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Review: Chasing Ghosts in ‘More Walls Broken’

More Walls Broken has the intrigue of an 80s paranormal film, complete with witty and accessible writing, the drama of a father—daughter relationship gone sour, and a race to right the wrongs caused by a misunderstood device. It’s a quick jaunt of a novella, and thoroughly enjoyable for fans of paranormal and modern fantasy alike.

Spoilers ahead!

Powers goes beyond the supernatural to examine familial ties, asking what it would be like to see another version of yourself, to find out things went differently in another time and place. There were good and bad changes on either side, and watching the two characters play them out and deal with those changes was quite interesting.

The focus on the paranormal aspects was intriguing as well, with the characters going in-depth into their theories about ghosts and connections between worlds. The bumbling, villainous professors on the sidelines were downright awful by the end, showing the dangers of getting too close to success and forgetting about ethical obligations.

Overall, More Walls Broken was a thought-provoking look at the concept of multiple realities and the overlap with the spirit world. It reiterates an important lesson: nothing good happens in a cemetery at night, especially when a supernatural conjuration device is involved.

NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

More Walls Broken

By Tim Powers
Subterranean Press

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