First off, today offers another chance to comment to win the admittedly-used-but-perfectly-good Kindle Fire, whose winner I will announce on Sunday. You can get an entry by commenting at author Jill Archer’s blog today, where I’m talking about paranormals and holidays….and how paranormals might spend holidays….and how I’ve used holidays in the Sentinels of New Orleans series. (Boy, is Thanksgiving looking bad for DJ.)
If you’ve missed some of the earlier spots during the week, you can scroll down to find the links.
Now, I’m excited today to be bringing you a book that I’m really, really, really annoyed at having to stop after fifty pages. Because it’s good. Really good. In fact, I wanted to hate it because it is a finalist for Best First Book in the RWA RITA competition this year and mine wasn’t but, you know what? It deserves it! So, here we go, for a chance to win Sharon Lynn Fisher’s Ghost Planet.
ABOUT GHOST PLANET: 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 charming Irishman assigned as her supervisor. And she certainly never expected to discover she died in a transport crash en route to the planet.
Reincarnated as a ghost, Elizabeth is symbiotically linked to her supervisor, Murphy–creator of the Ghost Protocol, which forbids him to acknowledge or interact with her. Confused and alone–oppressed by her ghost status and tormented by forbidden love–Elizabeth works to unlock the secrets of her own existence.
But her quest for answers lands her in a tug-of-war between powerful interests, and she soon finds herself a pawn in the struggle for control of the planet…a struggle that could separate her forever from the man that she loves.
Drive-by Review: Well, first of all, I learned a lesson with this book. I read the back cover copy and the news releases. I always read them. Well, I didn’t read them. So I was bopping along thinking Elizabeth was afraid of the other ghosts, poor old girl, and how bad for her that she shows up on the ghost planet and the job she was reporting for got cancelled. But it’s okay because she’s going to instead be working for the hunky Irish scientist…Holy Transport Crash, Batman. SHE’S a ghost.
So okay, I can’t decide if I’d have been happier knowing that from the outset and wondering when she’d get a clue, or not knowing and having that “Oh crap” moment. But it’s not a spoiler because unlike me, you’ve read that blurb from the publisher above and already know this.
I’m leery of books involving aliens and other planets, ever fearful I’ll have a “beam me up, Scotty” moment and find myself in an ugly double-knit jumpsuit going where no man has gone before. Well, actually, my attention span is too short for the big clump of infodump worldbuilding too many of my sci-fi reads have had.
There’s none of that here. Fisher eases us into her world, and we’re immediately invested in the characters. The worldbuilding is awesome, with the idea of aliens who take on the form of the ghost of someone important to you who has died. The only way the people working on the planet keep their sanity is by rudely ignoring the ghosts. Only Elizabeth can’t quite let that happen.
What I can tell from 50 pages? Intriguing world, characters I already care about, a plot that I suspect is going to be as twisted as a barrel of eastern diamondback rattlesnakes (yeah, I’ve been watching “Gator Boys” again). I wish Sharon Lynn Fisher all the congrats in the world on her Best First Book finalist status and give this one an unqualified A.
Want to win a copy of Ghost Planet? Just leave a comment and tell me your favorite book with aliens in it. One of my faves is a recent one, a YA by Jennifer Armentrout called Obsidian.