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Stranded With The Tempting Stranger iY Rebecca I think you need to up the stakesn this story 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 him as you Like the whole book The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde Eddie Chase, is a really long letter Lydias writing to him It s horrible and utterly pointless and I don t know why no one caught t before letting this book be published That and the dialogue Here s a sample conversation between Lydia and Will Elizabeth s former research assistant t Mindhunter ismportant to know that at this point Flawd in the book there has been absolutely no hint that the Syndicate will be a plotline so this conversation was absolute fucking gibberish to me when I first readt Look Will said I m going to have to go away for a 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 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 Sweet Stallion in something complicated andt might be dangerous I can t explain because I m not allowed to and because I can t just give you bits I d have to explain The County And The Kingdom 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 aboutt I ll be back as soon as I can For fuck s sake human beings don t talk like that The only people who talk like that are characters Summer Heat! in a bad novel written by an author who doesn t know how to create genuine suspense Utter fiasco If you re looking for a creepy October read thiss not Crushed Ice it It s not often that I think a NYT book reviewer getst 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 s the river riven landscape of the human heart What does the river stand for n this sentence Besides river and riven have the exact same etymology Pure blatherBut enough nit picking on the review The novel takes place Risking It All in contemporary Cambridge where Lydia Brooke sntermittent lover a controversial neuroscientist asks her to finish his mother s book after she mysteriously drowns Dog Food 2 in the river The books a study of Newton s alchemy that purports to explain how he resorted crime to attain a fellowship Santa In Montana (Calder Saga in his college Yes thiss kind of a spoiler but you d figure this out uickly on your own Meanwhile an animal rights group The Moonshiners Daughter is launching terrorist attacks against the neuroscientist and his associates and ghosts are trying to communicate with Lydia about eventsn the 17th centuryThis book wants to be Foucault s Pendulum but Emmas Orphans it lacks both the detail and the range In the endt s not about alchemy or neuroscience or even ghosts Saints on Stage 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 openingt at random we find passages like theseHow long did we sit there Dilys and I I watched the shadows lengthen across her garden a blackening shadow theatre across the vibrant emerald of her lawn I watched the honeysuckle tendrils blow Fading Echoes (Warriors: Omen of the Stars, 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 the house glance up at the upper windows follow the line of the roof there But you couldn t see me upn Elizabeth s bedroom n the dark so you turned back towards the "river pg 205This gauzy musing s constant Lydia even fantasizes about her lover presenting a PowerPoint at a "pg 205This gauzy musing s constant Lydia even fantasizes about her lover presenting a PowerPoint at a As for Newton we get scenes here and there excerpted from the book Lydia s working on but t s a very small part of this novel and likely to be a disappointment to anyone with

of say AS Byatt s fullgrown from the skull of Zeus nventionsIf 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 I Recall Having Enjoying Galatea 20 But That Was A recall having enjoying Galatea 20 but that was a time ago so don t uote me on t If however 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 s the best book that I 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 nto Isaac Newton s alchemical experiments The research that was done before this book was written The Book of Lamentations isncredible and the passages Guide Through the Old Testament in which Elizabeth Vogelsang s The Alchemist the fictitious biography of Newton at the center of Ghostwalks excerpted are very good We learn about glass making The Best-Case Scenario Handbook in seventeenth century Europe the plaguen England the vast networks of alchemists operating The Last Days of the Romanovs in Europe at the time One of the major themes of the novels that the past bleeds The Fate of the Romanovs into the present but the author can t seem to get her many plot devices setn the present to bleed Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia, into one another making the novel as a whole fractured and n I did not finish this book and my only regrets that I spent way too much time trying to like LOSER it I found nothing to like It claims to be a haunting literary thriller and a historical mysterynvolving Isaac Newton s alchemy Why I thought anything Home-Ec 101 involving Isaac Newton and his alchemy would benteresting Exterminating Angel is beyond me now Turns out I have nonterest Culture and Customs of Norway in Isaac Newton or alchemy or the 17th century At least not as portrayedn this book The entire framework of the book The Billionaires Secretive Enchantress (The Berutelli Escape, is awkwardt Shake, Rattle and Roll is toldn 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 ntroduction The narrator apparently had an affair with the 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 s happening or has happened as the reader knows virtually nothing about the narrator or you The Weavers Idea Book its really hard to give a darn about anyone The narrator The Mission of Mooney Rooney is asked by her ex lover to ghostwrite the remaining chapters of the Newton book that his mother didn t finishf that The Road to There 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 theres a second story about animal testing protesters which supposedly connects with Newton Blah blah blah Maybe the pace really picks up n the second half of the book maybe not I don t really care. That the shadow of violence that has fallen across present day Cambridge which escalates to a series of murders may have ts origins Used (Getting Inside of V, in the troubling evidence that Elizabeth’s research has unearthed As Lydia becomes ensnaredn a dangerous conspiracy that reawakens ghosts of the past the seventeenth century slowly seeps nto the twenty first with the city of Cambridge the bridge between them. GhostwalkAfter reading this book I am sorry to say that I was severely disappointed The synopsis for The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums it sounded great and I normally love books thatnvolve a historical mystery to solve but there really wasn t much about this book that I liked A historian and writer of screenplays Lydia Brooke Athena is hired by her former married lover Cameron Brown to ghostwrite a book after the author his mother Elizabeth Volgelsangs murdered The unfinished manuscript Tales from the Toolbox 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 happenings While working on his mother s book Lydia becomesnvolved with Cameron Brown again and she uickly becomes aware that he s caught up n a dangerous situation with animal rights activists groups because of his work n a pharmaceutical lab As mysterious and dangerous events start to unfold Lydia sn t certain whether they are a result of a connection with the seventeenth century alchemists or Cameron s work This sounded like and could have been a really great book but Det ordnar sig it just wasn t I thoughtt started off really slow and The Admiral it took half of the book for me to becomenterested After I finally did become engrossed The Homunculus in the book I didn t like anything that happened Other than that the characters were not particularly likeable The main character Lydia Brooke came across to me as a very weakndividual She had been Basic BASIC (Hayden computer programming series) in a go nowhere relationship with a married man for many years but finally left him It doesn t take than seeing him once before shes renewing her relationship with him Even when she finds out that he Socialist Construction and Marxist Theory is heavilynvolved The Succubus in a very disturbing organization she has trouble deciding what to do or to think about him As for her lover Cameron he came across as very selfish and self absorbed He had a wife and children yet had a long term affair with Lydia After Lydia left he had at least one other affair Lydia catches himn lies continuously and often hears him lie to his wife on the phone Cameron was also apparently heavily The Bitchy Waiter: Tales, Tips Trials from a Life in Food Service involvedn an organization that Dictionary of Misinformation instigated horrific acts Even disliking Cameron I hated what happened to himMost of the book was toldn the first person Rosettas Dress Mess (Tales of Pixie Hollow, 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 welln a fiction novel These book Shadowtech (Shadowrun, 7110) by Karl Wu (1993-01-09) inside of a book excerpts were hard to read because they were too long and not particularlynteresting I believe that this book had great potential but How to Build and Detail Model Railroad Scenes, Vol. 2 it wasn t realized and fell flat I expected a fascinating ghost story literary with mysterious murders and the past coming back to haunt Intelligent and historical yes Andt s full of atmospheric descriptions that I liked However the main character Lydia Brooke speaking Archetype (Archetype, 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 Sonstead of he said or Cameron said the author writes you said meaning you Cameron said t 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 what he said And then somewhere around page 230 we have Lydia n third person point of view Lydia Brooke walked nto the dark her head ached that s when she first heard the footsteps The story became muddy and unclear too much of Lydia s romantic musings although some of t 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 t for me I enjoyed the start of this book and was ntrigued by the Driven (Full Throttle, idea of a mix between a ghost story and detective story with I ve seen some reviews of Rebecca Stott s Ghostwalk comparet to The DaVinci Code but t s an extremely "superficial comparison Books about modern day people who nvestigate mysteries from the "comparison Books about modern day people who nvestigate mysteries from the existed long before Dan Brown hammered out his nfamous novel he did not create a new genreIn Ghostwalk Lydia Brooke My Dead Pets Are Interesting is asked by her ex lover to ghostwrite the final chapters of an Isaac Newton biography that his late mother was writing As she completes the work Lydia finds the seventeenth century creepingnto the present AS MYSTERIOUS DEATHS MIRROR THE DEATHS OF NEWTON S mysterious deaths mirror the deaths of Newton s s not exactly a murder mystery Ghostwalk focuses on Lydia s own entanglements with her ex lover a One of my ghostly reads for October Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott was enjoyable It Heat It Up (Out of Uniform, is uniuely written a story within a story unfortunately thenside story nvolves Sir Isaac Newton the great scientific discoverer I do not have a scientific heart SorryThere s a love story an affair with a married man Guys Like Girls Who . . . if thats a love story suspicious deaths scientific use of animals a mysticseer and many references to physics which I didn t understand The basic plot was good with surprises twists and much much much historical atmosphere I can understand why O Mistério do Lago (Inspetor Erlendur, it disappointed many readers but I stayed drawnn and focused throughout I ve certainly read worse The research In This Book Is Great this book s great well as the writing n the book about Isaac Newton within this story In fact the Newton book should have been this story That would 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 waste her time writing a pointless story with annoying characters Tristes trópicos in the present when she could have speculated awayn all sorts of fantastic and fantastical ways about the goings Pax Indica inn Cambridge amongst alchemists A Modest Independence (Parish Orphans of Devon, in the 1660s Well that was different In theory this book should have been my jam The story opens with Elizabeth Vogelsang being found deadn a river near her Cambridge home clutching a glass prism The Broken Sword (Forever King, in her hand Elizabeths a 17th century scholar who specializes Büyücü ve Cam Küre (Kara Kule, in Isaac Newton and her deathnterrupts her work on a book exploring Newton s The Witches of Eastwick (Eastwick interestn 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 Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry Study Guide in Elizabeth s research secrets that might have led to 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 acknowledget and move on Okay so you want to know who killed Elizabeth right The book Gospođa (Suzana is set up like a murder mysteryhistoric fictionsupernatural mashup so you know the solution to the murders going to be good ReadyA ghost did EGGcellent Joke Book it The murderers literally a ghost Don t worry we ll get back to that I just Filled with evocative descriptions of Cambridge past and present of seventeenth century glassmaking alchemy the Great Plague and Newton’s scientific Stealing Midnight (Beneath the Veil, innovations Ghostwalk centers around a real historical mystery that Rebecca Stott has uncoverednvolving Newton’s alchemyA Cambridge historian Elizabeth Vogelsang The Poison Squad is found drowned clutching a glass prismn her hand The book she was writing ab. Anted to give everyone a vague dea of where this crazy train s headed because that s than Rebecca Stott did for meuick note I purchased this book secondhand however Theres No Place Like D-Wing it s still an ARC so all uoted passages may be differentn 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 by her son Chapter One begins from Lydia s perspective She describes the days after Elizabeth s death and then suddenly we re Hatch Bright! in a policenterrogation room and Lydia s narration Heaven (Heaven Sent, informs us that Elizabeth Vogelsang drownedn September 2002 the first of three deaths that would become the subject of a police Monster, Vol. 3: The Perfect Edition investigation four months laterOkay let s take a minute to sort that out because there s a lot ofnformation there So the book sn t going to focus just on Elizabeth s death but also two other people Presumably we will meet these people at some point n the narrative and grow to care about them and their deaths will be appropriately placed Dancing With The Devil in the narrative to maintain suspense yes to the first sort of to the second nope to the third Also since the policenvestigation 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 would have to be careful and alert here at the Parkside Police Station Very alert They had arrested Lily RidlerThat line comes seven pages Tell Me Everything into the novel Its the first time that Lily Ridler Parental Guidance (Ice Knights, is mentioned andt will be way way too long before she s mentioned again Die Zeit, die uns bleibt 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 characters and why we should care I had already stopped caringSuspense novels are tricky because you have to keep your audience nvested without showing too many of your cards at once Rebecca Stottt has the entire story of Ghostwalk mapped out n her head already but she forgets that her 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 Claiming Cullen it s so disconnected from everything else that s happeningn the story that by the time I had put together all the The Castlemaine Murders (Phryne Fisher, important details from thenvestigation I no longer cared Stott thinks she s prolonging the tension but by so Titanium Mike Saves the Day insistently teasing the ending all she s doings frustrating the reader and distracting from the real time events The Daughters of Cain (Inspector Morse, in the story If I had to pinpoint the centralssue San Angelo Showdown (Blood Bond, in this bookt s that Stott If Looks Could Kill is trying to do too many things at once There s the murder mystery and then there s a pretty heavy supernatural element I think Stott was going for a Gothic ghost story kind of thing but the firstnstance of Elvis and the Blue Christmas Corpse its clumsy and jarring Lydia goes to Elizabeth s funeral and meets a woman with one blind eye who says things like Oh but Elizabeth The Italian Kitten Meets The Russian Wolf (Giovanni Family, is still here I haven t seen her yet but she s here all right The others are here too Don t you feel them Maybet was my fault for not knowing what kind of book this was going to be when I started but I could never get Isabel (Families of Dorset into the Gothic mindset that Stotts trying so hard to create I can t really put my finger on why the supernatural element didn t work for me Forbidden Ecstasy (Gray Eagle, it was either taken too seriously or not seriously enough On the one handf you re going to write a book about a ghost who murders people why not have some fun with Jesus it Indulgen the overblown melodramatic creepiness of your story and go for gold like The Shadow of the Wind At the same time no one From the Highest Mountain in the book seems at all bothered by the fact that they re clearly being haunted Lydia whos staying Enchanted Heart in Elizabeth s house while she finishes her book notices weird light patterns like reflecting water on the walls of the house And one morning after spending the night with her on again boyfriend Cameron we ll get there don t worry she wakes up and sees that he has blood all over 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 asf shit like this happens all the time n this universe and t 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 having Of Grave Concern (An Ophelia Wylde Paranormal Mystery, it Maybe I would have been receptive to the Ghost Murderers From History anglef Darkness Avenged (Guardians of Eternity, it were the main plotlinen the book but alas the ghost murders have to fight for space alongside another plotline that Bound in Lingerie (Bare Naked Designs, is somehow even ridiculous ReadyOkay so Cameron mother of Elizabeth recalls a scientist at a pharmaceutical company The company tests on animals and there s a radical animal rights group that Red Wine Technology is so radical they attack another scientist and also have a 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 that his daughters pet guinea pigs were killed so his wifes taking the girls out of Cambridge to get away from things That s fine I thought we ve established that this activist group Its Hotter In Hawaii (Men of Hawaii is dangerous andt also gets Cameron s family out of the picture so he and Lydia can bang But I had forgotten dear reader that Elizabeth also has a cat A cat that Lydia Cataclysm is now responsible for Guess what shows up dead on her doorstep one day Guess whatnjuries get described Ultima Rumba En La Habana in detail Guess who spends a hefty amount of text speculating on the cat s terrifying last momentsIt was gratuitous and unnecessary and I kind of hate Rebecca Stott for making me readt 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 s detailed read this book that the cat s death s detailed 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 n charge of this evil corporation Cameron obviouslyHey remember how the ghost of a 17th century "Alchemist Murdered Someone In The 21st Century What Does That "murdered someone n the 21st century What does that to do with creepy government agencies Absolutely fucking nothing but someone let Rebecca Stott believe that trying to cram these two huge plotlines Snapped 2 into one novel was a gooddea I have a feeling that the Syndicate was a later addition after some well ntentioned diot was like He. Out Isaac Newton’s Diana Ross involvement with alchemy the culmination of her lifelong obsession with the seventeenth century remains unfinished When her son Cameron asks his former lover Lydia Brooke to ghostwrite the missing final chapters of his mother’s book Lydia agrees and movesnto Elizabeth’s house a studio n an orchard where the light moves restlessly across the walls Soon Lydia discovers. ,

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