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Garman Lord is an artist, poet and mystic, best known for a novel approach to the study of ancient heathenry.
on Dec. 25, 2013 :
Really now, who writes this kind of novel? Apparently Garman Lord does. I must admit, I’ve never read anything quite like “Right Here, Right Now.”
The dialogue between the gods, which begins and ends the tale, recalls to the reader the poetic chorus of a Greek play. This makes the first few pages of the book a bit difficult to penetrate for those not accustomed to lofty verse. But after a page or two, the mind shifts gears and the heads and tails (or tales) of it becomes clear.
The true nature of the novel’s protagonists is likely to remind the reader of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods.” Yet Garman Lord’s handling of the “gods among us” theme is by no means a borrowing of Gaiman’s, but rather a different approach entirely.
The dialogue between the gods-incarnate cast is typical of Garman Lord’s unique writing style, which I’ve described in another review as being an effective and entertaining blend of churlish expressions and carefully chosen words that will have one reaching for a dictionary. Yet to “Right Here, Right Now” Garman Lord has added both dialogue and “action sequences” reminiscent of a “Dear Penthouse” letter, a really good “Dear Penthouse” letter at that.
Betwixt and between the well-written frolicking, Garman Lord offers the reader something philosophical – insights into the nature of religion, belief, the natural bounty of primitive paganism, and the comparative spiritual poverty of Christianity, Modernity, and Consumerism. Furthermore, the place and purpose of Art is also (rather refreshingly) addressed. The final chapter is bound to invoke within the reader some thoughtful reflection, presenting a riddle if you will, that only the reader can solve. And therein begins the true bildungsroman.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 09, 2013 :
I read part of the book on a friend's Kindle and loved it! I had to get an account just so I could have my own copy. I strongly recommend it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)