The Many Lives of John Stone

The Many Lives of John Stone A Teen Questions All She Knows About Aging When She Encounters A Set Of Journals That Date From The Present Back To The Reign Of King Louis XIV In This Absorbing Portrait Of The Court Of Versailles Kirkus Reviews From The Author Of The Acclaimed Gideon TrilogyStella Park Spark For Short Has Found Summer Work Cataloging Historical Archives In John Stone S Remote And Beautiful House In Suffolk, England She Wasn T Quite Sure What To Expect, And Her Uncertainty About Living At Stowney House Only Increases Upon Arriving What Kind Of People Live In The Twenty First Century Without Using Electricity, Telephones, Or Even A Washing Machine Additionally, The Notebooks She S Organizing Span Centuries They Begin In The Court Of Louis XIV In Versailles But Are Written In The Same Hand Something Strange Is Going On For Sure, And Spark S Questions Are Piling Up Who Exactly Is John Stone What Connection Does He Have To These Notebooks And Importantly, Why Did He Hire Her In The First Place

Linda Buckley Archer is a London based writer Originally trained as a linguist and subsequently a scriptwriter, she became a novelist after writing a story for her son, who was a reluctant reader That story became the first volume of the time traveling GIDEON TRILOGY, which featured the dark side of 18th century London as well as the French and American Revolutions The trilogy was translated

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  • 544 pages
  • The Many Lives of John Stone
  • Linda Buckley-Archer
  • 06 October 2019
  • 9781481426398

10 thoughts on “The Many Lives of John Stone

  1. says:

    The Many Lives of John Stone is an unusual book Told in multiple dimensions and through two main characters, it is a story unlike any other I have read.With a very slow start and a writing style truly unique in voice, it took me a bit to get into it but once there, it wasn t hard to read on and want to know the rest of the story Sadly this was not a time travel story but rather you traveled back in time through the entries of a diary, and while somewhat disappointed at that, I did enjoy the diary entries.It was fascinating to learn about court life in France and the history buff in me couldn t help but gravitate towards those entries than anything else Especially as the story unfolded and we really got to know who John Stone is.While sometimes wordy in description, the story did have a unique take on the overall plot of the story and in the end, I did end up enjoying this than I initially thought I would An ARC Copy of this was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  2. says:

    IT S LABELED UNDER TIME TRAVEL ON THE SIMON AND SCHUSTER WEBSITE.Possible description found here When seventeen year old Spark takes a summer job working at a secluded house in England, organizing journals that span centuries and all written in the same hand, she discovers her true connection to the people who live there and the trait that makes them unique EDIT.Oooh, yay, GR has a description up

  3. says:

    Review also found at I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review The Expected publication date is October 20th I am really struggling with how to pen my thoughts on this story It really is not like any others I have read and I have read a lot of books It is a melting pot of genres which in my mind is really kind of cool It is part historical fictions which we all know is my most favored genres, then we also have a YA element although not a short light read and part fantasy or paranormal or I am not so sure what to label it There really are no mysteries to solve in this story as the synopsis suggests As the reader you know exactly what is going on and any questions are easily guessed or answered right away Also some advice for those who wish to read this story Be patient with it at first It started a little slow and I questioned my decision to take on this story It picks up speed and you are rewarded if you stick with it Given that the book synopsis does not give much of the story away, I feel I cannot as well To discuss some of the plot and storyline would be to give spoilers which I do not do Instead I will leave these parting thoughts This is a story that people are either going to love or hate I don t see many people falling in the middle The historical fiction aspect was my favorite part and what made the story rewarding for me Although I say this is a YA read, it is not a light and fluffy story I would only recommend it to YA readers who are serious about their books and enjoy a bit of history For everyone else I recommend

  4. says:

    I didn t really understand this one on a few levels If it s trying to be a time travel immortal mystery, it s just too quiet to be truly compelling If it s trying to be a mysterious historical fictiony type thing, why introduce a minor weirdness that is almost too small to notice halfway through And why on earth is this being marketed to teens Age it up, give it some teeth, and you might actually have an interesting story here instead of a book for teens written in sometimes arcane language that, in part, follows a grown adult doing grown adult things.Just an overwhelmingly frustrating read that I gave time to than I ultimately should have So much potential that missed the mark entirely.

  5. says:

    One of the most interesting and enjoyable books I have read in a long time I picked it up to see if it would be a good choice for my teenage daughter, and couldn t put it down The characters were well written and so interesting and the book was not predictable as I feel so many are I think it is a terrific read for all ages, not just the YA audience.

  6. says:

    Very niceI liked the difference in how things were presented in this book and the exploration of an idea of immorality The ending is a bit sad, but what we were expecting the entire book Definitely read if you like emotional turmoil and sweet thoughts.

  7. says:

    Quiet, but a lovely read I especially loved the chapters in Versailles.

  8. says:

    Stella Park Spark for short has found summer work cataloging historical archives in John Stone s remote and beautiful house in Suffolk, England She wasn t quite sure what to expect, and her uncertainty about living at Stowney House only increases upon arriving what kind of people live in the twenty first century without using electricity, telephones, or even a washing machine Additionally, the notebooks she s organizing span centuries they begin in the court of Louis XIV in Versailles but are written in the same hand Something strange is going on for sure, and Spark s questions are piling up Who exactly is John Stone What connection does he have to these notebooks And importantly, why did he hire her in the first place First of all, this is not a time travel book and that blurb is misleading with regards to plot Considering genres and blurbs are what usually get me into a book, I was a bit miffed on this point Had I not known of this before going into the book, could my experience have been different I doubt it The plot revolves around John Stone, so much so that even in third person account, his full name John Stone is used in every sentence I get it it was the anglicized version of his French name, but it was a bit discomforting to the eye So John aka Jean Pierre, lived in the court of The Sun King, a time when being morally upstanding was perhaps not the best in a court full of manipulations John being what he is I will refrain from spoiling readers , he is considered an anomaly, but a curious one something to keep as part of a collection Most of the book chronicles his time in the court which hardly has anything much to do with the current era, plot wise See, Jean was taught to keep his existence a secret, so he keeps it even in the current age, living with two other people of his kind, in seclusion, somewhere in Suffolk He is Monsieur Broody that s how exhausting his recollection of his lives have been another way the title is misleading, along with the cover He hires Stella as an intern to organize his archives, but actually wants her to be their Friend, a confidant, based on the fact that he suspects she is his dead wife s daughter And while he is on a deadline, he takes his own sweet time to letting her know of her heritage, rather than, I don t know letting her de crypt the archives and find out herself No, she gets that at the end of the book, in the form of the notebooks which we read throughout the book So while there could have been interesting stories as to his family pasts so that she can understand them better, he regales her with a long saga of his first love and time at the glorious court of Henry XIV And what was frustrating was the slow pace of the book I was constantly looking at the progress bar to see when it will end There wasn t much in way of conflict, and the thing about the assassin was never resolved Why exactly did the assassin strike I thought there would be contemporary repercussions to it, but nada The only conflict was a stubborn man s pride and unwillingness to depend on those close to him, but miraculously that is all resolved in a matter of sentences at the end of the book Basically, this was exhausting for me to read Received a free galley from Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers via Edelweiss this does not influence my opinions or review.

  9. says:

    I felt that this book could have had a better climax It had a really great set up, and I just feel that the author didn t use the plot to their full advantage.

  10. says:

    3.5 stars

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