DOC ¶ READER To Indigo

BOOK To Indigo

DOC ¶ READER To Indigo ✓ Don't talk to strangersDon't even look at themThe life of Roy Phipps can be summed up in a paragraph He's fifty leads an uneventful well organised existence in the house inherited from his parents earns a modest income writing formulaic detective novels and remembers sometimes his encounters with womenRoy's only aberration is the oMinutes a terrible bond is formedFor Traskul is at the very least insane charismatic predatory lawless a sort of human demon whose almost supernatural powers once provoked will prove unstoppableAs the fiery shadows close in on him Roy soon understands that he is now fighting for his own sanityAnd probably for his lif I absolutely loved this book It is a long time since I have read such a creepy story with a twist you really don't see coming Miss Lee is one of the most under rated writers I have ever come across I really do not want to say too much about this book as most things will give the plot away If you like unusual stories this is certainly for you

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Don't talk to strangersDon't even look at themThe life of Roy Phipps can be summed up in a paragraph He's fifty leads an uneventful well organised existence in the house inherited from his parents earns a modest income writing formulaic detective novels and remembers sometimes his encounters with womenRoy's only aber “To Indigo” is difficult to review because it is a plot heavy book with surprise twists and “spoilers” would diminish the enjoyment It’s a contemporary novel about a lonely 50ish writer of formulaic thrillers and detective fiction Roy Phipps who publishes under the name RI Phillips lives in London in the house inherited from his middle class family He has a couple of failed love affairs under his belt and is content to drift through life He has written—though he doesn’t plan to publish—a decadent fantasy that features a mad murderous anti hero that makes his way through an alternate world city full of treachery and secret societies One day he meets the physical archetype of the anti hero of this novel in the flesh in the form of Joseph “Sej” Traskul Sej cozies up to Roy and begins to stalk him relentlessly mostly through elaborate mind gamesLee mostly writes the narrative in Roy’s voice—terse unsentimental prose that barely hides his tremendous sense of self loathing Roy has no family an estranged wife and few social connections His reactions—at times overreactions—to Sej’s ‘charming’ bullying are awkward and strange He is genuinely flummoxed that his life has now come to resemble one of his yarns Sej’s stalking has a sinister overtone though he appears to be kind and even charismatic Is Sej’s pursuit one of an overzealous fan? Is it motivated by revenge mild “spoiler” or even sexual? You don’t know—though all of them are plausible reasons at various points in the book Roy’s narrative is interrupted by excerpts from his untitled rather Sadeian fantasy novel which has the wicked beauty of a Tanith Lee novel in her gothic mode There are ways that Sej resembles the mad poet depicted in the novel and ways in which they are completely different But the specter of that untitled book flavors and distorts Roy’s perceptions I was reminded of the novel “The Magus” by John Fowles which has a similar theme of mind games and the stalker and the stalked There’s a dash of Stephen King’s “Misery”—the metatexual nature of “To Indigo” underscores this and the fact that it is a mashup of contemporary thriller and dark fantasy The book moves uickly and keeps you guessing to the end

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To IndigoRation is the other novel he has been secretively also writing for years the sprawling and florid story of the mad poet Vilmos a study of murder angst and alchemic magicThen one evening Roy meets Vilmos face to faceOf course handsome Vilmos's double Joseph Traskul is only a coincidental look alike But in those fatal I'm a massive fan of Tanith Lee but I was rather disappointed with To Indigo and just didn't 'get' the endingThe first half of this is absolutely brilliant and maybe that's why I'm so annoyed with itThe protagonist Roy Phipps is a nondescript 50 something author who churns out pot boiler thrillers that are good but never great For the last 25 years he's also secretly been working on an untitled manuscript about a mad murderous poet called Vilmos who belongs to a mystical Eastern sect looking for the usual inner knowledge immortality and the ability to turn base metals into gold Sitting at a bar one day Roy catches sight of a man who is the spitting image of his Vilmos The man begins to stalk him and makes him a prisoner in his own home Thus begins a game of cat and mouse madness and sanity between Roy and the mysterious piano tuner Joseph Trazkul SejSo we have a mix of John Fowles the Magus and Stephen King's Misery deftly told in Lee's masterful way The story is non linear and we follow three threads 1 Roy in the 'future' after Sej has gone where he goes to his flat looking for him 2 the present Roy meeting Sej and their subseuent games this is littered with flashbacks to Roy's past so keep your wits about you Finally 3 the untitled manuscript which gives Lee a chance to show off her gothic descriptive prose that I so love If you've read Ian Banks' Walking on Glass its a bit like that in narrative structure 3 different threads one gothic and fantastical that all link up at the endI was expecting some blinding plot twist at the end and although there 'is' a twist it is very odd neither what I was expecting nor particularly satisfying Its as if Lee got to a certain point and then ran out of steam which is such a pity because the rest of this is very good indeed It just left me scratching me head and going is this it?ThemesMadnessSanityIdentity and the nature of selfPaternityMurder