Before the Blog #10: The Ghosts of Heaven

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 


 The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Publication Date: October 2, 2014

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press


I’m not sure I can do the description justice, so here is what Goodreads says:

A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.

Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book’s final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time. Merging Sedgwick’s gift for suspense with science- and historical-fiction, Ghosts of Heaven is a tale is worthy of intense obsession.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book?

I chose it for a couple of different reasons. First, because the only place I’ve ever seen it publicized was in a copy of BookPage I picked up at the library. I think it deserves to be out in the spotlight more.

Second, as soon as I finished The Ghosts of Heaven, I felt like I needed to call all of my friends and tell them to read it. Well, first I yelled a really loud expletive and my husband stared at me like I was crazy, but then I wanted to call a friend to tell them to read it. I wanted someone to talk to about The Ghosts of Heaven. It completely blew my mind.

I really enjoyed each one of the four stories. I can’t really pick a favorite after reading the entire book. I read them in the order they were printed and I would probably suggest doing that, even though the author says you can read them in any order. What an amazing novel!

When did you read this book?

I read it in one day in January 2015.

Who would you recommend this book to?

It’s a Historical Young Adult novel, so just about anyone could read it. It may seem slow at the start, but it’s very worth reading.

7 thoughts on “Before the Blog #10: The Ghosts of Heaven”

  1. This has been on my TBR list for a while now. I saw it advertised on Goodreads one day, and that was all the publicity I’ve seen for it, either. It sounds interesting and the cover is pretty. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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