|This cover looks fantastic on my shelf, too.|
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, begging 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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Fantastic characters, action, evil villains, turns out Karen was wrong, I really liked this story she had to tell us. I'll post my review tomorrow, but today you have a chance to win your own copy of KAREN MEMORY.
Contest is open to US and Canada only.
While I've been known to enjoy more than a few tales set in Victorian London, I do love it when we see airships, goggles and gadgets in other parts of the globe. To enter, comment below with your favorite setting for a steampunk adventure. Be sure to leave us with a way to contact you. Get extra entries for tweeting about the giveaway (be sure to @stellarfour, and RTs absolutely count) or for commenting on our facebook page.
Winner will be announced Thursday February 12.
Good luck and thanks to Tor for the giveaway!
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