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Ghost Planet

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,471 Ratings  ·  317 Reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Tor Science Fiction (first published October 1st 2012)
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Sharon Fisher I don't currently have one in the works, but never say never! I have noodled on it from time to time. If I do, it would most likely be an indie…moreI don't currently have one in the works, but never say never! I have noodled on it from time to time. If I do, it would most likely be an indie project. (less)
Sharon Fisher Hi Jennifer! Sorry for the delay - I did not see the question until now. I kept the date ambiguous because I didn't want people to get too hung up on…moreHi Jennifer! Sorry for the delay - I did not see the question until now. I kept the date ambiguous because I didn't want people to get too hung up on whether or not distant space travel might be possible by such-and-such a date, etc. But I intended it to be the relatively near future (inside of 25 years). Thanks for the question!(less)

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Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars


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
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vaginal-sf
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
Veronica Belmont
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vaginal-fantasy
"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
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathleen by: Cristina
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
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, twimom227-blog
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
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
The idea of a ghost linking to a human’s memories and then materializing into a willing or unwilling companion for the human was kind of cool. Despite the impossibility of the concept, I was really drawn into the world the author set up and curious about the power struggle between characters. The second half of the book centered more on a formulaic love story but overall, this is a nice debut.
Jane Stewart
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Catherine Spangler
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Charlee Allden
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-romance
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
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
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Psychologist/PhD student Elizabeth arrives on the planet Ardagh 1. She’s there to put quite a vast amount of space between herself and her ex- fiancé Peter, to complete her PhD and to counsel the planet’s colonists, who have some very unique psychological issues.

Ardagh 1 has this unobtanium thing going on, where governments and corporations want a piece of its really nifty resources, but it comes at a price. Everyone on the planet has to cope with their own personal ghost.

The ghosts are an alien
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Melissa J. Katano
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Somehow I missed cross posting this. Review originally posted here:

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
Oct 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Sandy Williams
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Beth Camp
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I haven't read science fiction in a long while, but the opening intrigued me. Elizabeth Cole accepts a job as a psychologist on a new planet, but when she arrives, she discovers she's a ghost. What follows is a fascinating story of attraction as Elizabeth and Murphy, that handsome, highly intelligent Irishman with dimples, work out their relationship -- in the context of a sharply divided world of colonists and ghosts, an invisible (forgive the pun) caste system that tests the reader's own sense ...more
Laurie Green
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Since this book has not yet debuted I'll avoid any spoilers, but let me say how excited I am about this story.

Sharon Lynn Fisher has crafted a remarkable story that's the perfect balance of both Science Fiction and Romance. Set on a newly colonized world, GHOST PLANET is full of twists and surprises that are engrossing and thought-provoking. The author's talent for completely flipping the reader's perspective is jaw-dropping at times.

Fresh, original, and compelling, this is a fabulous read wit
Gary Foss
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Janice (Janicu)
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Quick first reaction review:
Loved loved loved the world building. Loved the romance at the beginning - delicious slow burn, but after things got physical I found the relationship a bit easy: it suddenly got less conflicted than it started off being, and the conflict in the story became outside threats to the romance. I think that was my one quibble that keeps this from 5 stars, but I think it's a personal preference issue that won't be shared by others. Otherwise, very excited about this SFR - c
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Utterly unique.

Longer review to come...
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
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jun 07, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish
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