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Subject:Cindy Miles: Spirited Away
Time:09:35 pm
Spirited Away

A romance novel set in a remote castle in modern day Scotland. Beautiful but dumb archaeologist Andi Monroe is hired to excavate the grounds of the castle by gorgeous but very, very dumb noble man Tristan de Barre, lord Dragonhawk, after some mysterious human remains are unearthed by an oak tree falling over.

However, it turns out Tristan has been dead for 700 years, and is actually a ghost. Though Andi really, really wants to, she can't have sex with Tristan, because he's incorporeal. Neither of them have ever heard of masturbation, or phonesex or cybersex, so they're extremely frustrated throughout the too long book.

As if sexual frustration weren't bad enough, Andi accidentally releases a magically bound evil spirit, which repeatedly tries to kill her, and she's being haunted by yet another spirit which seems to want to help her, but can only speak in vague riddles, which Andi, being kind of dumb, can't understand.

The book is very poorly written, with many, many editing mistakes, the characters contradicting themselves in consecutive paragraphs, taking the same action twice for the first time, repeating the same lines of dialogue over and over again, etc.

Obviously the writer has very little knowledge of history, Scotland or archaeology, but the story is cute and earnestly told. I get the feeling this is not some hack pounding out another cookie cutter script, but a writer who really cares about the story she's telling.

Even though it's mostly tedious and repetitive, I managed to read it all the way through.
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