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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 familySimon Watson a young librarian lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home a house perched o The story of the Book of Speculation takes place in two time periods Modern day and a setting in the 1700's Simon is our present day main character A lonely research librarian that lives in his family home due to the fact that he can't bare to leave it His mother walked into the water one day and killed herself and his father grieved himself to death Simon raised his younger sister Enola and then she left Simon's family is a special family All the women in it have been able to hold their breath for long periods of time but they all have died at an early age From drowning Simon receives a book from a collector that unlocks links to his families past He becomes obsessed with breaking the curse of the mermaids carnival mermaids that haunts his familyThen you have the rest of the story Amos was the wild boy in a carnival He then was trained in reading the cards even though he is mute He falls in love with Evangeline who shows up at the show one day distraught with a special gift of being able to hold her breath under water The stories weave themselves together and then for me just flop I wanted better characters for such a interesting concept of a book You have a guy with tentacle tattoos that can light up light bulbs in his hands for crying out loud DisclosureI picked up this book at the library For free

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The Book of SpeculationN 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 The Book PDFEPUB or overlooksOne day Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiuarian bookseller it has been sent to him because it is inscribed 4 stars to Erika Swyler's The Book of Speculation a beautiful story full of intense imagery and powerful connections among the many characters With a slight border into the fantasy realm this tale is well woven and provides an opportunity to feel the impact the past has across a family's descendants and relationships The book alternates chapters weaving the past and the present together while challenging the reader to determine the connection between the two stories Story In the past a traveling carnival and circus heads up and down the Eastern seaboard in the mid 18th century lead by the incomparable Peabody Along the way he takes in stray who become part of his acts and his own life When he's forced to choose between some of the older members and the newer finds disaster strikes causing a flood of impacts for the futureIn the present Simon Watson receives a book from a mysterious bookseller in Iowa Simon's Long Island shore house is crumbling and he loses his job as a librarian in difficult economic times His wayward carnie sister comes home resembling their late mother His childhood friend becomes his lover He begins to make connections between the people in the book he receives with his own family but doesn't understand what it means All the women are tied together on a certain date under certain weather conditionsThe two stories collide in a powerful realization leaving Simon at the center of preventing the same fate from happening to his sister In the end everything he knew about his life is turned upside down and he finds himself a tragic hero But will he sacrifice himself in order to preserve his family Strengths The imagery is stunning The intensity of the relationships is beautiful The connections among the characters are vast It's a very simple story but it's a very complex fall out The author hits the art form right in its center providing a wonderfully tragic tale full of intrigue suspense and drama You never know who to root for but you want them all to survive the impacts It's one of the only books where I didn't need to care so much about specific characters as I did for the way they all relate to one another It's about relationships and trust love and power Suggestions I generally am not a huge fantasy fan but when I read fantasy I want it to go all out eg Harry Potter Chronicles of Narnia Lord of the Rings this book crosses a very fine line of not actually having any fantasy in it but the underlying arc that drives the connection feels like it has fantastical elements at its core I would have liked to see that explored so it had a very clear purpose in the end don't want to give away spoilers A little too much is left to interpretation on what really happened and why it's happening which is OK I like the unknown magic aspects but given this was such a strong and powerful story I wanted a little depth to the core of why Final Thoughts I like the author's style and would want to read from her I'm curious to see what others think of this debut novel It has so many great components and images it's bound to be a success At the same time it was missing that final piece to push it over the edge and gain immense popularity The title The Book of Speculation could have been explored and it would have knocked it out of the park for me

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The Book of Speculation kindle º Hardcover ↠ ❰Read❯ ➵ 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 familySimon Watson a yWith the 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 mag Average Rating 3 Stars•Past Chapters 4 Stars•Present Chapters 2 starsI felt like this book was a gyp The blurb oversold this as interesting than it actually was The mermaids here are not the kind that transform and have a fish tail they are just mundane people who can hold their breath Ugh I get that this is magical realism and everything but that just feels cheapThe most interesting story takes place in the past and involves a fortune teller This is the backbone of the book and the only part that's entertaining TBHThe chapters that take place in the present are so heavily weighed down with melancholy that I started hating when the story would shift back into today It's really just awful and depressing and weirdly romanticizes suicide by drowning I know it's gross but I started referring to this as the Book of Speculums Sorry guys but this wasn't the book for me Like a scammy fortune teller The Book of Speculation pulls you in with an interesting premise but fails to live up to the hype it as created for itself