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Book Title: The Speed of the Dark|
The author of the book: Alex Shearer
ISBN 13: 9780330415385
Edition: Macmillan Children's Books
Date of issue: February 6th 2004
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.40 MB
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Reader ratings: 7.4
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This book is fantastic. After I'd finished, I wondered why it wasn't more popular than it was. Admittedly, the book cover isn't as captivating as it could be, but the simple act of reading the blurb never hurt anybody.
It's sinister, it's indirectly dark and thus best read at night for maximum emotional effect. It's chilling the way the author grabs at supposedly ordinary and innocent things and twists them into something that has you aghast. This is a highly original story, and one I couldn't stop thinking about weeks after I'd finished.
The story begins with a scientist talking about his recluse of a colleague, Christopher, who he says has disappeared - just vanished, seemingly off the face of the earth. And then the scientist, who is actually writing/talking to the man investigating Christopher's disappearance (at least I think so, I can't remember this part too well) says that Christopher wrote an account of his life in adolescence and gave it to him (the scientist) in a means to explain where he has gone and why he has gone and what has led up to it. What follows is also the tale of Ernst Eckstrom, a dwarf and an artist who can create masterpieces out of specks of sand. He specialises in creating art in miniscule form. So miniscule that his art pieces have to be viewed from beneath a microscope.
I don't want to ruin too much for those of you who are going to read this book, so the only other things I'll say are (and these aren't major spoilers, but just in case I've put them in spoiler tags):
(view spoiler)[Ernst Eckstrom is in love with Poppea.
Poppea is Christopher's father's girlfriend.
One day Poppea and Christopher's father disappear.(view spoiler)[
Enjoy the read, it's well worth it. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]
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Read information about the authorAlex Shearer started his writing career as a scriptwriter and has had great success in that field. His credits include The Two of Us, the 1990s sitcom starring Nicholas Lyndhurst. More recently he has started writing for children. His Wilmot stories have been adapted for TV by Yorkshire television, and his children's novel, The Greatest Store in the World, was screened as a feature length TV film on Christmas Eve 1999 by the BBC. Alex's recent novel 'The Speed of the Dark' was shortlisted for the 2002 Guardian Fiction Prize
Alex Shearer lives with his family in Somerset. He has written more than a dozen books for both adults and children, as well as many successful television series, films, and stage and radio plays. He has had over thirty different jobs, and has never given up trying to play the guitar.
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