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Ghost Talkers
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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.Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence.Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willing...
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magicalshelves
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Mehso-so

The beginning had me hooked but the middle to the finale was a slog. Such a cool premise that wasn‘t delivered well.

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LittleMouse5708
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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My students will tell you that I'm more than just a little obsessed with WWI poetry, so it's no surprise that I chose a book set in WWI for my spring break read. I'm really excited to start this one.

Johanna414 One more day! (Although it sounds like tomorrow may be a little crazy...) 6mo
Clare-Dragonfly I loved this! 6mo
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Laughterhp
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Here is my January TBR. Most of the books are for #NewYearWhoDis - I haven‘t picked up my library books and my B&N package hasn‘t been delivered yet, so I couldn‘t take a picture of my stack.

The tagged book is for the #HeReadSheReadPodcast buddy read
The Spy is for #LMPBC
Jane Eyre for #Classicschallenge2020
Lisa Jewell for #BOTMBacklist
#AgathaChristieClubR2
#BBBBC - rollover
#JanuaryTBR

Reviewsbylola I‘ve got to get started on #newyearwhodis. It will make up most of my January reading. 3y
JenlovesJT47 Hey, how do I join the Agatha Christie club? I coincidentally am at the same point in my reading so it‘s perfect timing! 3y
Laughterhp @JenlovesJT47 I would just periodically check @ferskner ‘s page. It‘s very unofficial. I think there is a monthly discussion post, but I didn‘t see one for December. 3y
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JenlovesJT47 Thank you! 🤗 3y
ferskner @Laughterhp @JenlovesJT47 I'm so excited you want to join! I've traveling internationally for two weeks, but I'll post the questions when I get back early next week. I haven't had time to think about the book at all. 3y
JenlovesJT47 @ferskner thank you! I hope you‘re having fun on your trip 🤗 3y
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Deifio
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Watching this tonight, as hubby's away and I have the TV to myself! Don't know much about Tolkien's life. I know he was in WW1 because of tagged book.

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ctboeheim
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The Spirit Corps gathers intelligence from the front in WWI – by summoning and interviewing the freshly-killed ghosts of soldiers. But the Germans may have learned of their existence, and planted a spy – or a saboteur. Historical fiction|romance|murder mystery|spy thriller|ghost story. This novel stirs all of that seamlessly into an entertaining tale, and also touches on the racism and sexism of that era without being preachy.

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BookishShelly
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Good but I can see why this one is not nearly as popular as Calculating the Stars.

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LondElle89
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Almost finished with this interesting book. I only have about 50 pages left, and I'm not sure how I'm going to rate this.

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JSW
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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I really enjoyed this supernatural historical romantic mystery! Cross-genre, good story, interesting (though somewhat underdeveloped) characters. Would read more from this author.

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JSW
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About to have a 5-day staycation and one of those days will be a 12-in-24 readathon. I‘m ready.

JSW Also, I‘m always so tickled when I try to tackle serious reading like Homer for fun. No one understands quite like you, dear Littens. ❤️😉 4y
brilliantglow I love Homer! Have fun😃 4y
JSW @brilliantglow this version intrigued me. I can‘t wait to dive in! 4y
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brilliantglow I look forward to seeing what you think of it 4y
Reviewsbylola Ooooh, great way to spend a staycation! 4y
JSW @Reviewsbylola I agree! Every staycation of mine involves some kind of intense reading session. Luckily Mr. JSW has his own hobbies to immerse himself in. So we two happy nerd/geeks order in pizza and stay in pajamas all day. 4y
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RealLifeReading
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Oh this looks good. Has anyone read it? I enjoyed Kowal‘s Glamourist series and didn‘t know she had this book out (in 2016).

rubyslippersreads This looks great! 4y
ness Read it and loved it! 4y
bunny I loved it! Mary Robinette Kowal is an insta-buy for me. 4y
Clare-Dragonfly I haven‘t read any of her other books yet but I loved this! 4y
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Rabidgummibear
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Mehso-so

I finished this in about a day. It‘s enjoyable and very unique. Definitely for anybody wanting something new in WWI.

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Rabidgummibear
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Interesting concept. Not sure on my thoughts for it so far. I actually might listen to it again before book club on Sunday.

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shanaqui
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Is everybody I like going to die? I mean. I know it's WWI, but aiaiai.

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shanaqui
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Breakfast has been keeping me company because I made distressed noises. #BunniesofLitsy

Clare-Dragonfly Good bun! ❤️🐰 5y
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shanaqui
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal

I-is this book going to break my heart?

shanaqui Oh, hell. I knew it would, but. 😭 5y
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brilliantglow
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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#bookmail who knew that Canada Post delivered mail on Sundays, even if it is holiday season😮😃😃

abbsinwonderland I might have to drop a hint about that to my post office here in the US... Sounds like a great idea! 5y
brilliantglow @abbsinwonderland yeah! Pretty awesome. I've been able to consistently get my packages in 2-3 days from ordering them. 5y
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tracy_anne8
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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#shelfie for hour 6 of #24in48. I just woke up so I won't subject you guys to my bedhead so I'll show you my coffee in my Jane Eyre mug instead.
@24in48

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Listener15
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Whoa. Excellent book. Love that the setting was WW1 and not the overused WW2. Such an interesting reimagining. I admit I cried at the end. Mary Robinette Kowel wrote and read this and did an, as usual, wonderful job. Pick this up, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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tea.n.books
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The premise of this book was great, and Kowal delivered a stunning and interesting world. Usually, books like this are right up my alley, but for some reason, I couldn't sink my teeth in..? I wasn't as drawn into the story as I usually am. But still, it was a good read and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes to mix their history with magic. #fantasy #historicalfiction #wwi #paranormal

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tracy_anne8
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Here is my #shelfie for #aprilbookshowers. Actually my shelf and book closet. The nice semi-organized shelf is my read pile while the closet is my tbr pile. I think I need to work on that closet some more 😆

Somasis You should! Start with Life After Life, it's amazing 5y
tracy_anne8 @Somasis I have 3 books I'm currently trying to get through 😕. It is on my list to read very soon though! It sounds amazing! 5y
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tracyrowanreads
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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I feel terrible bailing on this audiobook. The story is intriguing and Kowal isn't a terrible narrator, but her accents are so leaden that I find it distracting. I wish she'd just opted to read it without the voices. I'll have to try ebook or hard copy when I have a chance.

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tracyrowanreads
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Two Audible credits got me three titles today, this, the Stephen Fry Sherlock Holmes, and Music as a Mirror of History from The Great Courses. Not bad!

And I bought three more credits. And a used paperback of something I didn't want in audio format. I think I have a problem.

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annahenke
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This was a fun read! I saw the end coming, but enjoyed the ride. #historicalfiction #paranormal #WWI

Lola I just heard about this book last night at the Chicago @bookriot #readharder meeting! 6y
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annahenke
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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#currentlyreading I'm apparently on a WWI kick this week. This has a fascinating concept. Does it live up to its potential?

8little_paws I met the author briefly at an event a month or two ago. This book sounds awesome! 6y
DrexEdit I've read short stories by this author that I liked a lot. I'll bet this is a pretty good book! 6y
Clare-Dragonfly YES! I loved it. It goes places I never expected and it's so satisfying. 6y
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Nephele
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Excellent historical fantasy set during WW1, featuring a smart, witty, kick-ass heroine. #24in48

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Karen_V
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A fast-paced plot with a couple of twists; this one was a one-sitting read for me that I stayed up past my bedtime to finish. It grapples with the racism and sexism of the time, and the obvious and invisible costs of war. Recommended, especially if you like ghost stories and historical romances. TBR book pile sticker included because the characters use book codes to share important information!

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Karen_V
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When you think "oh, I'll just read a few pages to see if I like it" and then you're on page 54.

cathysaid Yup. 🤔 6y
Karen_V @cathysaid Funny how that happens, isn't it? ☺️ 6y
StaceyKondla I completely enjoyed that book! Happy Reading! 😊 6y
Karen_V @StaceyKondla Thank you! 6y
vicgreentoriafield Love when that happens 6y
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Blackthorn
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Mehso-so

I liked it but it was a bit predictable.

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Karen_V
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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When all your library holds by one author come in at once.

RadicalReader @Karen_V I love library holds and inter library loans they are truly the best things about the library then you know you will get the books you have been wanting and then the others will have to wait on you to finish them 6y
Karen_V As a librarian, I am super happy to hear that 😊 6y
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Fatima2
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For ghost story lovers, A novel with not only a great what-if but some prime twists towards it climax. (Have tissues ready.) A little plot drag in the middle but the ending gives a sense we may be in for more from Ginger and Co.

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Pagedeep
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An amazing read. Kowal's writing of Regency fantasy was good; her take on World War I is fantastic.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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I've enjoyed seeing everyone else's stats, so here are mine! The demographics may be off as I couldn't find much information about R. J. Astruc and I didn't include the DNF books. Which must be why this month looks so short...
#monthlystats

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StaceyKondla
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Delightful and beautiful!! Ghost Talkers is an alternate history set during WWII. The allies use mediums in the Spirit Corps. Each soldier that is killed in action is conditioned to report to the Spirit Corps for military intelligence purposes prior to "moving on". This book is not soft on the racism or the sexism of the time and has great moments of action, tension, tenderness, sadness and love. I would love to see a sequel!!

Claireluana Sounds fascinating! 6y
tpixie Sounds very interesting !! 6y
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StaceyKondla
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My feet are killing me - I probably walked a thousand kilometres at the store today. So now that I'm home, my feet are cozy in my Pikachu slippers and I'm not moving from this spot unless I have to crawl to the bathroom.

MrBook 😎👌🏻 6y
Texreader I got one shopping done for one side of the family tonight! Yay! Now that's some thanksgiving!! Hope you can rest and relax the rest of the weekend. 6y
RealLifeReading Sounds perfect 6y
LectricSheep I love your slippers! 6y
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StaceyKondla
Ghost Talkers | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Worked the late shift tonight and now I'm relaxing with a good book and a glass of red wine. I'm only about 50 pages in and so far this book is delightful!

Litlady ...and loving that sweet little unassuming stack behind the vino rosso glass!! 😉📚💙👍 6y
StaceyKondla @Litlady Hahaha! That little unassuming stack is actually spillover from the larger, out of control stack behind it 😉 6y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Fantastic. A must read for any fans of WWI literature or medium and ghost stories. I love how Kowal tied in real-life famous people and literary references as well!

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Clare-Dragonfly
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I wish I'd bought this instead of getting it from the library so I could lend it to my mom. She would really enjoy it.

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Abby-J
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MRK wrote an engaging story set in a spiritualist division of the British Army during WWI. Not only are her characters diverse within the confines of the historical setting, but their diversity is essential to their roles in the narrative. I recommend this book (and audiobook) to absolutely everyone.

JanuarieTimewalker13 @Abby-J I heard about this from katytastic on booktube and it sounds so good!! Definitely stacking this one!! Thank you! 6y
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Anton
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Since it's Remembrance Day, I thought I'd mention this WWI-set supernatural mystery about mediums who work for the British army taking reports from soldiers killed on the battlefield.

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ralexist
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Must remember that last line :)

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johnnie_cakes
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One of the things I loved about the Glamourist Histories was how Kowal introduced elements of mystery and espionage throughout the books. All of those elements are combined masterfully in Ghost Talkers, and the premise is fantastic. England has been using the ghosts of recently dead soldiers to gather intelligence in WWI, but the Germans are on to them. Does England have a traitor in her ranks?

Peterdamien That premise is basically impossible to say no to... 6y
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Abby-J
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My November #TBR not in any particular order. Windtalkers is a historical fantasy set in WW1 by Mary Robbinette Kowal. Replica is a YA story with two woven stories by Lauren Oliver. The Confederacy of Dunces meets my birth decade requirement for #ReadHarder, & has been sitting on my shelf, unread, for at least 20 years (not an exaggeration). I have started and put down the Golem & the Djinni at least 3 times, but I have faith that I can finish.

jesslovestype Replica is on my TBR too! And the book is gorgeous, but sooo huge. It's going to be a nightmare to carry around. 6y
violentecstasy I just started Ghost Talkers last night. Pretty excellent so far. I really dug The Golem and the Djinni, but I abhor The Confederacy of Dunces. Quite the spread you have there! 6y
Abby-J @violentecstasy I can't wait to chat with you about it. 6y
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ozma.of.oz
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Fellow Litsians! Litites? Littens? What is our agreed upon collective noun? No matter. If you live in the Greater Salt Lake Area, the SLC Main Public Library is hosting their annual Monster Used Book Sale! Go forth and buy many books! It opens to the public Thursday morning at nine AM. #slc #slclitsy

elkeOriginal I believe we have embraced 'Littens' as @Liberty christened us 👍 6y
ozma.of.oz @elkeo Excellent. It rhymes with kittens. I love it. 6y
elkeOriginal Precisely! 😺 6y
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bookfrivolity
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Nyxnissa is very excited about her new acquisition sent by the lovely peeps at Pan Mac Australia.. She's a huge fan of Mary Robinette Kowal, so she can't wait to get started.. I'll be buying her the audiobook as well, because MRK narrates her own bookies! She's an incredibly talented performer! #catsoflitsy

thec0zy Your cat's name is Nynissa?! I love that so much 😍 #soliterary 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Beautiful girl! 6y
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silentrequiem
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My book inspectors.

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unabridgedchick
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I finished this one in July and can't stop thinking about it. #ghosts #wwi #historicalfiction

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StroppyGirl
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Eagerly awaited Ghost Talkers after hearing recommends on the Twitters, and it was as good as I hoped.

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Anton
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This is not a book I'd normally pick up (feels like it was written for the Downton Abbey or Outlander crowd), but the concept of the British Army using mediums during WWI to get field reports from recently killed soldiers grabbed me. Writing is intentionally old fashioned, but there are some nice bits challenging gender and racial politics of the day. If it turns into a series I probably won't keep reading, but as a one-off I enjoyed it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Anton
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It isn't Dr Whosday yet, but I want to point out that this book has a minor character named Lethbridge-Stewart AND a doctor described as having big curly hair, a large nose, and an impressive scarf. And look how he responds when asked where he's from 👆. Clearly, Mary Robinette Kowal is a Whovian...