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Tremontaine Season One by Ellen Kushner
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I'd always remembered Swordspoint fondly and was curious about the Serial Box multi-author prequels. It was a great curl up on a winter's day comfort read - romance, danger, and a great villainess. I'll be on to the next one sooner or later. ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
writer and editor Ellen Kushner once wrote a neat little trilogy which was a fantasy of manners about an unnamed city, two parts of which were called The Hill and Riverside. all this time later, along comes a prequel, written in installments by a number of writers, with Ellen Kushner writing the framing (first and last) episodes of the 'season'. it's compulsively readable on every stage, and the season story is pretty good too. the relationships are mostly same-sex, the world is mostly a variant of ours in a exotica of colours and flavours, one of the strongest components being a contingent of mayan traders in Europe. there's an intriguing female villain, a University of self-involved characters on the verge of growing up, and there's an autistic young mathematician who is quite endearing. it's quite long, but i read it in a day, because i could hardly put it down. still some unblendy parts, where the various writers are not equally good, or have not meshed styles sufficiently, but time will fix that. in the meantime, long may it continue. ( )
  macha | Jan 15, 2018 |
If you're a fan of Ellen Kushner's "Swordspoint" books, you will like this. I don't know how Kushner got 5 different people to write "episodes" and make the result read as if a single mind had written it, but she did. Gives a lot of backstory for the other books (Swordspoint, The Privilege of the Sword), and significantly longer without feeling padded. ( )
  Jawin | Dec 29, 2017 |
Chocolate as currency, swashbuckling women with swords, lively Mesoamerican traders, unremarkable queerness, a fantasy of manners -- as marvelous as light quasi-fantasy fare can be.

Tremontaine is set in the world of Swordspoint, though fifteen years earlier, and it is written as a weekly serial by authors including Malindo Lo and Ellen Kushner herself. Though the plot is more mundane than I'd expected from the opening chapters, I found myself pulled back again and again due to the atmospherics and the characterization. A duke pulled into an affair, a duchess struggling to keep her position, a farm girl who earns money gambling to pay for her friends and study of mathematics, a disgraced spy-merchant having a love affair with a forger in the bad part of town -- what's not to enjoy? ( )
  pammab | Jul 8, 2017 |
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Ellen Kushnerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bryant, Pattymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Derfner, Joelmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, Alaya Dawnmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lo, Malindamain authorall editionsconfirmed
Maltese, Rachelinemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Witcover, Paulmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gibbs, ChristopherCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jennings, KathleenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Usually she found it restful, talking to idiots; it required so little of her actual attention.
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This is the collected episode from Season One of Tremontaine. Please do not combine with indiviual episodes.
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