Touch Kepler had never meant to die this way viciously beaten to death by a stinking vagrant in a dark back alley But when reaching out to the murderer for salvation in those last dying moments a sudden sw

  • Title: Touch
  • Author: Claire North
  • ISBN: 9780316335928
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kepler had never meant to die this way viciously beaten to death by a stinking vagrant in a dark back alley But when reaching out to the murderer for salvation in those last dying moments, a sudden switch takes place.Now Kepler is looking out through the eyes of the killer himself, staring down at a broken and ruined body lying in the dirt of the alley.Instead of dying,Kepler had never meant to die this way viciously beaten to death by a stinking vagrant in a dark back alley But when reaching out to the murderer for salvation in those last dying moments, a sudden switch takes place.Now Kepler is looking out through the eyes of the killer himself, staring down at a broken and ruined body lying in the dirt of the alley.Instead of dying, Kepler has gained the ability to roam from one body to another, to jump into another person s skin and see through their eyes, live their life be it for a few minutes, a few months or a lifetime.Kepler means these host bodies no harm and even comes to cherish them intimately like lovers But when one host, Josephine Cebula, is brutally assassinated, Kepler embarks on a mission to seek the truth and avenge Josephine s death.

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    About “Claire North”

    1. Claire North

      Claire North is actually Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal nominated young adult novel author whose first book, Mirror Dreams, was written when she was just 14 years old She went on to write seven successful YA novels Claire North is a pseudonym for adult fantasy books written by Catherine Webb, who also writes under the pseudonym Kate Griffin.

    727 thoughts on “Touch”

    1. 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2015/03/30/bDoes the idea of a unique, sc-fi thriller excite you? Read this book. Love wild, mind-trip movies like Inception? Read this book. If you’re looking for a smart, entertaining, and psychologically hard-hitting novel, this is what it looks like. READ THIS BOOK.Touch was, in a word, fascinating. “Have you been losing time?” I don’t think I can ever hear or read this phrase again without getting a shiver down my spine. Imagine, if [...]

    2. I think I've found my next go-to artist for must have reading material."Do you like what you see?"This is like an ultramodern retelling of a vain girl's obsession with appearance versus what belongs solidly beneath the veneer. Of course, how else could you see life when you're without a real body, except those that you steal on contact and flit from norm to norm?Kepler was truly devoted to doing right by her hosts and loved them in her best way, but she (or he) was always superficial. Janus, on [...]

    3. This book deserves five stars for originality alone. I suppose from the author who created the blue electric Angels and who wrote about a man who had fifteen lives I could have expected something equally bizarre and fantastic. And I certainly got that and more. I am not sure what to call the entity which is the main character but I know I want to be one. His/her (it depends) ability to switch bodies is just delightful and the author has the details all sorted. Little things like how you deal wit [...]

    4. SpoilersHated this. Crap story, crap characters, crap relationships, crap everything. What I loathed most about Touch was the main character (Kepler), he was a complete an utter bitch, everything he said or did or thought pissed me off. -I was intrigued by the premise of 'ghosts' who no longer had a body of their own and could only live by jumping from one person to the other. For some reason or another I expected loads of depth, ambiguity and complexity, but I got none of that. The characters w [...]

    5. Yet another 5-star review for a clearly heavily read and reviewed book. Claire North is brilliant ok?Kepler is a "ghost", an entity that can inhabit humans and supplant the existing intelligence to "wear" them. It can stay for seconds, days, years or a lifetime before moving on, leaving bewilderment behind. Ghosts seem to be able to live forever by just moving between bodies, and their personality is varied, from mostly ethical as Kepler is today, to morally dubious as we see in flashbacks to ea [...]

    6. 3.5 stars. This is a fascinating story and study of identity. If I were rating this book for mind bending and thought provoking concepts, it would definitely be 5 stars. But in terms of enjoyment- 3.5. It was a bit disjointed for me to relax into- I know this very much reflected the nature of the story, but still, it was discordant.The ramifications of ‘wearing’ a person, of estate agents, were well thought out. Is it better to make your life in one body? Is it desirable? The potential power [...]

    7. "There are many ways to catch a ghost sitting in the body of a loved one. Basic questions – name, age, father’s name, mother’s name, university – can be answered by any well-informed inhabitant, but it takes a matter of minutes to probe a little deeper."Kepler is a ghost. Kepler is a thief. And Kepler has worn many, many lives.Once, Kepler had a name and a body – but at the point of violent death so many centuries ago on the streets of London, Kepler is one of the few souls that takes [...]

    8. Brilliant, imaginative, unusual! A wonderful and terrible monster deeply examined and presented. Claire North has again (after Harry August) proven her vision and originality, and her discipline in bringing such unusual characters to vivid life. The rhythm of her prose is marvellous. It was so good to sink into her writing again!Here, her immortal monster-parasite struggles between the fear of death and the cost to others of her life. So many aspects of life as such an entity are deeply examined [...]

    9. Wow, this book was every bit as brilliant as I remembered! It's very fast paced and I got so caught up in the momentum that I simply could not put it down. I had to tell the world to shut up and go away for half an hour. North is particularly adept at describing the transitions from person to person and her descriptions of the hundred or so people Kepler lands in focus on minutiae that would not be noticeable to someone who was existing in the body. Kepler feels a great deal of love for the skin [...]

    10. So brilliant and so beautiful. I have no words for what I am feeling right now after having just turned the last page. And now this book is over and I am utterly bereft. Why isn't there more?--and yet it ended on a perfect note. I haven't read a story coming together this succinctly in a while, so I am basking in the brilliance of all the pieces falling into place. This book has consumed my every waking moment for the past few days and yet it feels like no time has passed at all. It feels like I [...]

    11. An innovative concept (though I was enjoying comparing it to The Lives of Tao), and extremely fast-pacing make for an enthralling novel. Lots of fun!

    12. This book I picked up after hearing Claire North do a reading at SRFC in September. She was brilliant when she did her reading, came across incredibly well, and she made me want to buy her book instantly I did. I got the audio version of this one because after hearing her read aloud from the story it was clear that this would be a book that would work so much better in audio form because of the vast range of people and characters that the main character encounters and becomes.We follow Kepler, a [...]

    13. This won’t make my blog because I didn’t technically manage to finish it. And I tried!At first I couldn’t get into it at all. Then I had a long wait for a train so I thought I’d whip it out, but my opinion didn’t change. It just feels pretentious, and I soon got bored of superficial action and the novelty of the narrative. Give me plot, conflict, characters, stakes! Not just cheap thrills.Initially, I found it confusing. It’s not just that the character jumps from body to body, but t [...]

    14. “Nothing is ever quite enough. No matter who you are, there’s always something more to be had, which could be yours if only you were someone else.” Feeling a bit perplexedOn one hand, I absolutely loved this novel, especially the idea at its core of 'ghosts' inhabiting people's bodies as skins, jumping from one person to another on a whim. Not only is it gripping, catching your attention pretty quickly on, but it raises many questions too (identity and gender the most obvious), such as wha [...]

    15. 4.5 starsIf asked what I was reading I am not sure I could give a straightforward answer concerning this title. Is it a thriller? Yes indeed but one that involves ghosts. Or at least possession. This title is almost a reverse exorcist. Clare North did an excellent job keeping the first person narrator through multiple perspectives and timelines. Were all the secondary characters fully flushed out? Not totally but I guess that's why they're secondary characters. The action and pacing is strong an [...]

    16. This book was awesome! It was my first Claire North book but it won't be my last. The imagination and originality in this book was top notch. Even the structure of her sentences was unique. I had a hard time at first understanding the "jumps" One of my friends review mentions the movie Fallen and once I thought of that it started to make more sense. This book is good from the beginning but it really picks up steam in the second half and is a race to the finish.

    17. Touch falls outside of my normally preferred genre of fantasy. Even with it’s strong paranormal / supernatural type element in that the main character’s soul can body jump it is still in my opinion very much a contemporary thriller book. But I am really glad that I decided to give it a try because it was a great read.The tale of the body thiefThis is in my opinion one of the creepiest possibilities – someone else being able to steal possession of my body and do whatever they want with it. [...]

    18. I am constantly questioning the nature of reality and what makes the self so I tend to like books with these kinds of themes more than others. Touch has this in spades. Who is Kepler? Is he more real or less real than the bodies he inhabits? When the ghosts inhabit the bodies where does the human consciousness go? Are they still them or do they just sleep for a longer than usual time?The perspective changes were fascinating to me and the sense that part of your physical nature drives your person [...]

    19. “Problem with moving into a new body, you never quite know where it’s been.”Touch is the second novel by British author, Claire North. The entity known to his/her/its enemies as Kepler has been around for quite some time. And Kepler is not the only entity of this type: a ghost who can move from body to body by touch. Carefully done, this can happen with minimal disruption to lives; of course, long term hosts will find their lives much changed, although Kepler tries to leave them significan [...]

    20. Hmm, I think I’ll be pondering on this one for a while now. Like The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, it takes a classic idea — in that case a kind of immortality, in this a body-hopping entity — and explores it almost to destruction. It doesn’t always work 100% for me, here, but it works better for me than Harry August, and the pace is a lot more thrilling. There is something about the narrator that seemed similar, though; I kinda hope I don’t find that same tone when I go back to [...]

    21. Touch by Claire North took me completely by surprise. I’d never heard of Claire North. (Yes, I know. More about that later.) I hadn’t seen much pre-release buzz about the book. I don’t think I’d ever read a book from (Hachette imprint) Redhook before. I frankly thought the blurb sounded a bit too standard-horror-ish, but I picked it up anyway to try a few pages and see if it could draw me in.Am I ever glad I did. Touch is a gloriously dark and almost perfectly executed novel. (More about [...]

    22. The Review Can Also Be Found Here: thefictionalhangoutsite.wordpClaire North is quickly turning into one of my favourite authors with two astounding novels that have quickly blown me away. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was a spellbinding, original and inventive read and Touch is another novel of a similar ilk, focusing around a different protagonist but nonetheless incredibly entertaining, sending us into the guise of Kepler, a man who can possess bodies at whim, seeing lives through t [...]

    23. Hard one for me to rate. There were parts that were fantastic and I loved them. And then a few parts that went on a little long or that felt a little weaker than the fantastic parts. I reserve the right to change my mind about this book but I think I loved it.I mostly loved how it talks about love and identity. What makes us who we are? How stingy can we really afford to be with love?CONTENT WARNING: (view spoiler)[ graphic violence and torture. Discussion of rape, and a lot of discussion of wha [...]

    24. The word 'unique' gets bandied around a lot, but 'Touch' is a thrilling sci fi story truly worthy of the adjective.Kepler lives an almost parasitic life, jumping from body to body and taking over their consciousness. Nowadays they tend to be far more considerate of their bodies, entering mutual agreements and making friends or 'gofers' to aid them move smoothly through life. Kepler is not quite the dispassionate 'estate agent' of people as they are in the flashbacks we read. Just as Kepler has t [...]

    25. The first time that Kepler discovered that he could jump from one body to another was when he was first murdered. As he was viciously beaten by the killer, he reached out and grabbed him and was suddenly looking at his own broken body in the dark alleyway. Kepler has not died, instead, he has become a ghost with the ability to flit between people at the slightest touch. There he lives their lives, experiences their feelings, sometimes for a few moments, sometimes for a whole lifetime. He values [...]

    26. Really really great book is what I’m going to say first. Definitely going on my favourites list, innovative in style and story, I was absolutely buried in this one from first page to last. Kepler is a truly fascinating character(s?) who you will come to love, or maybe not so much, we’ll see – either way you won’t be able to help following this tale all the way to the rather brilliant conclusion.It is a very interesting concept – leaping from person to person, taking over their lives fo [...]

    27. Tell me – do you feel like you’re losing time?Sure you do. Everyone does. At two o’clock you sit down to read a book and then, what do you know, it’s five in the afternoon and you’re only two pages further in. Perhaps, as you walk home through familiar streets, you grow distracted, and when next you wrench your concentration back to where you’re going you find that you’re already there but the hour is late – so much later than you think.Kepler was once a normal human being, livin [...]

    28. 'Touch' is terrific fun as a fantasy tale about being possessed, as well as an amazingly thought-provoking story about the causes behind the formation of personal identity, with an underlying nod to the gods of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, the original prototypes of immortals who act like children with humans as their toys.The entity who calls itself Kepler discovered its essence could travel into people and take over their bodies by a touch on their skin on the day of its murder. [...]

    29. "I race without moving, travel by touch."There is an older flick with Denzel Washington called "Fallen" in which he hunts a demon able to transfer from one human body to another through touch. What made the movie stuck in my mind is one interesting thing: This demon is also very fond of The Rolling Stones tune "Time Is On My Side" and random people- his hosts- would sing or whistle it as soon as he jumps into them. It freaked me out when I saw it first time. The song passed through my mind as I [...]

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