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New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear
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Title:New Amsterdam
Authors:Elizabeth Bear
Info:Far Territories / Subterranean (2008), Paperback, 267 pages
Collections:Your library, 2012 Reads
Tags:Alternate History, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Vampires, Magic, Short Stories

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New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear (2007)

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    Soulless by Gail Carriger (jlynno84)
    jlynno84: Paranormal, steampunk with a mystery to solve
  2. 10
    Moonshine by Alaya Johnson (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Excellent alternate histories of the United States which filter in political twists on Prohibition (Moonshine) and colonial revolutions (New Amsterdam), as each book's female protagonist finds herself accidentally delving into the darker side of the current political tangles of the day.… (more)
  3. 10
    Lord Darcy Investigates by Randall Garrett (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Garrett invented many of the conceits that Bear uses here. The Darcy books, however, are geared towards cleverness, rather than character development.

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Alternate History,Vampires,Witches,North America
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
Political intrigue, dirigibles, magic, alternate history, monsters, twisty multi-layered backstory--what more could you want? ( )
  GinnyTea | Mar 31, 2013 |
I'm sick to death of vampires, but I love Elizabeth Bear. Guess which one wins? ( )
  jen.e.moore | Mar 30, 2013 |
New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear is the first in a series of 4 books of short stories and novellas. Although it incorporates many of the subjects I enjoy reading about (i.e. a female detective, the Victorian era, a mystery to be solved, vampires and magic), I didn't find this collection of six short, connected tales totally satisfying.

On the plus side, this author has a great eye for detail and gets full marks for creative world building. Her alternate reality America, still ruled by the British is intriguing.

I liked that our female protagonist, Detective Crown Investigator Abigail Irene Garrett, is a mature woman who is capable at work, enjoys more than a few drinks, loves her dog, and enjoys her sexual liaisons.

The paranormal aspects of the book were handled adequately, but weren't remarkable to me.

What I didn't enjoy was the sterile writing style, but I can see why other readers might call it stylish. I found it stark, almost noir-ish and it didn't hook me emotionally. The writing was so controlled that the narrative sometimes became confusing and hard for me to follow.

In the final analysis, it was the writing itself that I just didn't find appealing. Not sure that I'll try another in the series. ( )
  Zumbanista | Dec 3, 2012 |
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The zeppelin Hans Glucker left Calais at 9:15 in the evening on a cold night in March, 1899, bound for New Amsterdam, the jewel of British New America.
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In 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 Iroquois, they are exiles in the new world--and its only hope for justice.… (more)

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