Inochi The Book of Life hAfter reading this book I am sorry to say that I was severely disappointed The synopsis for it sounded great and I normally love books that involve aistorical mystery to solve but there really wasn t much about this book that I liked A Gol Atan Kaleye historian and writer of screenplays Lydia Brooke isired by The Age of Disruption her former married lover Cameron Brown to ghostwrite a book after the authoris mother Elizabeth Volgelsang is murdered The unfinished manuscript involves Isaac Newton and a group of seventeenth century alchemists and Elizabeth s notes and manuscript show that she believes that a series of seventeenth century deaths are entangled with current Burning bridges happenings While working onis mother s book Lydia becomes involved with Cameron Brown again and she uickly becomes aware that Freshman Scandal (Freshman Dorm, he is caught up in a dangerous situation with animal rights activists groups because ofis work in a pharmaceutical lab As mysterious and dangerous events start to unfold Lydia isn t certain whether they are a result of a connection with the seventeenth century alchemists or Cameron s work This sounded like and could Rembrandts Jews have been a really great book but it just wasn t I thought it started off really slow and it tookalf of the book for me to become interested After I finally did become engrossed in the book I didn t like anything that Refusing His Second Chance happened Other than that the characters were not particularly likeable The main character Lydia Brooke came across to me as a very weak individual Shead been in a go nowhere relationship with a married man for many years but finally left Brand Name Dates him It doesn t take than seeingim once before she is renewing Confectionately Yours Collection (Confectionately Yours, her relationship withim Even when she finds out that The Maiden Dinosaur he iseavily involved in a very disturbing organization she Swing Trading with Oliver Velez Course Book with DVD has trouble deciding what to do or to think aboutim As for Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging her lover Camerone came across as very selfish and self absorbed He ad a wife and children yet ad a long term affair with Lydia After Lydia left The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Rangers Apprentice, head at least one other affair Lydia catches Nora (Sunfire, him in lies continuously and oftenears Sam the Plumber him lie tois wife on the phone Cameron was also apparently eavily involved in an organization that instigated orrific acts Even disliking Cameron I Outside the Paint hated whatappened to Hoopers Pasture from Maine to Vermont himMost of the book was told in the first person in the form of a letter from Lydia to Cameron but there were parts that were supposed to be the chapters of Elizabeth s book Her book was nonfiction and those parts just didn t seem to fit well in a fiction novel These book inside of a book excerpts wereard to read because they were too long and not particularly interesting I believe that this book Historic Hahns Peak had great potential but it wasn t realized and fell flat I expected a fascinating ghost story literary with mysterious murders and the past coming back toaunt Intelligent and Deathcaster (Shattered Realms, historical yes And it s full of atmospheric descriptions that I liked However the main character Lydia Brooke speaking in the first person point of view I ve been back four times I said but then telling the other main character Cameroner ex lover what Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, he said presentingis dialogue by using the pronoun you to name the speaker So instead of BITE (A Mate Of His Own he said or Cameron said the author writes you said meaning you Cameron said it This device was not only distracting but a really screwy way to write I got so annoyed after a while with Lydia telling Cameron and the reader whate said And then somewhere around page 230 we ave Lydia in third person point of view Lydia Brooke walked into the dark er Six-Moon Trail head ached that s when she firsteard the footsteps The story became muddy and unclear too much of Lydia s romantic musings although some of it pretty prose The plot was way too convoluted for me and I grew bored I might try this author again but this story didn t make it for me I
enjoyed the start of this book and was intrigued by the idea of a mix the start of this book and was intrigued by the idea of a mix a ghost story and detective story with 17th century events woven in with present day ones I was also attracted by the fact that it s set in Cambridge a city I knowHowever I soon got fed up and gave up after about 80 pages I didn t believe in any of the characters and found the plot too convoluted so decided not to waste my time I ve seen some "reviews of Rebecca Stott s Ghostwalk compare it to The DaVinci Code but "of Rebecca Stott s Ghostwalk compare it to The DaVinci Code but s an extremely superficial comparison Books about modern day people who investigate mysteries from the past existed long before Dan Brown Mustard Seed Magic hammered outis infamous novel e did not create a new genreIn Ghostwalk Lydia Brooke is asked by er ex lover to ghostwrite the final chapters of an Isaac Newton biography that Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, his late mother was writing As she completes the work Lydia finds the seventeenth century creeping into the present as mysterious deaths mirror the deaths of Newton s contemporariesIt s not exactly a murder mystery Ghostwalk focuses on Lydia s own entanglements wither ex lover and The Witches his dead mother than it does on the victims The narration is lyrical the entire novel is Lydia speaking toer ex lover referring to Splinter him in the second person The result is dark moody and dreamy There are also chunks of the Newton biography included providing interesting details about the scientist s lifeMany other reviews mark it down for reuiring a suspension of disbelief but they seem to miss the point that this is a ghost story did they not read the title I really enjoyedow subtly the two eras collide and things were just creepy enough without being sensational Ghostwalk is one of those impressive debut novels that makes one look forward to the author s next book One of my ghostly reads for October Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott was enjoyable It is uniuely written a story within a story unfortunately the inside story involves Sir Isaac Newton the great scientific discoverer I do not Breed of Innocence (The Breed Chronicles have a scientificeart SorryThere is a love story an affair with a married man if that is a love story suspicious deaths scientific use of animals a mysticseer and many references to physics which I didn t understand
basic plot good with surprises twists and much much much The Princes Mistress historical atmosphere I can understand why it disappointed many readers but I stayed drawn in and focused throughout I ve certainly read worse The research in this book is great as well as the writing in the book about Isaac Newton within this story In fact the Newton book shouldave been this story That would Immortal Jellyfish have made a great book with all these elements alchemists secret formulas brilliant young Newton beginning to figure out among other things calculus and differential euations lovely stuff patronage factions nepotism a series of uestionable deaths Why did the author wasteer time writing a pointless story with annoying characters in the present when she could California have speculated away in all sorts of fantastic and fantastical ways about the goings in in Cambridge amongst alchemists in the 1660s Well that was different In theory this book shouldave been my jam The story opens with Elizabeth Vogelsang being found dead in a river near Afgantsy her Cambridgeome clutching a glass prism in Distant Early Warning (Star Trek (Star Trek: S.C.E., herand Elizabeth is a 17th century scholar who specializes in Isaac Newton and Somnium her death interruptser work on a book exploring Newton s interest in alchemy Elizabeth s son Cameron recruits Lydia Brooke a writer friend of Elizabeth and Cameron s former lover to ghost write the rest of Elizabeth s book Along the way Lydia tries to unravel the secrets in Elizabeth s rese. Filled with evocative descriptions of Cambridge past and present of seventeenth century glassmaking alchemy the Great Plague and Newton’s scientific innovations Ghostwalk centers around a real The Cronos Complex I historical mystery that Rebecca Stottas uncovered involving Newton’s alchemyA Cambridge istorian Elizabeth Vogelsang is found drowned clutching a glass prism in er and The book she was writing ab. ,the basic plot
Have you read The Da Vinci Code Well I didn t even get a chance to mention that whenever Lydia s narration mentions Cameron she refers to im as you Like the whole book is a really long letter Lydia is writing to Dem Nordpol am nächsten him It sorrible and utterly pointless and I don t know why no one caught it before letting this book be published That and the dialogue Here s a sample conversation between Lydia and Will Elizabeth s former research assistant it is important to know that at this point in the book there Heart Beat has been absolutely noint that the Syndicate will be a plotline so this conversation was absolute fucking gibberish to me when I first read it Look Will said I m going to The Site Book have to go away for a while I came to say goodbye You ll be back Oh yes Iope so Depends on what The Devils Possession happens over the next few weeks How long Could be a week or a month Probably not any longer And I ve arranged for someone to keep an eye out for you An eye on me Why Because you re caught up in something complicated and it might be dangerous I can t explain because I m not allowed to and because I can t just give you bits I dave to explain it all To do with Elizabeth s manuscript No absolutely nothing to do with all of that Something very un seventeenth century Now go to bed and don t think about it I ll be back as soon as I can For fuck s sake Betraying Beauty (Vegas Titans, human beings don t talk like that The only people who talk like that are characters in a bad novel written by an author who doesn t knowow to create genuine suspense Utter fiasco If you re looking for a creepy October read this is not it It s not often that I think a NYT book reviewer gets it totally wrong but that s the case with Rebecca Stott s novel Ghostwalk I should Vrolok have been tipped off by the trite final sentence of the review Stott some terrain 僕の愛を知れ! [Boku no Ai o Shire!] however is the river riven landscape of theuman The Boy Who Would Not Say His Name heart What does the river stand for in this sentence Besides river and rivenave the exact same etymology Pure blatherBut enough nit picking on the review The novel takes place in contemporary Cambridge where Lydia Brooke s intermittent lover a controversial neuroscientist asks Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped her to finishis mother s book after she mysteriously drowns in the river The book is a study of Newton s alchemy that purports to explain The Hunger Within howe resorted crime to attain a fellowship in Between Two Skies his college Yes this is kind of a spoiler but you d figure this out uickly on your own Meanwhile an animal rights group is launching terrorist attacks against the neuroscientist andis associates and ghosts are trying to communicate with Lydia about events in the 17th centuryThis book wants to be Foucault s Pendulum but it lacks both the detail and the range In the end it s not about alchemy or neuroscience or even ghosts it seems to be about the very thinly argued case against Newton and Lydia s affair The review lauds scholarly authority of the book but opening it at random we find passages like theseHow long did we sit there Dilys and I I watched the shadows lengthen across Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England her garden a blackening shadow theatre across the vibrant emerald ofer lawn I watched the Nude Girls Photography Presents Ass Pussy From Behind - Compilation Vol. 5 honeysuckle tendrils blow in the wind the soft rain the late flies a crow I was nowhere and somewhere Lost between a river and the Fens between the seventeenth century and the twenty first between scepticism and belief pg 170 That night Cameron Brown I began to feel a new kind of power I touched the back of your neck with my eyes from your mother s bedroom window through the rain and made you turn towards me I watched you turn briefly towards theouse glance up at the upper windows follow the line of the roof there But you couldn t see me up in Elizabeth s bedroom in the dark so you turned back towards the river pg 205This gauzy musing is constant Lydia even fantasizes about The Dolce Diet her lover presenting a PowerPoint at a conference As for Newton we get scenesere and there excerpted from the book Lydia s working on but it s a very small part of this novel and likely to be a disappointment to anyone with experience of say AS Byatt s burst fullgrown from the skull of Zeus inventionsIf you want to read a novel about alchemists and conspiracies read Foucault s Pendulum If you want to read a novel about skulduggery at a seventeenth century English university read An Instance of #the Fingerpost If you want to read a novel about neuroscience # Fingerpost If you want to read a novel about neuroscience recall Brave Enough having enjoying Galatea 20 but that was a long time ago so don t uote me on it Ifowever you enjoy ghost stories reports on English gardens and weather and descriptions of lovahs contemplating each other over the course of their daily lives go ahead and read Ghostwalk THis is the best book that I Spunk have ever read that I could only rate two stars I loved Neal Stephenson s Baroue Cycle and I couldn t wait to pick up another book that might take a deeper look into Isaac Newton s alchemical experiments The research that was done before this book was written is incredible and the passages in which Elizabeth Vogelsang s The Alchemist the fictitious biography of Newton at the center of Ghostwalk is excerpted are very good We learn about glass making in seventeenth century Europe the plague in England the vast networks of alchemists operating in Europe at the time One of the major themes of the novel is that the past bleeds into the present but the author can t seem to geter many plot devices set in the present to bleed into one another making the novel as a whole fractured and nearly incomprehesible In the end the author The Kafka of 238th Street had to through in some secret shadow empire of pharmaceutical companies and arms dealers into the mix a device that was not necessary to the plot of the novel or perhaps was thrown in because she couldn t find an end and didn t add anything except maybe a political jab at arms dealers and pharmaceutical companies This novelad so much promise but it failed for its lack of cohesion the lack of empathy engendered in the reader for the characters and the waste of all of that great The Letters to the Thessalonians historical conspiracy in favor of modern ones I did not finish this book and my only regret is that I spent way too much time trying to like it I found nothing to like It claims to be aaunting literary thriller and a istorical mystery involving Isaac Newton s alchemy Why I thought anything involving Isaac Newton and is alchemy would be interesting is beyond me now Turns out I ave no interest in Isaac Newton or alchemy or the 17th century At least not as portrayed in this book The entire framework of the book is awkward it is told in the 1st person by a woman who attends a funeral for a woman who died while writing a book "on Isaac Newton not exactly an attention grabber introduction The narrator apparently ad an affair with "Isaac Newton not exactly an attention grabber introduction The narrator apparently Ivory (The Ivory Saga had an affair with dead woman s son and throughout the story she refers to this ex lover as you she seems to be writing a memoir of what isappening or Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, hasappened as the reader knows virtually nothing about the narrator or you it is really The Temple of Death hard to give a darn about anyone The narrator is asked byer ex lover to ghostwrite the remaining chapters of
The Newton Book That HisNewton book that Venus Blueprint his didn t finish if that isn t an exciting premise I don t know what would be Plus this ex lover works for some sort of a scientific research company and there is a second story about animal testing protesters which supposedly connects with Newton Blah blah blah Maybe the pace really picks up in the secondalf of the book maybe not I don t really care. That the shadow of violence that Shame On Her Volume 3 has fallen across present day Cambridge which escalates to a series of murders mayave its origins in the troubling evidence that Elizabeth’s research as unearthed As Lydia becomes ensnared in a dangerous conspiracy that reawakens ghosts of the past the seventeenth century slowly seeps into the twenty first with the city of Cambridge the bridge between them.
Review GhostwalkArch secrets that might ave led to A Crazy Kind of Love her death I m going to go ahead and get the most absurd thing about this book out of the way first so we can acknowledge it and move on Okay so you want to know who killed Elizabeth right The book is set up like a murder mysteryhistoric fictionsupernatural mashup so you know the solution to the murder is going to be good ReadyA ghost did it The murderer is literally a ghost Don t worry we ll get back to that I just wanted to give everyone a vague idea of where this crazy train iseaded because that s than Rebecca Stott did for meuick note I purchased this book secondhand The Medieval Forest however it s still an ARC so all uoted passages may be different in the final published versionI started to sense that something was wrong by the first chapter After a prologue where we see Elizabeth s body being found byer son Chapter One begins from Lydia s perspective She describes the days after Elizabeth s death and then suddenly we re in a police interrogation room and Lydia s narration informs us that Elizabeth Vogelsang drowned in September 2002 the first of three deaths that would become the subject of a police investigation four months laterOkay let s take a minute to sort that out because there s a lot of information there So the book isn t going to focus just on Elizabeth s death but also two other people Presumably we will meet these people at some point in the narrative and grow to care about them and their deaths will be appropriately placed in the narrative to maintain suspense yes to the first sort of to the second nope to the third Also since the police investigation The Road Beyond Ruin happens four months after Elizabeth s death we ve got a relatively short time frame to work with And Lydia will be very close to these deaths Okay coolBut then only a few paragraphs later Stott drops this on us I wouldave to be careful and alert Backlash here at the Parkside Police Station Very alert Theyad arrested Lily RidlerThat line comes seven pages into the novel It is the first time that Lily Ridler is mentioned and it will be way way too long before she s mentioned again in fact until I flipped back to the beginning of the book to look for uotes I Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, had completely forgotten that they mention this character by name so early By the time we figure out who this character is and why we should care Iad already stopped caringSuspense novels are tricky because you Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, have to keep your audience invested without showing too many of your cards at once Rebecca Stotttas the entire story of Ghostwalk mapped out in In Defense of Food heread already but she forgets that er reader doesn t She goes so overboard with the exposition and the but little did I know foreshadowing that the reader gets overwhelmed and can t figure out what they should be paying attention to for later Lydia keeps giving us these descriptions from the police station and the courtroom but it s so disconnected from everything else that s appening in the story that by the time I Black and White had put together all the important details from the investigation I no longer cared Stott thinks she s prolonging the tension but by so insistently teasing the ending all she s doing is frustrating the reader and distracting from the real time events in the story If Iad to pinpoint the central issue in this book it s that Stott is trying to do too many things at once There s the murder mystery and then there s a pretty The Color of Water heavy supernatural element I think Stott was going for a Gothic ghost story kind of thing but the first instance of it is clumsy and jarring Lydia goes to Elizabeth s funeral and meets a woman with one blind eye who says things like Oh but Elizabeth is stillere I aven t seen er yet but she s Cake Pops here all right The others areere too Don t you feel them Maybe it was my fault for not knowing what kind of book this was going to be when I started but I could never get into the Gothic mindset
Stott is so ard to create I can t really put my finger on why the supernatural element didn t work for me "It Was Either Taken "was either taken seriously or not seriously enough On the one and if you re going to writethat stott is
A BOOK ABOUT A GHOST WHO MURDERS PEOPLE WHYbook about a ghost who murders people why The Name of the Rose have some fun with it Indulge in the overblown melodramatic creepiness of your story and go for gold like The Shadow of the Wind At the same time no one in the book seems at all bothered by the fact that they re clearly beingaunted Lydia who is staying in Elizabeth s ouse while she finishes er book notices weird light patterns like reflecting water on the walls of the Memories of My Melancholy Whores house And one morning after spending the night wither on again boyfriend Cameron we ll get there don t worry she wakes up and sees that Pakistan heas blood all over Pitch Dark his face And both of their reactions don t go any farther than Huh that s weird And later after Lydia washes the pillowcase the bloodstain comes back She burns the pillowcase but there s no other discernable reaction as if shit like thisappens all the time in this universe and it s not something to get worked up over The characters most of whom are scientists and scholars accept the reality of psychics and ghosts with no reservation whatsoever and I was not Dont Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear having it Maybe I wouldave been receptive to the Ghost Murderers From History angle if it were the main plotline in the book but alas the ghost murders ave to fight for space alongside another plotline that is somehow even ridiculous ReadyOkay so Cameron mother of Elizabeth recall is a scientist at a pharmaceutical company The company tests on animals and there s a radical animal rights group that is so radical they attack another scientist and also ave a The Green Pharmacy habit of murdering scientists pets UICK BREAK FOR AN ANGRY TANGENT Yeah the animal rights group steals people s pets and kills them I thought Stott was letting me off easy when Cameron tells Lydia thatis daughters pet guinea pigs were killed so Deadly Slumber - Demon Tales his wife is taking the girls out of Cambridge to get away from things That s fine I thought we ve established that this activist group is dangerous and it also gets Cameron s family out of the picture soe and Lydia can bang But I Atomic Ghost had forgotten dear reader that Elizabeth alsoas a cat A cat that Lydia is now responsible for Guess what shows up dead on Lightning Strike Twice her doorstep one day Guess what injuries get described in detail Guess who spends aefty amount of text speculating on the cat s terrifying last momentsIt was gratuitous and unnecessary and I kind of The Purple Island hate Rebecca Stott for making me read it I am not the sort of person to put trigger warnings on things but I would warn anyone planning to read this book that the cat s death is detailed upsetting and utterly pointlessAnyway back to the plot overload We ve got the animal activists and at the end of the book we find out that there s this shady government group called I shit you not the Syndicate and they are actually the ones who created the activist group to discredit the real activists And guess who s in charge of this evil corporation Cameron obviouslyHey rememberow the ghost of a 17th century alchemist murdered someone in the 21st century What does that The Last Odd Day have to do with creepy government agencies Absolutely fucking nothing but someone let Rebecca Stott believe that trying to cram these twouge plotlines into one novel was a good idea I Lord Lightning (Astrology, have a feeling that the Syndicate was a later addition after some well intentioned idiot was like Hey Rebecca I think you need to up the stakes in this story. Out Isaac Newton’s involvement with alchemy the culmination ofer lifelong obsession with the seventeenth century remains unfinished When Wildwing her son Cameron asksis former lover Lydia Brooke to ghostwrite the missing final chapters of Londons Perfect Scoundrel his mother’s book Lydia agrees and moves into Elizabeth’souse a studio in an orchard where the light moves restlessly across the walls Soon Lydia discovers.