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#199 Charles Stross: The Hidden Family (The Merchant Princes #2)

Charles Stross: The Hidden Family (The Merchant Princes #2)

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor,U.S.; New Ed edition (3 Jul 2006)
ISBN-10: 0765352052
ISBN-13: 978-0765352057
Category(ies): SF

This continues the story started in The Family Trade. It's really the second half of a single novel, and therefore has pretty much the same virtues. The story is necessarily more complex by the start of this - various political factions have been lining up - and anything more in the description of the plot will be a major spoiler for the first volume. But you can take it as read that not everyone is quite who they seem to be, and Miriam uncovers answers to questions that the Clan didn't know it had to ask.

Oh, and don't assume that everyone gets out of it alive. A good writer knows that when a character is placed in jeopardy, the reader mustn't assume that the character gets out.

There are humorous touches, but this isn't driven by humour the way some stories are. This is an adventure, with perhaps a dash of romance, and a good dash of SF ideas combined with the detailed working out of the consequences thereof.

The conclusion to The Family Trade.
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