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The Hidden Family by Charles Stross

The Hidden Family (2005)

by Charles Stross

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Series: Merchant Princes (2), Merchant Paratime (2 (1st ed))

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I'm just not sold on economical science fiction. And I think this might be why I didn't particularly like following this book's story line. We get a third world, we get a dramatic showdown with a character sacrifice thrown in in the end, and that's … it. Other than that it's slow, tiring movement of goods and ideas between three worlds. Didn't work for me, might work for an economy major. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
I don't know what took me so long to get back to this series. As I read it I remembered how much I liked the old style pulp cliffhanger feeling. Sometimes the plot runs a little thin but I really like the characters and all the back stabbing. I am looking forward to the next one. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
An interesting concept to begin with, parallel-universe traveling Medicis.

This particular book was good; although it is, like the others, a little hrad to get through if you don't know an insane amount of medieval or industrial revolution fun facts to match up with the various time periods traveled through.

All in all, good series; interesting and original concept to start with and well written to boot. ( )
  J9Plourde | Jun 13, 2017 |
Ok, the first part of the book is the discovery of another parallel world, and the setting up of this was enjoyable... then we deteriorate into action scenes and plotting... I think I just like seeing the mechanics of world building more than the rest... ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
Not as gripping as the first book, but I liked the initial exploration of how money could be made exploiting patents - slightly disappointing that this got overshadowed by the wider plot. ( )
  rlangston | Aug 19, 2014 |
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The committee meeting was entering its third hour when the king sneezed, bringing matters to a head.
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In the tradition of Roger Zelazny's classic Amber novels, the second volume of Charles Stross's thrill-a-minute saga of multiple worlds. Miriam, a hip tech journalist from Boston, discovered her alternate world relatives in The Family Trade, and with them an elite identity she didn't know was hers. Now, in order to avoid a slippery slope down to an unmarked grave, Miriam, known as Lady Helge to the Family, starts applying modern business practices and scientific knowledge to a trade dominated by mercantilists -- with unexpected consequences for three different timelines, including the quasi-Victorian one exploited by the hidden family. Charles Stross is one of the big new SF writers of the 21st century, and the saga of The Merchant Princes is his most ambitious work yet.

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"The six families of the Clan rule the kingdom of Gruinmarkt from behind the scenes, a mixture of nobility and criminal conspirators whose power to walk between their world and ours makes them rich in both. Braids of family loyalty and intermarriage provide a fragile guarantee of peace, but a recently ended civil war has left the families shaken and suspicious." "Miriam, a hip tech journalist from Boston, discovered her alternate-world relatives with explosive results that shook three worlds. Now, as the prodigal Countess Helge Thorold-Hjorth, she finds herself ensnared in schemes and plots centuries in the making. She is surrounded by unlikely allies, lethal contraband, and, most dangerous of all, her family. With her modern American attitudes, she's not sure she can fit in, or if she even wants to, but to stay alive, she really has no choice."."To avoid a slippery slope down to an unmarked grave, Miriam must build a power-base of her own. She starts applying modern business practices and scientific knowledge to a trade heretofore dominated by medieval mercantilists - with unexpected consequences for three different timelines, including the quasi-Victorian one exploited by the hidden family."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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