Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Book review - The Ghosts of Heaven

Title: The Ghosts of Heaven
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Genre: hard to define
Similar books: She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
                     Relativity by Cristin Bishara

Can't say I loved it, can't say I hated it
Summary:  In four loosely linked stories, Sedgwick explores creation, betrayal, ambition, madness, obsession, grief, hope, and more. Journey though time with a young cave dweller, a girl accused of witchcraft in the wake of her mother’s death, a young doctor and the poet he is trying to help, and a space explorer carrying the hope of all mankind.

My opinion: When I recommended Sedgwick’s She is not Invisible, I heard complaints that it focused too much on math theory. While theoretical math plays a less direct role in the plot of this novel, spirals and their role in life are the center of the whole novel. The last two stories in particular take an in depth look at spirals and theoretical science. It’s not a particularly difficult book to read, though I personally found the last story rather trying. And it was interesting to read about the different time periods, especially when Sedgwick would include little nods to the previous stories. It’s just going to be a hard sell for most readers.

Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley

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