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It’s 1838 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. Okay so this book happened and it s one of the kind where you begin to read realize it is going to be very intense you take a deep breath hold it and only exhale when you ve reached the last page Holy smokes Benny Lawrence really produced a brilliant bookThe Ghost and the Machine is dark and triggering so read Heather Jones review because she explains it so well and she writes much better than I do so there The book consumed me totally I just had to keep reading There are fantastic twists and turns I did not anticipate I can t say much about the book less I spoil something Read the blurb read Heather s review and make up your mind I think it s utterly fantastic No need to worry if you can t play chess I can t and I still enjoyed every bit of it A sublime book that will put your emotions through the wringer ff all players are women but be aware that this is NOT a romanceThemes mental physical and sexual abuse agoraphobia alcoholism Stockholm syndrome automaton chess5 Stars

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The Ghost and the Machine

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 mano. 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 ueer 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 outAll 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 isWhat grabbed me from the start was the excellence of the writing Not only is Lawrence s prose brutally exuisite 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 storyThis 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 wingsThe 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 thereSecondly the abusive character is pathologically abusive on all axes The story would be eually 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 toolboxThis is a powerful book and an angry book but I don t in any way interpret it as a homophobic book

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R house in Vienna for a private engagement There Kit meets the inuisitive Eleanor who tests Kit’s ability to tell the difference between truth and illusion Or is it all just another game of chess. 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 far than a chess game Lawrence s concept and relationships are intriguing and her plot twists and turns like a king fleeing checkmate Looking forward to by this talented new author


8 thoughts on “The Ghost and the Machine

  1. says:

    Okay so this book happened and it’s one of the kind where you begin to read realize it is going to be very intense you take a deep breath hold it and only exhale when you’ve reached the last page Holy smokes Benny Lawrence really produced a brilliant bookThe Ghost and the Machine is dark and triggering so read Heather Jones’ review because she explains it so well and she writes much better than I do so there The bo

  2. says:

    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 uirk so here I am Terima kasih CorrieThe Ghost and

  3. says:

    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 ueer identity What I didn’t expect was a dark psychological thriller that kept me on the ed

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    and then I ran out of books by Benny Lawrence because I couldn’t stop readingThis was a painful read I find it always painful to read about abuse and exploitation especially when it is about cheap thrills in or

  6. says:

    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 mone

  7. says:

    If you're looking for homophobic propaganda then this is the book for youI 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

  8. says:

    DNF

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