Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Bell At Sealey Head by Patricia McKillip (Plus A General Message)

Synopsis From Back Cover:

Sealey Head is a small town on the edge of the ocean... with a big secret.

I'm thinking right now that some of you may be surprised by this post suddenly appearing in your reader or as an email message.  To tell you the truth, I'm rather surprised that I'm sitting down and the computer and writing a review.  I had made up my mind back in late December that I wasn't going to be coming back to the blog.  I was just going to let if fade into obscurity, and leave it alone.  But over the last few weeks, my fingers have been itching to get back to the keyboard, and my brain has really missed the effort and thought process required to write a blog post.

Now I'm not saying I'm back for good, or that I'm going to go back to writing 3-5 posts a week, I'm just not sure at this point in time.  I think right now I'm going to be taking it one step at a time, writing posts whenever I feel like it, and seeing what happens.  I'm probably not going to be accepting review requests right now, because I don't want to feel obligated or bad about any decisions I may make in the future.  But that's neither here nor there, right now I'm just want to get back into the groove of getting my thoughts out there for others to peruse at their leisure.

Those of you who have been around a while now that I'm in love with Patricia McKillip's writing style, and the lyrical beauty that blossoms on every page.  She is a true wordsmith, and she didn't disappoint me with The Bell at Sealy Head.  She took a few basic storytelling cliches, and turned them in to a brilliant patchwork of loss, betrayal, and redemption.

From the opening scene of a inn on the edge of a wave battered cliff, the author was able to transport me into her world, and it was a world I never wanted to leave.  As in the previous books of hers that I have read, her world building is seamless and it's inhabited by characters I would love to know in person.

Now I'm sorry this review has more to do with me coming back to the blogosphere, more than it has to do with the book itself.  But other that saying how happy this book made me to read, there isn't much more that I can say about it.  I guess I could make up some fake analysis mumbo jumbo that I really don't mean, or even understand myself, but that's never been my style.  Whether my review are rambling or concise, I've always tried to say what I think and felt about the book, no more, no less.

So I hope you still have patience with me while I try to get back into the rhythm of blog writing again.  And for those of you who have stuck with me over the last few years, I thank you.  You have no idea how much your support has meant to me over the years.


bermudaonion said...

I'm glad to see you back! We'll be here whenever you're ready to post!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Hey Ryan, nice to see you post. Blogging should not feel like a job, so post when you feel like it, and read when you can.

Stay well.

Mystica said...

Welcome back.

JaimeLovesStuff said...

Glad to see ya back! I went through this same feeling- and when I twitched to write, I returned to my blog and just blogged when I felt like it and stopped agreeing to book reviews. It was overwhelming but when I said no more, it felt free. It feels better to post when you feel like it- you have less stress over it.

Cecelia said...

So glad to see you back here, Ryan! And I'm glad you loved this one. I thought it was one of McKillip's strongest books in recent years.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Welcome back! I'm glad that it comes with a book you enjoyed! I think I really need to try this author. :)

Blodeuedd said...

Welcome back! :D Yay

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

First, so glad to see you. **hugs** It's always great to see you Ryan. I've missed you. :)

And good to hear you enjoyed this one.

Oh, I'll take having you around one post a week if that's what I get. :)

Take care!

Debbie Haupt said...

Ryan, Woot Woot!!! Welcome back. Where else would I be then following your wonderful reviews and thoughts!!!
Thanks for your insight into this novel, it's now on my list.

Becca Lostinbooks said...

I was so happy to see you pop up in my feed! I will tell you my philosophy on blogging. When it feels good, blog. When it stresses you out, don't blog. Don't put pressure on yourself to do it on certain days or to do a certain amount a month. Just do what feels right. The loyals will be there. :)

JaneGS said...

It's your blog, so you get to post as often as you like! I'll keep checking back, though I admit I was happy to see the frolicking bear wasn't top of the blog anymore!

>From the opening scene of a inn on the edge of a wave battered cliff, the author was able to transport me into her world, and it was a world I never wanted to leave.

This is why we read! An author who can create such a world is truly gifted. Glad you enjoyed this book.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Hi Ryan, I'm sorry I'm late, but it's good to have you back and I hope to read your posts more often.

Alexia561 said...

So happy to see you pop back up in my feed! Welcome back! Stay as long or as little as you like, but it's always good to see you! :)