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Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
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Nov 22, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: z2012-sfr-reading-challenge, alien-human-romance, angsty, owned, psychic-ability, sci-fi-romance
Read from November 22 to 28, 2012

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 the ghosts. All of this affected the natural balance of the colonized planet as it had suddenly begun to terraform itself soon after the arrival of the first humans, making itself over into a new Earth.

The romance here was also very strong. Elizabeth has come to the ghost planet to work as psychologist. She meets up with her new boss only to discover that she had met him once in Ireland many years before. At the end of a nice afternoon together chatting and catching up and flirting, they realize that Elizabeth died on the trip to the planet and is actually a ghost who is now attached to Murphy who can no longer talk to her.

Elizabeth refuses to be a ghost and uses her brains and intellect to try to comprehend what has happened to her and the other ghosts. She cannot get more than a couple dozen yards from Murphy before she gets in pain so he is sucked into her research. He cannot stand to treat her like a ghost and they fall in love against all the rules creating trauma that eventually involves the whole planet.

Murphy is a wonderfully drawn kind and noble but charming Irishman. I loved the way he loved Elizabeth. He is a wonderful hero. All of the secondary characters were well drawn and fully realized.

I cannot wait for more from this author and hopefully more from Ghost Planet!
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Reading Progress

11/22/2012 page 31
9.0% "Wow, creepy."
11/23/2012 page 183
53.0% "Oops I think the heroine just made a mistake that is going to bite her in the butt. And I have to go work Black Friday! Don't know if I can wait to find out."

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Laura (Kyahgirl) this sounds different and intriguing! great review.

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Karen Can't wait to read! thanks for the review

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