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!EBOOK ♿ The Ghost and the Machine ☸ It s , and Europe is obsessed with mechanical contraptions, and the Rajah is the height of entertainment as the ultimate chess playing machine Kit has toured with the Rajah since the age of ten and knows the secret behind the machine all too well just as she knows that people would rather be fooled than have their illusions stripped awayAn eccentric Countess summons the Rajah to her manor house in Vienna for a private engagement There, Kit meets the inquisitive Eleanor, who tests Kit s ability to tell the difference between truth and illusion Or is it all just another game of chess This is a darkly funny, sexy tale with no explicit sex It is a Gothick adventure a mad inventor, an eccentric noblewoman, a decadent Old World castle filled with scary treasures, an abducted, imprisoned ingenue, a book long game of chess in which the stakes are life and death narrated by the prickly maiden in distress whose fate depends on whether she learns in time which opponents to trust She s a magnetic storyteller as a rule I prefer a third person narrator, especially if the story has This is a darkly funny, sexy tale with no explicit sex It is a Gothick adventure a mad inventor, an eccentric noblewoman, a decadent Old World castle filled with scary treasures, an abducted, imprisoned ingenue, a book long game of chess in which the stakes are life and death narrated by the prickly maiden in distress whose fate depends on whether she learns in time which opponents to trust She s a magnetic storyteller as a rule I prefer a third person narrator, especially if the story has a dark emotional undertow, but The Ghost s Kit alternately poignant, scathing, hilarious, and scared just pulls you in and won t let go If the tale s Victorian trappings sound quaint or comic, think again this is a story of playful seduction that is also an unflinchingly honest depiction of the psychology of abuse Kit meets her match, which is a good thing, but she has to fight herself every step of the way towards freedom This book s wonderful writer should be encouraged in every way possible What I knew about this book going in was that it concerned a young woman and a mechanical chess playing automaton in the early 19th century I expected intrigues and hoaxes and given that I bought it though a lesbian book distributor some amount of queer identity What I didn t expect was a dark psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat right up to the end This is not a fluffy, feel good comfort read It s a gripping adventure and mystery that left me both satisfied and emoti What I knew about this book going in was that it concerned a young woman and a mechanical chess playing automaton in the early 19th century I expected intrigues and hoaxes and given that I bought it though a lesbian book distributor some amount of queer identity What I didn t expect was a dark psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat right up to the end This is not a fluffy, feel good comfort read It s a gripping adventure and mystery that left me both satisfied and emotionally wrung out.All the content advisories psychological, physical, and sexual abuse, alcoholism, agoraphobia, dissociation, and in case it needs mentioning, this is not a romance novel Which sometimes needs mentioning as readers default to expecting lesbian books to be romance The sexual abuse is not presented graphically on the page but everything else is.What grabbed me from the start was the excellence of the writing Not only is Lawrence s prose brutally exquisite, but she has the knack of portraying complex psychological experiences without falling back on modern medical terminology that would be out of place in a historic setting The first person protagonist, Kit, lets us know from the start that she will be an unreliable narrator This leaves plenty of space for uncertainty as the plot twists and turns in ways reminiscent of a Sarah Waters novel The historic details are both sharp and unobtrusive I highly recommend this book for those who are up to the tension and the depictions of abuse Note This next discussion isn t part of my book review proper I vary in whether I look at other reviews before reading a book, so it wasn t until after I d read the book and written my review that I ran across a couple reviews that interpreted the portrayal of sexual abuse by a woman against a woman to be homophobic It is certainly true that in a historic context, one of the tropes associated with female same sex desire is the predatory lesbian the implication that same sex desire is inherently controling and abusive Here s my take on that within the context of this story.This is a story that focuses entirely on female characters, and those characters encompass a number of different personalities and actions All of the interpersonal interactions in this story both bad and good are between women So the fact that the abuse is from one woman to another doesn t to me single out the same sex aspect as saying something essentialist about same sex interactions The story does not set up predatory same sex desire in contrast to redemptive and positive different sex desire There is no heroic male rescuer waiting in the wings.The background references to heterosexual relationships mostly involve prostitution And the one central redemptive and hopeful relationship within the story being vague to avoid spoilers is also between two women Within the context of the story, it is only potentially romantic and is definitely not erotic and I d find it implausible it it were immediately erotic, given the character s history but it s there.Secondly, the abusive character is pathologically abusive on all axes The story would be equally horrific if the sexual element were not in play And I want to emphasize that the actual details of the sexual abuse are not described, unlike the other aspects Her personality is clearly shown to be about control and not about desire, as such She is not depicted as having same sex desire lead to abuse, but rather as being an inherently abusive person for whom sexual abuse is only one part of her toolbox.This is a powerful book and an angry book, but I don t in any way interpret it as a homophobic book Benny Lawrence is most certainly the Queen of dry humour and engrossing pathos I love that about her writing You never know when she s being serious or not, but there s these moments of pure magic when you see through the mockery and suddenly you re having all kinds of insights about the characters, about yourself, about society.But as much as I don t like to admit, I need romance Even if as just a side story Even if as just a hint It doesn t even need to have a happy ending Just that pl Benny Lawrence is most certainly the Queen of dry humour and engrossing pathos I love that about her writing You never know when she s being serious or not, but there s these moments of pure magic when you see through the mockery and suddenly you re having all kinds of insights about the characters, about yourself, about society.But as much as I don t like to admit, I need romance Even if as just a side story Even if as just a hint It doesn t even need to have a happy ending Just that pleasing connection between two people Or three Or four I m not too picky So 3.5 to this one Kit, a young woman in 19th century Europe is the invisible brain behind the mechanical chess playing Rajah Living a life of utter seclusion literally in the Rajah s box she is kept by her mistress, Rush, to make money outwitting the world s best players, as well as for Rush s own sadistic pleasures At the home of an eccentric countess, Kit is discovered and forced to make moves that risk farthan a chess game Lawrence s concept and relationships are intriguing, and her plot twists Kit, a young woman in 19th century Europe is the invisible brain behind the mechanical chess playing Rajah Living a life of utter seclusion literally in the Rajah s box she is kept by her mistress, Rush, to make money outwitting the world s best players, as well as for Rush s own sadistic pleasures At the home of an eccentric countess, Kit is discovered and forced to make moves that risk farthan a chess game Lawrence s concept and relationships are intriguing, and her plot twists and turns like a king fleeing checkmate Looking forward toby this talented new author and then I ran out of books by Benny Lawrence, because I couldn t stop reading.This was a painful read I find it always painful to read about abuse and exploitation, especially when it is about cheap thrills in order to entertain, which is not the case here Benny Lawrence doesn t use dirty tricks She lets us see and understand It hurts nevertheless Or because.But then there is the humour And the humour makes things easier And then there is a really smart plot with really clever and su and then I ran out of books by Benny Lawrence, because I couldn t stop reading.This was a painful read I find it always painful to read about abuse and exploitation, especially when it is about cheap thrills in order to entertain, which is not the case here Benny Lawrence doesn t use dirty tricks She lets us see and understand It hurts nevertheless Or because.But then there is the humour And the humour makes things easier And then there is a really smart plot with really clever and surprising and oh so good twists And those very real characters, who are so loveable and so hateable, with those very witty dialogues And as an Austrian I also enjoy that it is set in Austria The ghost and the machine is darker than Lawrence two other novels But it s just as quick to read I wished I would have taken my time, though I want If you re looking for homophobic propaganda, then this is the book for you I gave 2 star because Benny spent time writing this, and I love both of her other books Dark and yet somehow hopeful seems to a her base for her books With a dose of heavy sarcasm mixed in to keep things light This book is definitely not a lesbian must read This story brought me back to 60 s dime store novels that depicted the lesbian as a villain, because that is exactly what it portrays No decent lesbian found with If you re looking for homophobic propaganda, then this is the book for you I gave 2 star because Benny spent time writing this, and I love both of her other books Dark and yet somehow hopeful seems to a her base for her books With a dose of heavy sarcasm mixed in to keep things light This book is definitely not a lesbian must read This story brought me back to 60 s dime store novels that depicted the lesbian as a villain, because that is exactly what it portrays No decent lesbian found within the pages Doesn t even suggest that the main character is gay, but she is raped, controlled, and abused by a lesbian I am not even going to get into the lazy ending I think perhaps Benny Lawrence forgot her base audience, and decided to write some homophobic propaganda Well done Benny you definitely got me to second guess purchasing your books I will read the reviews carefully from now on DNF I enjoyed reading Corrie s review for The Ghost and The Machine but a book centering on chess Chess Chess But I remember loving Tracey Whitney when she kicked the chess prodigies butts this book made to Corrie s Best of 2O19 how indebted I am to her for the awesome Moira Quirk, so here I am Terima kasih, Corrie The Ghost and The Machine is every single thing that I love about dark, twisted, mystery and suspenseful books I purposefully waited 24 hours to write this poc to spare eve I enjoyed reading Corrie s review for The Ghost and The Machine but a book centering on chess Chess Chess But I remember loving Tracey Whitney when she kicked the chess prodigies butts this book made to Corrie s Best of 2O19 how indebted I am to her for the awesome Moira Quirk, so here I am Terima kasih, Corrie The Ghost and The Machine is every single thing that I love about dark, twisted, mystery and suspenseful books I purposefully waited 24 hours to write this poc to spare everyone from verbal diarrhea of fangirling Evenso, I m treading lightly here as this book should be experienced as blind as a bat Benny Lawrence has a poetic yet humorous writing style that engrossed me from the start Not over the top, coupled with thorough characters developments, and depth of story, It s truly a book to get lost inlost in the world of her characters, lost in thisthan 64 squares chessboard because of the well developed complex plot that filled with many interesting turns and revelations.What is this book about An Automaton Chess Player A FAKE chess playing machine and yes, The Best Lead in this whatever genre, Kit Kit is the storyteller to her tale, yes there arethan a few gasps out disturbing scenes and I did cry for Kit but I did laugh out loud too many times because of her Kit s characterization is simply excellent She is endearing, full of life, brave, strong, intelligent, adventurous, funny and so daring Overall, she is an amazing heroine and I love her from the start and enjoyed reading her tumultuous story.Ms.Lawrence is a talented author with a unique ability to create engaging character driven stories So trust Corrie, you don t want to miss this It is so different, so much better than what I expected, surprising me in such a good way So am I saying YES to the dress err chess Heck yes As most of my reads, this one is not for everyone It deals with child abuse mental, physical and sexual implied abduction and a deranged woman But the hours spent, listening to Kit and some wonderful secondary characters, I don t have enough thumbs to express how awesome this book was.Mindfcuk level Skyrocket Hilarious Quote The Duke wasn t exactly a Chessmaster He kept asking whether it was time to roll the dice Eleanor Corrie s right, this is not a romance but all the characters in this book the heroes, the unsung heroes, the villains are women and you don t have to be a chesshead to enjoy this.Highly recommended