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READ & DOWNLOAD í The Visitors ½ ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Visitors By Simon Sylvester ⚣ – In the tradition of Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks Simon Sylvester brings an ancient myth to life with this lush atmospheric coming of age taleNobody comes to the remote Scottish island of Bancree and sev In the tradition of NIn the tradition of Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks Simon Sylvester brings an ancient myth to life with this lush atmospheric coming of age taleNobody comes to the remote Scottish island of Bancree and seventeen year old Flora can't wait to move to the mainland when she finishes school So when a mysterious man and his daughter move into isolated Dog Co. there's a sustained haunting uality underlying this novel with a white noise hum that kinda shivers underneath your skin even after you've finished reading it's a scottish coming of age gothic novel with both fantasy and mystery elements which i know sounds like someone getting a little too greedy at the plot store but i'm telling you it works part of it is the setting you give me a sparsely populated non tropical island story with a teenage girl yearning for life than the geographical isolation and technological fickleness that makes up her world and you got poignant covered you add mysterious disappearances and dark mythology and the spookiness is stirred in and there's not much i like than poignant spookiness here we have flora seventeen and restless she lives on the scottish island of bancree with her mother her stepfather ronny and their baby jamie where the tapwater runs thick with peat and flora has to take a ferry to the mainland each morning to attend school her boyfriend richard; whom she has known her whole life is a year older has just left scotland for university in bristol and has promptly broken up with her since richard was one of the few teenagers who lived on bancree and all of her school friends were made up of his older and now departed crowd flora is completely alone entering her final year of high schoolshe's not angry about the breakup but she is angry that richard is living the life she wants so badly for her own new people new experiences and all the glamorous mistakes of young adulthood My anger wasn't for Richard That was only a fleeting thing a distraction And it wasn't even anger It was jealousyGoing out with him was an escape my route to freedom a cord that connected me to the world outside Richard had cut that cord and I felt robbed and hollow the cavern of my stomach writhing with tiny wormy things Frustration envy sadness It should have been me who'd escaped into a new life drinking in bars and meeting new people It should have been me doing the breaking up The dumpingbut flora soon has plenty of distractions of her own she is assigned a research paper on the history of the selkie myth several bancree men go missing including a close friend of ronny's and she meets ailsa a girl of her own ago who has just moved with her father to dog rock a location even remote and foreboding than bancree the two girls develop a fierce bond despite the air of grief and mystery that surrounds ailsa and her father and the lines between reality and fantasy blur as the tension surrounding the missing persons cases escalates and the very future of the island is uncertainthere are a lot of strengths to this novel the descriptions of the sea the island the weather the wind they're fantastic and they make for a clear well defined setting as interesting as any of the characters the coming of age elements are also superb flora's desire to start her adult life is palpable and her frustration and future dreams are effective and moving because they live inside such an articulate intelligent and capable girl not just some wistful dreamersylvester writes flora's family dynamic very successfully in all its delicacy flora's is a loving family but she feels the teenager's sense of being in the way; that there's no place for her in her mother and ronnie's new family with jamie the fact that the house is so small that flora's leaving will actually improve their living conditions is something flora acknowledges as a practical reality and not a personal slight but as much as she wants to leave there are always conflicting emotions wound around major life changes and sylvester does an excellent job of layering them all in and still maintaining some of that melodramatic adolescent angst Crossing to the Co op I strolled the harbour edge weaving between the mooring posts looking down into the water It was tinged turuoise and astoundingly clear Clusters of weed hung russet in the wash Tiny fish flickered around a hanging hawser long forgotten and now without a purpose thick with barnacles and slime For those little fish that hawser was a universe I knew how they felt My shoes scuffed on the old stone blocks that edged the harbourflora's research into the selkie myths is also a strong component to the story and there are several great discussions about the nature of storytelling and tradition and the origin and development of mythologies over time and the conflict between oral tradition and the written word most of these occur between flora and izzy who lives on the beach and is a sennachie or professional storyteller 'Write up the bones of it if you must Get the basics of it for your homework But don't write the whole thing like I told it you ''Why not' I said confusedHe huffed a bit'Look' he said 'this might sound daft to you lass But my stories are about the telling and the hearing not the writing and the reading They're all for talking out loud They're about this and that and this' he said pointing haplessly at the sky and the sea and the cracking fire 'If you write them down they'll lose some of the magic''I don't get it''It's like this If you put a bear in a cage what do you have''A bear''No All you have is a cage'the disappearances although technically the most dramatic aspects of the book are actually pretty much just backdrop there are definitely repercussions and they have importance to the story but the center of this stage is reserved for atmosphere and setting; it's immersive chilly filled with tea and jumpers and flora shines as a character in her growing awareness of the world around her her inner landscape and her her resistance to letting go of wonder 'What's wrong What can't you handle''I'm not sure Miss It's just sodark It's all so negative''The selkie stories''No They're just daft It's history itself Miss'She smiled blandly and shook her head'I don't follow''There's no mystery' I said blurting it out 'There's no magic'She traces her fingers over the front sheet'I heard the stories' I said 'and I was hooked They were really exciting I was hooked Miss I wanted to know And now I've analysed them and contrasted them and explored them and explained them and now the magic's gone Miss'Frowning she thumbed through the report'It's hollow' I said 'It's all so empty'Fragments of words echoed on the whiteboard Nothing survived entire'That's all part of growing up Flora You know that don't you You must know that It all goes in the end''I'm not sure' I managed thickly 'that I want that for myself'it's just sheer loveliness it's sensual occasionally erotic and a wonderful wonderful fantasy story i will definitely be looking out for by this author even if it's just about flora and ailsa selkies optionalcome to my blog


Though it seems impossible She asks local residents for anything they know about selkies the mythical women who can turn from seal to human and back againConvinced of her new neighbors' innocence Flo is fiercely determined to protect her friend Ailsa Can the answer to the disappearances and to the pull of her own heart lie out there beyond the wav. When I was offered the chance to review this book I was immediately intrigued The cover is absolutely stunning and would definitely capture your eye in a bookshop With eye captured you then read the blurb and are drawn in even I know some people don't like blurbs or even to be told a little bit about the plot but it's very rare that I go into a book blind I have to at least have some idea about the book before reading it A book such as this probably wouldn't be my usual read but I'm all about taking a chance and it is absolutely worth it when it pays offWhat we have here is one of the most original breathtaking and atmospheric novels that I've read in a while I keep repeating myself with each book but I honestly have been extremely privileged to read some excellent books this year and we've only just hit August The island of Bancree is as creepy as it sounds I certainly wouldn't want to move there and if I'd been brought up there I would be looking to make my escape as soon as possible Someone who does live there and is planning to leave is Flora Flo but then a mysterious man and his daughter move to the island Flo is drawn to the daughter as there's something not uite right about her Add into the mix the fact that residents of the island are disappearing and our story really gets goingFlo despite being a teenage girl wasn't hard to connect with and relate to especially as growing up a lot of my friends were female There are crime fiction elements to the story concerning the missing residents but it's so much than that Crime for me usually just comes in the form of your bog standard detective novel however this book features stuff I've not read about before and wouldn't ordinarily choose to for example mythology however I actually really enjoyed that aspect of the book despite not expecting to With incredibly drawn characters and a gripping story this is a book you won't want to put downAs said earlier the book is extremely atmospheric If you read this book under the covers by torchlight it would be like you were on the island itself as you forget the world around you It is addictive reading and a read in a couple of sittings book I'll definitely be looking out for from this author in the future especially as this is a debut novel and reads as if written by someone who has been writing books for years Fantastic stuff that I urge people to pick up

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The VisitorsTtage Flora is curious What could have brought these strangers to the island The man is seductive but radiates menace while Flo finds a kindred spirit in his daughter AilsaMeanwhile several of the men on Bancree have disappeared unnerving the community When a body washes ashore suspicion turns to the newcomers But Flo suspects something else even. Wonderful book loved reading it and sorry it had to end but end it did and what an ending so come one and all and get this wonderful book you will be better for it fantasy adventure and love all in one book I am happy to recommend this fabulous book to all my friends and how ever I can so got get the book you will be pleased you did so you all keep smiling and happy reading to you all with love from wee me xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx