The Spectral Engine

The Spectral Engine

Book - 2013
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FEATURES A GLOW IN THE DARK COVER. To glimpse the Spectral Engine is to face the moment of your own death. In Ray Fawkes's stunning and brilliantly conceived new graphic novel, the Spectral Engine is the unearthly entity that brings together thirteen historically documented ghost stories - from across the country and throughout the centuries - to tell a timeless narrative of life, death, and redemption. 

A ghostly white horse is a heartbreaking reminder of the clash between two warring First Nations tribes. Decades after the luxury ocean liner Empress of Ireland vanishes into the St. Lawrence River along with 1,012 souls, its wreckage continues to claim lives. A hunter's encounter with the Wendigo of the North leaves him with a terrible hunger. A young escaped slave attempts to make the treacherous journey to freedom via the Underground Railroad. The triumphant completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway brings only tragedy to a Chinese railway worker. And in a poignant story of urban isolation, a young woman discovers that loneliness transcends death. By turns chilling and moving, this breathtaking book is a powerful reminder of the deeply human desire to be remembered.

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2013.
ISBN: 9780771030932
Branch Call Number: 741.5971 FAWKE
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 15, 2017

I really liked it. The black and white drawings worked with the ghost theme. Liked the educational aspect as well as it journeyed through history. Also enjoyed the message at the end (no spoilers). A plus is the Canadian connection!

Apr 22, 2016

Interesting idea for a book, but the dark messy drawings, lack of characters and dialogue, and weak story line are unsuccessful.

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