Sunday, February 9, 2014

Shades of Blue and Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War, edited by Steve Berman

Rating: ★ ★  ☆ ☆
Obtained from: Netgalley
Read: December 9, 2013

More Americans were killed during the years 1861-1865 than any other date in history. Men shattered, women lost, families broken. In Shades of Blue and Gray, editor Steve Berman offers readers tales of the supernatural - ghost stories that range from the haunts of the battlefield to revenants on the long march home. Yank. Rebel. Both finding themselves at odds in flesh and spirit.

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I'm not much for ghost stories, but the historic element of Shades of Blue and Gray struck a chord with me. A modest assortment of shorts, some pieces are significantly stronger than others, but unfortunately, none of the entries felt particularly inspired. More novelty than history, I'd have difficulty recommending it to all but young paranormal enthusiasts. 

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The swirling colors of the crystal ball seemed to darken, and Madame Still laughed aloud. “You’ve stirred them, Colonel. They are donning their uniforms for their final battle. They march!”
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