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The Ghost Sister

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The fate of a planet lies with an outcast woman and a mysterious visitor....

In this richly imagined and thought-provoking novel, Liz Williams tells the story of a world engineered to preserve the precarious balance between animal and human. To this world comes an emissary from a distant planet who will walk the razor-thin line between consciousness and instinct, freedom an
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 26th 2001 by Spectra
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Sep 26, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
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I really do love this author. I love her world building, and her character-driven plotting. In this book they are one. This is a planet that is apparently inextricably linked to the beings that live there. They were made that way--tied to the planet and to their own inner animal in such a way that when it doesn't occur, when the being has been somehow cut off from that planetary tidal connection, things cannot possibly go well for that being--Mevennen in this case. Mevennen is at odds with the h ...more
Jun 02, 2015 Ryan rated it it was ok
Space Gaians Visit the Elf Planet

Tentative and cliche, this book relies on far too many derivative tropes to hold my interest. A first novel by a writer not yet confident enough to really own her own concepts. In particular, the use of the "bio" prefix as a generic "sekrit magic future stuff" placeholder is a red flag. ("Biotents"? "Biomagnetic field"? "Biomorphic generator"? Next they'll be breaking out the drinkwater and nutrition food.) Structural problems, too - a first-person narrative plus
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May 04, 2015 Isabel (kittiwake) rated it really liked it
She looked so vulnerable, but to my utter dismay I sensed something beneath my love and pity; something old and insistent and dark, that called for death . . . My vision blackened and I looked down into the nightmare of the bloodmind.

Three missionaries and an anthropologist from the stable, terraformed planet of Irie St Syre, travel to the planet of Monde D’Isle, to find out what became of the colonists who travelled there thousands of years ago. Expecting to find a nicely terraformed planet, th
Mar 23, 2011 Rae rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, alien-culture
Enjoyable read, but I felt a bit like I'd read this before although I know I haven't. It reminded me of Marion Zimmer Bradley's books I think.
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Anthropological sf a la Le Guin, promising first novel.
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Liz Williams is a British science fiction writer. Her first novel, The Ghost Sister was published in 2001. Both this novel and her next, Empire of Bones (2002) were nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award.[1] She is also the author of the Inspector Chen series.

She is the daughter of a stage magician and a Gothic novelist. She holds a PhD in Philosophy of
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