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Re Gridlock and I think Samhain is planning on publishing them as an anthology latter this year This was a very creepy but good short story I m not really into the whole ystopian trend but this worked for me I felt the world building was solid and believable I really liked how Mrs Hancock idn t go out of her way to talk own to us as readers by explaining all of the terminology I might not have known what was what off the bat but I figured it out uick enough My one ualm with this book was the heroine s name Bet I thought it was stupid The author explained the choice but I still Billy Bragg didn t care for it I also must add an empty playground swing is sure to creep me out from now on Wow for a novella this author builds an intense world SoarkReview to come Creepy but oh so good Had a zombie like feel but the Shadows are soul less shells of the humans they used to be Bet has remained out of their reach and knows no other life other than this bleak existence and always living in constant fear Now her younger brother has been snatched and she is Polly Prices Totally Secret Diary determined to save him Gabriel so clich comes to her rescue He vows to help her save her brother and fight the evil entity that has sucked the life from humanity Not sure whether to trust him Bet takes a chance and gives her heart and soul over to him Gabriel renews his resolve and they fight together not only for themselves but for what remains of the world he once knew Initially I had a little issue with the narrative switching back and forth I wasn t uite sure whose thoughts I was reading Once I realized what the author wasoing I got it and it added to the eeriness of the book I would have liked a etailed ending all was resolved a little too uickly for me However the epilogue was a burst of sunshine glowing through the ismal ash This is another case where I wish I could give half stars as well Ghost in the Machine is a solid 35 but not uite enough to make 4 stars for meThe imagined world of Ghost in the Machine really caught my reading attention It was a breath of fresh air after all the OMG Zombies books that seem to have flood the post apocalyptic market lately and is genuinely creepy The heroine Bet is a solid character and Hancock has The Majors Daughter done a very good job at building her in only 88 pages In fact my primary complaint and what kept me from really loving the story is that I really wish Hancock had made this a full length novel There were plenty of times as a reader where I wanted MORE to the point where instead of a benefit it became aetriment The ending feels rushed and I would have killed for world building The romance feels a bit rushed as well though with the circumstances it s easier to understand if you Miss Shumway Waves a Wand don t expect to live very long you re probably going to approach relationships a little intenselyThe only other uibble I have and this IS minor but I know it s a pet peeve for many readers like myself the head hopping Bet s story is in first person present with occasional hops to other characters in third person It just feels a bit off I would still solidly recommend this book and I would have no trouble picking up another of Barbara Hancock s books It s my hope that she branches out into longer form stories because she clearly has a great imagination and I should like to read of it More like 45 Excellent work building The story just sucks you in The sense of malevolence isone very well and the tension never let s up new to audible and The Touch didn t realize was in the romance category and was annoyed there was sex than story. Who can help me find my brother It’s got to be a lie But Ion’t run I stop I listen And I make a On His Majestys Service deal with a Shadow even though I know it will mean theeath of me Never talk to Shadows But no one ever told me what would happen if I kissed one Warning May cause fantasies of forbidden kisses from ark heroes who balance on the edge of evil Where shadows wait and ashes fall.
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Originally posted at Soul Eater has come to Earth With the souls gone only shadows remain Shadows of a life from the past The few people who avoid the Soul Eater are constantly running from the shadows and sweepers who try to The Essential Good Food Guide drive them to their masterElizabeth or Bet returns to her suat to find her young brother Douglas has been taken by a sweeper Desperate to rescue him before he becomes a shadow she begins theangerous journey to the Soul Eater s lair Shadows fill the night and Bet must evade them if she is to survive Gabriel is a shadow with a Textbook of Wisdom difference He still has compassion and struggles to keep his humanitarian side Intrigued by Bet he tries to help herBetoesn t trust Gabriel but knows that without him she will not succeed with her rescue Alone for so long she feels In Defence of Dogs drawn to this shadow who looks like an angel but is he really trying to lure her into the Soul Eater s clutchesThe Earth of this novel isark full of shadows irt and anger Bet is older than her years The City in Mind due to the need to stay alive and out of the Soul Eater s clutches Without going into reams ofescription the author made me see the Revenge (The Red Ledger desperate plight of the characters thearkness and No One Wants You despair At the heart of it all sat the alien Soul Eater Like a spider this creature pulled in the emotions thoughts andreams of the people of Earth leaving behind a shadow a husk without substance Gabriel and Bet were at opposite ends of the spectrum She is a fighter but assumes he is merely another shadow a bit ifferent but still in the thrall of the evil alien He had to struggle to stay in control If he failed the Soul Eater would take him completely Ghost in the Machine is a well thought out book although the storyline id tend to wander some at times I also got a bit confused about the shadows and sweepers but tended to enjoy the inner thoughts of both characters If you like your fantasy set in an alternate future of Penguins Poems for Life darkness with a hint of redemption then Ghost in the Machine could be just what you re looking for I loved the writing in this story it was spare almost terse but conveyed the story adn mood beautifully I liked the way we gradually got to know Gabriel I haven t read anything else by Ms Hancock but that will be changing A complete story in a short amount of pages Veryark world but with a happy ending at the end Enjoyed the twist on angels Originally posted at Romance Around the CornerI was pleasantly surprised by this book I bought it after reading Janine s review over at Dear Author even though I wasn t familiar with Ms Hancock s work I love gritty stories that take place in alternate or post apocalyptic worlds and Ghost in the Machine is exactly that I m so glad I read it because it turned out to be a wonderful and exciting journeyThe world painted in this book has literally gone to ashes Years ago an alien invasion commanded by an entity called the SoulEater took over the world and everything in it Half machine half something else the SoulEater had the ability to feed from humans and turn them into ghostly beings called Shadows that wandered the planet reproducing behaviors from their past and sometimes even resembling that past and whose only purpose was to locate humans and alert the Sweepers Now Shadows are a terrible sight because they come back as reflections of their past that means that a little girl s shadow sings the same song over and over again or a former runner comes backs as a horse with a human head But Sweepers are worse because they are a hybrid between a human and a machi. Rule number one Run from the Shadows Unless one knows the secret that will save you A Cybershock StoryI live in a world of waifs and shadows Live might be an overstatement I scrounge and scramble and survive in an atmosphere made thick and gray by the ashes of the Fallen And sometimes I ream of sunlight My parents were taken even though they followed all the rules Never scave.
Ne and you can t tell where the flesh begins and the machine ends they all are monstrous things evoid of any humanity Or so it seemsOur heroine is Bet and her only purpose in life is keeping her little brother Douglas safe She s emaciated and what little food she finds she gives to her brother She worries that she won t be able to keep him sheltered any because the older he gets the he realizes how terrible things are One ay Bet s worse nightmare comes true because when she gets home she finds out that Sweepers have taken Douglas With nothing else to loose and her only reason to live gone she ecides to embark on a suicide mission to rescue him from the SoulEater when common logic says she should run the other wayIt Divine Beauty doesn t take long for a shadow to find and attack her She s too weak to fight and is clearly loosing when out of nowhere a manressed like a soldier built like a god and winged like an angel saves her She knows this man whose name is Gabriel is a Shadow but can see that there s still some humanity left in him He offers her his help to find Douglas and even though she Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone doesn t trust him she knows she needs him so she reluctantly accepts and so the adventure beginsThis isn t a happy book and the setting is uiteark even for a genre that s usually filled with Down to the Sea in Ships darks settings If youon t like gritty and bleak worlds where you re always worrying about the character s safety then you should probably skip this one Otherwise go ahead and read it because it s an interesting and riveting story that packs a lot of punch for such a short length and presents us a complex and uite interesting alternate worldThe story is told in first person from Bet s POV so you really get to see how Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, desperate she is and how bleak and awful life is She knows going after Douglas means almost certaineath but he s everything to her she has no reason to live beyond him so either way she Dog Years dies She s also uite lonely at one point she reflects about how she s never been able to lean on someone and that as much as she loves her brother sometimes she needs That s why Gabriel makes such a hugeifference because she finally has someone taking care of her I also loved how strong and good she was she never gives up but still acknowledges that things are bad She wasn t a sunny and positive heroine but she was still was able to give the reader some hopeWe get some parts of the story from Grabriel s perspective just enough to give us some background and to let us know where he s coming from This is a guy who has spent years fighting and who has managed to keep his humanity after going through something worse than Chain of Fire death even after humans themselves have that humanity and all hopeThere are things left unexplained I m not exactly sure how the SoulEater works and how it creates the Shadows and Sweepers Ion t want to give away any The Devils Elbow (Mrs. Bradley, details but the ending was rushed and to me the final resolution is the weakest part of the book it seemed almost too easy and again it wasn t uite explained At one point I wasn t sure how it was going to end was a happy ending even possible Well you have to read it but I ll say that the ending is satisfying and the story is so engrossing that you are able to overlook its shortcomingsIf you like post apocalyptic and cyberpunk stories this is a must read it s also heavy on the romance so there s something to cater to every taste It s part of a series of novellas that have a post apocalyptic and cyberpunk theme but aren t related otherwise you can get them Here Zero Factor and he. Nge at night Never talk to Shadows Don’t fight the Sweepers Run Run Run Now that they’ve taken my little brother Douglas I’ve realized I’ve only been surviving for him I have two choices Follow him or lieown and ie I can’t just uit after years of struggle I wouldn’t know how if I tried Determination is all I have left And then I meet him He claims to be a rogue.
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