Ghost Talkers: a new novel from beloved fantasy author Mary Robinette Kowal featuring the mysterious spirit corps and their heroic work in World War I.
Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force.
Basically, what I was thinking was... if Spiritualism worked as advertised, how would it have been exploited by the military? (less)
This engaging, standalone novel is part historical fiction, part supernatural thriller. It’s mostly a spy story told through the eyes of a spiritualist in an alternate-history World War I setting where ghosts are real. Ginger is part of the “Spirit Corps,” a group of women who takes reports from the ghosts of dead soldiers, who check in once they have died on the front lines.
It’s exactly the sort of premise that I love. A “real w ...more
That said, while I admire so much of what Mary does, she doesn't write in the genres that I read regularly. She does brilliant short story work (Won a Hugo and everything) and tends to write historical fantasy set outside the time periods I tend to cleave to. (Specifically, if it happened after 1750 I don't tend to give much of a shit.)
This is a solid book. If not mind-blowing or epic, it's written well, it's paced well, and the mystery is well-crafted. On the basis of those characteristics alone, it would be a good book. What sets it apart is a great main character and a unique premise.
It's a historical fantasy / murder mystery / paranormal ghost story / romance and it works to some degree in just about every one of those areas. It's a tough balance but MRK takes it on with aplomb. It has the classiness of a WWI lo ...more
Ghost meets World War I in this really cool new paranormal alternate history novel by Mary Robinette Kowal. The book stars Ginger Stuyvesant, an American engaged to a British intelligence officer during a period of intense fighting in Europe. Our protagonist herself is a medium stationed in the French port city of Le Havre working for the Spirit Corps, a classified spiritualist project developed by Britain to gain an adv ...more
Video review: https://youtu.be/ecUnBWnyr94
An American heiress named Ginger is living in London during World War I. She’s engaged to a British intelligence officer named Ben. And she’s a medium for the Spirit Corps based in Le Havre.
Soldiers are conditioned to report in to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die. The mediums then pass on any in ...more
Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force, and Ben knows about them, though he is not told details of how the Spirit Corps gets the dead soldiers to report in directly after their deaths, lest he be cap ...more
This was one of my most-anticipated books this year, and it lived up to my expectations. Ghost Talkers is historical fiction and fantasy at its finest, weaving the use of mediums and ghosts into World War I's brutal trench warfare. Ginger is a strong, savvy heroine, a woman who refused to be confined by social standards of her time. She plays a pivotal role in the war effort by living through the last moments of cou ...more
As a fan of old war movies, it was impossible to read GHOST TALKERS and not imagine the khaki and green of uniforms, the dirt and danger and blood of t ...more
*Genre* Historical Fiction
Ghost Talkers, by author Mary Robinette Kowal, is a Historical Fiction novel with Paranormal aspects about a group known as Spirit Corps. The story takes place during The Great War (World War I) where British soldiers have been conditioned to report back what they've seen before they end up dead. The Spirit Corps is made up of seven individuals. 2 mediums who can see the dead and are at risk for losing themselves completely, 4 un ...more
Case: It's not you, it's me.
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Ghost talkers starts off in a very intriguing way. The story is set in London in World War I, where our main character Ginger works as medium for the Spirit Corps, a spiritualist force that gathers information from the ghosts of soldiers that have died in the war. When Ginger discovers the pres ...more
Ginger is a medium working in the top-secret Spirit Corps during WWI. Ghost Talkers is a blend of historical fiction, paranormal, and alternate history. The spirit corps has used magic--which is real but takes a paranormal bend--to bind soldiers' ID tags so that they report in after death and act as Ally spies. This means the Spirit Corps has allowed the Allies to gain an important advantage in WWI.
I've not read Kowal before, but she blends historical fiction ...more
I first heard about Ghost Talkers from Booklist Online in their feature article The Reading List: Best Adult Genre Fiction. It made their short list in the fantasy genre category. I’d never heard of Mary Robinette Kowal until this article. The synopsis sounded intriguing, so, I jumped onto Goodreads to look at some of the reviews. I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only did Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss both read this book, but they bo ...more
Ghost Talkers is an alternate history set during WWI. The British has a group of mediums, called the Spirit Corps, that is used for intelligence gathering. Their job is basically to interview the recently deceased soldiers before they move on to whatever awaits them beyond this world. The purpose of these interviews is to get critical information that would normally be lost forever , intelligence and information that a soldier ...more
Ghost Talkers takes place in an alternate version of World War I in which the British are utilizing mediums to communicate with the dead in order to learn military intelligence. The protagonist is Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress serving as one of these "ghost talkers" in London with her fiancé, a British military intelligence officer. The members of this Spirit Corps are being targeted by the Germans and they may even have a traitor hidden amongst them. After a ca ...more
Ghost Talkers is a WWI-era novel that follows Ginger Stuyvesant, a medium (yes, that kind of medium) from America, living in London during the war. Ginger is part of a mostly-secret group of magical seers, the Spirit Corps, who communicate with recently deceased soldiers, reliving their final moments and helping to assist them into the afterlife, while using the information they gather from these deceased soldiers as a form of intel for the army. ...more
Set in the First World War, I really enjoyed this! Action packed! The ghost talkers are mediums who talk to dead soldiers to find out enemy troop actions in an attempt to foil them.
Very clever premise!
Ginger Stuyvesant is an American heiress and medium, with an English mother. She has joined the Spirit Corps, an elite spiritualist force, as a volunteer. Her fiancé Captain Ben Hartford is also involved as an intelligence officer, fully aware of the Corps mission. He is looking for a tr ...more
This was freaking fantastic. WWI with ghostly assistance given to the British forces courtesy of the Spirit Corp. Ginger is brave and self-reliant in the face of all the death she has to deal with as a medium for the army. All of the women in this story are strong, and they all do their best to advance the war effort, given the terrible circumstances that surround them. I haven't read anything quite like this before, and I've already added Kowal's previous works to my TBR pile. Hig ...more
But Kowal doesn't stop there: besides all the cool military prot ...more
Set during World War I, the novel follows the British Army's Spirit Corps, a group of mediums who take the reports of soldiers killed on the front. They have an edge, as the campaigns of Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle -- plants for the British government -- have made the world think spiritualism was bunk.
But with the guidance of a West Indian woman, Helen, soldiers are "programmed" to want to report in before th ...more
It's about Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress doing volunteer duty during WWI, but not as the usual nurse. No, Ginger is a medium, and has become an important part of the Spirit Corps, a secret group oper ...more
Kowal pulls you right into the grit and horror of warfare,as well as into the harsh realities of the prejudices of the time, but never to the point that she loses sight of the real love for humanity and team work that winds like a thread throughout the narrative.
I loved follo ...more
In the world of Ghost Talkers, spirits do walk the Earth and mediums have the ability to commune with them. The British Army has assembled its own force of mediums, known as the Spirit Corps, to collect intel from the spirits of recently depart ...more
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“I don’t know.” Ginger opened her eyes and tried to match him. “Can one ‘lady it over’ someone?”
“My lady, I believe you do that all the time.”
“Ah … but I’m not a lady, am I? Simply an American.”
“Well, you can definitely American it over someone.”