Ghost Talkers

Ghost Talkers

Book - 2016
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"Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Harford, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force ... Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiancé to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765378255
0765378256
Call Number: KOWAL
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Historical fiction.
Alternative histories (Fiction)
War fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Science fiction.
Paranormal fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 -- England -- Fiction.
Traitors -- Fiction.
Military intelligence -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Special operations (Military science) -- Fiction.
Americans -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Mediums -- Fiction.

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Telingro
Sep 26, 2017

Hmmm... for a historical fiction/fantasy, this WAS quite unique and interesting! It never would have occurred to me that occultism and war could fit into one book, but Mary Kowal Robbinette hit it right on! A tad sad, romantic, bittersweet, but quite technical too.

A shameful sidenote: I can't say I actually read the entire thing, I think I read the first half, then skimmed the rest to find out how the plot played out. Unfortunately that's just what I did... I'm not proud of it. Nevertheless, through that skimming, I felt a deflated dissatisfaction by the last page. I was hoping for a happy ending, ok? Can a reader ask that? Ok, ok, I don't want a cliche one, and let's not make it a "waking from a dream"... anyway. Nothing's perfect.

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bobgrant
Nov 20, 2016

I really enjoyed this. It was a different take on the period books that are so popular right now. Her sense of setting and atmosphere are terrific, and the mixture of real history and imagined events is refreshing. It is nice to read a "fantasy" novel (this is really historical fiction to me) that is not populated by sexy vampires and buff werewolves... :)

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GummiGirl
Oct 24, 2016

Although I found it a bit plodding at first, I eventually came to appreciate the characters and setting.

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