Daniel Cole wants the world to end.
Returned home from the Great War, his parents and brother in their graves, Daniel walks a ghost world. When players in a theatre show lure Daniel and his friends, fellow soldiers, into a surreal otherworld they find themselves trapped on an apocalyptic path. A pirate ship waits to ferry some of them to the end of the world, helmed by Death.
Already broken by war, these men are now the world’s only hope in the greatest battle of all
There are times I love running this blog, and there are times I hate doing it, and there are times that I love and hate running this blog.
This is one of these love hate moments. If it wasn't for this blog I would probably would never have been introduce to the wonderfully brilliant writing of Cate, and for that I am eternally grateful However, if it wasn't for this blog I wouldn't have spent the last two weeks agonizing over doing a review that does this novella justice. It's at times like these I wished I had tried harder at school. So I have come to the decision to keep the review small and simple. If you want a more in depth review then read click on the links below to much more in depth reviews, where the authors are way more gifted at getting their thoughts across than I am.
This book is amazing, Cate's writing is intelligent, lyrical, emotional. evocative and totally engaging. Theatre reads like an ephemeral Clive Barker. TOCA, invokes many of the same emotions of wonder and awe that Barker's Weaveworld invoked all those years ago.
This a book that demands the readers attention, it is multi-layered, full of rich symbolism, and beautifully described images. However, the pay-off for the reader is more than worth every minute you invested in reading it. TOCA, will linger in your thoughts for a long time, and you will be glad you had read it.