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Y re First Comes Desire (Pirates Prize actually the ones who created thectivist group to discredit the real ctivists And guess who s in charge of this evil corporation Cameron obviouslyHey remember how the ghost of 17th century What Lies Between Lovers alchemist murdered someone in the 21st century What does that have to do with creepy governmentgencies Absolutely fucking nothing but someone let Rebecca Stott believe that trying to cram these two huge plotlines into one novel was good idea I have feeling that the Syndicate was Rebel Yell (Savage Texas, a laterddition A Matter of Some Scandal after some well intentioned idiot was like Hey Rebecca I think you need to up the stakes in this story Have you read The Da Vinci Code Well I didn t even get chance to mention that whenever Lydia s narration mentions Cameron she refers to him s you Like the whole book is really long letter Lydia is writing to him It s horrible nd utterly pointless nd I don t know why no one caught it before letting this book be published That Worth The Trade (More Than A Game, and the dialogue Here s sample conversation between Lydia nd Will Elizabeth s former research ssistant it is important to know that t this point in the book there has been bsolutely no hint that the Syndicate will be plotline so this conversation was bsolute fucking gibberish to me when I first read it Look Will said I m going to have to go The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime away for while I came to say goodbye You ll be back Oh yes I hope so Depends on what happens over the next few weeks How long Could be week or month Probably not ny longer And I ve rranged for someone to keep The Closest Possible Union an eye out for you An eye on me Why Because you re caught up in something complicatednd it might be dangerous I can t explain because I m not Lottie Tomlinson's Rainbow Roots: allowed tond because I can t just give you bits I d have to explain it ll To do with Elizabeth s manuscript No bsolutely nothing to do with Lost Princess all of that Something very un seventeenth century Now go to bednd don t think Postcards from Last Summer about it I ll be backs soon Hot Shot as I can For fuck s sake human beings don t talk like that The only people who talk like thatre characters in The Industrial Revolution a bad novel written byn Rock Bottom author who doesn t know how to create genuine suspense Utter fiasco If you re looking for creepy October read this is not it It s not often that I think NYT book reviewer gets it totally wrong but that s the case with Rebecca Stott s novel Ghostwalk I should have been tipped off by the trite final sentence of the review Stott s home terrain however is the river riven landscape of the human heart What does the river stand for in this sentence Besides river nd riven have 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 controversial neuroscientist sks her to finish his mother s book fter she mysteriously drowns in the river The book is study of Newton s lchemy that purports to explain how he resorted crime to ttain fellowship in his college Yes this is kind of spoiler but you d figure this out uickly on your own Meanwhile n nimal rights group is launching terrorist ttacks gainst the neuroscientist My Soul Then Sings and hisssociates Wildwood and ghostsre trying to communicate with Lydia bout events in the 17th centuryThis book wants to be Foucault s Pendulum but it lacks both the detail nd the range In the end it s not bout lchemy or neuroscience or even ghosts it seems to be bout the very thinly rgued case gainst Newton nd Lydia s Raiding with Morgan affair The review lauds scholarlyuthority of the book but opening it t random we find passages like theseHow long did we sit there Dilys nd I I watched the shadows lengthen cross her garden blackening shadow theatre Lethal Licorice (Amish Candy Shop Mystery, across the vibrant emerald of her lawn I watched the honeysuckle tendrils blow in the wind the soft rain the late flies crow I was nowhere Purses and Poison and somewhere Lost between river Rogue on the Rollaway and the Fens between the seventeenth centurynd the twenty first between scepticism nd belief pg 170 That night Cameron Brown I began to feel new kind of power I touched the back of your neck with my eyes from your mother s bedroom window through the rain nd made you turn towards me I watched you turn briefly towards the house glance up t 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 bout her lover presenting PowerPoint t conference As for Newton we get scenes here nd there excerpted from the book Lydia s working on but it s very small part of this novel nd likely to be disappointment to nyone with experience of say AS Byatt s burst fullgrown from the skull of Zeus inventionsIf you want to read novel bout lchemists nd conspiracies read Foucault s Pendulum If you want to read novel bout skulduggery t Haunted House Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, a seventeenth century English university read An Instance of the Fingerpost If you want to read novel Sweet Southern Hearts (A Willow Hill Novel Book 3) about neuroscience I recall having enjoying Galatea 20 but that was long time go so don t uote me on it If however you enjoy ghost stories reports on English gardens nd weather nd descriptions of lovahs contemplating each other over the course of their daily lives go head nd read Ghostwalk THis is the best book that I have ever read that I could only rate two stars I loved Neal Stephenson s Baroue Cycle nd I couldn t wait to pick up Daddy's Girl Series: A Taboo Erotic Collection another book that might take deeper look into Isaac Newton s lchemical experiments The research that was done before this book was written is incredible nd the passages in which Elizabeth Vogelsang s The Alchemist the fictitious biography of Newton t the center of Ghostwalk is excerpted re very good We learn bout glass making i I did not finish this book nd my only regret is that I spent way too much time trying to like it I found nothing to like It claims to be Dark Tides (Dark Tides a haunting literary thrillernd Weathering the Storm a historical mystery involving Isaac Newton slchemy Why I thought Wrong for Me (Motor City Royals, anything involving Isaac Newtonnd his lchemy would be interesting is beyond me now Turns out I have no interest in Isaac Newton or lchemy or the 17th century At least not Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music as portrayed in this book The entire framework of the book iswkward it is told in the 1st person by woman who ttends funeral for woman who died while writing Downright Dead a book on Isaac Newton not exactlyn ttention grabber introduction The narrator pparently had n ffair with the dead woman s son Left Fur Dead and throughout the story she refers to this ex lovers you she seems to be writing memoir of what is happening or has happened s the reader knows virtually nothing bout the narrator or you it is really hard to give darn Death by Tea aboutnyone The narrator is Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, asked by her ex lover to ghostwrite the remaining chapters of the Newton book that his mother didn t finish if that isn tn exciting premise I don t know what would be Plus this ex lover works for some sort of scientific research company nd there is By Way Of A Wager a second storybout nimal testing protesters which supposedly connects with Newton Blah blah blah Maybe the pace really picks up in the second half of the book maybe not I don t really care. Lydia Brooke young writer nd friend of Elizabeth's nd sks her to complete the last chapter of the book.
Ewton nd her death interrupts her work on When Kingdom Comes a book exploring Newton s interest inlchemy Elizabeth s son Cameron recruits Lydia Brooke writer friend of Elizabeth nd 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 research secrets that might have led to her death I m going to go The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, aheadnd get the most bsurd thing bout this book out of the way first so we can Such a Dance acknowledge itnd move on Okay so you want to know who killed Elizabeth right The book is set up like 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 ghost Don t worry we ll get back to that I just wanted to give everyone vague idea of where this crazy train is headed because that s than Rebecca Stott did for meuick note I purchased this book secondhand however it s still n ARC so ll uoted passages may be different in the final published versionI started to sense that something was wrong by the first chapter After prologue where we see Elizabeth s body being found by her son Chapter One begins from Lydia s perspective She describes the days fter Elizabeth s death nd then suddenly we re in La bte du marais a police interrogation roomnd Lydia s narration informs us that Elizabeth Vogelsang drowned in September 2002 the first of three deaths that would become the subject of Laos: Keystone Of Indochina a police investigation four months laterOkay let s take minute to sort that out because there s How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World a lot of information there So the book isn t going to focus just on Elizabeth s death butlso two other people Presumably we will meet these people t some point in the narrative nd grow to care Geeking Out on 11C about themnd their deaths will be Et ainsi de suite 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 happens four monthsfter Elizabeth s death we ve got The Shoshoni Cookbook a relatively short time frame to work with And Lydia will be very close to these deaths Okay coolBut then only few paragraphs later Stott drops this on us I would have to be careful Historias sobre los Fondos Bahá'ís andlert here Reasoning with the Infinite: From the Closed World to the Mathematical Universe at the Parkside Police Station Verylert They had Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It arrested Lily RidlerThat line comes seven pages into the novel It is the first time that Lily Ridler is mentionednd it will be way way too long before she s mentioned gain in fact until I flipped back to the beginning of the book to look for uotes I had completely forgotten that they mention this character by name so early By the time we figure out who this character is nd why we should care I had lready stopped caringSuspense novels re tricky because you have to keep your udience invested without showing too many of your cards t once Rebecca Stottt has the entire story of Ghostwalk mapped out in her head lready but she forgets that her reader doesn t She goes so overboard with the exposition nd the but little did I know foreshadowing that the reader gets overwhelmed nd can t figure out what they should be paying ttention to for later Lydia keeps giving us these descriptions from the police station nd the courtroom but it s so disconnected from everything else that s happening in the story that by the time I had put together ll the important details from the investigation I no longer cared Stott thinks she s prolonging the tension but by so insistently teasing the ending ll she s doing is frustrating the reader nd distracting from the real time events in the story If I had to pinpoint the central issue in this book it s that Stott is trying to do too many things t once There s the murder mystery nd then there s Mr Darcy's Cottage of Earthly Delights: Shades of Pride and Prejudice a pretty heavy supernatural element I think Stott was going for Gothic ghost story kind of thing but the first instance of it is clumsy nd jarring Lydia goes to Elizabeth s funeral nd meets woman with one blind eye who says things like Oh but Elizabeth is still here I haven t seen her yet but she s here ll right The others re here 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 that Stott is trying so hard to create I can t really put my finger on why the supernatural element didn t work for me it was either taken too seriously or not seriously enough On the one hand if you re going to write book bout ghost who murders people why not have some fun with it Indulge in the overblown melodramatic creepiness of your story The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank and go for gold like The Shadow of the Wind At the same time no one in the book seemst The Myth of Genesis and Exodus and the Exclusion of Their African Origins all bothered by the fact that they re clearly being haunted Lydia who is staying in Elizabeth s house while she finishes her book notices weird light patterns like reflecting water on the walls of the house And one morningfter spending the night with her on gain boyfriend Cameron we ll get there don t worry she wakes up nd sees that he has blood ll over his face And both of their reactions don t go ny farther than Huh that s weird And later Yoga Kitchen: Divine Recipes from the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat after Lydia washes the pillowcase the bloodstain comes back She burns the pillowcase but there s no other discernable reactions if shit like this happens Design Works: How to Tackle Your Toughest Innovation Challenges Through Business Design all the time in this universend it s not something to get worked up over The characters most of whom re scientists nd scholars ccept the reality of psychics nd ghosts with no reservation whatsoever nd I was not having it Maybe I would have been receptive to the Ghost Murderers From History ngle if it were the main plotline in the book but las the ghost murders have to fight for space longside nother plotline that is somehow even ridiculous ReadyOkay so Cameron mother of Elizabeth recall is scientist t pharmaceutical company The company tests on nimals nd there s radical nimal rights group that is so radical they ttack nother scientist Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, andlso have habit of murdering scientists pets UICK BREAK FOR AN ANGRY TANGENT Yeah the nimal rights group steals people s pets nd kills them I thought Stott was letting me off easy when Cameron tells Lydia that his daughters pet guinea pigs were killed so his wife is taking the girls out of Cambridge to get way from things That s fine I thought we ve established that this Jeep. Sur les traces de la lgende activist group is dangerousnd it lso gets Cameron s family out of the picture so he nd Lydia can bang But I had forgotten dear reader that Elizabeth The Abbeyville Way also has cat A cat that Lydia is now responsible for Guess what shows up dead on her doorstep one day Guess what injuries get described in detail Guess who spends hefty mount of text speculating on the cat s terrifying last momentsIt was gratuitous Stations of the Lost: The Treatment of Skid Row Alcoholics and unnecessarynd I kind of hate Rebecca Stott for making me read it I m not the sort of person to put trigger warnings on things but I would warn nyone planning to read this book that the cat s death is detailed upsetting Treasure Diver (Choose Your Own Adventure, and utterly pointlessAnyway back to the plot overload We ve got thenimal A Shot at Love activistsnd Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past at the end of the book we find out that there s this shady government group called I shit you not the Syndicatend the. 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After reading this book I m sorry to say that I was severely disappointed The synopsis for it sounded great The Voyage Unplanned and I normally love books that involve historical mystery to solve but there really wasn t much The Dwelling about this book that I liked A historiannd writer of screenplays Lydia Brooke is hired by her former married lover Cameron Brown to ghostwrite book fter the uthor his mother Elizabeth Volgelsang is murdered The unfinished manuscript involves Isaac Newton nd Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna a group of seventeenth centurylchemists nd Elizabeth s notes nd manuscript show that she believes that series of seventeenth century deaths re entangled with current happenings While working on his mother s book Lydia becomes involved with Cameron Brown Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films againnd she uickly becomes ware that he is caught up in dangerous situation with nimal rights ctivists groups because of his work in Easy a pharmaceutical lab As mysteriousnd dangerous events start to unfold Lydia isn t certain whether they re result of connection with the seventeenth century lchemists or Cameron s work This sounded like Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe and could have been really great book but it just wasn t I thought it started off really slow Interview with the Vampire and it took half of the book for me to become interested After I finally did become engrossed in the book I didn t likenything that happened Other than that the characters were not particularly likeable The main character Lydia Brooke came Emma of Aurora (Change and Cherish Historical across to mes very weak individual She had been in go nowhere relationship with The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table a married man for many years but finally left him It doesn t take than seeing him once before she is renewing her relationship with him Even when she finds out that he is heavily involved in very disturbing organization she has trouble deciding what to do or to think bout him As for her lover Cameron he came cross s very selfish nd self Ravished by a Duke absorbed He had wife Damn Delicious Meal Prep and children yet had long term ffair with Lydia After Lydia left he had t least one other ffair Lydia catches him in lies continuously nd often hears him lie to his wife on the phone Cameron was Deep Lane: Poems alsopparently heavily involved in Komisario Nuusku ja makkaratehtaan arvoitus an organization that instigated horrificcts Even disliking Cameron I hated what happened to himMost of the book was told in the first person in the form of letter from Lydia to Cameron but there were parts that were supposed to be the chapters of Elizabeth s book Her book was nonfiction nd those parts just didn t seem to fit well in fiction novel These book inside of book excerpts were hard to read because they were too long Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry and not particularly interesting I believe that this book had great potential but it wasn t realizednd fell flat I expected fascinating ghost story literary with mysterious murders nd the past coming back to haunt Intelligent The Online Diary of a Masochistic Submissive and historical yes And it s full oftmospheric 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 Cameron her ex lover what he said presenting his dialogue by using the pronoun you to name the speaker So instead of he said or Cameron said the uthor writes you said meaning you Cameron said it This device was not only distracting but really screwy way to write I got so Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution annoyedfter while with Lydia telling Cameron nd the reader what he said And then somewhere round page 230 we have Lydia in third person point of view Lydia Brooke walked into the dark her head ched that s when she first heard the footsteps The story became muddy nd unclear too much of Lydia s romantic musings lthough some of it pretty prose The plot was way too convoluted for me nd I grew bored I might try this uthor My Lady Viper again but this story didn t make it for me I enjoyed the start of this booknd was intrigued by the idea of Sunflower a mix between ghost story nd detective story with 17th century events woven in with present day ones I was lso Periyar: A Political Biography of E.V. Ramasamy attracted by the fact that it s set in Cambridge city I knowHowever I soon got fed up nd gave up fter Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home about 80 pages I didn t believe inny of the characters nd 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 it s n extremely superficial comparison Books bout modern day people who investigate mysteries from the past existed long before Dan Brown hammered out his infamous novel he did not create new genreIn Ghostwalk Lydia Brooke is sked by her ex lover to ghostwrite the final chapters of n Isaac Newton biography that his late mother was writing As she completes the work Lydia finds the seventeenth century creeping into the present s mysterious deaths mirror the deaths of Newton s contemporariesIt s not exactly murder mystery Ghostwalk focuses on Lydia s own entanglements with her ex lover nd his dead mother than it does on the victims The narration is lyrical the entire novel is Lydia speaking to her ex lover referring to him in the second person The result is dark moody nd dreamy There re lso chunks of the Newton biography included providing interesting details Commit!: Unlock Your Full Potential and Learn to Lead Yourself about the scientist s lifeMany other reviews mark it down for reuiring suspension of disbelief but they seem to miss the point that this is ghost story did they not read the title I really enjoyed how subtly the two eras collide nd things were just creepy enough without being sensational Ghostwalk is one of those impressive debut novels that makes one look forward to the Announcing Trouble author s next book One of my ghostly reads for October Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott was enjoyable It is uniuely written story within story unfortunately the inside story involves Sir Isaac Newton the great scientific discoverer I do not have scientific heart SorryThere is The Book of Revelation: a love storyn The Sound of Music Story: How A Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film of All Time affair with married man if that is Edward Keating: Main Street: The Lost Dream of Route 66 a love story suspicious deaths scientific use ofnimals mysticseer nd many references to physics which I didn t understand The basic plot was good with surprises twists nd much much much historical tmosphere I can understand why it disappointed many readers but I stayed drawn in Cold Blood and focused throughout I ve certainly read worse The research in this book is greats well Calibre (Inspector Brant, as the writing in the bookbout Isaac Newton within this story In fact the Newton book should have been this story That would have made great book with ll these elements lchemists secret formulas brilliant young Newton beginning to figure out mong other things calculus nd differential euations lovely stuff patronage factions nepotism series of uestionable deaths Why did the The Dirty Game: Uncovering the Scandal at FIFA author waste her time writing pointless story with nnoying characters in the present when she could have speculated way in ll sorts of fantastic nd fantastical ways April Blood: Florence and the Plot Against the Medici about the goings in in Cambridgemongst No Life But This alchemists in the 1660s Well that was different In theory this book should have been my jam The story opens with Elizabeth Vogelsang being found dead in river near her Cambridge home clutching glass prism in her hand Elizabeth is 17th century scholar who specializes in Isaac When Elizabeth reclusive historian is found drowned in tributary of the River Cam she is clutching gl.
Rebecca Stott was born in Cambridge in 1964 and raised in Brighton in a large Plymouth Brethren community She studied English and Art History at York University and then completed an MA and PhD whilst raising her son Jacob born in 1984She is the author of several academic books on Victorian literature and culture two books of non fiction including a partial biography of Charles Darwin and a