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Remmy grows up with Beth in Bellhammer, Illinois as oil and coal companies rob the land of everything that made it paradise. Under his Grandad, he learns how to properly prank his neighbors, friends, and foes. Beth tries to fix Remmy by taking him to church. Under his Daddy, Remmy
Hardcover, 334 pages
Expected publication: October 12th 2020
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    Ankit Garg
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
    “Bell Hammers” by Lancelot Schaubert is a fun and humorous story delivering a powerful message. The book can be summarized as a collection of several stories. The characters are loving and realistic. The writing style is excellent, reminiscent of Mark Twain.

    Thanks to the author and the publisher for the ARC.

    Verdict: Recommended.

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    Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Humorous, folksy and charming. Reminiscent of Mark Twain's style of storytelling. As comfortable as a pair of slippers and an easy chair, this read is well worth the time spent.

    A review copy was provided by Net Galley and the publishers. This is an honest, unbiased, uncompensated review.
    Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is a story that needed tellin, simple as that. Boy I’m sure glad he did. You see, my people from way back when are just like these people, so I grew up hearing stories and tall tales just like the ones in this here book. Most of em are probably true, but who knows and honestly, who cares? Like I said, these are stories that needed tellin. And they are told just like they were said, in that wonderful spoken vernacular of those wonderful people. It brought me back to when I was a little girl ...more
    Sharon Rogers
    Bell Hammers is beautifully written with a really distinctive voice which engages you from the first sentence. Really enjoyable narrative and prose, a real page turner.
    Drew K
    Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Bell Hammers is and enjoyable and thoughtful read, one that captures life in southern Illinois Coal Country during the 20th century. The novel is told in stories, starting in Remmy's childhood, and bringing us through his adulthood, marriage, fatherhood and grandfather hood. Overshadowing everything is the Big Oil company, and Remmy's long play to develop a prank designed to even the score. The book is both funny and poignant and as I read through, I really felt myself bonding with these ...more
    Meg Langford

    I read somewhere, Amazon I think, that Lance's work smacks a bit of John Kennedy O'Toole (the beloved "Confederacy of Dunces"), and a bit of John Steinbeck. Odd, because I remember thinking that exact thing before reading that someone else had invoked those names. I don't know Lance and have never met him; I stumbled on his website and read a simple story about a truck driver that brought me to tears and reminded me so of my own grandfather. Lance is too young to write so elegantly, so
    Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I almost stopped reading this book. But then I realized that I was reading it too seriously in my college english prep mind voice. I needed to read it somewhat phonnically in a southern Iowa/Illinois mind voice. Then the story came out. Remmy, always the prankster finds out that the bigger the prank the bigger the repercusions. The Good Lord may help you think twice but sometimes He lets you learn your lesson the hard way. But you have to give Remmy an A for creativity. It comes naturally to him ...more
    Clazzzer C
    Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Bell Hammers was a relevant, funny, and important read. It's a series of stories told from the point of view of Remmy, presenting stories possibly handed down through many generations, representing those held back capitalism, by progression, by those with money. It is authentic and presents many example of pranks and tricks which common folk played on one another to entertain themselves and break the monotony of everyday life. I loved this book and found myself putting on an accent in my head as ...more
    Lauren Schaubert
    Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Bell Hammers is hilarious and heartbreaking in all of the right ways. Imagine all of the times an older person declared "when I was your age we used to..." well this is a story of all of those "used to's" and watching the people that experienced them grow up. It's truly astounding to me how I felt I could relate to each character in some way.
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A comfortable, fun and humourous story, reminiscent of Faulkner and Twain. With loving and realistic characters and excellent writing a story that needed telling done well. Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for the arc.
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A tale that takes you on a joyful ride around Egypt, Illinois. Seeing the world through Remmy's eyes is enjoying and fun. You instantly get a sense of what Remmy is about from the first chapter, and aren't let down as the years pass by. A great story that should be dipped by everyone.
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    One of my favorite stories of the year. I'm a big fan of the way the way this book played with time and fiction, and the author's fun style of dialouge. An easy and emotional story to read on my commute.
    Peter Corado
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    An interesting portal into eccentric midwestern culture as well as the corporate greed that all of America has become far too comfortable with.
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    Colby Williams
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This is such a great book. There's a lot of humanity and pain mixed in with a constant search for joy, which a lot of us know well. It really does feel like hand-me-down stories, especially if you grew up in a small town or know someone who did. I imagined a grandfather telling me "never let the facts get in the way of a good story" the whole time while also swearing this was "exactly how it happened!" I feel fortunate to have received an advanced copy, and I'm so excited for it to finally hit ...more
    Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Bellhammers by Lancelot Schaubert is a full length, contemorary novel. The storyline spans decades and starts when the hero, Wilson Remus is six years old. He lives a life well lived, a lifetime filled with love, life, family, career, history, failure and succes. I loved the excekllent writing and the captivating story, the beautifully thought out and beautifully told story.

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    Bellhammers by Lancelot Schaubert is a full length, contemorary novel. The storyline spans decades and starts
    Doug Yonce
    Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Interesting look at life in Middle America as big business and the common man face off. Realistic characters bring life to an informative novel. I received an advanced digital copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The stories were unique and entertaining. Lancelot did a great job of researching and writing.
    Remmy grows up with Beth in Bellhammer, Illinois as oil and coal companies Rob the land of everything that made it paradise. Beth tries to fix him by taking him to church.

    Thank you to publisher and NetGalley for the eARC
    Nina M.
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    It’s a hilarious book, filled with bright insight in surprising places, in gentle ways. I would be laughing out loud on the subway at some moments. At others, I would be quickly reaching for my journal to copy down a beautiful thought, because through this work, Lance allows the readers to stumble upon so many.
    Jessica Snyder
    Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
    I had a really hard time with this book. The subject matter seemed engaging and the synopsis drew me in. However the story never grabbed me and I struggled to chew though it. Maybe just not my thing. Hope others enjoy it!
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I was given this book to read through Voracious Readers Only, thank you. I grasped the sentiment to this book but I could not warm to the style of writing. To be honest I got lost in quite a bit of the quickly changing dialogue. The lack of punctuation, though intended, made reading it difficult. The under lying story is a moving one and I can understand the author wanting to get it down on paper before it is lost to time. I think the authors suggestion of the audio book may be a good idea for ...more
    Noreen Bennett
    Dec 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
    I appreciate all the trouble Lancelot Schubert went to to get a copy of Bellhammers to me but was really disappointed with the story. It was long strange and boring
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    Two excerpts of Lancelot Schaubert's ( debut novel BELL HAMMERS sold to The New Haven Review (Yale’s Institute Library) and The Misty Review, while a third excerpt was selected as a finalist for the last Glimmer Train Fiction Open in history. He has also sold poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to TOR (MacMillan), The Anglican Theological Review, McSweeney’s, Poker Pro’s World ...more
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