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Dance of Knives

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Vancouver in the twenty-second century is a city of stark contrasts, divided between its prospering Guild citizens and the starving descendants of American refugees who fled ecological catastrophe and political chaos decades ago.

Newcomer Klale Renhardt is struggling to survive on the half drowned, ungoverned island of Downtown, where every type of trade is controlled by to
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published by Tom Doherty Associates (first published June 15th 2002)
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May 31, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing
This book. It has nearly left me speechless. I picked it up for the basic plot setup alone: post-apocalyptic Vancouver's downtown core is swarming with criminals, gangs, and people just trying to survive. A ragtag group of friends working at the KlonDyke (is that not the single greatest name for a lesbian bar??) band together to overthrow a dangerous enemy and attempt to save a human 'tool' who has been enslaved against his will.

I expected lots of action and badassery from everyone involved, bu
Oct 11, 2010 Michael rated it it was amazing
McMahon is a master at letting a story unfold. The way she moves from one character's perspective to another's eliminates all sense of "telling." The world she builds is convincing and real, in part because you see only bits and pieces. She does not fill in expository details. The reader is often begging for information and wondering about stuff that, well, if it isn't part of the immediate experience, is not revealed.

In Dance of Knives and its sequel, Second Childhood, she paints a believeable
Aug 31, 2010 Amber rated it really liked it
I should start by saying that I've known the author personally for many years, so my review of this one could be a little biased. That being said, I do really enjoy this book, and with the sequel just recently released I decided to give it another read, now six years later. Still enjoyed it. McMahon makes this one a page-turner ending most chapters on a cliffhanger. The setting of a futuristic downtown Vancouver is also very appealing, since I'm familiar with the location in it's current state.
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Oct 10, 2010 Clint Budd rated it really liked it
As modern fiction retreats into small rooms built of present-tense neuroses visionaries like McMahon are crafting a literature for the future. She writes hard-edged fiction that is ripe with ideas, gracefully written and appropriate to this age of instantaneous communication and forms of mind-control previously undreamed-of. Beauty and the Beast have never been so apropos.
Sep 30, 2012 Debra rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
Science fiction novel about Vancouver in the 22nd century and the things people have to do to stay alive. Story centers around a "tool" named Blade and the attemmpt to save him and turn him back into simon, the person he used to be. I read this book solely because of a book challenge at my library. I found the book to be quality writing, but did not care for it on a personal level.
Jul 31, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
I'm maybe 75 pages from the end of the book, and so far a pretty good story. It's a fairly plausible post-apocalyptic tale, with interesting characters (mostly female) and....warning here...fairly heavy lesbian undertones.
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