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Ghost Talkers av Mary Robinette Kowal
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Ghost Talkers (utgåvan 2016)

av Mary Robinette Kowal (Författare)

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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. Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence.While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willing...… (mer)
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Titel:Ghost Talkers
Författare:Mary Robinette Kowal (Författare)
Info:Tor Books (2016), Edition: First Ed, 304 pages
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All too often, soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice. But what if death didn’t relieve them of their duties? What if the fallen still had a final task to perform?

That's the premise underpinning Mary Robinette Kowal’s Ghost Talkers, a paranormal mystery set during World War I. Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress, and other female mediums have discovered how to speak with the spirits of recently killed soldiers; the soldiers have been trained to report in and provide details about enemy positions before passing on, providing a significant intelligence advantage to the Allies. But shortly after the story starts, Ginger learns that German spies have caught wind of the “Spirit Corps,” putting the program—and its mediums—in danger.

What follows is a well-designed example of how to fuse multiple genres together. (Which isn’t surprising, given that Kowal and her co-hosts on the excellent Writing Excuses podcast are currently discussing this topic.) Ghost Talkers threads together elements of fantasy, spycraft, romance, history, and the aforementioned mystery. Each genre feels necessary, enhancing rather than clashing with the rest. I particularly liked how the spiritually assisted romance between Ginger and her fiancé, Benjamin Harford, comes from a healthy relationship—there’s plenty of drama elsewhere in the story; no need to manufacture it out of contrived misunderstandings and bickering.

For all this, the story never fully grabbed me. (Perhaps because I listened to the audio version—sometimes a book just works better for me in text form.) But I respect the effort and skill that went into writing Ghost Talkers, and I’m interested in reading more works by Kowal.

(For more reviews like this one, see www.nickwisseman.com) ( )
  nickwisseman | Nov 30, 2020 |
This was an enjoyable audiobook, though in some ways it wasn't my cup of tea. (I'm usually a lot more indifferent to historical fiction, and tend to shy away from war stories.) I liked the way the Spirit Corps worked, though; that aspect of the book was my favorite part—and in fact, it was the only reason I was interested in the book in the first place. (Like I said, I don't usually give war stories a second look. There has to be something else about them to catch my eye.) ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | Nov 25, 2020 |
Fun, slightly scooby-ish tale. Dug the main premise and its focus on often-erased identities in WWI.

Chicago Nerd discussion notes: http://positronchicago.blogspot.com/2016/10/chicago-nerds-ghost-talkers.html ( )
  jakecasella | Sep 21, 2020 |
i am sad and betrayed, but i really liked this! ( )
  hexenlibrarian | May 19, 2020 |
Review to come

Review to be posted on August 2nd per publisher request.
In this alternate World War One historical, the British are using mediums to speak to soldiers right after death so they can get up to date intelligence on troop movements. With conditioning during boot camp and a small blood sample soldiers give report and pass along a final message. Ginger is an American working as a medium and has a British fiancée. When she gets a report from a soldier that was murdered near their camp because he overheard something some spies were plotting to do away with the mediums her report is ignored since the soldier was discredited as someone trying to get out of going back to the front. Being a woman and not in the direct chain of command she tries to do what she can to find out who is plotting to kill them.

This book had me crying several times while I was reading it. It was a great read and so far everything I have read from Mary Robinette Kowal has not disappointed.


Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley
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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
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The War Sonnets: The Soldier

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
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Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

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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. Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence.While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willing...

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