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Friday, April 17, 2015

Whylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand



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Sent to me by Netgalley - Open Road Integrated Media.

Unusual setting and genre (for me).  Set in the 1970s a folk music/rock band of sorts has had its first hit and their manager Tom, knows that they have the capacity and the talent to pull in another great hit.  The whole group of artistes are sent to Wylding Hall, a crumbling pile but with the isolation required for them to concentrate on their work.  A motley group of youngsters complete with hash, very little money somehow make it work, but underlying it all is the strange sense of unease that there is something amiss with the Hall. The less sensitive ones brush it off but for some it is a danger that they will be pulled into a scheme they know nothing about, and still less how to handle it.

Told in individual points of view from both inside and outside Whylding Hall, the story keeps you on edge. I didn't know till the very end the outcome. I thought there would be a neat explanation. There wasn't.

Interestingly told from the point if music in the 70s and then the touch of the "other world" added a touch of both magic and mystery.

1 comment:

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Sounds like an interesting read, and rather different subject matter.

Thanks for visiting my blog post last Friday. Sorry for the delayed response--I've been having computer issues.