The Spectral Engine

by Ray Fawkes | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 0771030932 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingHI77wing of Fort Myers, Florida USA on 10/11/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingHI77wing from Fort Myers, Florida USA on Sunday, October 11, 2020
The endless voyage forward,

not even in death
may you finally turn around.

Journal Entry 2 by wingHI77wing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Thursday, October 22, 2020
I absolutely love the cover on this one. The colors are pleasing to the eye and promote the theme to the book well.

I also was digging the art style of the book. I like the flow of graphic novels that are cut and fenced into hard line panels. It always looks so much better in my opinion. I also liked the concept of the train the picked up the dead and the tracks that appeared where they needed to. It was a fun concept.

The drawback, in my opinion, is the there just isn’t enough room in the length of the book to allow for proper story telling of each ‘stop’ so it is kind of shallow in the story lines. Seems a shame, but what can you do?

Journal Entry 3 by wingHI77wing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Thursday, October 22, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (10/22/2020 UTC) at Fort Myers, Florida USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

The God of Luck and Shiny Things has poured down upon me! And another book trade has commenced! LOL

Here's to a book finding a new reader! Cheers! ;)

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, October 30, 2020
The box of books and bonus surprises arrived today - in the middle of the first snow of the season, yet. Many thanks! This ex-library hardcover looks like nice spooky fun. [Update: I discovered that the cover has glow-in-the-dark attributes; the tracks and some of the spooky background characters become much more visible after some exposure to light! This will make the book a bit creepy to leave on my nightstand when I turn *out* the lights, though...]

Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, October 31, 2020
A quick read, and an intriguing one! While the concept of a train that carries souls after death isn't a new one, this version played out pretty well - though I admit I was a bit puzzled to find that the majority of the stories were set on the water or long before the development of trains... [The latter instances involved indigenous peoples, and some really good stories - and even called out the fact that the spectral train is transcending time in order to be there when needed.]

The accounts are all supposedly genuine reports of supernatural activity (or genuine legends, for those that have no recent sightings), and all set in Canada. The one I recognized at once was the Empress of Ireland, a passenger liner that sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 1914, with great loss of life (not surprising: it went down in a matter of *minutes*), and which has attracted divers in more recent years, some of whom have not survived. [See the nonfiction book Dark Descent for a detailed account of the Empress and her fate.]

Of the other accounts, which range from brief sightings of ghost trains to more detailed stories, I especially liked the one about the Young Teazer, a US privateer that was cornered off Nova Scotia during the War of 1812; I hadn't heard of that encounter before, but apparently a crew member opted to blow up the ship rather than be taken and hanged. The ghost-ship aspect didn't interest me as much as learning that the figurehead of the ship was an alligator - how awesome is that!

The tale of the "White Horse", set in Manitoba in 1695 (!), is about an attempt by the Assiniboine Sioux and the Cree to end an ongoing war by having the Assiniboine chief's daughter marry a Cree warrior (something both of the young people seemed happy about). But there's a member of the Assiniboine tribe who wants the young woman for himself, and... things don't go well. Perhaps the most romantic story here, even though the lovers didn't survive.

Other tales of note include one about the Wendigo, the fearsome spectre/monster born of famine and cold, and the "headless ghost" who was said to be one of the many Chinese workers brought in to build the railroads, ill-treated during the job and treated even worse after it was done.

Perhaps the saddest entry is for the "Woman in Red", from 1965 Toronto, depicted here as a lonely, unknown woman who committed suicide on the tracks, and then "haunts the tracks of a discontinued station, under a forgotten intersection"...

The artwork was evocative, though sometimes a bit too sketchy for my taste. Overall, though, I liked the book a lot.

Journal Entry 6 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, New Searles Rd in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, October 31, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (10/31/2020 UTC) at Little Free Library, New Searles Rd in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Guidelines for safely visiting and stocking Little Free Libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, from the LFL site here.

I left this book in my Little Free Library on this Halloween day; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

*** Released for the 2020 Spooktacular October challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2020 Keep Them Moving challenge. ***

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