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Karen Memory af Elizabeth Bear
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Karen Memory (original 2015; udgave 2015)

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"Steampunk novel set in Seattle in the late 19th century--an era when the town was called Rapid City, when the parts we now call Seattle Underground were the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes bringing would-be miners heading up to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront. Karen is a "soiled dove," a young woman on her own who 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 into her world one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, seeking sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, 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" --… (mere)
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Titel:Karen Memory
Forfattere:Elizabeth Bear
Info:Tor Books (2015), Hardcover, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, ebooks
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Nøgleord:fantasy, steampunk, Seattle

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Karen Memory af Elizabeth Bear (2015)

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    Boneshaker af Cherie Priest (reconditereader)
    reconditereader: Similar setting, similar level of butt-kicking awesomeness.
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I thought this book had a lot of promise to begin with. Prostitutes in a an alternate steampunk Wild West dealing with dark killing? Definitely sounded interesting. But a number of things tripped this book up for me.

Firstly, the protagonists narrative style. It was annoying. Her use of slang and metaphor seemed overdone and repetetive.

Secondly, I was unsure how I felt about Elizabeth Bear's adoption and use of Indian characters. While she a got a few things right, she also got a few things wrong including names.

Thirdly, the scope of the 'stakes' of the book dramatically jumped in the last 25% of the book, and I was not entirely sure why. Why inflate a local political scandal and serial killer story into something of international scope? It felt tacked on.

Fourthly, portions of the book were physically unrealistic. As in, the protagonist, who is a teenage girl of no special physical power repeatedly gets injured and yet continues to function at near optimum capabilities. The injuries towards the end especially should have killed her.

So overall, it was a pretty ordinary story which did not fulfil the potential of its premise.
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  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
This book was so much fun! I am a sucker for a good mashup and this had a little romance, some intrigue, smart mechanical things, and a unique perspective on American history. ( )
  Chris.Bulin | Oct 1, 2020 |
Fun but kind of scattered steampunk romp.

Phandemonium discussion notes: http://positronchicago.blogspot.com/2016/01/phandemonium-karen-memory.html ( )
  jakecasella | Sep 21, 2020 |
If you're a fan of steampunk and the old west this book will appeal to you. Karen Memery is a lady of the night at the only upstanding house in town. When prostitutes start being brutally murdered and left on their doorstep, and the villain across town starts becoming oddly influential Karen and her friends jump into action.

This is a fun, smoothly flowing story. It has a historical figure in the form of the lawman and is overall sensitive to the time period and just what in the heck was going on there. The characters themselves are fun. I did not rate this book 5 stars because I will admit to not loving reading my books in a colkoquial language: the book is written as though Karen herself, with all her linguistic idiosyncrasies, is speaking directly to you. It's all completely understandable, but coming from an area where slow, meandering words usually mean the person you're talking to is going to call you "little lady" and ignore everything you say before telling you how cute you'd look in a skirt instead of those work jeans - well, let's just say I have a knee jerk negative reaction to this kind of language. Still, very readable and enjoyable.

Big plus on the side of diverse cast: transgender, lesbian, native american and black are all represented here on the side of the good guy. I know the puppies are foaming over this one. Just one more reason to read it. :) ( )
  lclclauren | Sep 12, 2020 |
This is another book I didn’t expect to be so good! Why I’m surprised by that, I don’t know. I’ve read Bear before and liked her, and this ticks a lot of boxes for me. Steampunk Wild West. Tough and sassy women. Excellent narrative voice. Feminist. Diverse. Queer.

This isn’t an easy book to categorize outside those labels, and I think that’s also one of the reasons I liked it. There’s a mystery—but it’s not about that, really. There’s a bit of romance, but it’s not about Karen getting the girl. There’s some steampunk adventure stuff, but there are only a few gadgets and the story’s not built to show them off. It’s a very character-driven story, but not one that’s clearly about character development. More than anything, it’s a tale, something you’d hear at a bar or over a campfire. It’s comfortable and welcoming, and a wild ride at the same time.

Other things I liked: Karen’s humour, which leans towards earthy and innuendo; her knowingness about people and especially men; the fact that the biggest steampunk-ed thing is a sewing machine; how much the women in this stick together; the sheer diversity of the cast; the way sex work is portrayed extremely positively; the way the story escalated without me realizing much it was doing so; the way Karen goes about wooing Priya. And just about everything else.

Seriously, there’s so much that’s good about this book, I don’t know why it’s not hitting more rec lists on here. Is it too old? Too ‘adult’ even though the protagonist’s in her late teens? Is it the sex stuff? (It shouldn’t be. There’s no actual bonking.) It’s light and entertaining and diverse, and I’m so glad it’s continuing as a series even though it works perfectly as a stand-alone.

Warnings: Misogyny, in general and specifically against sex workers. Violence against and murder of sex workers. Societal racism, racist slurs against Black, Native, and Chinese people (almost exclusively from bad guys), and use of “sallow” and food metaphors to describe non-white skin tones (but not exclusively so). Frank talk of sex and sexuality. Fire.

8/10 ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
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"Steampunk novel set in Seattle in the late 19th century--an era when the town was called Rapid City, when the parts we now call Seattle Underground were the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes bringing would-be miners heading up to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront. Karen is a "soiled dove," a young woman on her own who 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 into her world one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, seeking sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, 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" --

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