Publisher: Hachette Australia
Release Date: October 2, 2014
Source: Received in exchange for review
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The spiral has existed as long as time has existed.
It's there when a girl walks through the forest, the moist green air clinging to her skin. There centuries later in a pleasant greendale, hiding the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who they call a witch. There on the other side of the world as a mad poet watches the waves and knows the horrors the hide, and far into the future as Keir Bowman realises his destiny.
Each takes their next step in life. None will ever go back to the same place. And so, their journeys begin...
A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.
I wouldn’t really call this a review, because this is more like me spilling everything that is going on in my head in relation to this book. Celine will be doing a proper review of it very early on next year, so keep an eye out for that. Spoiler: she loved it.
So here is my first taste of Marcus Sedgwick’s writing. And my thoughts on it? I like his writing style verrah much. I’ve heard that this style it distinct from most other YA authors, and I must agree. His prose is equal parts beautiful and deep; however, I’m not really sure if his style works for me as a reader.
The Ghosts of Heaven has me very confused. And by this, I mean that I have no idea what to think of it, which is the main reason why I cannot really give a proper review for this book. I loved it, in many senses, but also felt detached towards each of the story lines. Yes, that was a plural. This book consists of 4 separate stories that seem completely different from one and another on the surface. They’re all set during different time phases and are of different genres, yet, in a totally weird and witty way, the stories are connected and similar from one and another. You can read the book in any order you want, but being me, I started off with the first story.
Whispers in the Dark (the first story), I admit I didn’t finish because I struggled with the first third of it. I do love reading verse, but in this case, the style wasn’t my cup of tea. The prose is very simple and tells a story of a young woman during the prehistoric times that deals with some magical elements. The Witch in the Water was my number one favourite out of the 4 stories. It involves another young woman in a world where witches are hunted and evil lurks at every corner. The ending took me by surprise, and I’m still not sure if I hate or love how it ended. The Easiest Room in Hell was probably most intriguing. It’s set in a asylum and hits closer to today as it is set in the 1900’s. It’s an insane read, so pretty much perfect for me. Definitely my second favourite. The Song of Destiny fell rather flat for me. This story was set on a spaceship which is making its way to another earth. In all, these stories were all very engaging reads, but when I stop and think, I don’t really know what to think of them as a whole.
Three gifs that sum up how I felt during The Ghosts of Heaven?
Firstly, I’m not sure how to rate this book. I mean, it sounds bad when I say that I DNFed the book, when I read 3/4 of the stories, and the story I didn’t read, I read 1/3. Basically, I didn’t read about 60 pages out of the 423 that The Ghosts of Heaven is. Moreover, I liked some stories, I hated some others. HOW DOES ONE RATE THIS KIND OF BOOK?
Furthermore, I didn’t really get the book until a day or two after finishing the read. Heck, I’m still not sure if I truly get it. I guess it’s really up to yourself on how you interpret and think of this book in the end. It’s just one of those reads that mess with your brain and leave you in a puddle of confusion and total awe simultaneously. It’s a witty read, I’ll give it that.
ALSO, HOW DOES ONE SHELVE THIS BOOK? This book has so many genres mixed in. We have paranormal witches, mad asylums, futuristic sci-fi and hunter gatherers from the pre-historic times. It’s totally crazy. But of course…if you like that kinda thing. *hands you ze book*
Personally, I don’t think any book has made me felt like this before. And by “felt like this”, I mean confused, awed, amazed, even more confused. JUST ALL OVER THE PLACE. I definitely recommend every just give the book a go, because it’s just a really weird (in a good way) read.
~Thank you Hachette Australia for sending me this copy!~
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