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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 me.”

Set in the late nineteenth century—in a city a lot like what we now call Seattle Underground—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.

Hard on the heels of that horrifying discovery comes a lawman who has been chasing this killer for months. Marshal Bass Reeves is closing in on his man, and he’s not about to reject any help he can get, even if it comes from a girl who works in the Hôtel Mon Cheri.

Elizabeth Bear brings alive this Jack-the-Ripper yarn of the Old Steampunk West with a light touch in Karen’s own memorable voice, and a mesmerizing evocation of classic steam-powered science in Karen Memory.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Surreally captivating, Bear’s latest melds the genres of steampunk, fantasy, adventure, and dime-store western together perfectly, thanks mostly to the charming voice of the protagonist. Karen’s rough edges and obviously wicked intelligence are highlighted by nuanced details that establish her already likable voice as even more relatable: her charming misuse of phrases and terminology, and reflexive bravery and morality.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Bear…pumps fresh energy in the steampunk genre…Karen has a voice that is folksy but true, and the entire cast of heroic women doing the best they can in an age that was not kind to their gender is a delight.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Bear’s rollicking, suspenseful, and sentimental steampunk novel…is a timeless one: a woman doing what is needed to get by while dreaming and fighting for great things to come.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Supplies all the Bear necessities: strong female characters, existential threats, intriguing developments, and a touch of the light fantastic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Fans of the steampunk aesthetic will appreciate Bear’s affectionate treatment of the style. Weapons, gadgets, and their places in the characters’ lives put together a charmingly inventive fictional Seattle.”

    Booklist

  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2015 in Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Finalist for the 2015 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • Finalist for the 2015 RT Book Reviews Award for Best Fantasy Adventure
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