The Bedlam Stacks

Where have you been?
by Natasha Pulley | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9781620409695 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmcsarwing of Richmond, British Columbia Canada on 5/7/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmcsarwing from Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, May 7, 2022
In 1859, ex-East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne is trapped at home in Cornwall after sustaining an injury that almost cost him his leg and something is wrong; a statue moves, his grandfather’s pines explode, and his brother accuses him of madness.

When the India Office recruits Merrick for an expedition to fetch quinine—essential for the treatment of malaria—from deep within Peru, he knows it’s a terrible idea. Nearly every able-bodied expeditionary who’s made the attempt has died, and he can barely walk. But Merrick is desperate to escape everything at home, so he sets off, against his better judgment, for a tiny mission colony on the edge of the Amazon where a salt line on the ground separates town from forest. Anyone who crosses is killed by something that watches from the trees, but somewhere beyond the salt are the quinine woods, and the way around is blocked.

Surrounded by local stories of lost time, cursed woods, and living rock, Merrick must separate truth from fairytale and find out what befell the last expeditions; why the villagers are forbidden to go into the forest; and what is happening to Raphael, the young priest who seems to have known Merrick’s grandfather, who visited Peru many decades before. The Bedlam Stacks is the story of a profound friendship that grows in a place that seems just this side of magical.

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I must admit I was a bit disappointed by the book. I had such high hopes for it because I loved The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. This one was not as good as the first book. The book began well and gave some promise, but then it really slowed down. The description was good but it did not captivate me the way the first book did. The last third of the book was much better. It finally gave me the magic I had been looking was.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Released 1 mo ago (5/19/2022 UTC) at Richmond, British Columbia Canada

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Hitchhiking to surprise a bookcrosser. You have The Watchmaker of Filigree Street on your wishlist, I thought you may be interested to read this one set in the same universe. This can be enjoyed as a stand alone. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by maggiesma at Vancouver, Washington USA on Monday, May 23, 2022
Thank you for this bonus book. This is a new author that I have been wanting to read.

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