12.12.2012

Connecting with the non-romance reader

Some of the most interesting reviews I've received have come from readers who don't particularly enjoy romance, or on the flip side, don't particularly enjoy sci-fi. I wanted to share excerpts from a really thoughtful review posted on Bookworm Blues. (You can read the full review here.)

Not being a fan of romance books in general, you might wonder why I decided to read this book when it was presented to me. The reason, actually, is quite simple. I’ve never read (or heard of) a romance book set on another planet with some very science fiction details. I had to give it a try. Anyone willing to try their hand at a very exhausted genre in a science fiction setting deserves to be tried out. That’s brave of the author, and I respect that bravery.
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Once Elizabeth realizes she’s dead, an interesting dynamic builds. She’s no longer alive, so she has a unique perspective on a planet that’s facing an interesting dilemma. The relationship that forms is obvious and rather predictable, but the author also uses it in an interesting way to highlight social issues between both the ghosts and the humans. Instead of being a book about romance for romance’s sake, Fisher uses romance as a great plot device to explore facets of the planet that she otherwise wouldn’t have been able to reach.

On top of this, Fisher had a great ability to bring the world to life with her writing. She truly did a wonderful job at portraying the absolute isolation and starvation the ghosts feel with some raw, realistic emotion in her prose. That is, perhaps, Fisher’s true strength as an author. She did a wonderful job at not only portraying emotion, but writing emotions into Ghost Planet in such a way that I couldn’t help but feel them myself.

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