The Ghosts of Heaven

About the Author: Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in in The Restless Dead, 2007 the form of The Hea Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in in The Restless Dead, 2007 the form of The Heart of Another inspired by Poe s The Tell Tale Heart Of his story, Sedgwick says, This was one of those stories that I thought might be a novel originally but actually was much better suited to the tight form of the short story I had the initial idea some years ago but was just waiting for the right ingredient to come along Poe s story, as well as his own fascination with technique, provided that final piece of the puzzle He used to play for two bands namely playing the drums for Garrett and as the guitarist in an ABBA tribute group He has published novels such as Floodland winner of the Branford Boase Award in 2001 and The Dark Horse shortlisted for The Guardian Children s Book Award 2002


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  • Hardcover
  • 360 pages
  • The Ghosts of Heaven
  • Marcus Sedgwick
  • English
  • 13 May 2017
  • 1626721254

The Ghosts of Heaven A Bold, Genre Bending Epic That Chronicles Madness, Obsession, And Creation, From The Paleolithic Era Through The Witch Hunts And Into The Space Bound FutureFour Linked Stories Boldly Chronicle Madness, Obsession, And Creation Through The Ages Beginning With The Cave Drawings Of A Young Girl On The Brink Of Creating The Earliest Form Of Writing, Sedgwick Traverses History, Plunging Into The Seventeenth Century Witch Hunts And A S Insane Asylum Where A Mad Poet S Obsession With Spirals Seems To Be About To Unhinge The World Of The Doctor Trying To Save Him Sedgwick Moves Beyond The Boundaries Of Historical Fiction And Into The Future In The Book S Final Section, Set Upon A Spaceship Voyaging To Settle Another World For The First Time Merging Sedgwick S Gift For Suspense With Science And Historical Fiction, Ghosts Of Heaven Is A Tale Is Worthy Of Intense Obsession

10 thoughts on “The Ghosts of Heaven

  1. Emily May says:

    Marcus Sedgwick is nuts I love him.I can see already why this book won t be for everyone It s like a Cloud Atlas for young adults Complex, mind bending and thought provoking I don t even know how to classify this book It is essentially four very different short stories wound together with the strangest of links A link that is never ending, that has been with us since the dawn of time and will continue long after we are gone.Are you intrigued Oh, you should be.Imagine A story of the Pa Marcus Sedgwick is nuts I love him.I can see already why this book won t be for everyone It s like a Cloud Atlas for young adults Complex, mind bending and thought provoking I don t even know how to classify this book It is essentially four very different short stories wound together with the strangest of links A link that is never ending, that has been with us since the dawn of time and will continue long after we are gone.Are you intrigued Oh, you should be.Imagine A story of the Paleolithic era a free verse weird little story about a girl, her tribe, other tribes, death, and the mysterious caves where humankind will leave their first artwork for the future to find A historical tale of a woman wrongly accused of witchcraft As the evidence piles up against her,andof the people she once called friends turn their back and the hangman s noose draws ever closer A lunatic asylum in 1920s America where a new doctor discovers the dark truths lurking within the halls of the mental hospital he has just arrived at A story set in the future a spaceship hurtles through the universe to find a new Earth like planet after ours has become too overcrowded But when the ship s sleeping occupants start to die mysteriously, it seems like someone somewhere must be awake on the ship Or perhaps the truth is far far worse Will they ever make it to the planet alive These mesmerizing stories can be read in any order the links between them remain unchangeable The characters are three dimensional, vivid, alive and demand our sympathy For somebody like me who isn t a big fan of short stories, it was quite wonderful to have them all speak to me, drag me in and make me need to see what the next would offer.I will issue one warning the first story if read in order was a little confusing to me, possibly madeso by the use of free verse As it moved on, I becameintrigued by where Mr Sedgwick was taking it, but I didn t fall in love with this book until the second story My love was then cemented by the third and fourth But if the first doesn t grab you, I would say read on.This book contains a running symbolism throughout, revealed gradually in both the smallest, most mundane of details, and the central themes What I like most is that the stories really do stand on their own as individual masterpieces Sedgwick is painting a bigger picture but the four stories he uses to do it are wonderful, heartbreaking and clever in their own right.This book made me sad, angry, curious and excited Putting it down was like walking out into the sun after being in a movie theatre a little lost and dazed I m half sad that this sophisticated book will probably be judged negatively because it is YA , and half thrilled that teens are lucky enough to have such an amazing author writing in their corner.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr

  2. Darth J says:

    This book is made up of 4 stories, all supposedly interconnected by the mystical symbol of the spiral spooky voiceOoooooooooohThe problem is that it connects the stories in the same way that Karen Black played a different role in each vignette of Trilogy of Terror This premise is both too vague and pretentious to be used as a link.Further, most of the book is tedious The first story, Whispers in the Dark is told in verse and it s about a cavewoman drawing spirals on a cave wall and This book is made up of 4 stories, all supposedly interconnected by the mystical symbol of the spiral spooky voiceOoooooooooohThe problem is that it connects the stories in the same way that Karen Black played a different role in each vignette of Trilogy of Terror This premise is both too vague and pretentious to be used as a link.Further, most of the book is tedious The first story, Whispers in the Dark is told in verse and it s about a cavewoman drawing spirals on a cave wall and then cannibals come and get her village Ugh, it s 73 droning pages of pseudo poetry The second quarter is entitled The Witch in the Water Now, you know I love a good witch story Unfortunately, here we have a boring tale of a midwife and herbalist being accused of witchcraft That s it There s no secret twist There s no magic First they try to drown her, and then they hang her There s nothing special here.I skimmed the third part, The Easiest Room in Hell, as it was just a bunch of blah blah The Song of Destiny finishes up this boring round of stories with a semi interesting tale of trying to colonize a distant planet Here s where the book gets really into itself There are references to the earlier stories in a forced connection kinda way This last one tries so hard to be philosophical, but it s like listening to an 8th grader indulge themselves on the depth of their shallow and obvious poetry.My advice Skip it It doesn t live up to its description at all and was a total waste of time to read

  3. shady boots | says:

    SPIRALS SPIRALS EVERYWHERE.I M A SPIRAL YOU RE A SPIRAL.FUCKING SPIRALS, MAN Sorry guys, I m still in a weird, screwed up state of mind right now, courtesy of this book s awesomeness.

  4. Vane J. says:

    Spirals They re everywhere I just didn t notice that until I read this book You see them in art, in nature, in men s creations in everything And they re infinite just like all the unexplainable things in life I think I might just develop a phobia for them, or at least an obsession.I always thought they were fascinating, but now I might just think they re maddening And boy, didn t this book just mess with my mind because of spirals Four short stories that can be read in any order is w Spirals They re everywhere I just didn t notice that until I read this book You see them in art, in nature, in men s creations in everything And they re infinite just like all the unexplainable things in life I think I might just develop a phobia for them, or at least an obsession.I always thought they were fascinating, but now I might just think they re maddening And boy, didn t this book just mess with my mind because of spirals Four short stories that can be read in any order is what The Ghosts of Heaven is, but they re all powerful and beautiful in their own ways Whispers in the Dark A girl in the Paleolithic era visits the caves where humanity starts drawing shapes The story involves the girl s life in her tribe and how she feels, among other things It s narrated in verse That fact maybe made this story a little difficult to get into, but it was beautiful all the same The Witch in the Water A girl in the seventeenth century who s only trying to help people is accused of witchcraft in an era in which that was considered a crime punishable by rope Spirals are involved whileevidence accumulates, and her odds for getting away alive grow slimmer I loved this one It made me so angry and full with pity at the same time The Easiest Room in Hell A doctor and his daughter arrive at a lunatic asylum where he meets Charles Dexter once a poet, now a madman He starts talking to Dexter and realizes some interesting and yet scary things about spirals and his life before getting there This story messed so much with my mind I read it in a sitting and when I was finished with it, I could not believe it I don t really know why this happens to me, but stories that deal with men considered mad by society usually give me much to think about, and this one was not the exception The Song of Destiny It s the future and Earth is so overpopulated that its capacity to sustain humanity is not enough any that s actually a problem now, but here it goes to an extreme A man in a ship that s taking people to an Earth like planet hundreds of light years away starts noticing that the crew is starting to die and he s determined to discover the cause I thought this was amazing and intriguing, just as all the previous ones It blew my mind.This book was really good, I tell you In terms of writing which was excellent, IMO , plot, message, etc However, I can see this book might not be for everyone It s tagged as YA, but I m wary of classifying it merely like that.Why, you may be asking yourselves, do I say this Well, in essence, this is not one of those fast paced novels This dealswith the profound and thought provoking things I love these kind of books, but I know there are many people who don t like to read them.Still, there s no reason for me not to recommend this, as it s now one of my favourites You see, this book was almost as if it was made for me I loved every single damn aspect of it The times when a book has been perfect for me can be counted with the fingers of one hand So yes, I recommend this to everyone, even when not all of you might love it Marcus Sedgwick, you have a new fan that is determined to read everything you ever write

  5. Melanie says:

    Seereviews at YA Midnight ReadsI wouldn t really call this a review, because this islike me spilling everything that is going on in my head in relation to this book Celine will be doing a proper review of it on the blog sometime soon, 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 Seereviews at YA Midnight ReadsI wouldn t really call this a review, because this islike me spilling everything that is going on in my head in relation to this book Celine will be doing a proper review of it on the blog sometime soon, 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 Further, 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 I wouldn t even go as far as calling this book strictly YA We have paranormal witches, mad asylums, futuristic sci fi and hunter gatherers from the pre historic times It s totally crazy But of courseif 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, evenconfused 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

  6. Poonam says:

    If I am asked to describe this book in one word it will be WOW The book consists of 4 stories, each very different from the other but each has a tiny sliver of link which I could not co relate at first very clearly There is a note that the stories can be read in any order and still the overall plot will be the same I read this in the simple given order and still loved it.Each story is set in a different time era, the first is stone age takes us back to tribes, magic and cannibalism, the seco If I am asked to describe this book in one word it will be WOW The book consists of 4 stories, each very different from the other but each has a tiny sliver of link which I could not co relate at first very clearly There is a note that the stories can be read in any order and still the overall plot will be the same I read this in the simple given order and still loved it.Each story is set in a different time era, the first is stone age takes us back to tribes, magic and cannibalism, the second in 1700 s The Witch Hunt Era, the third in 1920 s A Mental Asylum and the last one in future Efforts at colonization of a new planet The author did a brilliant job at transporting me to the time period I was reading about The tone of the story completely changed depending on the part of the story. When I started finally making a connection between the stories I was equally confused and enlightened, if that makes any sense The smallest being, to the galaxy everything is spiral and that is the most important shape in the worldAll I can say is I loved each and every one of the stories and my favorite was the Future story then the Stone Age oneThe future story actually left me speechless and gave me goosebumps in certain places and I was likeThe ending view spoiler Is history the future or is future a history hide spoiler Everything is spiral and I amNote You may either love this or it will leave you feeling frustrated So is this book weird Heck Ya But I still love it.If you have read this, what did you think about it

  7. C.G. Drews says:

    I don t even know how to review this I wish to say an Intelligent Thing, but you ll just have to bear with me while I struggle And drown most likely Because, a This book was intelligent and deep and amazing.b I totally didn t get it.I have a little teeny tiny problem, you see I appreciate the book to the thousand percent, but I just didn t get it So much of it I was squinting and thinking, Yeah, but what does that even matter I m a reader with a shorter attention span and I find it dif I don t even know how to review this I wish to say an Intelligent Thing, but you ll just have to bear with me while I struggle And drown most likely Because, a This book was intelligent and deep and amazing.b I totally didn t get it.I have a little teeny tiny problem, you see I appreciate the book to the thousand percent, but I just didn t get it So much of it I was squinting and thinking, Yeah, but what does that even matter I m a reader with a shorter attention span and I find it difficult to grasp things sometimes THIS IS JUST ME I never presume it d be everyone I basically recommend you read it Then talk to me I need to debrief with you, obviously It s split into 4 stories There s an author s note at the front that says you can read the 4 stories in any order I read themin order Because I m hopelessly OCD like that.Story 1 It s written in lyrical prose, so like reading a poem, I guess I don t read poetry It s my favourite of the lot I just loved the style and how simple and powerful the words were Just a few words and BOOM, beautiful picture was painted It s kind of set in cave man times Story 2 It s set in a sort of Puritan era, where a girl is accused of being a witch The girl has a brother who has fits, so they think he s possessed This one was weird because it had a LOT of character and I got confused It s still my 2nd favourite though The ending sucks Story 3 THIS ONE WAS SUPER WEIRD It gotinto ghosts and it was all about insane asylums I suspect it was set in the 1900s or something It s narrated in a diary by a man who s living in the asylum that he works at It s weeeeeird Story 4 This one was, unfortunately, my least favourite It was set in space with people in like frozen sleep until they got to their destination But the guy who wakes up to be a caretaker learns things aren t what they seem Unfortunately, I don t know what the things actually were BECAUSE I WAS CONFUSED It s an intelligent book meant for intelligent readers I m just notthat intelligent laughs manically at self And there s also this whole THING about spirals I don t evenspirals Okay then Spirals seem cool I also don t think it s YA I think it s adult I m just going to return to the kidding corner where I belong

  8. Elise (TheBookishActress) says:

    Marcus Sedgwick likes messing with people s heads That s my thesis statement You want evidence Can t I think you should just read whatever the fuck this book is Okay, okay, okay, I ll try to review this The Ghosts of Heaven is a composition of plot twists and intrigue I d compare it most closely to Parker Peevyhouse s masterful Where Futures End, or to a faster paced version of some of those what the fuck am i reading magical realism books The writing exists The plot is one endles Marcus Sedgwick likes messing with people s heads That s my thesis statement You want evidence Can t I think you should just read whatever the fuck this book is Okay, okay, okay, I ll try to review this The Ghosts of Heaven is a composition of plot twists and intrigue I d compare it most closely to Parker Peevyhouse s masterful Where Futures End, or to a faster paced version of some of those what the fuck am i reading magical realism books The writing exists The plot is one endless spoiler The genre is several pterodactyl screeches Review machine broke Basically, this book is guaranteed to mess with your head Now, stop and really think If that sentence doesn t make you want to read this book, don t read it If you re already excited, this is the book for you I do feel that this could ve been improved in places through the individual stories Most of these individual stories weren t all that great No characters get very developed during their short stories In fact, a few of these felt like there was something missing But I also feel that this book really isn t about the individual scenarios I suppose I should just appreciate that Sedgwick managed to combine a story of a cavegirl learning to read, the Salem witch trials, a man in an 1800s asylum, and a man in a futuristic space world into a coherent and mindblowing story VERDICT Read it when you re in the mood to have your head messed with But definitely do read it, read it, READ IT

  9. Edward& says:

    Review first posted on my blogWhat an epic journey throughout time and space and the ages I could not put this one down and that ending that ENDING oh that definitely had me reeling and quite frankly left me withquestions than answers, but I didn t mind as this book and its themes were so well portrayed and executed that for the first time ever, I like that the author has left me to come up with theories and conclusions myself.This book is told in 4 parts and the order they are set in Review first posted on my blogWhat an epic journey throughout time and space and the ages I could not put this one down and that ending that ENDING oh that definitely had me reeling and quite frankly left me withquestions than answers, but I didn t mind as this book and its themes were so well portrayed and executed that for the first time ever, I like that the author has left me to come up with theories and conclusions myself.This book is told in 4 parts and the order they are set in the book is the order of time periods from past to future but the reader should feel free to read them at any order they like I read them in the order that they were set in the book and I will say the pre historic one and the futuristic ones were my favourites because I felt they had the most sense of wonder in them But don t get me wrong I loved the other two as well but just felt that those two hadmagic to them.This book raises a lot of questions and definitely has a strong sense of wonder to it A spiral has no beginning and no end, is that what time and the universe is too Where are we heading They said we are all climbing up on the spiral staircase but what is the meaning of it all Will we ever reach absolute divinity and perfection Is time even real This masterpiece is definitely food for thought for a deep thinker like me and it strongly reminded me of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell onlylighter, magical andto the point The writing style and settings were masterfully done and portrayed as well as the descriptions and characters.Who I d recommend this for Everyone Simply everyone should read books like this because let s face it we all wonder about the deep things in life and this book will give food forspeculation and fascinating theories I d also say if you liked Cloud Atlas you should definitely read this

  10. Marta Álvarez says:

    Cuatro relatos que parecen independientes, pero que obviamente guardan una relaci n No ten a ni idea de por d nde pod a ir la cosa, y cuando se desvela todo, te deja tocado.