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Karen Memory - Elizabeth Bear
Karen Memory
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"You ain't gonna like what I have to tell you, but I'm gonna tell you anyway. See, my name is Karen Memery, like memory only spelt with an e, and I'm one of the girls what works in the Hôtel Mon Cherie on Amity Street. Hôtel has a little hat over the o like that. It's French, so Beatrice tells... show more
"You ain't gonna like what I have to tell you, but I'm gonna tell you anyway. See, my name is Karen Memery, like memory only spelt with an e, and I'm one of the girls what works in the Hôtel Mon Cherie on Amity Street. Hôtel has a little hat over the o like that. It's French, so Beatrice tells me."

Set in the late 19th century—when the city we now call Seattle Underground was the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable's high-quality bordello. Through Karen's eyes we get to know the other girls in the house—a resourceful group—and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, beggin sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, and who has a machine that can take over anyone's mind and control their actions. And as if that wasn't bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap—a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered.

Bear brings alive this Jack-the-Ripper yarn of the old west with a light touch in Karen's own memorable voice, and a mesmerizing evocation of classic steam-powered science.
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B00LRWIDK4
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 351
Edition language: English
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Evaine's Books, Books and More Books
Evaine's Books, Books and More Books rated it
4.0 Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear - My Thoughts
I really enjoyed this book! I'm a fan of Elizabeth Bear's, even thought sometimes I think her writing is too smart for me to actually get. *LOL* I had been looking forward to reading Karen Memory since it was published and finally, it went on sale and I could afford the ebook. All I knew about i...
Tannat
Tannat rated it
2.0 Karen Memory
It started off well, but I didn't like this one that much. It rescued itself from a single star with a plot twist that I was hoping for the identity of the murderer (not much of a twist, but the first "suspect" would have been a really lame culprit).Peeves and comments:I know now that it's supposed...
Romance and other things
Romance and other things rated it
3.0 Eh I dont know
I first heard about this book at file 770 and somebody mentioned that it is a good candidate for next year Hugo nominations. Eh - not in my opinion. I thought I would do a review for DA but I am just not finding interesting things to say so here is a very brief one. It is a very well written steampu...
susanvoss18
susanvoss18 rated it
5.0 Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
This is Karen Memery’s story. She’s a prostitute, an orphan, a loyal friend, a fair shot, an excellent horsewoman, and a fair seamstress. Set in the western town of Rapid City in the late 1800s on the west coast of the US, most likely Washington territory, there’s plenty of little steampunk touches ...
Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
3.0 Karen Memory
This my second try to read this, and I finished it! Yay! The first time I hit the colloquial narration and bounced off, but I braced myself for it this time, so was able to continue. As you can tell, the narration mostly didn't work for me, especially since it seemed to waver in and out, like Brad P...
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