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A world in peril. A bond deeper than love.

Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world - a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she never expected she'd struggle with the requirement to shun these “ghosts.” She never expected to be so attracted to the
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Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Tor Science Fiction (first published October 1st 2012)
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    Jill

    4.5 stars

    Debut

    Elizabeth Cole is dead. She just doesn't realise it. Yet. Until she's presented with incontrovertible proof. Her dead body.

    En route to Ardagh 1, the Ghost Planet, the transport on which Elizabeth Cole is travelling goes down during a storm killing all on board. A psychologist, Elizabeth was heading for a residency at a counselling centre on Ardagh and hoping to spend time studying the ghosts, the alien lifeform indigenous to the planet.

    Each human who comes to live on Ardagh 1, has
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    Veronica Belmont
    "5 stars!" You exclaim. "For a Vaginal Fantasy pick!?"

    Yes, and let me tell you why! Ghost Planet surprised me in a big way. I've read quite a bit of science fiction in my day, and this particular premise seemed very new and inventive to me. In fact, I feel like this book could have continued on to a more flesh-out series, since there's so much more we can learn about the planet and how it works.

    Elizabeth, the female lead, is something of a Mary Sue. She's beautiful, intelligent, and can fight he
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    Felicia
    Again, I have a winner! Wow I've been on a streak lately. This is a really fun Sci-Fi romance that I was surprised by. Very cool setup and characters that I couldn't put down. I don't want to spoil the book, just start reading it without reading blurbs and the twist at the beginning will really hook you in!

    You gotta not think TOO deep about the worldbuilding here, because then you'll wonder why EVERYONE didn't realize what's going on with this planet immediately, but whatever. The characters and
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    Kathleen
    Whoop! An unqualified "good read" from start to finish! Engrossing science fiction and sexy-sweet romance. Thanks to Cristina, Jill, and Laura for promoting this book to me. Paying it forward.

    I read so many romances that are only feebly embedded in science fiction, fantasy, or suspense. Not so here. The scientific theory added up. It was coherent and credible (enough). Because the author revealed Elizabeth's thought processes -- it's all told in her POV -- I predicted how the planet was working
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    Jane Stewart
    3 stars. The first half was very good. The second half went in directions that weren’t as good, but still enjoyable.

    I really liked the sci-fi ideas. I just wish the author went into more of the sci-fi and did less of the good-guy-bad-guy-stuff. I wanted more explanation and interaction with the plants, the planet, the environment, and some history about the alien forces and substance. That was fascinating. I also liked the sci-fi concept of ghosts. People die and come back as ghosts. But they
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    Nissanmama
    I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in a long time. Sharon Lynn Fisher’s Ghost Planet grabbed me into one of those book trances that leaves you unable to do laundry, sleep, or function in the real world until you finish. When forced to put the book down, you walk around in a book bubble thinking about the plot and how it might twist and turn until you can pick it up again. This is when you decide pancakes are awesome for dinner so you can go back to your comfy spot and slip back into the emotions ...more
    Laura (Kyahgirl)
    3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

    I thought this was a very good debut book by this author. Ghost Planet is, in my opinion, more of a romantic adventure than a sci-fi novel but it still fits both genres. I really enjoyed the concept behind the world building. I do wish the author had directed a bit more words towards the nature of the planet. It appears to be sentient and symbiotic but more exploration of that would have been interesting to me.
    Jacqueline
    Science fiction romance the way it should be done. Complex and fully developed world building. Having each human settler be spontaneously bonded to an alien was good. Having that alien be the host of the consciousness of a dead human who doesn't realize they are not still human was brilliant. The fact that the ghosts were copies of a settler's loved ones added depth and pathos particularly since in order to keep the settlers from mental breakdown, they were not supposed to interact at all with t ...more
    Julia
    Apr 13, 2013 Julia rated it 3 of 5 stars
    Recommended to Julia by: Vaginal Fantasy Book Club
    This story had a great premise: a planet recently cultivated and populated by humans only to be riddled with the ghosts of said humans' past. If you don't read the blurb on Goodreads (the second paragraph), then I think the twist at the beginning will be a lot of fun. I didn't read the blurb and was really shocked, but in a good way!

    The beginning of this story was really strong. I would say up until 30%, this was a five star for me; up until 50%, it was a four star. This fell down to a three st
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    Aira
    okay the premise of the book blew me away and initially I was hooked
    the relationship between the protagonist and Dr. Murphey seemed realistic and sweet but then (view spoiler) it started to get unrealistic,
    I had to force myself to finish the book, yes I get that this is scifi and romance but still, there needs to be a connection and understanding between the characters and the readers, and I fel
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    Susana
    An original and addictive story
    4,5 stars

    —Ardagh 1, more commonly referred to as “the ghost planet” by people on Earth. Inexplicable things happened here. The planet itself was a study in the impossible.

    Well, i've just finished reading this story, and i have a big stupid smile on my face! :)

    This story strongest point?

    The originality of it.
    The story takes places in Ardagh 1,a Planet which is basically similiar to Earth, but not suffering the signs of advanced pollution. There, it has been establi
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    Janet
    Jan 27, 2013 Janet rated it 2 of 5 stars
    Shelves: space
    Ghost Planet is a romance novel in a SF-lite setting. The characters live in a spacefaring society, but space doesn't saturate the story. Now personally I don't mind having a novel set on another planet without an explanation of how space travel works in this universe, but if a big part of the fun of SF for you is how an author solves the problems of space colonization, this novel is not for you.

    Ghost Planet's best features are the extremely cool central concept - that a mysteriously changeable
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    Catherine Spangler
    This was a great SF romance with an original, intricate plot and well developed characters. The story takes place on Ardah 1, a planet that seems to have a mind of its own and one on which a "ghost" appears for every human colonist who moves to the planet. Each ghost attaches to a colonist, and is always a clone of someone from the past life of that colonist, either as a friend or family member. But the catch is that the clone is someone who is dead. The ghost and human can never get very far fr ...more
    Has
    Full Review to be posted soon:

    Quick review and thoughts.

    I loved the unusual premise of an alien planet twinned with earth which holds copies of dead people who in some way are linked with the new colonists. Elizabeth who finds herself as a ghost copy after dying soon after arriving is linked with her boss, who has set out the Ghost Protocol which is to ignore the ghost copies. I loved how she never gave up and faded away like other ghosts have done and the romance between her and Murphy who is h
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    Charlee Allden
    This is a story of a struggle between the powerful forces on the planet, both human and alien, and one couple determined to expose the truth and return the planet to harmony. It’s a quiet but powerful read, reminiscent of Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. It’s marketed as a science fiction rather than a romance, but the romance is central to the plot and is richly developed and explored. This is one of those books that raises big questions and leaves you to ponder them long after the ...more
    Sandy Williams
    My author idol, Linnea Sinclair, blurbed this book, so of course I had to give it a try, especially after I read the excerpt posted on Sharon's website. It completely hooked me in, so I started reading this last Tuesday, the same day my book hit the shelves.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Ghost Planet! (Sidenote: I keep wanting to call it "Ghost Protocol." I think that would have been a better title, but maybe that's too sciency a title for a book that has a lot of romance?) I thought it was an awesome pre
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    Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
    Oh my goodness. All I can say is Ghost Planet is great, great, great. I loved the concept, the story, the characters and the writing. This is Science Fiction Romance at its best.

    The twist at the beginning of the book sets the tone for the rest of the story. Elizabeth does not realize she is a ghost. She feels the same, looks the same and reacts the same as before. Here are the two beginning sentences:

    "The tarmac was deserted. Foggy and disoriented, I wondered how long I’d been standing there, li
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    Melissa J. Katano
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    L.E.Olteano
    Let's make one thing clear, before we start: I'm an evil romance reader. Seriously, don't laugh! I'm a glutton for those stories where at least one if not both characters in the main couple are seriously and soundly tortured before getting any semblance of a 'happy for now', let alone a 'happily ever after'. It feels realistic if they're tortured first, haha. I can roll with little to no torture, but there's gotta be the angst at least. That being said, let's move on to this fabulous book.

    This i
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    E_bookpushers
    Somehow I missed cross posting this. Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/11/12/...


    Publisher: Tor
    Publish Date: Out now
    How we got this book: ARC from the publisher

    A world in peril. A bond deeper than love.

    Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world – a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she never expected she’d struggle with the requirement to shun
    ...more
    Keidy
    I love science fiction in all of its forms, but I'll be the first to admit that I rarely read any. My knowledge usually comes in bountiful form from movies and TV shows throughout the years. It's always been hard for me to read science fiction, particularly very old science fiction. There are usually a lot of flaws that makes me struggle through these kinds of books; from the author's tone to the lack of females. Thankfully, modern science fiction don't have these faults and is getting better an ...more
    Kristen
    GENRE: Science Fiction Romance
    THEME: Ghost
    RECEIVED: Tor
    BLOG: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com/

    REVIEW:
    Ghost Planet is a science fiction lovers dream book, I absolutely loved it, the world/planet that was created, the concept of ghost aka aliens and the characters were just downright fantastic. Plus the writing, Sharon Fisher I have officially become a fan, she really pulled me into this story and it’s one Ill be reading again and again.

    Ghost Planet follows Elizabeth Cole who has accepted a positi
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    Stephanie
    Original Post with synopsis and Buy Links: http://fangswandsandfairydust.blogspo...



    We never understand the nature of the relationship between Ardagh 1, and the earth colonists. It's obvious to the reader that the dysfunction in that relationship is the source of many of the problems the planet and its inhabitants. The colonists from Earth see conspiracy and enmity in the planet's attempts to "make friends" and fail to see the symbiotic gift being offered and the results of rejection.

    In many way
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    Ashley
    Full disclosure: I read this for the Vaginal Fantasy book club

    So I liked this book for a number of reasons, but let me just pause and thank Fisher for writing something clever. Many of the books I read for this club are fun but lack anything resembling substance; I thought the psychological and "racial" angles of this book were interesting and thought provoking. I actually found myself pausing to contemplate the nature of selfhood and psychology multiple times, and the environmental criticism wa
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    Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
    Ghost Planet is a brilliant sci-fi romance with a unique setting and a clever, complex story line. The characters and relationships were well-crafted, the plot twists were engaging, and at the end we're rewarded with a very satisfying conclusion.

    The story's protagonist, Elizabeth Cole, is a psychologist from Earth who has recently arrived on Ardagh 1, also known as the Ghost Planet. It's a world where colonists are tethered to an alien inhabitant who is a physical replica of a loved one who has
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    Carina


    First of all: this is my first review on Goodreads.
    Second: if you want to know what the story is about, go read the book's synopsis.
    Last but not least: Any spoilers will be appropriately hidden by the spoiler tags.

    I really liked this book. I have to admit that I'm definitely not a fan of sci-fi so I mostly avoid that genre. The thing is, I'm more interested in romance than anything, so if you give me a headache-inducing alternate universe without an emotional thread to hold my attention then you
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    Rebekah
    What worked: When I first saw this book on NetGalley, it was the cover and the blurb that drew me in. The other Dystopian-type books I’ve read so far have all been YA so seeing something in that genre which I suppose could be classed as New Adult, I was intrigued to say the least. After the initial few pages, I was drawn into the story and flew through the pages without looking back. I had to know more about Murphy. I had to know more about Elizabeth. I had to know what the hell was going to h ...more
    Gary Foss
    I’m going to start with a couple of non-spoilers.

    Non-Spoiler #1: The premise of this book is that on a planet being colonized by humans, aliens are taking the form of the dead and “haunting” their human hosts. These aliens take look like near relatives, but also husbands or wives. The “ghosts” are near perfect physical copies of those people, including their memories and personalities. They are not “ghosts” in the supernatural sense; they have physical bodies. Their presence threatens the future
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    Brie C.
    Jun 11, 2013 Brie C. marked it as did-not-finish
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
    4 1/2 stars.

    I don’t remember the last time I read such an imaginative and enjoyable science-fiction novel, or actually a blend of equal parts science-fiction and romance. I love the concept of Ghost Planet where every colonist that lives on Ardagh 1 ( kind of like a copy of earth) has a ghost ‘alien’ that’s bonded with them in the form of a dead person they once knew. Elizabeth Cole accepted a job on Ardagh 1 to get as far away from her ex-fiancé as possible. Upon arriving she meets her boss, an
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