TCL’s Shelf Control #7 – A Ghastly Trilogy.


Shelf Control is a weekly celebration hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies, of the unread books on our shelves. Lisa says: “Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out my introductory post, here.”

Want to join in? Shelf Control posts go up every Wednesday. See the guidelines at the bottom of the post, and jump on board!

For my 7th entry… The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake!

Gormenghast TrilogyI have on my shelves this trilogy on my shelves as three separate books (not this illustrated, combined one pictured here) that all belonged to my husband. I am totally certain that he loved them, or he wouldn’t have kept them since his youth. Now, I don’t know if these are considered YA or NA books, but maybe they are. What I do know is that he loved them because when there was a TV series based on the books, my husband insisted that we watch. Admittedly, it was an interesting show, with an all-star cast, but although it was on TV in the year 2000, all I can remember about it is that it seemed very dark and very gloomy.

Anyway, while the copies I have of these three books (from the late 1960s) could have been collector’s items, they aren’t really in all that good shape, so if I decide to read them, I’ll have to be very careful so they don’t totally fall apart.

Now, I am willing to give anything a chance, so let’s look at the blurb on Amazon which is as follows:

Titus is expected to rule this extraordinary kingdom and his eccentric and wayward subjects. But with the arrival of an ambitious kitchen boy, Steerpike, the established order is thrown into disarray. Over the course of these three novels―Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone― Titus must contend with a kingdom about to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation, and murder.Intoxicating, rich, and unique, The Gormenghast Trilogy is a tour de force that ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable feats of imaginative writing.

Well, that sounds interesting, if a touch daunting. That said, on Goodreads there’s this:

A doomed lord, an emergent hero, and a dazzling array of bizarre creatures inhabit the magical world of the Gormenghast novels which, along with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, reign as one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. At the center of it all is the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, who stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle and its kingdom, unless the conniving Steerpike, who is determined to rise above his menial position and control the House of Groan, has his way.

In these extraordinary novels, Peake has created a world where all is like a dream – lush, fantastical, and vivid. Accompanying the text are Peake’s own drawings, illustrating the whole assembly of strange and marvelous creatures that inhabit Gormenghast.

Oh, well… None of this bodes well for me. I guess I should have expected this, from watching the TV series. As much as I probably should give at least the first one a chance, I really don’t care for fantasy. These descriptions just brought back how confused I got about who all these strangely named people and creatures were, what they were doing, and why – both from trying to read “Lord of the Rings” and while watching the series of these books. Therefore…

My verdict is… 

NO this will NOT stay on my TBR list!

Would you read these? Have you read them? If so, would you recommend it?

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What books do you have on your shelf that you haven’t read yet?

6 thoughts on “TCL’s Shelf Control #7 – A Ghastly Trilogy.

  1. Titus Groan and Gormenghast are 2 of my favourites! Titus Alone, not a favourite, but the author was ill by that time and it did not get edited so much. I don’t really consider them fantasy, they are gothic literary fiction and have a Dickens feel to them with all the descriptions and character development. I used to have a collected paperback edition which was in poor condition so I replaced it with 3 individual paperbacks I found in a charity shop.

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  2. Interesting — I’ve heard of these books for many years, but somehow had the impression they were older, historical books rather than fantasy!! That said, I do actually love good fantasy from time to time, so if I had these books, I’d probably hold on to them!

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  3. That doesn’t appeal to me either. I’m OK with fantasy, but it has to be either really good or really funny. I’m reading a funny paranormal romance right now with vampires, vampire slayers, seers, shapeshifters, etc., and it’s quite LOL. That’s on my Kindle. I have a real book called Rav Hisda’s Daughter that I apparently bought in 2013. Idk why I never read it, but I started it the other day and it’s really good, though sometimes hard to keep track of all the unfamiliar names. Its genre is historical fiction for my bingo card…

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