The Comet Seekers

The Comet Seekers One Day meets The Time Traveler s Wife in this spellbinding magical debut novel about love loss hope and heartbreak that shows us that for each of us the world can be as lonely or as beautiful as

  • Title: The Comet Seekers
  • Author: Helen Sedgwick
  • ISBN: 9781910701737
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One Day meets The Time Traveler s Wife in this spellbinding, magical debut novel about love, loss, hope and heartbreak that shows us that for each of us, the world can be as lonely or as beautiful as the comets that illuminate the skies above us.R is n and Fran ois first meet in the snowy white expanse of Antarctica And everything changes.While R is n grew up in a tiny viOne Day meets The Time Traveler s Wife in this spellbinding, magical debut novel about love, loss, hope and heartbreak that shows us that for each of us, the world can be as lonely or as beautiful as the comets that illuminate the skies above us.R is n and Fran ois first meet in the snowy white expanse of Antarctica And everything changes.While R is n grew up in a tiny village in Ireland, ablaze with a passion for science and the skies and for all there is to discover about the world, Fran ois was raised by his beautiful young mother, who dreamt of new worlds but was unable to turn her back on her past.As we loop back through their lives, glimpsing each of them only when a comet is visible in the skies above, we see how their paths cross as they come closer and closer to this moment.Theirs are stories filled with love and hope and heartbreak, that show how strangers can be connected and ghosts can be real, and the world can be as lonely or as beautiful as the comets themselves.

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    1. Antarctica. The first sunset of the year. Darkness will increase 20 minutes a day. Róisín, an Irish astrophysicist, and François, a French chef, both working at a research station, are becoming involved. They share a wanderlust and a deep attachment to people and places continents away, she to her beloved cousin, Liam, he to his unusual mother, Severine. But each feels a connection to the other that seems to have been written in the stars. The Comet Seekers traces their paths through time and [...]

    2. The Comet Seeker is a marvelous, beautifully written, emotional debut. It seems to be very hard for me to write a review as this is a book which is hard to describe, it needs to be felt. The Comet Seeker is the story of two people, Roisin and François who share a connection that seems to be written in the stars (or, more appropriately in comets). They meet for the first time in Antarctica where they both work, she as a researcher, he as a chef. The book starts with the day Comet Giacobini becom [...]

    3. This is a quiet introspective story and it's fascinating in many ways to learn about the comets. I was drawn immediately to Roisin, an Irish scientist in a research facility in Antarctica studying the comets and to Francois, the chef at the facility. I wanted to know how their relationship would develop and about their pasts and how they came to be where they are, both in the place and in their states of mind. Moving from time and place when comets occurred 2017, 1976, 1759 , 1066, back and fort [...]

    4. ”1759 Halley’s Comet In Beaux, two sisters in lace dresses read to one another as their husbands play cards and drink cognac. The family home was once deserted, so the story goes, burned down to its stone foundations, but it was rescued by twin sisters, like them, and now it is filled with books and flowers and laughter. They read in the paper about the naming of a comet after an astronomer who did not live to see it arrive, but they are not saddened by this. They know that their house is fi [...]

    5. I LOVED this book. It was something a little different, beautifully written and absolutely engaging.Following our characters and those that came before them over a thousand years, snapshots of life whenever a comet is visible in the skies, this is a gorgeous, imaginative premise that really hits you in the heart. To be fair it is actually really difficult to review because you don’t want to give away the pure magic of it but also you want to throw it at people and just say READ THIS you will f [...]

    6. Updating this review in anticipation of The Growing Season. I will be publishing the review on Sep 1, and I absolutely loved it! So you should check it out too, once it comes out.In short: The Comet Seekers is a wonderful book. I loved it.Main feel: layered, nostalgic, deep and emotional. Slow, will focus on feelings, coping with them, family events, and not action or developments, will also jump around timelines. However, very magical, very warm and personal.I loved this book to bits. Consideri [...]

    7. I applied a firm grip to this book the other night and said,“Prepare to be torn in half.”Three reasons why that didn’t happen:1) I’m not strong enoughEven thinking about it hurt my muscles2) Thought about my librarianShe's a meanie3) Fell asleep soon into the next chapterZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzI love books too much to actually do that, but I don’t love every story in them. Was it that bad? Maybe. Truth is, the ending was kind of good. I just had to get through the first 300 pages.

    8. Holy book, Batman! This was painfully beautiful. So, there are certain movies that are worth watching over and over again. You never feel like you can unfold all the layers and fully understand every aspect of it, so you keep watching those movies, and keep discovering something new that was hidden the times before. Every time you watch it again, you realize something that maybe you didn't know you realized before. This book was that for me. About one chapter in, and I knew this was something I' [...]

    9. I enjoyed this story of comet seekers tracing through history to follow a family who communes with ghosts. I would call it a beach read except I froze while reading it! I would read this alongside Good Morning, Midnight.I also learned about comets. I didn't know about Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter's role in devouring potentially dangerous comets from our solar system. There are some beautiful moments in this book, which I can't share with you because I had a review copy from the publisher.

    10. 3.5 starsThe Comet Seekers is beautifully written. I was so excited to read it based on the summary and other reviews I had read. Somehow, I just did not totally connect with the story. There are SO many characters that I found it hard to keep up with them all. I also just did not love the story line. Sedgwick’s prose is lyrical, and I truly enjoyed reading her writing so after several days of thinking about the book after I finished it, I decided to give it 3.5 stars. Her descriptions of Anta [...]

    11. This book is truly incredible. I will admit I am prone to liking novels like this, that have a firm foundation based in people, emotions, and relationships, but with a piny dipped in the waters of the supernatural. But even with that said, "The Comet Seekers" kept pushing me further and further into a place (or more accurately, places and times) that push the boundaries on how I view like and the quick-moving time we are here on this planet. I want to be the type of person that takes no one day [...]

    12. Comets have always captured the human imagination. In earlier times they were thought to be harbingers of doom but more recently they are seen as romantic wanders of the solar system or universe. Many comets, like the most famous, Halley's comet, have an elliptical orbit within our solar system appearing regularly and predictably (Halley's comet will next appear in our skies in 2061) while others have orbits that take hundreds or thousands of years. In the comet-seekers Helen Sedgwick explores t [...]

    13. ONE MILLION STARS AND COMETS. This is why I read. These are the books I live for. I read this on a flight from Heathrow to JFK and honestly forgot I was in a plane. Utterly transported somewhere else. A brilliant idea brilliantly executed. I highly HIGHLY recommend this, especially if you have a few unplugged hours to disappear.

    14. If you know two people who are just on the verge of falling in love; hiding in that small space between mayhem and harmony, do them a favor and give them this book. That'll get the job done, it is very decisive that way. This novel made me weep. Do yourself a favor too and read this as well. Be free.

    15. Four stars for the incredible writing.Two stars for the meandering plot and frustrating main characters.First, the writing is gorgeous, especially when the author (a physicist) is describing space. For example, the creation of planets: "And the debris comes together, forming rocks and swirling angry gas, distant ice planets, and occasionally an ideally placed one, that is not too light and not too dark. But at the heart of it, she knows, there can be a stellar black hole where once there was a s [...]

    16. I started reading Helen Sedgwick’s The Comet Seekers on the long journey up to Glasgow. It has fast become one of my highly anticipated reads of the year, especially since scrolling through some of its reviews. The premise was simple, yet very cleverly used, and all of the separate stories were carefully tied together to make a rich whole. Some of the occurrences - for example, Roisin and Francois living in the relatively small town of Bayeux at the same time - felt a little too convenient, b [...]

    17. Oh my my my, yes to the magic, the feelings, the comets, and pain. - "I couldn't live like that, too much was missing - one person can't be enough, can they? You need more. Everyone needs more." Reading this book was like being in landscape of relationships with a wonderful typography of emotions that felt so real. And to think it only took a few ghosts.

    18. GoodReads review algebra."book X has a lot of great aspects such as Y and Z" + "however the A felt heavy-handed and B seemed under-developed" + "author W is young and shows a ton of promise" = "I look forward to the future endeavors of W that take the Y and Z of X to the next level and corrects for the the inconsistencies of A and B"Rinse and repeat as necessary.

    19. The best books defy description because they've already used all the right words. Anything I say will fall short. Evocative, ethereal, wrenchingly beautiful family relationships both distant and close. I stayed up very late reading this one. Couldn't put it down.

    20. Dit boek kwam ik in Oxford in een van de prachtige boekhandels daar tegen. ik had er nog nooit van gehoord, maar de titel en de cover spraken me meteen aan. Ik heb heel lang alleen veilig gekocht (schrijvers die ik al kende, boeken waar ik al een stukje in had gelezen van de bieb etc.), maar op vakantie ging ik in de boekhandels een beetje los. Wel spannend, maar de prijzen liggen daar iets lager, dat scheelt ook haha!En toen ik in ons idyllische huisje was en begon in dit boek, vloekte ik even [...]

    21. This was an okay read, I wasn't blown away but still enjoyed the experience - don't think I would pick it up again though.There are two stories interwoven in this book; one follows the lives of two cousins living in Ireland and the other part follows a family living in France. Both stories are connected by the fact that all of the people are keen watchers of comets. In the story of the cousins we see how they fall in love with each other and struggle with the implications of this, whilst the guy [...]

    22. It’s been a while since a book contained so many sentences that gut-punched me, or left me breathless. That brought back longings so deep, and losses so painful, it was like having my heart excavated at times. Sometimes by a sentence describing a simple gesture. Other times by a character’s handling of a human emotion, such as grief, so perfectly rendered, every cell in my body ached. How can a book make me feel so bereft, and yet still so hopeful, all at once? So insignificant, yet so conne [...]

    23. I knew I wasn't going to be a fan of this book as soon as I started reading it and discovered that the author didn't use quotation marks. That is one of my pet peeves; I find it pretentious. I got the sense that the author tried too hard with the lyricism and I felt duped by the synopsis, which made it seem like the book would be set mostly in Antarctica. Only the first and last chapters are set in Antarctica and the rest tells you the life stories of Róisín and François, the former I kind of [...]

    24. This book has a quiet, otherworldly beauty. Though there are a lot of characters, a few do stand out and provide enough connective tissue to pull the reader through the tricky (and potentially confusing) narrative structure.

    25. This book has many lovely written passages. Although it took me a few chapters to really become invested, it ended up being one of the best books I have read this year. It made me want to learn more about astronomy as well - always a bonus when a novel makes you want to learn about a new subject.

    26. A different kind of love story but I enjoyed it. "There is something liberating about making a decision and walking straight towards it."

    27. Originally published at Reading RealityThis feels like an easy book to like but a hard book to love. Your mileage, even to Antarctica and back, may vary.I want to say this is a story about two people who feel connected to comets, and through that somewhat ephemeral connection find themselves connected to each other. At first their connection seems to be an accident, but in the end we discover that some gravitic force has been moving them towards each other all along.Róisín is an Irish astrophy [...]

    28. The premise of the story orbits around various comets. We have two characters that meet at the beginning of the book whose lives come closer and closer (mimicking how a star explodes into a black hole?). The story takes us to various corners of the world and is interesting, but I found myself growing a bit uninterested in the middle section. The chapters are written in short chunks, so I forged through and did find the end result pleasing. I like the incorporation of astronomy and an element of [...]

    29. In two words, I'd describe this book as dazzling and haunting. It's hard to sum up everything this book is about: it's about Ireland and France. It's about space and comets. It's about ghosts and history. It's about tapestries and cooking. It's about forbidden love and deep family ties. It's about Antartica and loneliness. There is so much going on here, but yet the plot doesn't get muddled because of it, instead it soars comet-like through time and space and stories that weave together in beaut [...]

    30. The Comet Seekers is a first novel about trying to live in the present while struggling to understand the past. The book starts and ends in the year 2017 in Antartica where Roisin, age 58, is studying Antarctica and comets She chose to go to Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey to get as far away from her life in Ireland and difficult memories. Francois, age 31, is a cook, for the Antartica expedition. A relationship develops between the two of them and the book moves back and forth amon [...]

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