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I truly am unsure where or why I purchased this book After I started reading it I realized whyit has a tie into King Arthurbut it didn t go where I expected it to go The story had great potential but I feel that it fell short of my expectations This is the story of Cal who gets off at the wrong stop from the bus and ends up finding Corbenic, a place that is difficult to find unless you really want to find it He denies his find but realizes his mistake possibly too late Cal will spend I truly am unsure where or why I purchased this book After I started reading it I realized whyit has a tie into King Arthurbut it didn t go where I expected it to go The story had great potential but I feel that it fell short of my expectations This is the story of Cal who gets off at the wrong stop from the bus and ends up finding Corbenic, a place that is difficult to find unless you really want to find it He denies his find but realizes his mistake possibly too late Cal will spend unknown amounts of time trying to find his way back to Corbenic to right what he has wronged If you enjoy stories of King Arthur, sword fighting, family struggles, and forgivenessthis book is for you I ve been meaning to read this for a while I did start it, and then I stopped, and didn t get back to it until today But it s a quick read, really I think it took me less than an hour, altogether It s a reworking of the story of Percival, in a modern setting, where you re never quite sure whether it s all delusion or reality or some weird mix of the two It posesquestions than it answers, and I m not entirely sure I liked it But I definitely found it interesting.I wouldn t say that I ve been meaning to read this for a while I did start it, and then I stopped, and didn t get back to it until today But it s a quick read, really I think it took me less than an hour, altogether It s a reworking of the story of Percival, in a modern setting, where you re never quite sure whether it s all delusion or reality or some weird mix of the two It posesquestions than it answers, and I m not entirely sure I liked it But I definitely found it interesting.I wouldn t say that you should read it for amazing characters I found most of them bland or for stunning drama or whatever, but if you re interested in reworkings of Arthurian stories, and especially of grail stories, then this is worth picking up Wow This book completely swept me away I was very moved by it It s the third book I ve read by Catherine Fisher, after Darkhenge and Incarceron and I think it might just be my favorite Fisher deftly retells the Grail legend in a contemporary setting and the results are incredible and unforgettable I love how she uses mythology in such an ambiguous, startlingly original way through symbolism and dream like apparitions throughout the story I know I ll have to check out all of her other b Wow This book completely swept me away I was very moved by it It s the third book I ve read by Catherine Fisher, after Darkhenge and Incarceron and I think it might just be my favorite Fisher deftly retells the Grail legend in a contemporary setting and the results are incredible and unforgettable I love how she uses mythology in such an ambiguous, startlingly original way through symbolism and dream like apparitions throughout the story I know I ll have to check out all of her other books now Highly, highly recommended Dreamlike and surreal, this is a novel about the dark tragedy of life and a young man s struggle to overcome it It is a modern day search for the legendary Grail, but as we all know, that Grail can be nearly anything we want it to be or don t want it to be Cal is a very likable main character, one that I fell in love with when I first read it a few years ago I remember this as a journey for the reader as much as the character, and read it several times since out of pure enjoyment and entra Dreamlike and surreal, this is a novel about the dark tragedy of life and a young man s struggle to overcome it It is a modern day search for the legendary Grail, but as we all know, that Grail can be nearly anything we want it to be or don t want it to be Cal is a very likable main character, one that I fell in love with when I first read it a few years ago I remember this as a journey for the reader as much as the character, and read it several times since out of pure enjoyment and entrancement There is much mystery to behold here I m not sure why I keep reading Catherine Fisher I can t understand any of her books This is such a confusing story Is Cal crazy, is he not What was special about him Why does he have to go on this quest again Why was his mother that way Who exactly are the Company What happens to Trevor and Therese or Shadow Too many questions, not enough answers.I finished the book and literally went, Huh Cal is running away Away from his drunk mother, away from the responsibility of caring for her, away from the dead end life that s all she can offer Then he finds the castle And one night of mystery and mistakes will leave him uncertain where to draw the boundary between what s real and what s not Is he going crazy like his mother Or is there perhaps somethingThis is a layered book with a lot of facets On one side, it s a very good look at an ordinary young man who desperately wants Cal is running away Away from his drunk mother, away from the responsibility of caring for her, away from the dead end life that s all she can offer Then he finds the castle And one night of mystery and mistakes will leave him uncertain where to draw the boundary between what s real and what s not Is he going crazy like his mother Or is there perhaps somethingThis is a layered book with a lot of facets On one side, it s a very good look at an ordinary young man who desperately wants to make it in the real world, and keeps falling headlong into surreal experiences that force him to question what real world he s expecting to inhabit Or from another angle, it s a young man bitter and angry at his mother who wrestles his way through what her alcoholism has done to him and his relationship with her as a result.I liked the way the magical stuff was always just enough out there that it s easy to see why Cal wonders if he s just going insane But he can t stop his involvement, and the hints of his destiny come in both the quotes heading up each chapter and the story itself I also liked how Cal s struggles were generally shown and not explained, like his obsession with keeping things neat and in order He s had to be so responsible for everything thanks to his mom that it bleeds out even in his rebellion.The literary angle made what happens with his mom a bit predictable, although I was happy the book as a whole went for an uplifting ending And that it didn t cheap out on the magic being real It s still not provable in a way that would cause anyone to believe, but it s there.The only thing I didn t care for as much wasa personal peeve The story isn t too hard on his mom, who has understandable reasons for drinking, though it certainly doesn t shy away from showing the disastrous effects of her behavior But she never takes responsibility for the bad, just apologizes for it So yes, I do think she s at fault for a lot of this, and she gets out of having to actually deal with that So that was frustrating.Overall this was a good read The story works on a couple of levels, from a retelling of Percival s quest to a modern kid struggling to get free of his mom s horrible choices I rate this book Recommended.See my reviews andat WTF was wrong with this book I mean, really I could not understand what the hell was going on Cal was either psychotic or high or dreaming the majority of the time and you couldn t tell what was real and what was in his head It was so freaking confusing and I didn t get the plot or the characters Epic fail. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I loved the way the relationship between son and mother is dealt with the son s completely reasonable fear that the mother will relapse, the mother s efforts to try It rings true to me And the mother s death towards the end that unfulfilled grief That conversation with his mother Did you think it was an accident she said quietly I don t know Was it She didn t answer Then she said, All our lives, minute by minute, lead to what we are She looked around and laughed, that rare sil I loved the way the relationship between son and mother is dealt with the son s completely reasonable fear that the mother will relapse, the mother s efforts to try It rings true to me And the mother s death towards the end that unfulfilled grief That conversation with his mother Did you think it was an accident she said quietly I don t know Was it She didn t answer Then she said, All our lives, minute by minute, lead to what we are She looked around and laughed, that rare silvery laugh he had not heard for years I used to be scared of the dark But this isn t so bad Not with a few decent curtains I didn t really get the mythological bits, to be honest, but I enjoyed the characters how messed up Cal and Trevor are They have depth Catherine Fisher has a catalogue of fantasy fiction that explores Greek, Egyptian, Norse and Celtic mythology in just the half dozen or so volumes I ve read, so it comes as no surprise to find that Corbenic turns out to be her contribution to Arthurian fantasy The Grail Quest is tackled in a way reminiscent of The Owl Service s approach to the story of Blodauwedd A teenager escaping from a life of poverty and early responsibility, looking after her alcoholic and possibly psychotic mother, find Catherine Fisher has a catalogue of fantasy fiction that explores Greek, Egyptian, Norse and Celtic mythology in just the half dozen or so volumes I ve read, so it comes as no surprise to find that Corbenic turns out to be her contribution to Arthurian fantasy The Grail Quest is tackled in a way reminiscent of The Owl Service s approach to the story of Blodauwedd A teenager escaping from a life of poverty and early responsibility, looking after her alcoholic and possibly psychotic mother, finds himself getting off the train to freedom at the wrong station, Corbenic The next day, after a night of visions, he returns to his familiar Wales, but finds it impossible to just ignore his time in a place he cannot find on a map and is drawn reluctantly into a quest to heal himself and the Waste Land.Another high quality work from Fisher, though not perhaps at her absolute best, has added resonance for me as it is set in Wales, with a brief interlude in Bath places I love and know well The train journey from Bangor to Newport is also familiar to me and I can assure the less familiar reader that there is no Corbenic Station on the line `KINDLE ↜ Corbenic ☠ It starts when Cal gets off the train at the wrong stop in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere He s stranded Following a muddy path leads him to a castle that appears to be deserted But inside is Corbenic, a magnificent hotel filled with rich people preparing for a banquet and Cal is their guest of honor During the meal, he experiences a disturbing vision, but when he is asked to talk about what he has seen, he denies it What if he s becoming crazy, like his mother When Cal wakes the next morning, the elegant castle turns out to be nothing than an abandoned ruin But something inside him has changed he now knows he needs to right the wrongs in his life It will be a difficult journey, and if Cal achieves his goal, it will not be without cost The first step he must return to Corbenic