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text 2015-03-29 18:40
Fabulous Finds Friday (or, uh, Sunday)
Women of Wonder, the Classic Years: Science Fiction by Women from the 1940s to the 1970s - Pamela Sargent,Eleanor Arnason,Judith Merril,C.L. Moore,Kit Reed,Joanna Russ,Margaret St. Clair,Josephine Saxton,James Tiptree Jr.,Lisa Tuttle,Joan D. Vinge,Kate Wilhelm,Leigh Brackett,Chelsea Quinn Yarbro,Pamela Zoline,Marion Zimmer Bradley,Zenna Henders
Lifelode - Jo Walton,Sharyn November
Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life - Terry Brooks
The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett
Bellman and Black: A Ghost Story - Diane Setterfield
Marvel Comics: The Secret History of Marvel Comics - Sean Howe

I made my usual trek to the used bookstore on Friday, but I haven't been online much lately due to stress headaches. Found some cool stuff, though.

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review 2015-03-24 17:06
Bellman and Black: A Ghost Story - Diane Setterfield
Bellman and Black: A Ghost Story - Diane Setterfield

As a novel about a Victorian man who makes his fortune by clever planning in business, I liked it okay. The book dealt kindly with aging and grief and the trauma of grief on a large scale. But I thought it was supposed to be a ghost story, so I kept waiting for that aspect, and kept being disappointed. Fundamentally, I suppose I just didn't get it. Wonderfully moody though.

 

Personal copy

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review 2014-02-13 18:16
Review: Bellman and Black
Bellman & Black - Diane Setterfield

My Rating – 1 ½ Stars

I received this book for free from Netgalley on behalf of Atria Books in exchange for a fair review.

I know what the summary tells you what this story is supposed to be about, however after reading it I can say that this book was about nothing. I was pretty disappointed because it sounds like a creepy 
ghost story and who doesn’t like a good ghost story?

This was definitely not a creepy ghost story. The ghost part of the story doesn’t start until halfway through the book and by that time I was skimming. The book is mostly about the textile industry in the 1800s and how successful this man made this family business. 

When William Bellman was ten years old, he shot a rook with a slingshot and killed it. This rook was a descendent of Odin’s crows and this led to William being cursed. Only he doesn’t know it. He actually grows up and has an amazing life.

He’s a pretty great guy actually; smart, handsome and hardworking. Even though he is an outcast from the Bellman family, his uncle takes him under his wing and he is on his way to owning the Bellman family mill. 

One problem, everyone around him dies. One by one his family and friends start to die in (generally) sudden ways. Most of the time he doesn’t think anything of it because the cans death can be years apart and aren’t entirely unexplainable. But then there is a sickness and he quickly loses all his children, save one, and his wife within weeks of each other. When his last surviving child is on the brink of death, he makes a deal with a mysterious stranger to save her. 

And that folks…is all she wrote.

Okay not really but it felt like it. This book was unfortunately very boring. It took me two weeks just to get to 50%. It’s just a rundown of his life. Every chapter went like this “he did this and was successful and then someone he knows died.” I didn’t really care about any of the characters that passed because you don’t get to know them. 

The story was very slow and never really picked up for me. The rook thing got old fast, as they were mentioned in like every single chapter.

Nothing happens in this book! I do not recommend. 

Read this review and more at Punk's House of Books and FicCentral

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review 2014-02-01 00:00
Bellman and Black: A Ghost Story
Bellman and Black: A Ghost Story - Diane Setterfield When William Bellman was 11 years old he let loose a rock from his slingshot that, with a near impossible trajectory, hit and killed a crow. He knew he was showing off for his friends and immediately regretted the action, but what’s done is done and cannot be undone. Little did he know about the incredible history (and memories) of crows; thus the impact that simple act would have on the rest of his life.

Despite his questionable beginnings – his father running out on his family, being raised by a single mother; shunned not only by the rest of the town but by his father’s family as well. As Will approaches adulthood he leads a life that seems blessed by good fortune. He is clever and resourceful so advances quickly at work. He marries a beautiful girl and goes on to have smart, healthy and happy children. Then suddenly, at his mother’s funeral he notices a stranger amongst the mourners. The man, dressed all in black, looks vaguely familiar somehow. Soon Will notices him at all funerals in the village. Becoming, admittedly, quite obsessed Will eventually tracks him down and is astounded by his proposal. The idea for Bellman and Black is born.

This book is both dark and gothic although not quite the “ghost story” as advertised. Well written and full of the same atmosphere Ms. Setterfield demonstrated in her “Thirteenth Tale” I enjoyed this book a great deal. I would not describe this book as a riveting page-turner, but rather a compelling read that draws you in and is difficult to put down. And, who knew there were so many ways to describe a group of crows?
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review 2013-09-02 00:00
Bellman and Black
Bellman and Black - Diane Setterfield I'm pre-approved for this title by the publisher,
Atria/Emily Bestler Books. Thank you, sounds intriguing. :D
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