[Chris Westwood] Ñ Graveyard Shift [historical-romance PDF] Ebook Epub Download ¼ formresponse.co.uk

[Chris Westwood] Ñ Graveyard Shift [historical-romance PDF] Ebook Epub Download ¼ A sensitive boy who frequents graveyards Who sees the spirits of the recently departed Who displays extraordinary artistic gifts Who finds it hard to make friends when he starts a new school And a boy whose father has mysteriously disappeared and a mother who is seriously ill In other words, a youngster who fulfils many of the prime requirements for the outsider protagonist of a novel This is Ben Harvester, who is drawn into a world of ghosts and demons and, in the process, discovers the latent abilities he has arising out of that sensitivity, a sensitivity that encompasses both his artistic gifts and his concern for those less well off than himself.
Through a rather odd stranger, Mr October whose name conjures up that witching period of Halloween or Samhain, with its feasts of the dead Ben is introduced to the secret Ministry of Pandemonium As you might expect from a word coined by Milton for Paradise Lost, this synonym for disorder and chaos simply means all the demons It transpires that the Ministry s job is to locate lost souls and open the door to another world for them before demons gets to them no easy task given the magnitude of the task Will Ben manage to put off his inquisitive new friend Becky Sanborne before she discovers his unlikely calling And what is the secret of his mother s exhaustion and the explanation for his father s disappearance Ministry of Pandemonium is set in a modern London with a supernatural underground familiar from China Mi ville s Kraken and Neil Gaiman s Neverwhere The boy who haunts cemeteries recalls Bod from Gaiman s The Graveyard Book The brick wall near Camden Lock giving access to the Ministry is reminiscent of Platform 9 at King s Cross Station from Rowling s Harry Potter books And yet, despite some of the parallels one can easily make, there is a largely a consistent but individual use of these motifs It s not a perfect book Ben, who himself narrates his tale, seems extraordinarily literate for someone of his age twelve or thirteen, I would guess and, despite loose ends this is apparently the first novel in a series , the ending is a little pat, albeit redeemed by some pragmatic touches such as a solution for his father s absence.
I wasn t totally satisfied by Ministry of Pandemonium I didn t find the terrors very horrific for example, and supporting characters often seemed either a little predictable Ben s friends and foes always manage to find him wherever he runs to in the capital and, for a boy who supposedly cares about people, he seemed singularly prosaic about the several deaths that are occasioned by the novel s apocalyptic ending there always is an apocalyptic ending in books such as these, aren t there, usually set at Halloween Why too does a West Yorkshire lad like Chris Westwood need to fall into the media clich of London as the centre of all things a diamond in the roughto find this little charmer in the the local charity used book store, I immediately fell in love with the cover, and it did NOT disappoint the plot is unique , it is a macabre with all meaning of the word, and yet it managed to contain action and humor too I simply loved it , and am definitely going to read the sequel This book is really enjoyable American readers would know this book as Graveyard Shift, it s the same book though I love the way this is written It s as if the visuals are written into the pages The first paragraph of chapter 3 is a fantastic example Nothing moving Everything still The next few days were even hotter and the air felt like a clammy skin On the bed in my room with the windows open I waited for a breeze that never came It was like waiting for a miracle, a sign to point me towards Mr Octoberor maybe it s because of where I live and I know what it s like to wait for that breeze on those hot days But there are other instances all through the book that brings that same great visual but it s just easier for you to read the book yourself than for me to list them all here The book grabbed me straight away cause let s face it, Ben is hanging out in a cemetery and I don t think there is anything wrong with that, so it had to be good story Everything fell into place at the right times Looking forward to the next one.
In most books, I usually have a stupid moment and this book was no exception It wasn t until page 216 when Ben is facing a demon and the demon calls him Harvester that I realise his name practically matches his profession Yeah Silly me Ministry of Pandemonium is set in modern day London and revolves around an ordinary 12 year old boy named Ben Harvester with an eye and talent for drawing, observing and a heart for helping Raised by his single mother, Donna Harvester n e Williams, he and his mother struggle to make ends meet But one day, Ben s life is turned upside down when he meets a man called Mr October a man of many faces, personalities and secrets He knows Ben has a special gift A talent than just drawing, observing and helping Something beyond that that enables him to see things not many people can and importantly, help the lost souls and take part in an eternal war not many people know about Together, Mr October recruits Ben to a top secret branch in the Ministry and slowly, Ben starts to realize that even though his gift can help others, its also deadly.
I enjoyed this book because it s one of those dark, supernatural ones with a twist of humor and sense of lightness which I really like It was interesting seeing the characters evolve and grow and I just really enjoy this book.
A sensitive boy who frequents graveyards Who sees the spirits of the recently departed Who displays extraordinary artistic gifts Who finds it hard to make friends when he starts a new school And a boy whose father has mysteriously disappeared and a mother who is seriously ill In other words, a youngster who fulfils many of the prime requirements for the outsider protagonist of a novel This is Ben Harvester, who is drawn into a world of ghosts and demons and, in the process, discovers the latent abilities he has arising out of that sensitivity, a sensitivity that encompasses both his artistic gifts and his concern for those less well off than himself.
Through a rather odd stranger, Mr October whose name conjures up that witching period of Halloween or Samhain, with its feasts of the dead Ben is introduced to the secret Ministry of Pandemonium As you might expect from a word coined by Milton for Paradise Lost, this synonym for disorder and chaos simply means all the demons It transpires that the Ministry s job is to locate lost souls and open the door to another world for them before demons gets to them no easy task given the magnitude of the task Will Ben manage to put off his inquisitive new friend Becky Sanborne before she discovers his unlikely calling And what is the secret of his mother s exhaustion and the explanation for his father s disappearance Ministry of Pandemonium is set in a modern London with a supernatural underground familiar from China Mi ville s Kraken and Neil Gaiman s Neverwhere The boy who haunts cemeteries recalls Bod from Gaiman s The Graveyard Book The brick wall near Camden Lock giving access to the Ministry is reminiscent of Platform 9 at King s Cross Station from Rowling s Harry Potter books And yet, despite some of the parallels one can easily make, there is a largely a consistent but individual use of these motifs It s not a perfect book Ben, who himself narrates his tale, seems extraordinarily literate for someone of his age twelve or thirteen, I would guess and, despite loose ends this is apparently the first novel in a series , the ending is a little pat, albeit redeemed by some pragmatic touches such as a solution for his father s absence.
I wasn t totally satisfied by Ministry of Pandemonium I didn t find the terrors very horrific for example, and supporting characters often seemed either a little predictable Ben s friends and foes always manage to find him wherever he runs to in the capital and, for a boy who supposedly cares about people, he seemed singularly prosaic about the several deaths that are occasioned by the novel s apocalyptic ending there always is an apocalyptic ending in books such as these, aren t there, usually set at Halloween Why too does a West Yorkshire lad like Chris Westwood need to fall into the media clich of London as the centre of all things a diamond in the roughto find this little charmer in the the local charity used book store, I immediately fell in love with the cover, and it did NOT disappoint the plot is unique , it is a macabre with all meaning of the word, and yet it managed to contain action and humor too I simply loved it , and am definitely going to read the sequel This book is really enjoyable American readers would know this book as Graveyard Shift, it s the same book though I love the way this is written It s as if the visuals are written into the pages The first paragraph of chapter 3 is a fantastic example Nothing moving Everything still The next few days were even hotter and the air felt like a clammy skin On the bed in my room with the windows open I waited for a breeze that never came It was like waiting for a miracle, a sign to point me towards Mr Octoberor maybe it s because of where I live and I know what it s like to wait for that breeze on those hot days But there are other instances all through the book that brings that same great visual but it s just easier for you to read the book yourself than for me to list them all here The book grabbed me straight away cause let s face it, Ben is hanging out in a cemetery and I don t think there is anything wrong with that, so it had to be good story Everything fell into place at the right times Looking forward to the next one.
In most books, I usually have a stupid moment and this book was no exception It wasn t until page 216 when Ben is facing a demon and the demon calls him Harvester that I realise his name practically matches his profession Yeah Silly me Ministry of Pandemonium is set in modern day London and revolves around an ordinary 12 year old boy named Ben Harvester with an eye and talent for drawing, observing and a heart for helping Raised by his single mother, Donna Harvester n e Williams, he and his mother struggle to make ends meet But one day, Ben s life is turned upside down when he meets a man called Mr October a man of many faces, personalities and secrets He knows Ben has a special gift A talent than just drawing, observing and helping Something beyond that that enables him to see things not many people can and importantly, help the lost souls and take part in an eternal war not many people know about Together, Mr October recruits Ben to a top secret branch in the Ministry and slowly, Ben starts to realize that even though his gift can help others, its also deadly.
I enjoyed this book because it s one of those dark, supernatural ones with a twist of humor and sense of lightness which I really like It was interesting seeing the characters evolve and grow and I just really enjoy this book.
When Ben Harvester meets Mr October in Highgate Cemetery, nothing could have prepared him for the dramatic turn his life is about to take He finds his true calling helping the dead to cross to the afterlife.
Strong characters, a unique storyline couldn t stop reading I read this in about 3 hours as I didn t want to put it down 1st person perspective which I generally dislike but it really works for this book The ending seemed a bit rushed but all in all a good, quick read A Spooky Fantasy Adventure In Which Death Is Only The Beginning When Ben Harvester Meets The Mysterious Mr October In London S Highgate Cemetery, He Has No Idea What A Strange And Dramatic Turn His Life Is About To Take But Ben Soon Discovers That Mr October Works For The Ministry Of Pandemonium, A Secret Organization Responsible For Tracking Down Lost Souls And Guiding Them To The Afterlife And Mr October Wants Him To Be His New RecruitAs Ben S Apprenticeship Begins, His Eyes Are Opened To A New World Of Wonder A World Where Magic Is Real And Ghosts Haunt Every Crime Scene, Accident Site, And Hospital CorridorBut With The Wonder Comes Horror Because The Ministry Is Not The Only Organization Hunting Spirits Of The Dead The Ghoulish Lords Of Sundown Want Those Spirits For Their Own Sinister Reasons And As Far As They Re Concerned, Ben S Just Chosen The Wrong Side In A Very Dangerous WarIll Mannered Spooks And Fearsome Monsters Populate The Alternative London Of This Charming Paranormal Adventure An interesting premise for a story But sadly, disappointed Too many reworked and borrowed tropes, character stereotypes etc Editing missed at least a couple of classic mistakes and dropped this to a 2 star for me Sorry A great story that really holds your interest with some good connections to paranormal genre as well as family and relationships.
Similar theme to Dead Like Me tv show but with less humour.


I read this in about 3 hours as I didn t want to put it down 1st person perspective which I generally dislike but it really works for this book The ending seemed a bit rushed but all in all a good, quick read When Ben Harvester meets Mr October in Highgate Cemetery, nothing could have prepared him for the dramatic turn his life is about to take He finds his true calling helping the dead to cross to the afterlife.
Strong characters, a unique storyline couldn t stop reading An interesting premise for a story But sadly, disappointed Too many reworked and borrowed tropes, character stereotypes etc Editing missed at least a couple of classic mistakes and dropped this to a 2 star for me Sorry A great story that really holds your interest with some good connections to paranormal genre as well as family and relationships.
Similar theme to Dead Like Me tv show but with less humour.