark psychological horror, mythology, a brutal time, and the deepest layers of our minds From a young age, the protagonist Jack has had visions of two otherworldly beings he calls the Bullrunners As he becomes an adult, he finds that they, and the mysterious realms they come from, are becoming manifest Jack is partly conduit, partly source, or perhaps Every couple of years I reread the works of Robert Holdstock, my favorite author Ancient Echos is a rich, complex novel, deeply thoughtful, of dark psychological horror, mythology, a brutal time, and the deepest layers of our minds From a young age, the protagonist Jack has had visions of two otherworldly beings he calls the Bullrunners As he becomes an adult, he finds that they, and the mysterious realms they come from, are becoming manifest Jack is partly conduit, partly source, or perhaps the ghostly cities and inhabitants and forlorn shrines and temples are from race consciousness itself, from our deepest buried memories of our origins He is drawn deeper, and in journeying into the depths of his own mind, must fight to protect himself and his family Holdstock explores the deepest parts of the mind, myth, history, and reality Do we dream the magic, or does the magic dream us


  6. Myridian Myridian says:

    Hmm, I haven t been reviewing enough lately I finished this book a while ago and was not nearly impressed as I had been with the previous Holdstock book I reviewed, Unknown regions In any case, the story is about a boy who apparently is in tune with some other unknown force The story follows his struggle into understanding and negotiating his relationship with that force While the story sounds interesting, it felt telegraphed Part of the problem for me was that the story covered years of th Hmm, I haven t been reviewing enough lately I finished this book a while ago and was not nearly impressed as I had been with the previous Holdstock book I reviewed, Unknown regions In any case, the story is about a boy who apparently is in tune with some other unknown force The story follows his struggle into understanding and negotiating his relationship with that force While the story sounds interesting, it felt telegraphed Part of the problem for me was that the story covered years of the boy s life into adulthood and I felt like I was shuttled between one important event and another in a ghosts of christmas past kind of way Overall fairly interesting but not as good as I wanted it to be


  7. Isabel (kittiwake) Isabel (kittiwake) says:

    As many as you can find, Garth answered darkly Glanum has left its shadow across the world, and it has been doing so for longer than you can imagine An odd story, whose incomprehensible premise involves mythical figures generated within a boy s mind I think and the strange behaviour of the ancient city of Glanum I couldn t make head nor tail of it and the rushed ending didn t make things any clearer.


  8. Karen Karen says:

    This was a good read I thought the building of the plot on the fact that sites for modern cities are often the sites for layers of ancient cities or habitats was a creative usge of scientific fact The fantasy and horror had a good mix, too I could not tell whether or not the ending was designed to leave an opening for a sequel And, that left me a bit dissatisfied at the supposed death of one of the main characters, which while not likable did evoke some sympathy.


  9. Salimbol Salimbol says:

    3 and 1 2 stars A really interesting concept, blending fantasy, mythology and science fiction I found myself fascinated by how the author deployed his dreamscapes and archetypes, and I felt that the image of the city hunting through time and space was a very potent one However, the story had lost steam well before the end, and the protagonist himself always felt thinly characterised to me.


  10. Denisa Denisa says:

    Another raring 7 10