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  • loved the premise, a fascinating exploration

    I loved this book. The premise drew me in, the idea of being able to flit from body to body, reminding me of Octavia Butler's "Wild Seed". In "Touch", the spirits that can do this are called ghosts. The big difference here from "Wild Seed" is that entering the body does not kill the host's soul. Instead, the host wakes up again, as if from a coma. If enough time has passed, this can cause serious problems for them, due to their confusion as to where and when they are. The story has a ghost as a main character, whose journey is really about trying survive, to find a meaning, a purpose to living. Ghosts can be killed, there are organized groups of "regular" people trying to detect and hunt them down. What makes this book really work for me is how the author seems to consider the practical implications of what a ghost existence is like, both for the ghost and the human hosts. Consider what it's like to take over a new body, but you don't know the PIN to the body's bank cards, you don't know their history. And yet consider how effective you could be nonetheless. Consider how dangerous a ghost to be as they switch from one body to the next, seemingly unstoppable. And yet they can be killed. There were some fight scenes in particular that I marvelled at, some clever moves that surprised me. Taking the basic premise, and just running with it to its logical conclusions gave me a very satisfying and compelling read. And yet the story is more then just an exploration of ghosting, it has the key emotions that underly all good stories: love and hate.

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  • Great earlier novel

    Very compelling and enjoyable! I was looking for something after reading The First Fifteen Lives and this definitely scratches the same itch! It expires many of the same ideas about being part of society but also apart from it, the variety of human experience, and the wisdom that comes with age. It is perhaps not quite as polished but I still thoroughly enjoyed it!

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