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  • Kindle Edition
  • 227 pages
  • The Hollow Pilgrim
  • Ville Vuorela
  • English
  • 06 August 2019

The Hollow Pilgrim❴Epub❵ ❧ The Hollow Pilgrim Author Ville Vuorela – Essayreview.co.uk Zones are areas where the laws of nature have gone insane and life has either perished or become twisted beyond recognition They were to be cut off from the world, lost and forgotten behind walls and Zones are areas where the laws of nature have gone insane and life has either perished or become twisted beyond recognition They were to be cut off from the world, lost and forgotten behind walls and fences Criminals The Hollow PDF/EPUB ² called stalkers explore the Zones in search of artefacts small fragments of alien culture and technology that defy our understanding of realityJacob Moncke was there on Day One Thirteen years later events conspire to draw him back as he becomes tangled in a web of conspiracy and murder The Hollow Pilgrim follows in the footsteps of Roadside Picnic, the legendary scifi classic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky With approval and a license from Boris Strugatsky , it brings the setting of Roadside Picnic to the modern era, while staying true to the original work in themes and atmosphere.


About the Author: Ville Vuorela

After a wild youth of teaching, translating, being a technical writer for various industries and keeping the Finnish RPG writing scene alive in the late nineties, Ville finally settled down as a game designer for the videogames industry The Hollow PDF/EPUB ² in In these days he is a freelancer in the booming Finnish videogame industryWriting in Finnish and English, Ville has produced a fantasy novels, a fact books and two semi autobiographical works on working in and with the games industry and the educational sector In some circles he is still best known for his five tabletop roleplaying games, two of which became best sellers in Finland The English version of Stalker RPG has a steadily growing fanbase abroad as well Stalker RPG was possible thanks to a license from the late Boris Strugatsky, the co author of the legendary Roadside Picnic It is this partnership that has allowed him to extend the setting of Roadside Picnic into the modern age, first with his roleplaying game and then with his first English language novel, The Hollow Pilgrim.


10 thoughts on “The Hollow Pilgrim

  1. says:

    Hollow pilgrim is an action packed noir detective story, with a stint of bizarre speculative fiction I recommend this to anyone interested in either of these genres and for any player of the Stalker Roleplaying Game, or related computer games this is a must For my shame I have to admit that I haven t read the original Roadside Picnic by Strugatskis, but I have seen the Tarkovski film and read the RPG so I can honestly say I know something about the background setting of this book.Story follo Hollow pilgrim is an action packed noir detective story, with a stint of bizarre speculative fiction I recommend this to anyone interested in either of these genres and for any player of the Stalker Roleplaying Game, or related computer games this is a must For my shame I have to admit that I haven t read the original Roadside Picnic by Strugatskis, but I have seen the Tarkovski film and read the RPG so I can honestly say I know something about the background setting of this book.Story follows the endeavors of Jacob Moncke as he goes headlong into an investigation with a vengeance on his mind From there on he stumbles onto conspiracies and discoveries that take him all the way to the French Zone and beyond.The book starts very strong with noirish mood and Mr Vuorela s world beaten characters are a joy to read of The chemistry between Moncke and his partner in crime fits perfectly to the bleak and unforgiving background Little by little the story unfolds and includeszone elements, perhaps the second best department of this book They are both innovative and bizarre, keeping the reader s own imagination occupied as well.If there is something I didn t like, it was the few transitions of characters in tactical environments They were executed just perfectly, but some of them were a bit too long for my taste Perhaps I have been reading too much short stories which tend to drive into the point immediately Anyway this is just a minor nuisance in altogether enjoyable experience

  2. says:

    I liked Hollow Pilgrim muchthan I anticipated I ve read several books from Mr Vuorela before, and while I consider his previous works to be very good indeed, writing a book based on someone else s intellectual property in English is considerablychallenging.Taking that into account, I think he has succeeded admirably Roadside Picnic is one of my favourite novels, a wonderfully strange book that I do not believe I shall ever understand, no matter how many times I read it Hollow Pil I liked Hollow Pilgrim muchthan I anticipated I ve read several books from Mr Vuorela before, and while I consider his previous works to be very good indeed, writing a book based on someone else s intellectual property in English is considerablychallenging.Taking that into account, I think he has succeeded admirably Roadside Picnic is one of my favourite novels, a wonderfully strange book that I do not believe I shall ever understand, no matter how many times I read it Hollow Pilgrim approaches the topics and themes of the original from a different direction and containsaction, which I think is actually a good thing The idea of Visitation and Zones can be used to tell all kinds of stories, and the author has wisely decided to follow his own vision and tell his own tale instead of slavishly attempting to steal from the Strugatski s masterpiece.The book is somewhat formulaic, yet well crafted, just like pulp fiction should be, but there were still enough unpredictable elements to throw me off balance at times The beginning is the strongest part of the book, doing a great job of introducing the main characters, and taking the reader on a harrowing trip through some painful memories concerning Zone France The middle parts, which contain most of thetraditional action scenes, are alright, and the third part has great atmosphere, some interesting character interaction, and plenty of suspense.I read Hollow Pilgrim in one afternoon, mostly because I couldn t bear to stop until I knew how the story ended The ending made me want go through the beginning again, for reasons best not revealed here.Here s hoping we ll seebooks set in the Roadside Picnic universe in the future

  3. says:

    It s always a dangerous business retreading the path of a classicRoadside Picnicis one of the timeless masterworks of science fiction, and anything carrying its name is going to be compared to it This is unlikely to be flattering to the imitator.However, the Strugatskys were also setting builders par excellence, and with a few broad strokes suggested a wide world outside the Canadian town of Harmont It s this wider world that Vuorela dips into, imagining Zone France and bringing the sta It s always a dangerous business retreading the path of a classicRoadside Picnicis one of the timeless masterworks of science fiction, and anything carrying its name is going to be compared to it This is unlikely to be flattering to the imitator.However, the Strugatskys were also setting builders par excellence, and with a few broad strokes suggested a wide world outside the Canadian town of Harmont It s this wider world that Vuorela dips into, imagining Zone France and bringing the stalker experience to the present day, giving it the trappings of a modern technothriller while retaining the inexplicable weirdness of the Zones and their artefacts.Our male lead is Jacob Moncke, a presumably German policeman of a unit specialized in Zone related crime He s a terrible person and kinda pathetic Indeed, he s a stalker Of the not cool kind , which helps offset his action hero proficiency with violence He s also good with witty banter, as are most people in the novel, and many of the interactions in the novel are hilarious reads.There s a conspiracy, some murders, shuttling back and forth between Germany, France and Switzerland, and yes, we get to enter the Zone It s a good technothriller, entertaining and fast to read I m also a fan of the beginning, which features the most audacious, causality can go fuck itself use of a Zone artifact pretty much ever.What irritated me was the language Clearly, the novel could ve used a fewediting passes There are some instances of telling rather than showing and sentences are encumbered by gratuitous adverbs This leeches energy from a couple of the action scenes.What really drives me up the wall is the refusal to pick a language and stick to it For instance, there are several references to the Saxony Kriminalpolizei This is terrible It should be either Sachsen Kriminalpolizei or the Saxony Criminal Police, not a mixture of two languages Another one was the spelling Koeln for what I presume was the city of Cologne, or in German, K ln.Also, a note about the ending view spoiler This is the first Roadside Picnic related work I have seen that does not feature the patented Stalker ending where nobody understands what just happened and then the story is over This may be a feature or a bug, depending on the reader hide spoiler

  4. says:

    Excellent take on the world of Stalker.The book starts fast and draws reader in immediately It s of just the right length, long enough to tell an elaborate story, but not at all longer Characters have depth in them very few, if any of them, are strictly good in a Hollywood sense they are incomplete and ridden with flaws like most real humans And Ville s main strength, vivid descriptions of the places plays a large role you really feel like being there, be it in the Zone or outside it And Excellent take on the world of Stalker.The book starts fast and draws reader in immediately It s of just the right length, long enough to tell an elaborate story, but not at all longer Characters have depth in them very few, if any of them, are strictly good in a Hollywood sense they are incomplete and ridden with flaws like most real humans And Ville s main strength, vivid descriptions of the places plays a large role you really feel like being there, be it in the Zone or outside it And for a world and book whose main twist _is_ the otherworldly Zone, skill on painting the unreal to the reader is what counts a lot.The only negative thing I can think of was length of some combat scenes they not dull or boring, but some of them were indeed long.Genre Well, urban fantasy, science fiction, noir, pulp fiction Something like that Disclosure I know the author personally

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