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Read ï New Amsterdam º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Abigail Irene Garrett drinks too much She makes scandalous liaisons with inappropriate men and if in her youth she was a famous beauty now she is both formidable and notorious She is a forensic sorceress and a dedicated officer of a Crown that does not deserve her loyalty She has nothing but obligationsSebastien de. I really wanted to like this I still want to like it In fact I suspect it s actually a two star book for me and I gave it an extra one because it s just depressing to give such an awesome concept two stars But the fact is I found reading this book either mildly entertaining or straight up disengaging Damn itPart of the problem is that I didn t know what I was getting into The summaries I d read made it sound like a sort of steampunk and magic and vampires detection duo And that is not the case First this is for the most part a book of short stories with the same protagonists mostly but no connection between them Except just as I d adjusted my expectations to that the stories did start being connected Inconsistency kills this book in so very many places that s one of them I didn t get the sense they were written with any planning so there s some minor retconning and recharacterizing as the stories progress and also some tonal shifting It s nothing so major it d be noticeable unless you read one story right after the other Which is what this book has you do So yeah I noticed It made the reading experience bumpy and uneven and each story became slightly less tempting to read than the last had beenAlso I went in expecting a speculative fiction mystery hybrid It isn t The mysteries such as they are are simply framework They don t work as mysteries they don t follow the classic Detection Club rules at all and they aren t difficult to solve they re pretty much at the level of Encyclopedia Brown Except the first one which is a step above that just interesting enough to mislead you about what s coming And look maybe it s just me but when you give me a character billed as the Great Detective and another character who is a magical investigator I expect actual detection to take place It doesn t Bear doesn t appear to be capable of delivering on the mystery half of the hybrid at all and that s a serious flaw given that it is the entire plot of the storiesAlso I hated the last story in this book which features both view spoilermajor character death and animal harm in BUCKETS hide spoiler

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Read ï New Amsterdam º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook A reason to liveIn a world where the sun never set on the British Empire where Holland finally ceded New Amsterdam to the English only during the Napoleonic wars and where the expansion of the American colonies was halted by the war magic of the Irouois they are exiles in the new world and its only hope for justice. What a pity that this is out of print It s a very erudite version of steampunk On one level it is a series of chapters that span the time period from 1899 to 1903 Each of the chapters stand alone and perhaps in a previous life they were short stories Each chapter is its own self contained mystery which is solved by 1100 year old vampire and detective Sebastien de Ulloa and 50 ish former bombshell Lady Abigail Irene Garrett who is not only notorious for her liaisons with powerful married men but also a formidable forensic sorceress and Detective Crown Investigator Sebastien is leaving Spain and his court for the New World at that time the English colony of New Amsterdam and travels only with his companion Jack a 16 year old boy who was raised as Sebastien s ward after he was bought at a young age from some sort of slaveryindenture situation and then freed by Sebastien Now Jack is a jealous lover who feeds Sebastien not only for the pleasure he gets from it but out of love for his vampire The first mystery is solved by Sebastian and Jack that of a murder on the dirigible taking them to New Amsterdam In New Amsterdam Sebastien encounters DCI Garrett aka Lady Abby Irene when they are working on a case together and they collaborate on future cases after thatWhen these individual mysteries are strung together they tell a broader story about the political intrigues between the murderous home rule espousing local Lord Mayor of New Amsterdam Duke Richard who represents the English crown and won t leave his wife to whom he owes his political power even as he flaunts his affair with Lady Abby Irene in front of her Prince Henry heir to the throne of England and the French Prime Minister who is about to dive into a proxy war against England by supporting the home rule faction in the coloniesThe broader scope of the book also tells a story about the evolving relationships between a vampire and the members of his court who all love him and increasingly each other and the difficulties that Sebastien has dealing with the fleeting lives of the humans he loves and the fleeting love of another vampire he has given life toMortal lifetimes were a mercy to love Sebastien thought It could endure that longAs gorgeously written and erudite as it is it s also compelling often a page turner yet at other times you can enjoy reading slowly and savour the prose BeautifulRecommended for people who like their mysteries well writtenNot recommended for anyone who enjoyed Red Headed StepchildThe chapters have poetic titles that stretched my English vocabulary skills and I wish I d looked up what the first and fourth meant before reading 1 Lucifugous light avoiding according to my dictionary as in owls bats and you guessed it vampires that part isn t in my dictionary2 Wax 3 Wane I didn t need to look up 2 or 3 thank god4 Limerent limerence is according to Wikipedia which we know is never wrong a neologism coined in 1977 to denote the involuntary state of mind which seems to result from a romantic attraction for another person combined with an overwhelming obsessive need to have one s feelings reciprocated It is thus perhaps connected to the urban dictionary definition for limerant which is how I originally mis typed it defined as A floaty manic excited feeling that often arises after meeting or spending time with someone who you are recently attracted to5 Chatoyent an optical reflectance effect seen in certain gemstones eg cat s eyes and star sapphires 6 Lumiere French for light here referring to Paris the city of lights where the court spends this chapter as well as the new technology that character Dr Tesla uses to light the city with electricity

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Read ï New Amsterdam º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ulloa is the oldest creature she has ever known He was no longer young at the Christian millennium and that was nine hundred years ago He has forgotten his birth name his birth place and even the year in which he was born if he ever knew it But he still remembers the woman who made him immortal He has everything but. Set between 1899 and 1903 in a world where the sun never set on the British Empire where America is still deeply British on those small territories secured from the natives and with the French breathing down their neck across a tenuous border New Amsterdam presents the great amateur detective Don Sebastien de Ulloa Travelling from Europe to the colonies across the Pacific by dirigible with his trusted young friend Jack Sebastien is one of the oldest wampyrs living While wampyrs are welcome in Europe they are most definitely not in the colonies so he and Jack work hard to keep it a secret on board the air ship It s not long however before Sebastien s detective skills are reuired when a passenger disappears and a sorcerer reveals his true natureWhen he arrives in New Amsterdam only recently handed over to the British by the Dutch Sabestien teams up with Detective Crown Investigator Abigail Irene Garrett a sorcerer who drinks a lot is loyal to the Crown or at least the oath she took to serve it and is having an affair with Duke Richard the British Empire s representative in New Amsterdam The two find themselves neck deep in grisly paranormal murders and international politics along with Jack and a curious widow who writes fiction Phoebe SmithThis is my first Bear outing and I have to admit from the outset that it didn t greatly impress me I always start a book with a feeling of excitement of possibilities with my mind open to a fresh new story It took a while for Bear s actual story to get boring but I think her writing style here made it rather plodding from the start Normally I like a high level of detail but because I found her sentence structure often hard to follow or clunky the details just became burdens Part of my problem is I freely admit that I don t care for mysterydetectivecrime type stories much I have enjoyed some extremely so This wasn t one of them sadly I couldn t follow their leaps of reasoning hell sometimes I couldn t even follow a simple statement It only makes me frustrated You know those conversations those slices of dialogue where a character says something that sounds random but others in room go Ahh or jump from there to some new realisation this book was full of those I can t really give you examples you d have to read the whole thing Structurally the book is comprised of chapters or parts that are something like connected short stories or novellas each deals with a new and separate mystery to solve but as a whole they are meant to tell a greater story than the sum of their parts I say meant to because one of the biggest disappointments for me was how lacking the overall story was Here we have two very interesting characters an old lonely wampyr who s forgotten much of his past and an intelligent strong independent sorceress who defeats beasts and the like in an America where the indigenous tribes still hold much of their land and where war with the French looms The biggest let downs were that there s no great character development or change going on and the setting the very alternate history that so fascinates me was only loosely sketched out never really explored and didn t always make senseOn the positive side I did like the two main characters and Jack and I did like the sensuality that we get glimmers of it was very nicely done especially around Sebastien s potent bite I was thrown by the very last line Garrett tells her black maid who wants to stay in Paris On your head be it which am I wrong I always understood to be something of a threat or warning It means Fine do what you like but I take no responsibility for the conseuences so don t come to me for help if it goes wrong Which doesn t match the scene she was giving her maid her blessing I wonder if it has to do with the overall editing and copy editing because the book was rife with mistakes not to mention my dissatisfaction with the clunky sentence structure And when a book s lacklustre ualities stand out this much for me I lose interest in its other points its themes its attempts at being profoundFor such a short book it took me far too long to get through and hasn t made me all that eager to read of Elizabeth Bear though I don t want to dismiss her after just one book

  • Hardcover
  • 272
  • New Amsterdam
  • Elizabeth Bear
  • English
  • 10 April 2019
  • 9781596061064