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Ghosts of Punktown (Punktown #11)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Monsters, mutants and, they call them citizens.
In the opening story, "In His Sights," shape-shifting war veteran Jeremy Stake (protagonist of Thomas' novels DEADSTOCK and BLUE WAR) is reminded of the last enemy soldier he killed, every time he looks in the mirror...while the concluding story, "Life Work" (Thom
Paperback, 258 pages
Published December 15th 2013 by Dark Regions Press, LLC
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Paul Nelson
Nov 20, 2014 Paul Nelson rated it really liked it
Punktown is a place I’ve been meaning to get to for some time now, it’s always intrigued me but I’ve never managed to take that pivotal fucking step in the right direction. It’s as if I just needed a rather large foot to the posterior as a bit of a push or a week on a sun lounger, yeah that’ll do it.

Ghosts from Punktown is a collection of short stories with a ghostly theme, not Casper type or even scarier ghosts but more of a metaphorical vision.

Punktown itself, well that sits on the planet Oasi
My introduction to Jeffrey Thomas came in the form of Red Cells when it was released by DarkFuse in early 2014. It was there that I first read about the city of Punktown (originally called Paxton) which is on a planet called Oasis. I immediately fell in love with the writing style and originality of the world that Thomas created. In the book Ghosts of Punktown, there are nine excellent stories (there's a tenth story exclusive to the hardcover!) that revolve around metaphorical ghosts. Before ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it
I am relatively new to Jeffrey Thomas’s world of Punktown and I am diggin’ it. The best thing about it is that there are a few that I already have and can catch up on. I like it when that happens.

This collection of nine stories is a strange trip thru the world Punktown. Sometimes horrifying, sometimes grotesque and violent, but always engaging with some extremely odd and colorful characters, just like Punktown itself.

I often struggle with short story collections, but not so with Ghosts of Punkto
Jon Recluse
I received this book as a gift from the author in exchange for an honest review.

There is no place like Punktown.
At that unique nexus of space and time in the literary universe, where horror and science fiction collide, Punktown is unique.
It stands to reason that a collection of ghost stories based in that city would also be special. And it is. For what lurks here are ghosts of a different color. Ghosts of memory and the mind. Of distance and strange dimensions. Unexpected specters, in the most u
Frank Errington
May 02, 2014 Frank Errington rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Punktown has been very good to author, Jeffrey Thomas, with five novels and three other collections of shorts, all set in the Punktown universe.

For the uninitiated, Punktown is "a city on the planet Oasis, built by colonists from Earth upon a small town belonging to the indigenous people, the Choom. Punktown, famous for it's mix of races from other worlds, even other dimensions--and infamous for it's high level of crime."

Even though this was my first visit to Punktown, I quickly foun
Jan 12, 2015 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I look forward to other books set in Thomas's Punktown, which is a warm, fecund setting that screams for outré, limit-crossing, and possibly bizarro stories. Unfortunately, here that scream is muffled by a feculent motel pillow.

As a collection, it does not go straight for the jugular, and badly needs to. It is only with the later stories that Thomas removes the limiters and delivers "Bitter Brains" and "Disfigured" and the warped "Into My Arms", all of which combine a haunting presence with a s
Apr 29, 2014 Paula rated it it was amazing
Reading a book by Jeffrey Thomas is akin to reading books of poetry, there’s something, about the way the words fall into place and create this beautiful telling. Ghosts of Punktown published by is no exception, there’s a musicality weaving through the city, taking us from one story to the next uninterrupted.

For those of you unfamiliar with Punktown, it is located on the planet Oasis and built by Earth colonists. The Choom and several other species, some human, some n
Zachary at The Eyes of Madness
The city of Paxton, on the planet of Oasis, is our location. Built by Earth colonists over an indigenous species' small town. Inhabited by all forms of life; human, humanoid, alien, self aware android and others, it had degraded quickly into a perpetual seedy underbelly now and forever to be known as Punktown. And it seems that, with Punktown, the skeletal foundation is science-fiction, but the soul is horror. War, revenge, loss, longing, betrayal, lust, guilt, excess and hate are the forces at ...more
May 26, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Prior to reading Ghosts of Punktown, I had never read any of Jeffrey Thomas' work. This book is a collection of several short stories that all take place in the world he has created on a distant planet in the city of Paxton, more commonly known to its residents as "Punktown". His stories were as diverse as the population of this city and I had to appreciate the time and thought that he's put into creating this world. If I d
Apr 27, 2014 Jay rated it really liked it
This was my first trip to Punktown and honestly I will be returning. I like short story collections and I like them even more when they weave themselves into a full length novel as this one does, it seems the publishers kind of frown upon these type books, unless they are by someone "known." Let me get back on topic. The Ghosts of Punktown range from the horrific, to the supernatural to the almost sci-fi. None of the ghosts are boring and Mr Thomas weaves the words together in such a way to make ...more
May 07, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
A good compilation of stories set in the futuristic , debauched city of Paxton/Punktown.

Although all linked with the theme of 'ghosts', the stories cover a lot of bases. Highlights for me were a disturbing tale of pornography, paedophilia and exploitation; and the final story exploring the relationship between a cyborg and a soon-to-be retired assassin-for-hire.

Recommended - I'll definitely be taking a look at Thomas' other Punktown works.
Sabrina Morgan
Jul 19, 2016 Sabrina Morgan rated it really liked it
I got this book as part of DRP early reviewers program.
This 9 story collection is my first foray into Jeffrey Thomas. I don't like giving away spoilers so I'll just tell you that this book had me hooked from the very first story. I enjoyed this book so much that I can't wait to pick up some more from Jeffrey Thomas.
Apr 29, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
Being mostly a newbie to Punktown as I've only read a few other stories that take place there. I really enjoyed this collection. My favorite stories were the first three: In His Sights, Relics, and A Semblance of Life. All of which I loved and would happily reread in the future. This collection makes me want to go and find all of the other Punktown stories. All in All highly recommended.
Looks like I'm gonna have to read more of Thomas' "Punktown" stories - this was a great collection.
Shawn Michael
Jan 15, 2015 Shawn Michael rated it it was amazing
I've been reading some really great stories lately, and the trend definitely continues with Ghosts of Punktown by Jeffrey Thomas. I've been aware of this long-running series, but for some reason never got around to reading it. Needless to say, I'm now kicking myself, and will be catching up with what I've missed, post-haste. Once I started reading Ghosts, I really didn't want to put it down. Unfortunately, I have to sleep, and work, so I didn't finish it in one sitting like I wanted to. The ...more
John Bruni
May 29, 2014 John Bruni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a decent collection of stories set in an interesting SF world. Punktown has a lot of cool characters living there, and they seem to all get into odd situations. This is my first encounter with this particular world, and it didn't take much effort to get into it. In particular, I enjoyed the character of LeBlanc Jones, the protagonist of "A Semblance of Life," who is one of the more unusual clones you'll ever meet. The best of the bunch, however, is "Imp," which explores the sexual ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Wayne rated it really liked it
The original collection, Punktown, led me to read this collection. That and the rocking' cover (as that is my business, I know a good one when I see it). While GOP was good, and certainly cringeworthy at times, it seemed less hard hitting in that the stories centered around ghosts, be they memories, haunted pasts, regret, or supernatural agency. That is not to say GOP isn't great; the setting of Punktown makes the stories intriguing just by its presence. There is so much story potential there ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Jonathan rated it liked it
I really wasn't as impressed with this, as a collective, as I was previous series, there were a few exceptional standouts: In His Sights (But most "Stake" stories are decent to exceptional), Lifework (The longest story in the telling), and The Room was decent enough, along with "Into His Arms". The rest of the stories seem to rely more on flash than substance, and don't have as much depth to them, at least, for me, beyond shock factor. I'll eventually read the last short story collection, but I ...more
Jenn Swanson
Aug 31, 2015 Jenn Swanson rated it really liked it
Punktown. A place to visit but I wouldn't ever want to live there. This book is a short story collection. The stories are good...a little twisted....ok, maybe a lot. They were told very well but I would like to emphasize that this book should only be read by adults because there is quite a bit of disturbing content. I am known for my dislike for all things sci-fi and even though this book is in that realm I will definitely be visiting Punktown again. Would definitely recommend.
Jan 10, 2015 Georgene rated it really liked it
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Normally, I'm not a fan of horror stories, but oddly enough I really enjoyed this one. It's a mash-up of horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy. As with all anthologies, some stories are more memorable than others.

I enjoyed this collection of short stories so much, I read it in one afternoon. Read it and see for yourself.
Robin Edman
Sep 19, 2014 Robin Edman rated it it was amazing
These stories, probably even better than the ones in the first book of Punktown, are a little longer than in the other book. Creepy, sad, always with plenty of emotional content, but not as heavy on the irony. Good book
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Jeffrey Thomas is an American author of fantastical fiction, the creator of the acclaimed milieu Punktown. Books in the Punktown universe include the short story collections PUNKTOWN, VOICES FROM PUNKTOWN, PUNKTOWN: SHADES OF GREY (with his brother, Scott Thomas), and GHOSTS OF PUNKTOWN. Novels in that setting include DEADSTOCK, BLUE WAR, MONSTROCITY, HEALTH AGENT, EVERYBODY SCREAM!, and RED ...more
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