Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Crossa man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality Trouble was, he didnt ask Rose what she thought of the idea.Its been than sixty years since that night, and shes still sixteen, and shes still running.They have names for her all over the country the Girl in the Diner The Phantom Prom Date The Girl in the Green Silk Gown Mostly she just goes by Rose, a hitchhiking ghost girl with her thumb out and her eyes fixed on the horizon, trying to outrace a man who never sleeps, never stops, and never gives up on the idea of claiming whats his Shes the angel of the overpass, shes the darling of the truck stops, and shes going to figure out a way to win her freedom After all, its not like it can kill her.You cant kill whats already dead....
|Title||:||Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Roads)|
|Publisher||:||DAW 6 Mai 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||464 Pages|
|File Size||:||670 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Roads) Reviews
Ich muss gleich dazu sagen, dass ich vorher noch nichts von der Autorin gelesen habe - auch nicht die InCryptid-Reihe, in welche dieses Buch wohl lose eingebunden ist. Das macht aber nichts - das Buch ist auch als "Stand-Alone" geeignet und ohne Hintergrundkenntnisse gut zu verstehen.Zur Story: Die 16-jährige Rose Marshall wurde 1952 auf dem Weg zum Prom von Bobby Cross von der Straße gedrängt und ist bei dem Autounfall umgekommen. Bobby hat seine Seele verkauft im Austausch gegen ewiges Leben, nur für die Fortführung seiner Existenz braucht er Nachschub in Form von Seelen und sucht sich seine Opfer auf den Straßen des Landes. Leider will Rose ihre Seele nicht so einfach hergeben und ist seitdem als Hitcher, als "Anhalter-Geist" quer durch das Land auf der Flucht vor Bobby. Ihre verschiedenen Begegnungen auf diesem Weg, gute wie schlechte, werden hier beschrieben.Dem wohl ziemlich berühmtesten US-amerikanischen Mythos der jungen Geister-Frau, die je nach Mythos in guter oder in böser Absicht als Anhalterin unterwegs ist, wird hier ein ganz besonderer "Twist" verliehen. Es ist ein bisschen wie Supernatural, wenn man die Geschichte mal von der Seite des Geists aus sieht. Hochspannend und der Perspektivenwechsel ist unglaublich gut gelungen. Noch dazu ist Rose einfach eine unglaublich sympathische Protagonistin mit mehr als nur einer Prise Schlagfertigkeit, die immer wieder für witzige Szenen sorgen. Ausbalanciert wird das ganze durch emotionalen Tiefgang und manchmal auch eine Prise Wehmut (schließlich spielt hier ein Geist die Hauptrolle).Für manchen vielleicht gewöhnungsbedürftig sind die vielen Zeitsprünge - die Story wird nicht linear erzählt, sondern man wechselt immer mal wieder zwischen den Zeiten und den einzelnen Begegnungen. Beinahe fühlt es sich an wie eine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten. Das Format ist interessant und hätte komplett schiefgehen können. Den Fähigkeiten der Autorin ist es zu verdanken, dass es stattdessen sehr spannend geworden ist und für mich zumindest den Lesefluss auch überhaupt nicht unterbrochen hat. Hinzu kommt ein grandioser Showdown am Ende des Buches, welcher Lust macht auf mehr. Ich hoffe doch sehr, dass dies nicht das letzte Buch um die Hitcherin Rose gewesen ist. Definitively a keeper!
This book follows the afterlife and coming of age of the ghost we have all heard of at slumber parties and campfires, the hitch hiking girl who disappears to leave only a jacket behind. I love ghost stories, so the premise pulled me in, but then I stayed for the world building, the characters, and the prose. It was a darkly beautiful book. The formatting feels like a short story collection at times, but the way it ties together makes for a satisfactory and unique approach.The dark circles under my eyes today are a testament to my unwillingness to put it down, and all I could think about all day at work was getting back home to finish reading.I've had a few big hits and a few misses with this author before, but this is definitely one of my favorites. It is different than anything of hers that I have read, as far as plot, but the cynical, snarky protagonist was similar to one I had loved before. Funny, smart, heartbreaking, and fresh.
The description I read of this book made it sound like a novel, but it’s actually more of an anthology of interconnected stories about Rose and the Ghost Roads. An intricate level of worldbuilding has gone into this milieu. Ghosts of all different kinds, following different sets of rules, abound. Routewitches pop up quite a few times, and on the whole they seem inclined to help Rose achieve her goals, although not always in the manner which she’d prefer. It was hard to imagine how Rose’s setup would support a book this large, but we’re talking Seanan McGuire here, so I trusted. I was right to trust–the stories are fascinating and imaginative all the way through. I’ve already pre-ordered the sequel: The Girl in the Green Silk Gown.The characterization is beautiful. Rose is a complex character, not at all limited by her urban legend(s). (Naturally in the decades since she died she’s been the source of a handful of them, some more accurate than others.) We gradually learn more and more about her own death, until finally it’s time for her to tell us the whole story. We also see her square off against a ghost that doesn’t know it’s a ghost, fight to save someone who’s approaching their fate, and do an unpleasant favor for the Queen of the routewitches. She tags along with some ghost hunters on a whim, and discovers that some of her own family still has an interest in her. The stories are varied and interesting, as is the world in which they take place. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys ghost stories.
..... it wasn't her best either. For the first one third of the book I thought I would rate it a 2*, and that it would end up being a DNF. It was very hard for me to get into the story. The connection with the main character that I usually get from Seanan's books, well, it just wasn't there at first. Only Seanan's excellent writing kept me going. I kept plugging on and as I got the "hang" of it, it became a bit better.I'm skipping a synopsis because other reviewers have given plenty of insights into the story arc.I fully agree with the reviews that said there were too many repetitions. A little slice and dice to make it more of a novella would have made it much better. But then the publisher would have to sell it at a lower price. We all know they hate That. ;)The back and forth in the time lines did not bother me a bit. Those were very well done and easy enough to follow.Letting me know in the beginning of the book, that there was a "field guide" of the terms and ghosts would have been a plus. Instead I found this out from a review. Hyperlinks for the kindle version would have been even better!The book definitely ties in with the Incryptid series and that's the reason why I'll read the next book. :D
When I was young in the 70s, I spent a lot of time hitchhiking, and there was always a certain ambiance to the diners and truck stops I would go to in between towns. It was a certain way the light was, and a certain smell, and though it has been years since I've been on the road, I recognize those places once again, so much so that I can almost smell the fryer grease while I'm reading this book. I have read and loved most of Seanan McGuire's stories, but this one is actually more mature in that it is capable of evoking those sights and smells of the road on which I spent so much time. The story is great, and the writing is skillful, but it is the fact that I'm craving french fries and cheese burgers that convinces me this may be her best book yet.