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review 2017-06-27 02:40
Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
Ghost Talkers - Mary Robinette Kowal

Imagine a first world war where the English have recruited mediums and devised a method to have soldiers report intelligence from their dying moments before moving on. Of course, the Germans are trying to figure out the secret of how they do this, and this is the basis for the plot of the novel. Ginger Stuyvesant is an American heiress who is one of these mediums.

 

It was a quick read and I liked it overall but I can’t say that I ever really got fully absorbed by it. Little things kept distracting me. I’m not entirely sure whether they were even problems, exactly. Just little period details that made me wonder whether things would have happened quite like that. Maybe they would have. I do think the title could have been better.

 

Anyway, I read this for the booklikes-opoly Water Works square on a gamble since that one says to “Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event.” I got lucky, and there were a few instances of people crying, usually as a result of a death. This wasn’t emotional weeping but more subdued crying, the kind that you just can’t seem to help, but I think it counts.

 

At 299 pages, this nets me another $6 for my bank, leaving with a current total of $156.

 

Previous updates:

187 of 299 pages (63 %)

82 of 299 pages (27 %)

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text 2017-06-26 23:46
Reading progress update: I've read 187 out of 299 pages.
Ghost Talkers - Mary Robinette Kowal

Now we even have crying in dreams!

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text 2017-06-26 18:02
Reading progress update: I've read 82 out of 299 pages.
Ghost Talkers - Mary Robinette Kowal

Helen shook her head, panting. Tears glistened on her cheeks. "It's not your time. I know... oh, sweet girl. I know it hurts, but you have to stay here."

This looks promising for Water Works... She's crying as a combination of the effort of keeping Ginger here and at the prospect of losing her friend, I think.

 

Also, later on in the scene:

Lifting her hand, which Mrs. Richardson did not release, Ginger wiped her eyes on the back of her arm.

She has just discovered that her fiancé has died. I think this information was included in the blurb, but just to be safe, I'm adding the spoiler tags.

(spoiler show)
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review 2017-06-22 18:00
Review: "Rock N Soul" by Lauren Sattersby
Rock N Soul - Lauren Sattersby

 

~ 5 stars ~

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