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Ghostwalk Hardcover – 8 Mar 2007

3.8 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First Edition, First Printing edition (8 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297851365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297851363
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,806,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An amazing work - a highly intelligent thriller that combines the supernatural with modern quantam theory; the current war on terror with Isaac Newton's work on light and gravity, and his delving into alchemy in the seventeenth century. At once mind-boggling and mind-expanding.' Nicholas Mosley, author of Hopeful Monsters and Time at War (Nicholas Mosley )

'A beautifully written book, mixing a compelling contemporary love story and a fascinating historical investigation, with Isaac Newton and alchemy playing a crucial role. The mystery at the novel's centre is audacious, convincing, and will make readers think anew about what history is.' (Iain Pears, author of An Instance at the Fingerpost )

'This daring mystery tangles occult and scientific knowledge with obsessive love and hidden world events. It is wonderfully down to earth, and genuinely eerie. Once in, you are not likely to leave off reading until after the very last twist.' (Dr Gillian Beer )

'If you like supernatural romantic fiction you'll love GHOSTWALK...[a] complex thriller.' (SAGA (April '07) )

'Most impressive' (Peter Guttridge The Observer (15.4.07) )

'Stott's prose has...poetic brilliance...Ghostwalk is a pacy...thriller with some creepy moments.' (Victoria Brookes THE HERALD (24.3.07) )

"Stott makes fine use of historical material" (Anthony Gardner MAIL ON SUNDAY )

'An eerily compelling read' (Claire Figuero TIME OUT )

'I found it deliciously slow, gradually racheting up the tension to final violent denouement.' (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW )

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A stunning literary ghost-story of entanglement and obsession; ambition and betrayal

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Format: Hardcover
This has all the hallmarks of a great read for me - the mystery, the historical background, the intertwining of past and present, the scientific background and a different perspective on historical characters. I'm not overly struck on the supernatural, but it certainly wasn't a negative. However, whilst pleasantly enjoyable, it never really took off for me in the way that I had hoped and indeed expected after the opening chapter.

I thoroughly enjoyed the author's actual writing, occasional glitches that have been picked up by previous reviewers aside. It was the plotting and characterisation that didn't quite work for me. She tries to pack a lot in, but almost too much given the space, never really dealing with any of the themes in sufficient depth, never really developing the characters other than, perhaps, the main protagonist herself. As a result I reached the end still expecting things to develop, still waiting for that extra depth to give the novel real bite, but finding the ending all rather obvious and flat.

Interesting that at least one previous reviewer disliked the extracts from Elizabeth's books - they were the best parts to me, as they did go someway towards telling that part of the story in the very depth that was missing elsewhere.

This wasn't a bad book - indeed, surprisingly in the light of the above perhaps, I would say on balance that it was a good read. I just felt that this showed so much promise early on, that I had expected something great, and it just didn't live up to expectations. Keep the expectations low, and I suspect one will enjoy it enormously. It may sound awfully patronising given the author's credentials compared to mine, but it will be interesting to see how she develops.
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Format: Paperback
I picked this up in the bookshop, having not heard of it or the author. And I loved it. The first chapter is one of the most gripping first chapters I have read and the author did well to hold my concentration for the entire book.

It is not a simple read, but the language is wonderful and the topic fascinating - basically it is about a current day love story and Newton's fascinating with alchemy. Set in Cambridge it is evocative of the city and even though I have not visited the city for many years I could imagine myself back there.

This is one of those books that captures the imagination and asks many questions. If you liked The Conjuror's Bird and The Time Traveller's Wife then you will like this too.
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Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed Ghostwalk, and for the first time I didn't hesitate to finish a book. Normally I linger on and find excuses not to end books, as it feels like closing a door on a newly found friend or departing from a place just when I start to know my way around.

With Ghostwalk it feels like the novel never ended.

Living in Cambridge and cycling daily past these ancient buildings and around the streets and commons, I find that Rebecca Stott's novel continues to linger in my imagination.

In the same way that history never ends and we will only know a truth of the events in the news today, when our children's children are reading about them in the history books, the novel gives you a possible end, but leaves history to print its own accounts.

Ghostwalk is a very clever novel that takes the modern sense of conspiracies, weaves historical events, scientific knowledge and the presence of the past into a compelling story. What could be an awfully complicated and intellectual read is a wonderful journey into our possible entanglement with another dimension.
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Format: Hardcover
An intensely satisfying read - you wait a long time for a novel with the plot and the prose and the ideas at the same time. It feels like '50% extra FREE' whether you approach it as a literary novel or a mystery.

The task is huge. A murder mystery and love story unfold in tandem, shot through with meditations the nature of scientific inquiry, tangled with superstition in Newton's day and big business in ours. Alchemy, glassmaking and quantum physics sit alongside supernatural elements. With so many balls in the air I was ready to forgive a shaky resolution, but found instead a complete and surprising denouement.

What makes it work is authority. The voice has the conviction to sell an audacious plot, but also the brio of a writer carving out a new space. It has crime novel tension but skips most genre conventions - readers expecting the formulaic, or suspicious of elegant prose, will leave frustrated. Those up for something different will find a slightly decadent and thoroughly original treat.
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Having read the first couple of reviews when this came up on my recommendations I was looking forward to this book with almost mouthwatering anticipation. What a let down it turned out to be. The prose is elegant and in some places very evocative of time and place- shame about the plot and characters. The main character, through whom everyone else is seen, seems to relish narrating in enigmatic half sentences. No one with whom she has contact seems quite real and several are obviously included only as plot devices to move things along without any real depth. I'm sure there will be plenty of people who will enjoy this literary mystery but for me it was empty of emotion and soulless- a metaphor for the characters perhaps or vice versa. Either way it left me frustrated and even rather bored with the whole thing by the end. Too contrived to be convincing, too self-consciously literary to have real depth it only gets three stars because I liked the the descriptive passages of Cambridge and the surrounding landscape very much.
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