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Bellman & Black
Bellman & Black: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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Killing a bird with his slingshot as a boy, William Bellman grows up a wealthy family man unaware of how his act of childhood cruelty will have terrible consequences until a wrenching tragedy compels him to enter into a macabre bargain with a stranger in black. Reprint.
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erank58
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I cannot believe how much I loved this!

I totally see where the negative reviews are coming from, especially given the nature of the author's other works. But this, right here, is gothic fiction at its finest. Rather than spotlighting a well-crafted plot, this instead is a character study of a man who is haunted--perhaps both physically and emotionally. I loved The Thirteenth Tale, now I really want to pick up Once Upon A River!

TrishB I‘ve steered clear of this even though I‘ve had for ages, because of all the negative reviews! Yours is a great review 👍🏻 3mo
erank58 @TrishB it's certainly not the book for everyone, but I'm so happy I picked it up despite the reviews 😊 this may make my top picks of the year! 3mo
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Ajessgirl
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Such a fun Litsy Postal Book Club package from @Laughterhp ! Today is perfect tea weather & anytime is a good time for Reese‘s! Love the adorable bookmarks and fun notebook & can‘t wait to dive into Bellman & Black. @DebBates101 your package will be en route tomorrow!

Laughterhp Glad it made it there safely! 6mo
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Laughterhp
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Phew, finally finished my first book for #24B4Monday!

This book was interesting. It was basically about a boy named Will and his life growing up and all his accomplishments and faults. His life, his grief and basically his workaholic lifestyle. Won‘t say too much more since this is for a buddy read for our unofficial #LTLMPBC - It‘s only a so-so because I didn‘t love it, but I did like it.

TheReadingMermaid YEah!!! 1 book down.... 👏👏🙌 7mo
MidnightBookGirl The actor Jack Davenport narrates the audiobook, which probably made an okay book better because his voice is gorgeous. Not sure I would have read the book im physical form. 7mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏. A healthy time on them clock. Good luck for the final day. 👍 7mo
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Laughterhp
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Alright, husband‘s finally left for the night. Snuggling into the bean bag and ready to get a lot of reading done!

Hoping to finish the tagged book today!

#24B4Monday

TheReadingMermaid Good luck sweetness! 💪🤓📖 7mo
Andrew65 Sounds great, enjoy your reading! 7mo
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Laughterhp
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Cozy on the couch, finally digging into this book. I‘m about 50 pages in and enjoying it so far.

This is my first Diane Setterfield. (Even though I also own The Thirteenth Tale)

This is my pick for our unofficial #LTLMPBC - we started last year and just decided to keep going! 😊

TheEllieMo Her latest, Once Upon A River, is exquisite. 7mo
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JoyBlue
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I didn't dislike Bellman & Black, but it didn't wow me (I *really* liked Setterfield's "The Thirteenth Tale" and "Once Upon a River"). It dragged on—I think it would have more impactful if shorter (more tightly written).

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SMayWrites
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This book was so good! Gothic and eerie this book was right up my alley. I listened to it on audio on my drives to and from work and it kept me intrigued the entire time. I'm quickly becoming a huge fan of Diane Setterfield!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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MelissaS
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Mehso-so

I have to say I‘m disappointed that I didn‘t love this one! Her other novels captivated me but this one left me cold.

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toofondofbooks
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I understand the mediocre reviews for this now. The subtitle for this is "a ghost story". No. There is no ghost in this story. Honestly not much happens at all and the things that do don't make much sense. So with Setterfield read The Thirteenth Tale and Once Upon a River and skip this one. I wish I had.

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MelissaS
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I don‘t know how I missed this book, since The Thirteenth Tale is one of my all-time favorite books!

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SheilaChew
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It‘s hard to read with a cute little dog insisting on taking a nap.

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SheilaChew
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Thankful for a quiet night to read.

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SheilaChew
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Happy thanksgiving! Enjoying some outdoors with this book today.

umbrellagirl I really liked this one. Enjoy! 12mo
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SilversReviews
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@Vkois88

Cloak

BELLMAN & BLACK was an unusual read with the premise of death, darkness, black birds (rooks), the color black, and black events...namely funerals and mourning goods.

There also was a mysterious man in a black cloak.

Who was the cloaked man who took all the light away at Will's mother's funeral? Why was this man always around when there was a funeral?

It was a bit dark, but good.

https://bit.ly/2NvAlQv

SilversReviews A perfect Halloween read. 1y
SilversReviews @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Not too scary, but just dark. 1y
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ElaineHowlin
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#currentlyreading this gothic story from Diane Setterfield

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toofondofbooks
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DeborahSmall
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Today‘s #bookmail ❤️📚

ScorpioBookDreams They‘re both beautiful 😍😍 2y
DeborahSmall @ScorpioBookDreams and your fault 😂 2y
ScorpioBookDreams Apparently the Thirteenth Tale is brilliant though 😂. We‘ll have to buddy read it sometime 💕 2y
TrishB The Thirteenth Tale is great 👍🏻 I have the other one but haven‘t got to it yet! 2y
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BeverleeWitvoetAbell
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I know it had bad reviews and I too think her first book is amazing....so I expected little but I really enjoyed it. Some really interesting historical information and I love the birds!!!

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ferskner
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PurpleyPumpkin Have you read this? I'd be interested to read your review on this one. I loved Setterfield's first novel, but the reviews for this one weren't great. 2y
ferskner @PurpleyPumpkin I did read it and really enjoyed it, but I know I'm in the minority. I'm super interested in Victorian death practices though, and that's pretty much half of the book. It's definitely not as compelling as The Thirteenth Tale. 2y
PurpleyPumpkin Thanks for your feedback! Maybe I'll try to read it one day. 😉 2y
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Bibliotini
Bellman & Black: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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Sorting my towering TBR pile into reading now, up next, and library loans. This is the tip of the iceberg.

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ephemeralwaltz
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I am enjoying The Thirteenth Tale so much and I went on GR to see if the author had written anything else. I was about to shelve her other novel when I noticed lots of negative reviews. Any opinions from my fellow Littens? Is it really not worth it?

Bookworm83 I didn't like Bellman and Black. I was disappointed by it after loving The Thirteenth Tale. (edited) 2y
irre It was very disappointing. 2y
ephemeralwaltz @Bookworm83 @irre I feel like I won't be reading it then. 2y
Bookworm83 You won't miss much!! 2y
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DiruVamp
Bellman & Black: A Novel | Diane Setterfield

To bail or not to bail? The Thirteenth Tale is one of my favorite books. So maybe my expectations were too high for this one. It's honestly hard for me to believe they were both written by the same author. This book is just odd to me. Not much happens and when a turn in the story comes along and a plot could really arise it is dealt with in a matter of a page or two. William is likable but I am struggling whether or not to keep trudging through.

Bookworm83 Completely agree!! I was so disappointed with this one. 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Bail. Forget it's a thing that exists. 3y
mcipher I still haven't finished this one. Same thing, loved her first book and this just didn't feel like the same author! 3y
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DiruVamp @Bookworm83 @thegirlwiththelibrarybag thank you I am going to take your advice. I felt some sense of loyalty to finish because I loved her other book so much. But I just can't LOL 3y
DiruVamp @mcipher I know right! And I'm glad I read Thirteenth Tale first. Not sure I would have even picked it up had I started with Bellman. 3y
LeahBergen I heard that this one really sucked (from several different sources) so I gave it a pass. 😬 3y
Texreader I'd bail. I had the same reaction with another author's second book. I tried so hard but experienced the same probs you are having. I have never regretted it 3y
Laalaleighh Bail. TTT was one of my favorites ever. This book never gets any better. I finished it and still wasn't sure what the point was. 3y
Laalaleighh It's like a screwed up great expectations. 3y
DiruVamp @LeahBergen you made a wise choice! 😉 @Texreader @Laalaleighh it is now sitting in my bail pile which I take to HPB and I feel very good about it. 3y
Laalaleighh @diruvamp here's hoping she gets her magic back next novel. 3y
DiruVamp @Laalaleighh I know!! I am still so disappointed and was thinking the same the thing. If she writes another one I will want to read it hoping it has the same magic as TTT. 3y
Laalaleighh Maybe the pressure got to her a bit? 3y
DiruVamp @Laalaleighh that's true. TTT seemed to be a success so I can imagine the pressure to create some equal to that is pretty big. There was a pretty big gap between the two book - 7 years. 3y
Laalaleighh Makes me even sadder it was a flop. 3y
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Readasaurus_rex
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Trying to read this (sort of slow) book under a pile of dogs

MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
Coleen I finished this one, but it was a struggle. 3y
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mllemay
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The last book from my boxing day order has finally arrived! The cover is so striking in person - I love the color of that feather 😍 #bookmail

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Shvonne
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#LitsyAtoZ Letter B and #ReadHarder Re-read a book. Two crows with one stone.

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drokka
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Still working my way through this one, but suspect it's one of the few audiobooks that I might have preferred reading. #audiostitching #LitsyStitchers

Robothugs That is beautiful! 3y
Suet624 Wow. So pretty! 3y
Caterina Love your stitching! 😍 3y
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ReadingsByTheC So lovely! 3y
minkyb I love when you post your creations. Such fine work. 3y
Wife #audiostitching #litsystitching What? Is this new? What a wonderful idea to post project pics. Was this your idea? I'm in! 3y
drokka @Robothugs @Suet624 @Caterina @ReadingsByTheC @minkyb Thanks. It's going to be a long haul, but I'm enjoying it. @Wife It's a new panel (the 8th) on a 63 panel blanket. I wasn't the first to post project photos, many show their knitting, sewing, crocheting, embroidery, cross-stitching. Others share other forms of artworks as well. Some even post about cleaning, or walks while listening to audiobooks. It's quite fun 🙂 3y
Suet624 63 panels? Gulp. 3y
minkyb Wow, you just slid that 63 panels in there. Looking forward to seeing it grow! 3y
drokka @Suet624 @minkyb Well, 63 panels, but 5 are blank, of the 58, only 2 are completely full, some have very little stitching. I'll keep you all posted as I get more done. 🙂 3y
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bookwrm526
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This #dressesoncovers book is on my TBR-SOON pile! #ReadJanuary

bookwrm526 @WanderingBookaneer I did too! I've heard this one is a very different style of book. 3y
Bookish_B I loved The Thirteenth Tale too but I was so disappointed with this book 😞 3y
Shvonne It isn't as good as The Thirteenth Tale but I liked it (edited) 3y
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mllemay
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When Book Depository starts its Boxing Day sale before Christmas and you have no self-control...🙈🙊

LeahBergen Nooo!! Must ... not ... look... 3y
mllemay @LeahBergen I don't know what possessed me to click on the link 🙄 after that, it really was beyond my control lol 3y
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DiruVamp
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I absolutely adored The Thirteenth Tale so when I saw this at a used bookstore for $0.99 I could not pass it up!

Lola Can't wait to hear what you think of it! 3y
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KnjiskiZmaj
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"Death never goes out of fashion."
I was very intrigued by the idea of this book, despite the large ammount of negative comments this book recieved. When I started reading this book I expected at least haunting story. In the end this was just a story about a boy who killed a raven. The idea of the story is good, descriptions superb, but the characters were poorly developed, as well as the final shape of the book. 3.0/5

TheLudicReader Such a disappointment after The Thirteenth Tale. 3y
KnjiskiZmaj @TheLudicReader many people said the same thing, but I haven't read it yet 😅 3y
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Cgroshko
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Pickpick

Creepy book, really enjoyed reading it. Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cgroshko
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Amazing read, loved the darkness of the story, twisted plot. Would suggest this book to everyone. Very strange and kinda scary.

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Foragingfantasy
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Lake side. Got about 5 min of reading in. How about 24 min in 48 hours?! They won't let me read. 😭😭😭 #24in48

Johanna414 Don't they understand how important this is?!?! 😄 3y
Foragingfantasy @Johanna414 I know, right?! 3y
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Foragingfantasy
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I thrifted this for 10 cents today! Omg. I'm so ecstatic. Anyway, I've had it on my tbr since I finished the amazing Thirteenth Tale. I have a couple to finish up before I dig in but I can't wait!!!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's a great deal! 3y
Foragingfantasy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa it felt like Christmas! 3y
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justkreth
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How am I supposed to get any reading someone with ham the cat snoozing on the job?

MrBook 😹👍🏻 3y
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Wren
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It's funny, but the parts I liked about this book were the parts a lot of people complained about. I enjoyed how he diligently, meticulously, rather obsessively set up his businesses. I wish I could be half as organized...

RavenclawOwlCat I like that book cover 3y
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Spmenzel
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Wasn't really engaged while reading this book initially, however I thought about it a lot afterwards. Really enjoyed reading it the second time.