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All the Bells on Earth

(The Christian Trilogy #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  24 reviews
In the dead of night, a man climbs the tower of St. Anthony's Church, driven by a compulsive urge to silence the bells. In a deserted alley, a seemingly random victim is consumed by a torrent of flames. And in the deceptive light of day, a mail-order businessman named Walt Stebbins receives a bizarre artifact--a glass jar containing the preserved body of a bluebird. Things ...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Ace (first published November 1995)
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Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved this story. It has similarities to The Last Coin and the Paper Grail, but I think Blaylock has made the protagonist more human than in his past novels. There is a wonderful and hilarious passage in which the protagonist is ordering exotic and mythical items by phone and is trying to ascertain how authentic they are. The conversation that ensues is a gem, like the book itself.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, a true point by point review of this book would involve too many spoilers, so I will endeavor to give the broadest response possible. Two things stood out to me with this novel. First is the fact that is was slow in building its momentum, and by slow, I mean tectonic plate slow, with the occasional quake when something shifted dramatically. I had the feeling that it was always on the verge of exploding with energy, yet didn't. The second thing, and a positive to balance the negati ...more
Lectrice Hérétique
Oui, bon. On dit qu’il s’agit du meilleur roman de Blaylock. Je ne connais pas les autres, mais ce n’est pas celui-ci qui va m’inciter à explorer son œuvre. Dans une petite ville de Californie, quelques jours avant Noël, le sonneur de cloche meurt écrasé par la cloche sabotée, le curé est agressé dans sa sacristie, un homme d’affaire est victime de combustion spontanée, et Walt Stebbins, honnête citoyen, reçoit par erreur un colis qui ne lui est pas destiné. Le curé s’allie au pasteur, et démarr ...more
William Humphreys
Jul 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I just re-read this (3rd time) and was even more impressed, perhaps aided by the hindsight of disappointment that I felt from Blaylock's latest 'Knights of the Cornerstone'. It is interesting to compare the two, as both could be termed 'Christian Fantasy.' However, ABE succeeds because it deals with dark matter in a sidewise and quirky manner, drawing the reader in whatever their ideological persuasions, while KC just tries to force you to believe. Be that as it may, this is wonderful book, blen ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this book. I walked down wet streets and wandered in and out of houses with these characters. I still have the memory of the town and the characters. I think it will stay. Good book.
May 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those familiar with OC
The man wrote a horror-type story set in the City of Orange - God bless him for trying, lol...
Ben Simpkins
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blaylock is one of my favorite authors, even though I only started reading him just a little over a year ago. I started out with the "Narbondo Trilogy", and I absolutely loved his short stories that took place in that same universe (despite the fact that it really may seem like all of Blaylock's stories take place in the same universe). Then I purchased the Omnibus "Christian Trilogy" and fell in love with "The Last Coin" immediately, since the characters were quirky and the narration and situat ...more
Tim Meechan
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fabulism, library
What a GREAT story!!! Blaylock, you’ve done it again. This is why I read books. I called in sick today so I could finish reading this one after I fell asleep with the book in my lap last night. If you are already familiar with Blaylock’s books, nothing more need be said, if not, I would say this about him. He is like a Lays potato chip - “ nobody can read just one”.
I’ve been enjoying him since the eighties, and I’m ready for another-right now.

This novel is one of the three that make up his Chris
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This delightful tale is one of author James Blaylock's better books, though not the very best. With a typical lovably oddball protagonist and nefarious/magical goings on, it's an enjoyable little adventure. Here we have a mysterious, pickled "bluebird of happiness" and typically Blaylockian everyman-caught-in-weird-happenings fun. Don't be too concerned about the "Christian Trilogy #3" tag Goodreads has given this novel. It isn't really a sequel, and it never once had occurred to me that it was, ...more
Patrick Barry
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
A deal with the devil runs amok among small town sensibilities. 20 years before three businessmen were duped into selling their souls to the devil. Now during the Christmas season, one of them spontaneously combusts. This leaves the two surviving businessmen to desperately try to find a way to get out of their deals. A charm exists that can get one of them out of the deal, but craziness ensues that can only happen in a small town. Small town sensibilities are more powerful than they seem, but ca ...more
Brian O'Leary
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting connections and good writing, but the main character is flat and boring.
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Well, what did I expect from a book whose main plot device is a dead bird floating in a jar of gin- aka, the Bluebird of Unhappiness?

Said bird has the power to grant tempting wishes but always exacts a terrible price. This has all been done better in "The Monkey's Paw".

The same B. of U. is also involved in resolving the main conflict, though as far as I can tell, things wouldn't really have worked out that way.

Indeed, there were several jarring instances when characters said or did things that
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I bought a used copy of this book a while ago, but for some reason I couldn’t get past the first few pages. Then I finally bought the audiobook, and got hooked on the story right away. The story has mystery, quirkiness, good vs. evil, and demons.

It’s Christmas time in California. A man running a mail-order business out of his garage receives some strange mis-labeled merchandise in the mail: a bluebird preserved in a jar of liquid, which grants his wishes, but brings an equal misfortune for each
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Technically well written, the story had a lot more potential than the author was able to wrestle out of it. Its main characters inhabit an otherwise everyday existence that has a current of evil and strange devices lurking just out of the sight of all but its dubious heroes. What is disappointing is the unsatisfactory way in which the author never really strongly connects or explains the mechanisms or logic in resolving of the main conflict and climax of the story. It is as if the author gave up ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story takes place where I grew up! I loved seeing familiar landscape described is his story. The story itself was a pleasant combination of mystery, supernatural and the ordinariness of life. I can't decide which genre I would place it in. He's a pal of Tim Powers, who wrote Last Call. It was through Powers that I came to find Blaylock's book.
Brian Kohl
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Every Christian should read a good book about fighting the devil every now and again. Blaylock is a more approachable Charles Williams, and parts of this book gave me the cold sweats. Nastily inventive. The grouchy main character is a new fave.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Decent story. I listened to the audio version and the narrator had a few annoying ways of pronouncing some words. Also the author used the saying, laughed out loud (or some version of it) way too many times.
One of my all time favorites.
Jan 06, 2009 rated it liked it
A magic realism book in my mind.

Some normal guys in Orange County are attacked by Satanic forces. The book never states this, just the prevading sense of evil and bad things happening.
First read around 1999.
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Една от най-широките книги на Блейлок. Това, което е синтезирано в "Последния сребърник", тук се е разляло като мудна река :) Страхотно преживяване.
Mary Swardt
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
The moment I finished this book I had to put it down and move it to another room.
Fascinated me and shook me up a bit. Same for my husband - even more so.
Kari Gritzan
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great great book.
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James Paul Blaylock is an American fantasy author. He is noted for his distinctive style. He writes in a humorous way: His characters never walk, they clump along, or when someone complains (in a flying machine) that flight is impossible, the other characters agree and show him why he's right.

He was born in Long Beach, California; studied English at California State University, Fullerton, receivin

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The Christian Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Last Coin (Christian Trilogy, #1)
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