Carnival

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Bantam Books, 2006 - Fiction - 392 pages
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In Old Earth’s clandestine world of ambassador-spies, Michelangelo Kusanagi-Jones and Vincent Katherinessen were once a starring team. But ever since a disastrous mission, they have been living separate lives in a universe dominated by a ruthless Coalition—one that is about to reunite them.

The pair are dispatched to New Amazonia as diplomatic agents Allegedly, they are to return priceless art. Covertly, they seek to tap its energy supply. But in reality, one has his mind set on treason. And among the extraordinary women of New Amazonia, in a season of festival, betrayal, and disguise, he will find a new ally—and a force beyond any that humans have known….

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The love story is integral but not blatant. - Goodreads
A well-thoughtout conspiracy and intrigue plot. - Goodreads
The writing style was jarring and left me cold. - Goodreads
But then the ending just fell flat. - Goodreads
However, this book does have a flaw - the ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Deianaera - Goodreads

I kinda wish I could give this three and a half stars instead of three. I enjoyed it, it presented several ideas for possible futures of humanity, and it pulled me into the world in under a hundred ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mjmahoney - Goodreads

The apocalypse that destroyed Earth was man-made and intentional. The surviving humans, all from southern continental areas of old Earth (and explicitly non-white), have spread to many new planets ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Elizabeth Bear shares a birthday with Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. This, coupled with a tendency to read the dictionary as a child, doomed her early to penury, intransigence, friendlessness, and the writing of speculative fiction. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in central Connecticut with the exception of two years (which she was too young to remember very well) spent in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, in the last house with electricity before the Canadian border. She currently lives in the Mojave Desert near Las Vegas, Nevada, but she's trying to escape. Her recent and forthcoming appearances include: SCIFICTION, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, On Spec, H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, Chiaroscuro, Ideomancer, The Fortean Bureau, Polish fantasy magazine Nowa Fantastyka, and the anthologies Shadows Over Baker Street (Del Rey, 2003) and All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories (Wheatland Press, 2004). She's a second-generation Swede, a third-generation Ukrainian, and a third-generation Transylvanian, with some Irish, English, Scots, Cherokee, and German thrown in for leavening. Elizabeth Bear is her real name, but not all of it. Her dogs outweigh her, and she is much beset by her cats.

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