Ghostwalk

Ghostwalk Filled with evocative descriptions of Cambridge past and present of seventeenth century glassmaking alchemy the Great Plague and Newton s scientific innovations Ghostwalk centers around a real h
  • Title: Ghostwalk
  • Author: Rebecca Stott
  • ISBN: 9780385521062
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ghostwalk
    Filled with evocative descriptions of Cambridge, past and present, of seventeenth century glassmaking, alchemy, the Great Plague, and Newton s scientific innovations, Ghostwalk centers around a real historical mystery that Rebecca Stott has uncovered involving Newton s alchemy.A Cambridge historian, Elizabeth Vogelsang, is found drowned, clutching a glass prism in her handFilled with evocative descriptions of Cambridge, past and present, of seventeenth century glassmaking, alchemy, the Great Plague, and Newton s scientific innovations, Ghostwalk centers around a real historical mystery that Rebecca Stott has uncovered involving Newton s alchemy.A Cambridge historian, Elizabeth Vogelsang, is found drowned, clutching a glass prism in her hand The book she was writing about Isaac Newton s 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 moves into Elizabeth s house a studio in an orchard where the light moves restlessly across the walls Soon Lydia discovers that the shadow of violence that has fallen across present day Cambridge, which escalates to a series of murders, may have its origins in the troubling evidence that Elizabeth s research has unearthed As Lydia becomes ensnared in a dangerous conspiracy that reawakens ghosts of the past, the seventeenth century slowly seeps into the twenty first, with the city of Cambridge the bridge between them.Filled with evocative descriptions of Cambridge, past and present, of seventeenth century glassmaking, alchemy, the Great Plague, and Newton s scientific innovations, Ghostwalk centers around a real historical mystery that Rebecca Stott has uncovered involving Newton s alchemy In it, time and relationships are entangled the present with the seventeenth century, and figures from the past with the love torn twenty first century woman who is trying to discover their secrets A stunningly original display of scholarship and imagination, and a gripping story of desire and obsession, Ghostwalk is a rare debut that will change the way most of us think about scientific innovation, the force of history, and time itself.
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  • Rebecca Stott

    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 1984.She 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 cultural history of the oyster She is now a Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia She has three children, Jacob, Hannah and Kezia and has lived in Cambridge since 1993 She has made several radio programmes for Radio Four.Her first novel, Ghostwalk, is published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in the UK, is the launch novel of the new fiction list of Spiegel and Grau in the US a new division of Random House and is being translated into 12 different languages including Russian and Chinese She is writing her next novel, The Coral Thief.

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  • Onvan Ghostwalk Nevisande Rebecca Stott ISBN 385521065 ISBN13 9780385521062 Dar 320 Safhe Saal e Chap 2007


  • Well, that was different In theory, this book should have been my jam The story opens with Elizabeth Vogelsang being found dead in a river near her Cambridge home, clutching a glass prism in her hand Elizabeth is a 17th century scholar who specializes in Isaac Newton, and her death interrupts her work on a book exploring Newton s interest in 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 boo [...]


  • I ve seen some reviews of Rebecca Stott s Ghostwalk compare it to The DaVinci Code, but it s an extremely superficial comparison Books about modern day people who investigate mysteries from the past existed long before Dan Brown hammered out his infamous novel he did not create a new genre.In Ghostwalk, Lydia Brooke 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 [...]


  • After reading this book, I am sorry to say that I was severely disappointed The synopsis for it sounded great, and I normally love books that involve 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, is hired by her former married lover, Cameron Brown, to ghostwrite a book, after the author his mother Elizabeth Volgelsang, is murdered The unfinished manuscript involves Isaac Newton and a group of seventee [...]


  • It s not often that I think a 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 and riven have the exact same etymology Pure blather.But enough nit picking on the review The novel takes place in contemporary Cambridge, where Lydia Brooke [...]


  • One of my ghostly reads for October, Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott was enjoyable It is uniquely written, a story within a story unfortunately, the inside story involves Sir Isaac Newton, the great scientific discoverer I do not have a scientific heart Sorry.There is a love story an affair with a married man, if that is a love story , suspicious deaths, scientific use of animals, a mystic seer, and many references to physics which I didn t understand The basic plot was good with surprises, twists, a [...]


  • I expected a fascinating ghost story, literary, with mysterious murders, and the past coming back to haunt Intelligent and historical, yes And it s full of atmospheric 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, [...]


  • THis is the best book that I have ever read that I could only rate two stars I loved Neal Stephenson s Baroque Cycle, and I couldn t wait to pick up another book that might take a deeper look into Isaac Newton s alchemical experiments The research that was done before this book was written is incredible, and the passages in which Elizabeth Vogelsang s The Alchemist the fictitious biography of Newton at the center of Ghostwalk is excerpted are very good We learn about glass making in seventeenth [...]


  • I bought this book set in Cambridge in Cambridge one afternoon hoping for a good ghost story, a better feel for the town I was there only one day , and a twist on the life of Sir Isaac Newton The book gave me very little feel for the Cambridge It was, at best, only a passable ghost story Some of the material on Newton was interesting, though.The narrator, Lydia Brooke, is an intriguing character A writer, she is hired by her former lover and prominent Cambridge neuroscientist, Cameron, to finish [...]


  • I did not finish this book and my only regret is that I spent way too much time trying to like it I found nothing to like It claims to be a haunting literary thriller and a historical mystery involving Isaac Newton s alchemy Why I thought anything involving Isaac Newton and his alchemy would be interesting is beyond me now Turns out I have no interest in Isaac Newton or alchemy or the 17th century At least not as portrayed in this book The entire framework of the book is awkward it is told in th [...]


  • Good story to why I read this booke I knew that I was going to meet the author in the city where it takes place and she was going to take us on a walk through the city pointing out inspirations and scenes I ended up really enjoying the book though because it is a cross between a nonfiction and a fiction It deals with the true life of Issac Newton and tries to explain in an extreme way how he became one of the best scientists discoverers in history The only drawback was the ending was lame.


  • I enjoyed the start of this book, and was intrigued by the idea of a mix between a ghost story and detective story, with 17th century events woven in with present day ones I was also attracted by the fact that it s set in Cambridge, a city I know.However, I soon got fed up and gave up after about 80 pages I didn t believe in any of the characters and found the plot too convoluted, so decided not to waste my time


  • Ill conceived and just not believable in any way I barely finished this one In the past, I enjoyed Rebecca Stott s other book, The Coral Thief, but this one was a stinker Consider 27% of those who have read this book rated it two stars or less They are wise Do not waste your precious life s hours with this book You can do better, fellow readers Find something else to read.


  • I so desperately wanted to give this book stars, but really, I can t Rebecca Stott takes what could be an amazing tale and muddles it into something implausible and contrived I love the idea of history replaying itself, of the past coming back to haunt us, of people long gone attempting to correct, hide, or undo what has been done However, the way Stott pulls the past, the seventeenth century of Isaac Newton with the present, just does not seem to fit.Her strength, describing seventeenth centry [...]


  • This is an absolutely brilliant book, combining science, history, art, ghosts and suspense in a beautifully written novel My enjoyment of this book was almost certainly increased by it taking place in Cambridge, where I live, and specifically Chesterton, where I used to live, the University Library, where I used to work, and Trinity College, where I currently work In fact, I had the singularly immersive and creepy experience of reading this book while working at the desk in the Wren Library wit [...]


  • So ridiculous I promptly forgot it I m growing weary of the DaVinci bred it s about smart people so it must be a smart book genre Zero suspense, a creaky supernatural subplot, lots of Cambridge history and animal rights terrorists If they were worth the energy, I d spend time enumerating the shortcomings of the vain, humorless protagonist and her scumbucket boyfriend.


  • Is a series of murders going back to the 1660s REALLY connected and what do they have to do with Isaac Newton


  • This started out very promising I usually love the 17th Century, Cambridge, Newton, alchemists But then view spoiler the medium showed up, and the ghost, and the conspiracies, and hide spoiler and it all went downhill from there And, quibble Why are the scholars in this story calling the last book of the Bible Revelations Three times Yes, I counted It s Revelation Just the one Even says so.


  • Whilst Ghostwalk held my interest at first, it became rather silly as it reached the halfway point The characters were not realistic, and although the writing was fine on the whole, the dialogue often felt a little stagnant and unlikely Rather far fetched, with many ends that did not tie together at all well.


  • Spine chilling, tense and full of accurate detail this beautiful Ghost story is a compelling read This beautiful, Ghost story about obsession and love will touch your heart and have you jumping in your seat when the lights are off The absorbing narrative sent chills down my spine as I lost myself within this masterpiece with historical elements within, which is set in the backdrop of England s Cambridge in 2003 The finely woven, intricate web of details are exquisite as you immerse yourself in o [...]


  • I picked this up at the library while browsing new materials, attracted by the idea of a ghost tale set in Cambridge, England, where I once lived The New Yorker review sounded promising, too A Cambridge historian dies under suspicious circumstances, leaving behind the nearly completed manuscript of a book on the alchemical experiments of Isaac Newton Her son, a research scientist, hires his former lover, Lydia, to finish the book Meanwhile, a shadowy group of animal rights activists escalate the [...]


  • First things first If I finished the book, thats an indication that I enjoyed it, at least to some degree Life is too short to continue to read a story that frustrates me or that loses my attention to the degree that I would give anything less than 3 5 stars That said, I would give a bit less than 4 stars, as I use the 4 star rating quite a bit, but after scanning other readers reviews, I will try to balance the scales a bit and give a higher mark than I would normally I cheated, I guess I found [...]


  • GhostwalkBy Rebecca Stott5 stars and a heartpp 344I am always eager to be a little frightened in October and Rebecca Stott s book Ghostwalk did the trick for me With ghosts from the 17th century lingering around modern Cambridge and seeming to influence modern events with murder and terrorist acts Rebecca Stott intrigues the reader, provides shivers and raises hair She does this such beautiful writing that I want to read from her Riddler, riddled, riddling Riddled with I thought the plague But [...]


  • A historical fiction mystery in the style of Da Vinci Code A murder begins an investigation into a famous historical figure and their supposed involvement with the occult in this case Newton Although it seemed a blatant jump on the bandwagon of Dan Brown, I read a good review of the book and decided what the heck Save yourself the bother Although the author s semi poetic narrative style is a sharp derivation from Brown s no nonsense sensational journalist writing, the story suffers from too many [...]


  • I give up Made it to page 134 in 32 days I ll never get those reading hours back I m moving on to something else.


  • I have a deep and unbiding love of books rooted very specifically in locations, even so when they re my hometown Even when the place being described is a road where someone is being brutally injured, there s a weird fist pump feeling of, I cycle that way to work every day I know that exact narrow road with that exact white graffiti ed sign From the start, I knew I d enjoy this book if only for the good descriptions of familiar roads and buildings Turns out, it has an insanely engrossing, incred [...]


  • I loved this novel A historian dies before she has finished her history of Isaac Newton her son asks his former lover to finish it Strange things happen links between Newton s study of alchemy and the research into it by the two women Recommend.


  • Writing can be a haunting Rebecca Stott must be acknowledged for her crafting of a high end literary ghost story, one that doesn t fellow the grooves of genre predictably This could have been just another Dan Brown or Kate Mosse supernatural suspense story It involves the ghostwriting of an unfinished biography about Isaac Newton by Lydia Brooke, who returns to Cambridge to take on the commission and finds herself becoming entangled with not only an alchemical conspiracy, but also her old flame, [...]


  • I really like the genre of dig in old books for keys to old mysteries while solving modern ones but I m getting tired of overly pretentious writing In this case, it was written in the first person so the writing prevented me from connecting to the main character She s got her flaws anyway is hung up on her married boyfriend, can t let go, etc but there still wasn t much that let me sympathize I completely detested the boyfriend himself, who was too slimy to be likeable but not interesting enough [...]


  • I feel bad giving a book only a single star, but I honestly can t give it any in good conscious At first I was completely drawn into this book, the author is actually a rather good writer and I enjoyed her style at first I thought that the device of the narrator speaking to her ex lover the entire time, addressing the reader as you, as in the ex lover, was merely a quirk that would pass It wasn t She kept this going the entire time And it drove me insane Partly because it seemed like she was tr [...]


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