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Marlowe's Ghost

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Former Marine Will Marlowe dreams of being a great classics scholar, but his subversive street art, Bad Toys, is what he does best. When he’s sent to London to retrieve Tommy Jones, what he’s really interested in is a chance to take Bad Toys global. He doesn’t expect cancer survivor Tommy to captivate him or to become the pet project of a real live—dead—author.

Meanwhile, T
ebook, 1st Edition, 132 pages
Published January 25th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 24th 2012)
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Cole Riann
What an absolute delight of a book!

There really isn't much to say other than the giant smile this book put on my face. It may not be for everyone, but it has naughty toys and starry-eyed love stories, romantic adventures and unapologetic eccentricities!

Sarah Black's books always make me so happy and her writing is some of the most disarmingly romantic prose out there. Her books read like they took no effort to write and are so organic.. That makes no sense but it is as if they have a personality
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Will is an ex-Marine and creator of Internet sensation Bad Toys (display of dolls in naughty positions), with love towards history. While Tommy Jones, who is just being in remission from leukimia, is working on his dissertation about Christopher Marlowe, and has been seeing Marlowe's ghost, which makes his uncle worried. Will is sent to Oxford by Tommy's uncle, to fetch Tommy but instead, he finds Tommy and the whole idea of Christopher Marlowe alive as intriguing ... and he finds himself in lov ...more
Dee Wy
If I could rate this story 10 stars, I would. It is such a beautifully written romance with one of the most interesting plots I've read in a while. Tommy and Will are on a quest to find the answer to the much debated question of whether Christopher Marlowe, the playwright, actually died an early death or faked his demise so he could start a new life and continue his writing under the pen name William Shakespeare. The author obviously put a lot of research into this legend, and the story is so mu ...more
Kaje Harper
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Former Marine Will Marlowe came out of the service with burn-scars and a restless resentment for the people and events that necessitated his enlistment, triggered his injuries, and then demanded he return to the fighting that caused them. He expresses this with his mildly-subversive website, Bad Toys, a series of posed pictures of iconic toys where Ken and GI Joe are a couple, and Barbie is more interested in Pokey the pony. He's had fun with it, but he's adrift, unsure of what his future should ...more
Main Characters: Tom Jones & Will Marlowe
Key Themes: Illness, H/C
Location: Virginia, UK, & Western Europe

Wonderfully written MM romance featuring two scholars….and a ghost!

Stupidly, I was not looking forward to reading this book, and would probably have continued to avoid it, if it hadn't been chosen for me as part of a challenge.

Well, to my surprise I really enjoyed this book!

Tom is working on a controversial PhD thesis about Kit Marlowe (a gay Elizabethan playwright and poet, and William Shake
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A friend was commenting on a thread recently that m/m romance is flooded by so much material, it's difficult to rate objectively. After reading so much mediocre stuff in the genre, you read an original story or remarkable characters and it's an automatic 5-star wake-up call. Yet, none of it favorably compares with quality, mainstream books. We've lowered our expectations and fail to recognize that it's not a matter of plot originality, good characters, or even genre. Regardless of quality of edi ...more
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Pure and simple...absolutely beautiful. This is a story that I feel deep within my heart because Tommy and Will just exude love. The literary references, the humor, the adventure, the mystery all work so well together and bring such depth to the story.

I fell in love with Will and Tommy each with their own scars from life and betrayals that they must heal from. Their relationship development was so seamless and right. I loved this story and am so happy to be a reader of wonderful stories like thi
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Sarah Black is a new author for me, and to be honest I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. However, after I saw a few friends on Goodreads give “Marlowe’s Ghost” a good review I decided to see what all the buzz was about and I was NOT disappointed.

I really like the main characters Will and Tommy. Will is an ex-marine who enlisted so he could use the GI Bill after combat to study classics. Tommy has lived a fairly privileged life and has a sky-high IQ. Tommy has also just
Gennie Gee
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sarah Black is a new author for me, and to be honest I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. However, after I saw a few friends on Goodreads give “Marlowe’s Ghost” a good review I decided to see what all the buzz was about and I was NOT disappointed.

I really like the main characters Will and Tommy. Will is an ex-marine who enlisted so he could use the GI Bill after combat to study classics. Tommy has lived a fairly privileged life and has a sky-high IQ. Tommy has also just entered remission from Le
Mar 07, 2012 added it
Shelves: 2012, m-m
Sarah Black is obviously very intelligent and well read. This book was written extremely well. I love the two main characters, Tommy especially. But... I never really felt that I was getting into the relationship between Tommy and Will. Everything between them seemed to happen quite suddenly without my getting the actual feel for the two characters. I knew what the book was about before I started reading it so I obviously was not surprised to read Shakespeare. But throughout the entire story I f ...more
Pamela Su
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
A rather staid romance with academic overtones.

I feel I must be missing something with all the great reviews about this story. I was not charmed by this book.

Will was quite interesting. His method of dealing with his own issues was refreshing. As I used to have an interest in taking pictures using toys as a subject, I found him appealing. I don't really get why he was interested in Tom though.

Maybe the fact that I have absolutely no interest in history contributed to my lack of enthusiasm with
Like my other absolute favourite Sarah Black novel,Marathon Cowboys , there is so much to think about in this story. Themes of war and art and finding one's own personal truth after facing death.
Marlowe's Ghost rich in prose and imagery and ideas that this unique story (and sweet, sweet Tommy and Will)will linger for a long while.

Cinematic and poetic and funny and intelligent.

Highly, highly recommended.
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Very good paranormal m/m romance about a former Marine turned history scholar who goes to England at the request of a professor to check up on the professor's sickly, scholarly nephew and perhaps shepherd him back to the US. The lyrical writing was vaguely scholarly and packed with info about Christopher Marlowe, yet didn't have the brain dump quality that some of Black's other works have had.
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This story was fresh. A bit weirder on higher level, too. Both Tommy and Will were so unique, in their own characteristic, that it was a pleasure to fallow their thoughts. The storyline was really unique. I liked Kit, he was a funny and smart Ghost. A Ghost with his own agenda an his own plan. To join two unique character into a perfect union. This was a warm created story.
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
I absolutely loved this book. So freaking whimsical. Review to come.
Faye K
Did not finish.. I got to 48% and couldn't keep going.. the start was good but after William arrived in England i lost the interest in the story-line. This book is for any historic literature buffs. References completely lost me.. The ghost is named Christopher but also known as Kitt..  I wanted to continue reading to see what happened to Tommy but i just couldn't do it.. disappointed as there was a lot of recommendations for this book. sigh..

William was a ex-military suffering from PTSD and pla
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a story of Will, a classics major, and Tom, a phd candidate writing a dissertation on something about Shakespeare and Kit/Christopher Marlowe. Will was sent by Tom's uncle to bring him home from Europe because Tom was sick and is seeing and speaking to Kit/Christopher's ghost. Will arrives and has no intention of dragging Tom home but rather living off the uncle's dime while he takes pictures of toys doing lewd things around Europe for his website. Will and Tom fall in love (a match made ...more
Elizabeth H.
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
It's really hard for me to get behind a book that wants to assert that Christopher Marlowe wrote Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, but I tried quite hard to read Marlowe'd Ghost with an open mind. I still couldn't get into it; the writing was uneven for me, with not enough substance to support the emotions and actions of the main characters. There wasn't enough emotion, either, for my tastes, anyway. And I really did not like that Marlowe was supposedly sleeping with both main characters. It felt ...more
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cute story about a two scholars and a ghost. The part about Will's street are was a bit far fetched though. As someone who has taken pictures of toys in various poses in 10 states and 3 countries, the idea that someone might arrest you for taking pictures of toys in a public place was a little unbelievable. Otherwise, great!

I am always so happy to read a story that is well edited. It is a term that is thrown around a lot in indie publishing these days, but so often does not follow through, so I
I greatly enjoyed everything about this book. I'll admit to being a bit of an anglophile, so I loved the setting of this story, especially the descriptions of the flat, its garden and the British Museum.

Will and Tom make an interesting couple and the ghost of Christopher Marlow makes an interesting third. Sarah takes one of the great controversies of English literature and skillfully weaves it into her story in a fun and engaging manner. Add in the rebellion of ex-marine Will's "Bad Toys" and p
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, military, 2012
This is the first book I've read that really made me wish for half stars.
I loved most of this book so much, I really thought it would be a five star review, but there were a few things that I just couldn't overlook. Unfortunately, loved it, but not enough to give it five stars means it gets four stars - and I liked it more than that.
This book is beautifully written, unique, lovely, funny, timely, intimate, smart and satisfying.
Oh, so good.
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Heather by: Kukko
Shelves: ebook, m-m, ibooks
This one was more of a 2.5 read for me.

The book and the writing were very good. Even though I didn't fall in love with this one I will check out more of this authors works.
I had an awfully hard time connecting to the book though. In return made this one a pretty rough read for me.
I have no idea who in the world Kip Marlow was and that did not help me at all.
Never mind all the academic stuff thrown at me.
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, pdf
Really really liked this story. So unusual and so well done. This is why Sarah Black is on my auto list. She doesn't recycle plots or characters and give us a tried and true formula. She creates unusual situations and then makes us want to absorb the story. I hope she is writing for a long time to come because I never get tired of reading her work.
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! If you're a literature buff you will adore this. It was light, romantic with some fun thrown in. This is a must read. It's a great adventure while falling in love and learning to accept people as they are.Oh and the lesson of not to piss of the British at least the stuffy ones with no sense of humor..LOL
Matthew Vandrew
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Very interesting story. Tommy and Will were really meant for each other and I enjoyed their instant and deepening connection, because it was based on something, not just because the author decided. However, the story travelled a weird course and the ending felt abrupt, forced, very forced and then forced some more.
I do like how Kit Marlowe was an equal opportunity ghost, which made it easier for Will to relax and get to know Tommy, and to help him as well. The misunderstanding with the Bad Toys was kind of scary and I think folks totally over reacted. But all's well, as they say.

1st read - Feb 5, 2015
2nd read - Oct 18, 2015
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Midway through his story slowed down with intellectual phylosophy and literary theory. It doesn't matter. I still fell in love with this story because these characters, the writing and romance were too good.
Jan 04, 2012 marked it as to-read
The blurb sounds interesting. Can't wait!
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story. I have to look up that Greek poet.
2.5 - 3 stars
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