My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I actually listened to this via Youtube as I was curious to hear the tale of a white baby bat called Stellaluna. (ssshhhh, I know this story is actually intended for an audience a lot younger than I am, but I just really, really love bats. ;D They’re gorgeous.) The story was very, very sweet and was about a bat losing track of her mum after an owl attack, and finding a new home with some baby birds. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous and Stellaluna in particular is very cute. It’s a heart-warming and quite amusing tale that teaches the youngsters that anyone can be friends despite their differences, or even perhaps because of them. I’m glad that Stellaluna found her Mum again at the end and that her mum was fine. Bless. I’d love to make friends with a bat, myself, haha! XD
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I listened to the audiobook version of this short story collection. There was a nice diverse set of tales, but while some were better than others, I don’t think that any of them were particularly horrible! My favourites were ‘Orange’ by Neil Gaiman, ‘Infestation’ by Garth Nix and ‘Cheats’ by Ann Halam.
I am now well on my way to completing my Goodreads Reading Challenge a few months early! I didn’t think that I would have read so much so quickly. 😀