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Sparrow Hill Road

de Seanan McGuire

Altres autors: Tara O'Shea (Interior dingbats)

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Sèrie: Ghost Roads (1), InCryptid (Ghost Roads, 1)

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Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross--a 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 didn't ask Rose what she thought of the idea. It's been more than sixty years since that night, and she's still sixteen, and she's 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 what's his. She's the angel of the overpass, she's the darling of the truck stops, and she's going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, it's not like it can kill her. You can't kill what's already dead.… (més)
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If you would have asked me prior to reading this how I felt about a ghost story, I would have responded with a shudder and a pained look. Luckily, I trust Ms. McGuire and read this one anyway.

Who freakin' knew?! As always in her books, she found a unique angle with stellar world building (on top of ours) and a twist that you wouldn't expect. Even the love angle has a twist so twisty that I'm sure there's another word for it.

This book is straight UF, not horror. But whatever the case it is a great story.

If you haven't read anything else by this woman, go buy it all. Worth every penny and then some. ( )
  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
I'm not really a fan of short stories, but together in a book it did sort of work. It's fairly quiet, nothing exciting, but there were times when I felt like that. I enjoyed it. ( )
  zjakkelien | Jan 2, 2024 |
So you've heard the story about Rose Marshall right? How she died on the way to her prom and became a ghost? Some say she leads men to their deaths when they offer her a ride, others claim she's only trying to save the ones who aren't too far gone. Whatever you've heard this is her story; the story of how a small town 16 year old girl who just wanted more from life could turn into an urban legend everybody knew.

Unlike a lot of folk going into this book cold I knew that the "Rose Marshall" stories were episodic and at one time spread across the internet as far as possible. I went into the book knowing this and thus wasn't surprised or irritated by the repetition from time to time. Rose spends half of her time educating the reader (or newly dead) on what it means to live in the Twilight. What you lose, what you gain, what the rules are that govern those who travel the Ghost Roads.

Rose is a "Hitcher" or a "Hitchhiker", she's drawn to those who live their life on the road or will die because of it. That young girl you see on the side of some lonely back road or hanging at a diner off the beaten track? Probably Rose. She'll hitch a ride to get to where she needs to go and maybe, if you're very lucky and your time hasn't come, she can even prevent you from dying on the road.

As she explains the stories aren't told in a very linear fashion, not til closer to the end when they begin to bleed into one and other and you can't have one without the other. By in large a good half of the book can be read in whatever order you want. I'm not sure if MacGuire (or her editor or Publisher) decided to mix them up even more. What I can say is that some details you'll read about in one chapter, you won't find out the truth of the tale until a later chapter. And some truths are harder to handle then others.

Woven throughout is Rose's crusade to stop "Bobby Cross" (the man who killed her to become an immortal legend) and her resolve to prevent him from doing to others what he did to her. Sometimes she's successful, other times she's not, but through it all she has a grim determination and resolve. Its more then revenge, though several characters ask her if that's what it is to her. She found a purpose in her aimless wandering after life and she was bound and determined to make it through.

I really liked Rose--she's much more practical and pragmatic then many of the characters running around in fiction, especially of those who are "teenagers", but not really (looking at you every single teen vampire/immortal out there). She didn't stay "stuck" in time, she moved on, she grew and expanded and learned how to work the system. She's not without her flaws of course, and we see as she makes mistakes that she later reflects on and realize it was really dumb to not notice the issues, but she felt so very real.

Insofar as other recurring characters go there are a few--Emma, the bean sidhe who Rose befriends, Tommy who she once asked for a ride from, Bobby Cross who we don't meet in the "flesh" until later in the book but who's shadow is long and dark. Emma is likeable and given more depth then either Tommy or Bobby in my opinion. Bobby is...he's portrayed as a certain kind of guy who many of us know or know of.

There's some loose-ish ends that don't get as much tying up, comments from Rose that drift away as her confrontation with Bobby looms, snippets of conversations that she doesn't focus on in her pursuit. And this book can get downright creepy and spooky, though I found myself feeling sorry for many of the people Rose comes across. Some of them just don't know any better, which is sad and pitiful no matter if you are alive or dead. ( )
  lexilewords | Dec 28, 2023 |
Pretty good

Not my usual type of story but I really enjoyed it. I love how she fleshed the legends of the highway ( )
  Tiffani_Keaton | Nov 22, 2023 |
I was skeptical because of the short story collection nature of the book but it turns out that's the part I enjoyed the most; the individual sub-plots of each short story.

Initially, the rules around the ghosts are very vague. There are a few universal rules we learn throughout the book but around the middle of the book, something unfortunate becomes apparent. The author invents new rules and exceptions as she needs them on the fly.
This is always something that annoys me a lot because it makes it really hard to buy into tension because I always know the author could at any time just make stuff up on the spot to resolve any situation however she wants.

The end was just too much for me. It was too cheesy, too whacky, and way too far-fetched.
Beyond that, I just plain didn't like the end but that is entirely subjective taste.

Edit: Something that I forgot to mention is the ability of the author to build a certain surreal atmosphere. This reads not at all like some generic UF. It is a very unique experience and even though I didn't like the ending I don't regret having picked up this book. ( )
  omission | Oct 19, 2023 |
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O'Shea, TaraInterior dingbatsautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Fell, AlyAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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And when the night hails down and you're afraid
That you'll never get what you're owed,
Go and talk to the girl in the green silk gown
Who died on Sparrow Hill road.

And when you see her face in the truck-stop light,
When the final cock has crowed,
Then you'll go with the girl in the green silk gown
Who died on Sparrow Hill Road.

-except from "The Ghost of Sparrow Hill Road," author unknown
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For the original Rosettes: Amy, Alyssa, Erica, Meg, and Vixy. And for Jennifer.

Thank you all for letting me tell you about Rose Marshall.
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Let me tell you about Rose Marshall.

She's a ghost story wrapped in a series of urban legends; she's an idea that got away from me and decided to hitchhike for the coast before I could stop her She's a song, she's a story, she's a novel, and in some ways, she's one of the most "real" characters I've ever created. And, as befits a character whose story is as tangled as hers is, she didn't start any of these things. -Introduction
Most of what we know about the life and death of Rose Marshall, often referred to as "the Girl at the Diner" or "the Ghost of Sparrow Hill Road," is circumstantial and unclear. We have verified the dates in this document to best of our ability, but as most of the participants are deceased, we are unable to swear that all dates are accurate.

Of this much, we are sure: Rose Marshall lived. Rose Marshall died. And of the time of this writing, Rose Marshall does not yet rest in peace. -Editor's Note, Kevin and Evelyn Price
There is nothing more human than a ghost story. Every culture in the world creates hauntings for itself, things that lurk in the shadows and wait for the unwary. Yet, at the same time, there are certain ghost stories and certain forms of haunting that seem to be quintessentially American. This leads us to the story of the Phantom Prom Date. Her story is considered an example of the Hitchhiking Ghost sub-type (see Appendix A for further details on the base legend), but has been expanded into a cautionary tale for teenagers about the dangers of driving recklessly. It is perhaps no coincidence that the Phantom Prom Date first began to walk the roads of America in the early 1950s, when concern for teen driving was at a national high. -On the Trail of the Phantom Prom Date, Professor Laura Moorhead, University of Colorado
There's this vocabulary word - "linear." It means things that happen in a straight line, like highways and essays about what you did on your summer vacation. It means A comes before B, and B comes before C, all the way to the end of the alphabet, end of the road ... end of the line.. That's linear.

The living are real fond of linear. The dead ... not so much. -Chapter 1, 1973, The Dead Girl in the Diner
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Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross--a 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 didn't ask Rose what she thought of the idea. It's been more than sixty years since that night, and she's still sixteen, and she's 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 what's his. She's the angel of the overpass, she's the darling of the truck stops, and she's going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, it's not like it can kill her. You can't kill what's already dead.

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