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by Elizabeth Bear

Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction

2006 Science Fiction Novel Nominee

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Science fiction fans will rejoice at Bear's tightly plotted and fast paced novel, the third book from her this year. Set in a world that is both alien and familiar, and told from the perspective of a group of fascinating characters, this is one of the most memorable books of the year.

Michelangelo Kusanagi-Jones and Vincent Katherinessen have been reunited by the Coalition after being
separated for many years due to Michelangelo's deliberate act of
sabotage on New Earth. Both ambassadors and spies, they've been sent
to far-flung New Amazonia to return
art that was appropriated by the Coalition during a war. They're also
in place to discover what energy
source the settlements are using to
power their homes and vehicles.

However, both Michelangelo and Vincent have their own agendas, ones that run counter to the government they claim to serve. Meanwhile, the female-dominated society of New Amazonia has an interest in protecting the status quo, as the initially diplomatic conflict between the Coalition and the New Amazonians sets the stage for a compelling story. (Bantam Spectra, Dec., 432
pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs

Publisher: Bantam Spectra

Published: December 2006

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