- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (August 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765378256
- ISBN-13: 978-0765378255
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 84 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ghost Talkers Hardcover – August 16, 2016
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Mary Robinette Kowal is the 2008 recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, a multiple Hugo winner, and a frequent finalist for the Nebula and Locus Awards. A professional puppeteer and voice actor, she spent five years touring nationally with puppet theaters. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and nine manual typewriters.
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I loved the characters, the setting and magic were well-researched, and the premise was engaging. The conclusion was fairly satisfying, though I wouldn't have objected to a little more at the end. Overall, well worth the money to buy and I would absolutely recommend.
The concept behind this book, spriits of the dead passing intel back prior to moving on to their eternal rest, fascinated me. I'm in the military and had ideas about how useful this would be. Ms. Kowal does a great job setting up a very plausible spiritual system that incorporates much of what people think about ghosts and makes it all seem logical. She then uses this to tell a marvelous story in a Great War setting.
If you're looking for all the sappy stuff, it's still there, but as a guy it wasn't embarrasing to read. I enjoyed the relationships and how they were impacted by what was going on around them.
Overall I am glad that I picked this book up. I don't have a lot of time to read, so I don't like it wasted. Not only was it not wasted, I may actually pick up another of Kowal's books (if I can get past the cover art).
This is a love story, a spy story, and a murder mystery. Whether you consider it science fiction or fantasy, it is a cracking good look at a society at war, with ignorance, racism, sexism, and other forms of blindness providing twists in the plot. It is also a moving tribute to the contributions of women to the war effort, with an essay by the author on her inspirations and sources. Highly recommended; this will be on my short list for Hugo nominations next year.
Brilliant job, Mary. I'd love a sequel when you're ready. Or a prequel, or a side story, or anything really. Well done!
The protagonist, an American woman who can talk to ghosts, must solve the murder of her beloved, who is English. Since he dies at the Front, determining that it was indeed murder is a bit difficult, and the perpetrator is a shock to her.
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