[Ebook] ➩ First Light ➯ Peter Ackroyd – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk

First Light First Light Begins With An Ominous Coincidence The Reappearance Of The Ancient Night Sky During The Excavation Of An Astronomically Aligned Neolithic Grave In Dorset Add To This A Group Of Wonderful Eccentrics Archaeologists, Astronomers, A Civil Servant, A Stand Up Comic, Local Rustics Who Converge On The Site To Disturb The Quiet Seclusion Of Pilgrin Valley.Someone Or Something Is Trying To Sabotage The Best Efforts Of The Excavators, Headed By Mark Clare, To Unearth The Dormant Secrets Of The Burial Ground Meanwhile, At The Nearby Observatory, Astronomer Damien Fall, His Telescope Focused On The Red Star Aldebaran, Is Unnerved By The Deeper Significance He Imputes To The Celestial Sophistication Of The Region S Ancient Inhabitants And Joey Hanover, A Retired Music Hall And TV Entertainer Searching For His Own Past, Has Learned Secrets From Farmer Mint And His Son, Boy, The Weirdly Cryptic Guardians Of Their Ancestral Home In The Valley What Do All These, Among Others, Have In Common All Is Masterfully Woven Into An Immensely Engaging And Entertaining Novel A Suspenseful Reflection On Life, Nature, And The Cosmos, And Above All An Illuminating And Enchanting Story.


10 thoughts on “First Light

  1. says:

    Peter Ackroyd has a thing about the past coming back to haunt the present That sounds like a pretty straightforward theme, and is the basis of so many novels Ackroyd takes this idea and turns it into such a transformative and often disturbing experience that the result is very different from the one I had initially imagined.I m not sure what I expected when I first picked this up Perhaps I was thinking of the darkness of Hawksmoor, except transplanted to the English countryside But from th Peter Ackroyd has a thing about the past coming back to haunt the present That sounds like a pretty straightforward theme, and is the basis of so many novels Ackroyd takes this idea and turns it into such a transformative and often dis...


  2. says:

    Atmospheric, immersive, melancholic and ultimately anti climactic Ackroyd has ability but in this book seems to create slightly hollow characters, that are set up to be caricatures of themselves, which is amusing at first, but limiting in the end The role reversed lesbian couple, the retired stand up and his malapropistic wife, the seemingly simple but oddly ...


  3. says:

    I like the themes of archaeology astronomy woven together This is definitely an oddball book I have never read Peter Ackroyd didn t know what to expect yet it s theme resonated with me Quote from Damian Did you hear how I was caught in the underground passage for a while It was there I first realised it That I first understood how nothing really dies Just because we are trapped in time, we assume that there is only one direction to go But when we are dead, when we are out of I like the themes of archaeology astronomy woven together This is definitely an oddball book I have never read Peter Ackroyd didn t know what to expect yet it s theme resonated with me Quote from Damian Did you hear how I was caught in the underground passage for a while It was there I first realised it That I first understood how nothing really dies Just because we are trapped in time, we assume that there is only one direction to go But when we are dead, when we are out of t...


  4. says:

    Ackroyd is a writer of some standing I actually enjoy his nonfiction to his fiction I liked the idea of this book the mixture of archaeology and astronomy was intriguing to me, but I found his characters and their dialogue stilted and unrealistic and the ultimate ...


  5. says:

    CHECKED OUT THE BOOK FROM MY PUBLIC LIBRARY.Review Rating 3 out of 5With the discovery of an ancient astronomically aligned grave site in Dorset, everyone is excited over it well, pretty much everyone You see, something or someone is doing its best to sabotage and scare the archaeologists, led by Mark Clare, from digging there and Pilgrin Valley How is it that something as small as a grave site will bring together a group of people, who seem to have nothing in common with each other I ll be CHECKED OUT THE BOOK FROM MY PUBLIC LIBRARY.Review Rating 3 out of 5With the discovery of an ancient astronomically aligned grave site in Dorset, everyone is excited over it well, pretty much everyone You see, something or someone is doing its best to sabotage and scare the archaeologists, led by Mark Clare, from digging there and Pilgrin Valley How is it that something as small as a grave site will bring together a group of people, who seem to have nothing in common with each other I ll be honest with you I absolutely hated this book And it isn t because of a lack of descriptions, which I love to have in the novels I read I ll continue with the reasons why I didn t like the book in another paragraph since there are a lot of them Oh, yeah, there might be some spoilers about the book toward the end of the review XThe first thing I didn t like about this book is that it was really redundant, which is one of th...


  6. says:

    In which, notwithstanding the lack of an actual murder, Peter Ackroyd does Midsomer Murders.This is a weird book, all theso because it seems so un weird compared to Ackroyd s usual stuff It s almost a mainstream story It features characters who engage in dialogue of the modern day variety No historical characters are involved Granted, most people are engulfed with the weight of melancholy for much of the time, and the Astronomer Damian Fall has been written by the automatic Peter Ack In which, notwithstanding the lack of an actual murder, Peter Ackroyd does Midsomer Murders.This is a weird book, all theso because it seems so un weird compared to Ackroyd s usual stuff It s almost a mainstream story It features characters who engage in dialogue of the modern day variety No historical characters are involved Granted, most people are engulfed with the weight of melancholy for much of the time, and the Astronomer Damian Fall has been written by the automatic Peter Ackroyd character generation bot And, this being Ackroyd, Dorset can t just be Dorset, but is a mysterious landscape whose history is bored into its very rocks, where generations of etc, etc.In Martha Temple, Ackroyd s created a character of joyous loathsomeness I wanted another side of hers to emerge And I had this nagging feeling that the pacing didn t quite work the later bits should have come a little earlier and so long And when, in the final standoff...


  7. says:

    Ackroyd s mystic novels are always good reads, mixing threads across history the influence of the past on the present with dark and threatening plots Hawksmoor is perhaps the most effective of these First Light certainly has its good share of suspense and mystery, so it draws the reader on in its at times frenetic paceFirst Light brings in a lot of humour and that helps increase the tension built up...


  8. says:

    Took much longer than I thought I would to complete the book NO credit taken away from the book though I haven t read much science fiction but the idea of reading something with a mix of science astronomy, archaeology , human relationships, and mystery sounded just about right I picked this book as a run up to reading the Foundation series from Asimov I m not even sure if First Light is the right place to start for it, but I m glad I picked it The story develops from multiple points of vie Took much longer than I thought I would to complete the book NO credit taken away from the book though I haven t read much science fiction but the idea of reading something with a mix of science astronomy, archaeology , human relationships, and mystery sounded just about right I picked this book as a run up to reading the Foundation series from Asimov I m not even sure if First Light is the right place to start for it, but I m glad I picked it The story develops from multiple points of view and slowly culminates in one location event There were no lose ends through the story development and spoiler alert discovering that the Mints were aware of the tumulus all along and held sacred the sarcophagus inside becomes evident with about a tenth of the book to go I was hoping for atranscendental explanation to the happenings, but Ackroyd did not deprive me of the mystery element with hishuman and simplistic conclusion 3 5 definite...


  9. says:

    I felt so deeply while reading this book It was so melancholy and so metaphysical I didn t know what to expect It s about archaeology.but not really It s about astronomybut not really It s about depression, an...


  10. says:

    I believe this was his first novel and the developmental aspect shows Still, it is an interesting read if only because it shows some indications of Ackroyd s gifts as a writer which become much clearer in his later works of non fiction, which include London Biography of a City and the most...