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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Bellman & Black


Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield. (book 1 for RIP)

Hardcover: 336 pages

Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (November 5, 2013)

ISBN-10: 147671195X


Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don’t forget . . .

Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, his fortunes begin to turn—and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business.

And Bellman & Black is born.


After having read The Thirteenth Tale 3 times, I waited (for-ev-er) .. and hoped.. that one day Diane Setterfield would write another book that I could find so well suited for RIP.

Sometimes waiting and hoping for too long make expectations grow to epic proportions. And sometimes the author just writes something that you don’t relate too very well.

I think, not relating just happened to me while reading Bellman & Black.

I found good and not so good in this book.  I am hoping that I don’t wind up comparing Setterfield’s books.

The good is: the author/ writer.

I think Setterfield is a most excellent writer/author. I found she could make me read  things that were not even to my liking. That alone tells me she’s better than just good at her craft.

Bellman and Black is simply a book that did not hold my interest. I am not good at subliminal messages nor am I good at not just coming out and telling me what you are trying to say, or drop subtle hints for me to figure it out.

I will be brutally honest.. and I never..ever..thought I’d say this, but I found Bellman and Black a bit on the boring side. Having said that, I will say that I still read every word of the book and didn’t skim or skip anything.

I did not expect this book to be the same as her first book, but I did expect some aspects of her first book to be in this one, including: mystery and secrets of some sort, and I didn’t get any of what I hoped for.

Depending on everyone’s own likes and dislikes, I am sure this book will be well received by many. Reading the life of Bellman wasn’t high on mysteries. Even when the book began and Bellman’s father just takes off and leaves his family, I thought somewhere in this story he will either return or at least find out what happened to him. It didn’t happen. I was also surprised that I never really felt I knew Bellman.. or if I did, his story didn’t grab hold of me.

Maybe I just wanted too much.  I didn’t get what I hoped for, but I do know I am still looking forward to yet another book from Diane Setterfield… she’s just to good of a writer for me not to.


Blogger Cath said...

Huge shame the subject of the book didn't grab you like The Thirteenth Tale, Pat. I sometimes think writers have one perfect book in them and after we've read that it's hard for their other books to live up to that book. But the writing was clearly good so that is something at least. This is part of the reason I'm slightly reluctant to read more books by Dan Simmons... but I will summon up my courage and do it one day soon. LOL

5:59 PM  
Blogger samantha.1020 said...

Bummer! I had high hopes for this one too. I'm still planning on reading it but I think I'll wait and get it from the library. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts!

4:07 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

I have this waiting to be read and will still give it a go. Like you I loved The Thirteenth Tale and I think she's a great author. I think that's one of those things when you first read an author and love their book - you do kind of expect something slightly similar. I loved The Secret History by Donna Tartt and so when I heard she'd written a second novel I was like a pig in clover only to then find myself greatly disappointed. Maybe if I go into this expecting it to be different I will have slightly different expectations so thanks for the forewarning.
Lynn :D

7:05 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Aww, I'm sorry Pat! It's always such a let-down when this happens, isn't it? I feel almost guilty when that happens to me as a reader, when I have unfair expectations. But I think it's practically impossible not to have super high expectations when you fall so completely in love with the first book you read by an author. Anyway, I hope your next RIP read will more than make up for this one!

8:09 AM  
Blogger TracyK said...

I have had similar problems with books recently, having too high expectations and being disappointed. I had read a summary of this book and the subject did not appeal to me. But I am still looking forward to trying The Thirteenth Tale.

7:04 PM  

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