Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2020. You’d have to be so careful, more careful than we can even imagine, to keep that one spark alive. . He has no voice here; only in remembered events do we see what makes him tick. The similarities are remarkable. The road between the hedgerows was so narrow that the branches poked in the windows on both sides, like they wanted to grab us. Credit where credit is due, this is an extremely creepy and effective scene; well written and genuinely unnerving to me. The book is short, and a pretty fast read, and on the light side for horror. . Elizabeth Hand has each band member, and a few other characters, provide their perspectives on the events leading up to the disappearance of the band's guitarist (who is also one of the songwriters). [Elizabeth Hand] -- After the tragic and mysterious death of one of their founding members, the young musicians in a British acid-folk band hole up at Wylding Hall, an ancient country house with its own dark secrets. You might laugh at that, but it’s true.”, Locus Award Nominee for Best Fantasy Novel (2016), Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, 56 of the Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of 2021. Will I ever get tired of stories like this? i listened to this amazing book. One of the group's singers recently committed suicide, and they are expected to release their sophomore album soon. And the longer I live, the colder and darker it gets. Start by marking “Wylding Hall” as Want to Read: Error rating book. She is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. I wanted to like this book more than I did, though that's not to say that I didn't enjoy it. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Wylding Hall appeared last year, but many of the elements—musicians, barrows, photography, even the weird sense of off-scale dimension Hand describes—show up in both books. Fear of what might be real, of what might be true, keeps them from possible revelation. These are songs that have been around for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2020. She had a pretty voice, she could carry a tune—that was never a problem. A group of young musicians in a British acid-folk band are taking a break from the world and spending the summer focusing on their album. Told from a multitude of perspectives, interview style, this one moved fairly quickly and was a slow burn at the same time. Decades later, members of the band, their agent and others including a photographer and psychic meet with a documentary filmmaker to talk about their memories of that summer. But she had no depth. Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2018. A song like “Windhover Morn” can keep your heart beating when the doctors can’t. It's also a great example of why marketing for books is so difficult and often misconstrued. The novel is a ghost story set in a remote English country house in the 1960s. There is no clear answer to his disappearance. Not sure how that worked, but that’s how it felt. The book consists of interviews with band; management; a photographer;a former girlfriend;& and a reporter/music critic who covered them during their time at Wylding Hall. WYLDING HALL by Elizabeth Hand Open Road (2015) I intend to read this purchased publication in due course. It's definitely of the Gothic tradition, but even with all the ambiguity the narrative imbues with its' multiple POVs and characters who are not desiring to attempt to explain the ineffable, I would say this is pretty clearly a Faerie story, a variation on the legend of Tehi Tegi. If you have ever been caught up following any music group during your life, a group of mere mortals that you truly loved but then they simply faded from sight, then this book will probably fill some of those empty spaces. Bookshare - Accessible Books for Individuals with Print Disabilities Parts of this book was spooky and though not horrifying it was definitely disturbing. Highly recommended. This is the first book of Hand's I have read, and I'm both drawn to her writing now--the story itself intrigued me--and also a bit repelled by her style. I read Wylding Hall directly after finishing Hand's latest Cass Neary book. And by folk I mean whatever music it is that you love, whatever music it is that sustains you. When I was in my early teens, I loved reading gothic novels, not for the stories of innocent young heroines falling in love with dark, handsome men, but for the wonderful old houses in which the books were set. That in itself is fascinating: the range of narrators, the different angles on the same events, the little pieces of the puzzle. When the young members of a British acid-folk band are compelled by their manager to record their unique music, they hole up at Wylding Hall, an ancient country house with dark secrets. February 17th 2015 Wylding Hall is a place which is enchanted ("ensorcelled" to use Julian's preferred term) with its eternally fair summer weather and distortions of time and space within and without the manor itself. In the early 1970s, a British acid folk music group went to stay at Wylding Hall, a remote, crumbling old house in the country. 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