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Stone Mad

By Elizabeth Bear
Stone Mad by Elizabeth Bear digital book - Fable

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Readers met the irrepressible Karen Memory in Elizabeth Bear’s 2015 novel Karen Memory, and fell in love with her steampunk Victorian Pacific Northwest city, and her down-to-earth story-telling voice.

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Now Karen is back with Stone Mad, a new story about spiritualists, magicians, con-men, and an angry lost tommy-knocker—a magical creature who generally lives in the deep gold mines of Alaska, but has been kidnapped and brought to Rapid City.

Karen and Priya are out for a night on the town, celebrating the purchase of their own little ranch and Karen’s retirement from the Hotel Ma Cherie, when they meet the Arcadia Sisters, spiritualists who unexpectedly stir up the tommy-knocker in the basement. The ensuing show could bring down the house, if Karen didn’t rush in to rescue everyone she can.

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“A delightful Coda to the previous novel Karen Memory set in this western steampunk world. The story opens a few months after with Karen and Priya are out to celebrate there new home/ranch. They encounter the spiritualist/conartists the Arcadia sister who might have began a table disturbance, but sees an appearance of a minning ghost (a Tommy Knocker) and in the next 24 hours sees Priya and Karen having to assess their feelings.(my heart was in my mouth until this crisis was resolved). The character the indominatble Mrs Horner almost makes up for seeing so few other characters from the first story.”
“I didn't enjoy this one as I thought I would. I guess in a way, this novella really is just a companion novel instead of a sequel. I loved this alternate-history world and also the characters. I still love them but there just wasn't that complex mystery as it was in the first book. This book, if anything, is more about the progress of relationship between Karen and her wife. It picks up not long after book 1, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22238181.Karen_Memory__Karen_Memory___1_ . There is still a bit of excitement and adventure because Karen really couldn't help herself. One just had to stay true to one's character, right?! Of course, this is worked in a way that affects the relationship (oops, lovers' quarrel!) and the lesson they both learn (how healthy relationship should be, right?). Karen is very mature in a way and yet, she's also have a lot of room to grow. I didn't mind this as a companion novel but I guess I expected something more so was a little disappointed.”

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