Jason White Reviews Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone


Check out this nice, lengthy review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone, which gets into the weird, disorienting atmosphere of the book. There’s a print review on his blog and a video review as well, with some overlap between the two.



Thanks, Jason!

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Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone by Michael Griffin

Cover for the book

Michael Griffin is fast becoming a well-known writer within the contemporary weird fiction movement. His first collection, The Lure of Devouring Light, made waves back in 2016, and his next collection is due out in June 2018, which will include his novella An Ideal Retreat. It’s exciting times for Michael Griffin, and especially so for his fans.

Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone tells the tale of Guy, whose marriage of two decades ends suddenly and he’s living with a co-worker, Karl who is much younger. As one would expect when living with a younger bachelor, Karl is trying to get Guy laid, to experience life beyond the chain of his broken marriage and emotionally abusive ex-wife. It’s not working out so well.

Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone, I think, is about how we, in our lives, live in different chapters. One chapter can be completely alien to the next. This book is a character study that asks what happens when a person changes chapters abruptly and without any real choice in the matter. How does one find their way after living a life for 20 years of smooth transitions between chapters, and how does our protagonist find peace amongst the emotional chaos while finding a new rhythm. How does one survive while facing what is perhaps the most frightening aspect of all, yourself? Along the way, Guy meets a mysterious woman, Lily, who completely captures his attention and somehow manages to warp time and thought.

This story is a Journey down the literary rabbit hole that questions reality and sanity, time and place. It is, in the end, a piece of art that had me guessing and thinking about the story throughout the entire process. It also managed to scratch the proverbial itch I have been having lately to read something on the literary. A full five stars on this one. Recommended.

Picture of Michael Griffin

Here is my video review:

Buying Books and Making Videos

So, I did this video because vlogging your book hauls is popular on booktube. I’m a fan of this. I don’t know why, but I love watching people go through their book hauls. I just love it when people talk about books period. So I made my own on a small haul. I’ve already recorded a second book haul video, but I’m hanging on to it for now. I, in fact, have a few videos already recorded. There’s a few reasons for this. One, they’re easy to do. Two, I tend to get stuck at work. My shifts are twelve hours long, so I usually don’t have all that much energy at the end of the day to do much but hang with the family and watch cartoons with my son.

So a little back up is a good thing.

Anyhow, this is my first book haul, where I discuss Thomas Ligotti’s Teatro Grottesco and Michael Griffin’s The Lure of Devouring Light.

Speaking of Michael Griffin, I recently read his novel Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone and plan to review it.  So stay tuned…