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.