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Download The Book of Speculation Doc  352 pages õ ❮EPUB❯ ✼ The Book of Speculation Author Erika Swyler – A sweeping and captivating debut novel about a young librarian who is sent a mysterious old book inscribed with his grandmother's name What is the book's connection to his family?SimE name Verona Bonn Simon's grandmother Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book and decode his family history before fate deals its next deadly hand The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler's gorgeous and moving debut a wondrous novel about the power of books family and magi Wow Wow Wow This book was simply amazing I'm not usually drawn to books of this nature but I thrive on how the author uses one book a book that began with one man who ran a carnival with 3 people in it that change the course of the characters lives Swyler braids these families together in the book with nothing out of place no hairs loose Truly a captivating story about family and love and how our roots can help us grow wings Read this novel it doesn't disappoint and is magical in a way that makes your heart twinkle

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A sweeping and captivating debut novel about a young librarian who is sent a mysterious old book inscribed with his grandmother's name What is the book's connection to his family?Simon Watson a young librarian lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home a house per I fell asleep at my desk having spent the last day teaching myself about curses and searching for Ryzhkova The National Archives were lacking in ship manifests pre 1800 but allowed me to track bibliographies that led to the New York Public Library’s archives and manifests from 1600 on This is a book about a whiny narrator doing research And also about tarot cardsThe Book of Speculation is a strange novel and really that's its greatest merit Many different flat and lifeless characters have their own weird stories overlapping in this book and behind it all is the story of Simon Watson's family and the curse that may take the lives of all its womenThe book seems to promise dark family secrets books carnivals and magic a blend which sounds like paradise for most readers In truth though it was very slow and dull It's one of those stories that is strongest in the very beginning when setting up the mystery; it propels the reader along by a need to discover the answers and nothing The middle section of the book about 80% of it should have been made up of compelling drama excitement interesting discoveries and fascinating flashbacks to the past Instead it's about the boring character of Simon Watson stealing books from the library and conducting tedious research into why the women of his family might be cursed to die on July 24The flashback or accurately the book Simon receives starts off in a interesting way It features the story of two young lovers who are also carnival acts Amos is a former wild boy and now reads tarot cards Evangeline is a mermaid because she can hold her breath for a long time My favourite bit indeed the only part I really liked was the start of Amos's story as a mute boy from the wilderness taken in and given a home at the carnival But eventually this became as tedious as the present day story There is something a little fascinating about tarot cards but this book drained every bit of excitement out of them From endless mentions of cards and card reading to Amos using the cards to communicate with Evangeline I just grew so tired of the book's plotlessness and boring conversationsThe Book of Speculation is being compared to two other popular books The Night Circus and Water for Elephants I haven't read the first but I would say the latter is far engaging than this book Gruen's writing has an easy flow to it that Swyler lacks It was so very easy for me to put this book aside every few minutesIn my opinion there are far better books about books The Shadow of the Wind The Thirteenth Tale and The Storied Life of AJ Fikry to name but a fewBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

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The Book of SpeculationChed on the edge of a cliff that is slowly crumbling into the sea His parents are long dead his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooksOne day Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiuarian bookseller; it has been sent to him because it is inscribed with th 35 stars Review first posted on Fantasy LiteratureSimon Watson a librarian is unexpectedly gifted with a mysterious old book out of the blue from a man he’s never met a badly damaged record from a traveling circus In another unanticipated development in his life Simon enters into a romantic relationship with his longtime friend and next door neighbor Alice though for now they’re keeping it secret from their co workers and her parents Unfortunately everything else in Simon’s life is crumbling his career as he’s laid off from his job at the library; his house on the edge of a bluff which is in danger of sliding into Long Island Sound; his relationship with his only living family member his younger sister Enola who ran off to join the circus six years earlier Worse yet as Simon begins to research and explore the old book sent to him by a collector because it has one of his ancestors’ names in it he realizes that the women in his family who have uncanny abilities to stay underwater working as a “mermaid” in a circus or carnival is a popular family occupation always drown on July 24 Enola suddenly gets back in touch to let him know that she’s coming home to visit and July 24 is only days awayErica Swyler alternates chapters telling Simon’s story with chapters telling a related story from the past about Amos a mute young man who was abandoned by his family as a young boy and is taken in by the proprietor of a traveling carnival Amos initially acts as a “Wild Man” in the carnival’s freak show showcasing his ability to literally vanish and reappear before the spectators’ eyes As he grows older Madame Ryzhkova the fortune teller adopts Amos as her apprentice teaching him the secrets of the tarot cards All goes well until one stormy night an ethereal girl whose skin shimmers as if made of water wanders into their midst and joins the group and Amos instantly falls in love Madame Ryzkova is certain the girl Evangeline is a Rusalka water nymph or mermaid but Amos is deaf to her entreaties to leave Evangeline aloneAs Simon gradually finds out about his family history the themes and items from the past and current day become and intertwined circuses with power filled tarot cards and mermaids Ominous horseshoe crab invasions Love fraught with tension Betrayal CursesThe main characters in the present day story Simon and his sister Enola whose temperament and dangerous fate echo the WWII bomber Enola Gay are so flawed that they end up not being particularly likable Simon seems to be compelled to take actions that are self defeating Amos and Evangeline are appealing and interesting though they each have a tragic streak that tends to tip over into fatalismErika Swyler weaves together several intriguing elements in The Book of Speculation with some enchanting magical realism touches tarot cards really work as do curses Several characters have rather subtle magical abilities like Amos’ ability to gradually vanish Enola’s boyfriend’s electric touch or the ability to hold one’s breath for ten minutes or at least if you have some Rusalka bloodTarot cards are a recurring device used to move the plot along It will help your enjoyment of this book if you’re familiar with tarot cards and find them entrancing; but their freuent use failed to resonate with me though it might appeal to other readersThe fantastical elements though I appreciated them didn’t seem fully integrated into the st