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Eros Ascending (Tales of the Velvet Comet #1)

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Book One of the Velvet Comet--the enormous, exclusive, elaborate, and infamous orbiting brothel: As a field accountant for the Vainmill Syndicate, Harry Redwine is assigned to the Velvet Comet for the delicate task of financial sabotage. By inserting 'errors' in the accounting logs, the Syndicate intends to expose a phony embezzlement scheme as an excuse to shut down the t ...more
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Published March 28th 1984 by Phantasia Pr (first published March 1984)
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Nov 08, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it
What is essentially the story of an dodgy accountant cooking the books of a brothel in space turned out to be a really enjoyable read. Corporate plots and back stabbing, conniving hookers, love and loss. It's all in here and wrapped up in a nice futuristic package.

It's a Pretty Woman mixed in with a good helping of sabotage, scheming, plotting, murder and revenge.

Because of the setting of the story (The Velvet Comet Brothel) I was a bit unsure if this was just going to be fifty shades of Sci-Fi.
Jul 22, 2014 M rated it did not like it
i just realised that I am really not a fan of Mike Resnick's writing. just doesn't do it for me.

i mean really, brothel in space, sexy girl, a leather madonna mistress, corporate espionage, this could be a fun read
but it doesn't deliver

it shows that it's from the 80s: it actually reads like bad 80s porn ("My name is Karl I am here to fix the Kabel" - you get my drift:

somehow reminded my of Onopa's Pleasure Tube The Pleasure Tube by Robert Onopa, but that at least is proper late 70s psyc
May 25, 2015 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Velvet Comet series is set on a brothel in space, but the emphasis on mystery and adventure and intrigue and such is much more like the Babylon-5 television series than anything else that comes to mind. There's no real serious sexual content, at least nothing remotely explicit by current standards. They're fun books and quick reads, though I didn't find them as deep as most of his other work, and I doubt that they've aged as well. The four novels are set many years apart from one another, as ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Charl rated it it was ok
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Feb 13, 2014 Bella Crow rated it liked it
I'm not quite halfway through and while the writing and story seem to be good, the sexual mores really date this book. Everything is very heteronormative and the tiniest bit of kink is more silly than anything else. Oh and the puritanical shame that's everywhere. I'm going to try to finish, but ...
Oct 20, 2013 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the setting and the setup - but a couple of issues with the ending cost a star... (view spoiler)

So, 2 stars for the
Aug 29, 2009 melydia rated it liked it
Harry Redwine has been sent to cook the books of the Velvet Comet, and orbiting pleasure palace singled out for sabotage by an unnamed, power-hungry bureaucrat in the upper echelons of parent company Vainmill. Despite the science fiction backdrop, this is more of a thriller, full of complex power struggles and intrigue. I wasn't all that satisfied with the ending, but it's only the first in a series so I can't really complain too much. Not Resnick's best work, but still a decent read.
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Sep 26, 2016 Sytze Hiemstra rated it liked it
Better than i thought it would be. Quite entertaining really.
Jan 06, 2014 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gigantic orbiting brothel in space? And they say there are no new ideas in science fiction. Not as provocative as the title and book cover might lead you to expect, but still an interesting read, if you can find it.
Dave Story
Mar 26, 2013 Dave Story rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
An espionage/romance set onboard a space brothel. The Comet was 'fleshed out' rather well. And the concept was intersting. But for all it's potential, it was a rather stifled delivery.
Dec 09, 2011 Phaedrus rated it it was amazing
Tale of a high-class whorehouse in the sky.... Imagine a huge, orbiting brothel, casino, hotel, and shopping mall. Something for everyone! This is the first in a great series.
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is a popular and prolific American science fiction author. He is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland. and has been short-listed ...more
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Tales of the Velvet Comet (4 books)
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