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Unes that is as complex and exuisitely ornate as the night sky Richly evoking a mid nineteenth century world of shipping banking and gold rush boom and bust The Luminaries is a brilliantly constructed fiendishly clever ghost story and a gripping page turner. I m a New Zealander like the author Everyone here is raving about this book including people who write great novels themselves I m feeling pretty miserable about the fact that I couldn t get into it forced myself to read halfway started again and then gave up in despair I liked the beginning started to identify with the first character Moody then lost the plot when the other 14 or so main characters took over the story The faux 19th century style felt slightly forced and the sentences were for me indigestible After reading the first uarter of the book I have a vivid picture in my mind of Hokitika in the 1860s I like that about it At the same time it doesn t ring true that the leading lights in a pioneer community would care so deeply about the death of a hermit and apparent attempted suicide of a prostitute There was a sameness to the dialogue that didn t ring true to me either Sure I haven t read any 19th century novels for a long time and have forgotten the style Whatever the cause this book didn t enable me to suspend my disbelief I usually find that challenging novels pay me back for the effort I put into reading them I gain insights I identify with the characters I experience a different part of the world The Luminaries is so plot based that it didn t give me that payback As for the astrological aspect of the novel I just didn t get it and the book didn t inspire me to delve into it I don t feel good writing this about a fellow kiwi s great accomplishment I suspect a lot of my difficulties stem from the mysterydetective elements in this novel just not my cup of tea I was suited as a reader to Emily Perkins The Forrests another long and challenging NZ novel but character based Where I’m Calling From ornate as the night sky Richly evoking a mid nineteenth century world The Accidental Activist of shipping banking and gold rush boom and bust The Luminaries is a brilliantly constructed fiendishly clever ghost story and a gripping page turner. I m a New Zealander like the author Everyone here is raving about this book including people who write great novels themselves I m feeling pretty miserable about the fact that I couldn t get into it forced myself to read halfway started again and then gave up in despair I liked the beginning started to identify with the first character Moody then lost the plot when the Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions other 14 Brenda has a dragon in her blood or so main characters took Divan Of Rudaki over the story The faux 19th century style felt slightly forced and the sentences were for me indigestible After reading the first uarter Choice Stories for Children of the book I have a vivid picture in my mind Öbür Divan of Hokitika in the 1860s I like that about it At the same time it doesn t ring true that the leading lights in a pioneer community would care so deeply about the death Summary of Homo Deus of a hermit and apparent attempted suicide Koldbrann - parte 1: Rebeldes of a prostitute There was a sameness to the dialogue that didn t ring true to me either Sure I haven t read any 19th century novels for a long time and have forgotten the style Whatever the cause this book didn t enable me to suspend my disbelief I usually find that challenging novels pay me back for the effort I put into reading them I gain insights I identify with the characters I experience a different part The Teams Milking Cow of the world The Luminaries is so plot based that it didn t give me that payback As for the astrological aspect A Wolfs Desire Reluctant Mates of the novel I just didn t get it and the book didn t inspire me to delve into it I don t feel good writing this about a fellow kiwi s great accomplishment I suspect a lot Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) of my difficulties stem from the mysterydetective elements in this novel just not my cup Zenith of tea I was suited as a reader to Emily Perkins The Forrests another long and challenging NZ novel but character based

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Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIt is and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields On the stormy night of his arrival he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met i. I m abandoning this book with regret for having read it against my better judgement without thorough research And yes I m two starring and reviewing an unfinished book If that offends you to your very core then stop reading now You ve been warned1 There s a trend among reviews of three stars or less on this book to say things like I ll simply attempt to explain why I gave such an accomplished book only 3 stars It s just the sort of book I should have given 5 stars I am ashamed I am a foolish reader who like many take on a booker short list or a booker winner and expect it to wow me And it did and it didn t I have an unsophisticated mind Everyone here is raving about this book including people who write great novels themselves I m feeling pretty miserable about the fact that I couldn t get into it forced myself to read halfway started again and then gave up in despair The Luminaries is a very long mystery novel which did not enlighten or move me I am probably not a good judgeI find these kinds of comments sad but telling Buck up goodreaders who don t much like The Luminaries There s enough conspiring against us to make us feel stupid we don t need books to do that2 I m way over feeling like it s some flaw in me when I don t like a book that almost everyone else likes It s not me book it s you I m just not that into you We haven t spent that much time together then again I ve read pages of you than are in the average contemporary novel but I know you well enough to know this isn t going to work out So farewell best of luck and I know you re going to find a whole heap o love out there coz you re a real looker you Man Booker3 Man Booker FFS 4 This book has two fatal flaws for me 1 fussy structure over character 2 metaphor gone wild5 Although it s not really metaphor gone wild like metaphor that is so subtle as to be irrelevant to most readersunless they know astrology well enough that they can pick up what she s doing using astrological concepts to illuminate character behaviourplot I certainly do not and did not6 I think astrology is fun but dumb here in both senses7 On structure I know it s there because I ve been told so But all I felt while reading certainly in the first 300 pages was why is this language so expositional and why are these actions so overblown Why do all these irrelevant details matter8 They don t And neither do the characters although each one is really intriguing I would have liked them to be central to the plot and for the plot to be ascendant over structure I guess it wasn t in the stars9 Also setting New Zealand 1860 during a gold rush and early settlement I was so looking forward to being immersed in it alas I got absolutely no feeling for it Biggest disappointment by far10 The final blow comes from a GR review citing The Guardian s review It s not about story at all It s about what happens to us when we read novels what we think we want from them and from novels of this size in particular Is it worthwhile to spend so much time with a story that in the end isn t invested in its characters11 No12 I m increasingly factoring opportunity costs into the arithmetic I do to determine whenif to abandon a book In other words I could ve been reading Shirley Or Anna Karenina So 12 reflections on The Luminaries Heh See what I did there Ugly Fish of his arrival he stumbles across a tense gathering The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives of twelve local men who have met i. 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N secret to discuss a series of unexplained events A wealthy man has vanished a prostitute has tried to end her life and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk Moody is soon drawn into the mystery a network of fates and fort. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend An impressive literary feat intricate challenging and singularly structured to mimic the waning moon that will likely appeal to fans of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins or anyone in the mood for a demanding mystery of coincidence and collusion laced with corpses prostitutes and buried treasure


10 thoughts on “The Luminaries

  1. says:

    The curious case of the 3 star review I reviewed The Luminaries for We Love This Book a web magazine that is now defunct; here I’ll simply attempt to explain why I gave such an accomplished book only 3 stars It’s just the sort of book I should have given 5 stars my MA is in Victorian Lit Charles Dickens is a favorite author and I adore historical fiction particularly Victorian pastiche Possession The Crimson Petal and the White and E

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    I am ashamedI am a foolish reader who like many take on a booker short list or a booker winner and expect it to wow me And it did and it didn't I have an unsophisticated mindTo any reader who reads books as an art critic views a great master they will read and hear the subtleties of the writer's mind as they structure their work l

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    I'm abandoning this book with regret for having read it against my better judgement without thorough research And yes I'm two starring and reviewing an unfinished book If that offends you to your very core then stop readi

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    5 superlative intricate and fascinating stars 4th Favorite Read of 2015 Wow just wow This is a very long book and so I developed a uiz to see if you are a potential reader of this most amazing tome1 Did you love The Alienist by Caleb Carr?2 Did you adore Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel?3 Do you like your mysteries intelligent complex and compelling?4 Do you like stories with elements of the supernatural murder blackmail and intrigue?

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    Twelve men meet at the Crown Hotel in Hokitika New Zealand in January 1866 A thirteenth Walter Moody an educated man from Edinburgh who has come here to find his fortune in gold walks in As it unfolds the interlocking stories and shifting narrative perspectives of the twelve now thirteen men bring forth a mystery that all

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    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend An impressive literary feat – intricate challenging and singularly structured to mimic the waning moon – that will likely appeal t

  7. says:

    45 A rip roaring yarn and awe inspiring use of experimental form it's not every day you see that in a book Like

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    I'm a New Zealander like the author Everyone here is raving about this book including people who write great novels thems

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    Review #642 in which the reviewer tries to fathom why she chose to read this book about the gold rush given that she'd avoided readin

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    Aries the Ram thrusts forward discarding the past except as a symbol of what has been overcome Fearsome single minded Aries This book does not fall under the sign of Aries; it is invested in the past it is enchanted by it The past i

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