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From the place that gave you Flaming Taft

Elizabeth Bear's new book is New Amsterdam.

"Set in a New Amsterdam that's still a royal colony at the turn of the 20th century, this engaging dark fantasy collection from John W. Campbell Award–winner Bear (Carnival) introduces a tough, witty female sleuth. Abigail Irene Garrett is the perfect Victorian hard-boiled detective, with the added benefit of necromantic skills that make her a formidable forensic investigator in a world where sorcery is common. Teaming occasionally with vampire sleuth Sebastien de Ulloa, Irene cuts a figure of crime-fighting confidence through five of the six stories, grappling with demonic killers summoned for personal revenge or political intrigue, and plunging into wildly unpredictable adventures such as those recounted in "Lumière," a stunning blend of steampunk and eldritch horror."

Sounds like my cup of tea.


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May. 30th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
OOOh! Sounds good. Title?
May. 30th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
I wonder if the shared name with Randall Garrett, author of the Lord Darcy stories, is conscious, unconscious or sheer coincidence.

The Irene could be from Irene Adler (?) in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
May. 30th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
Ah, are you familiar with the Bear oeuvre? her Cat and Monkey blog, and so on?

I've read Carnivale, Undercurrents (I think) and Dust, all of which are very good.

Carnivale has gay diplomats on the planet of doninatrices (sort of) and Dust has nano-enhanced aristocrats on a Gormenghast-esque generation ship.

As always, I shy away from outright fantasy, but I think she's written a lot of that too.
May. 30th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I've read something of hers. I've got Dust in my pile of books to be read.

Actually New Amsterdam came out two years ago and there's a new one. Perhaps this is the first paperback release.
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