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The Clan Corporate (The Merchant Princes #3)

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  2,438 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
Miriam Beckstein has gotten in touch with her roots and they have nearly strangled her. A young, hip, business journalist in Boston, she discovered (in The Family Trade ) that her family comes from an alternate reality, that she is very well-connected, and that her family is a lot too much like the mafia for comfort. In addition, starting with the fact that women are famil ...more
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Published April 1st 2007 by Tor Books (first published 2006)
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Sep 04, 2009 Sueij rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dang, I wish I had let this series go after the second book.

So the first book introduces Miriam and Worlds One and Two (ours and the Clan's). The second book spends a huge amount of time bringing us into World Three and the missing branch of the Clan's family. But in book three (The Clan Corporate), World Three and the missing branch take about four pages. They're just gone. Stross spent an entire novel getting World Three up to speed, and they're just gone.

This novel is about how Miriam has bee
Christopher Sutch
Don't get me wrong; I'm a Charles Stross fan. A HUGE CS fan, actually. I haven't read everything he's ever written (yet), but everything I've read by him I've liked immensely... except for all the books in this series. The first two I was willing to believe that Tor had editorially screwed up beyond comprehension. But I don't think that can apply to this "novel." The scare quotes there pretty much sum up the problem: a novel is supposed to have a thing called a plot, where SOMETHING happens, whi ...more
Jul 03, 2008 Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles Stross's Merchant Princes series has its first less-than-stellar entry in "The Clan Corporate". I would have to say that my review here, though, is merely an indication of how much I've grown to love the series and its characters over the course of my frantic weeklong immersion in its first three books. After all, the reason I felt that this volume was less outstanding than the two that came before is because events of the story have caught up with our protagonist, Mirian Beckstein, and ...more
Miriam Beckstein (American business journalist) found out in Book 1 of this series that her family comes from an alternate world. a family of world-walkers, who think disturbingly similarly to the Mafia.

Miriam, (now Countess Helge) tries to be a 21C modern woman, starting her own business and running her life as free from her manipulative and political family. however, for the Clan, women are for breeding and not much else.

the culture clash lands Miriam in plenty of trouble...and in our world, t
Liz Dehoff
These books keep managing to get worse. The first one had a fantastic concept that drew me in, but the execution made me wince: The writing is quite frankly terrible, and I'm sorry to say it keeps getting worse. I'm pretty sure there's a point in this book when the author randomly starts inserting the wrong character's name in a scene in which the named character could not possibly appear. The author gets the name right again ... three pages later. The editing, if there was any, is amateurish. I ...more
Baal Of
Jan 23, 2015 Baal Of rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I really want to like this series more than I do. It has glimmers of what I really love about Stross books, but I keep coming out less than fully engaged. This volume finds Miriam completely closed off from the 3rd parallel world, and with the clan removing her from power over the business she started there. It's frustrating, because I can't say that it's unrealistic, after all she's trying to handle affairs in 3 different worlds, with the majority of a six family clan arrayed against her, so ho ...more
Aug 23, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's just getting silly, at this point.
Dans ce troisième tome, on retrouve Miriam Beckstein avec sa famille de tarés dans son monde de tarés.
Et, curieusement, si les deux premiers tomes tentaient de mettre en place les moyens d'une science-fiction économique, ce troisième se concentre sur des intrigues politico-maritales que j'ai trouvé absolument sans intérêt. Mais je crois qu'il s'agit là d'un point de vue "masculiniste". En effet, ce tome se concentre sur les questions de place des sexes dans les différentes sociétés que peut trav
Jul 09, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A further continuation of the series, this is not a stand alone book. More like part 1 of a section. of a series. I enjoyed it quite a bit but still have to find book 4 somewhere. sigh

Miriam makes a few mistakes and they come back to haunt her. She doesn't listen well and people take advantage. Big surprise.

Start with the earlier books first so you have some idea what's going on.
Liam Proven
Feb 22, 2012 Liam Proven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stross' "fantasy" hexalogy continues while deftly avoiding that-awkward-middle-book-sequence.

I was re-reading this - on the author's recommendation - before tackling the final three books. It's remarkably action-packed and while it is, perhaps, visibly more science-fictional than it is a traditional swords-and-sorcery fantasy, it does jab some insightful barbs into the hackneyed-by-design S&S subgenre: for instance, one major difficulty of infiltrating a parallel universe in which the Earth'
Mike Franklin
In the Clan Corporate, the third in the Merchant Princes series from Charles Stross, the heroine Miriam is trapped both socially, by her position within the clan hierarchy, and physically after behaving in the most stupid ways imaginable and upsetting the Clan superiors. The result is a very claustrophobic book that has none of the fun and sense of fresh new ideas that the previous two books exhibited. For me this made The Clan Corporate a bit of a struggle to work my way through despite it bein ...more
Kate Millin
Oct 09, 2014 Kate Millin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miriam/ Helge is struggling to find her place with her newly found family in the alternate world her mum hid her from. She is also having to learn a whole new language and way of living which is medieval compared to the America she was brought up in. Added to this is the intrigue between various influential groups, the fact that she is not trusted so she is being cut off from her businesses in the 3rd world she has recently found, and the fact that a Clan member has defected to the American law ...more
J.j. Metsavana
Tundub, et Vürstkaupmeeste sari on koos uue kujundusega ka uue sisu saanud. Hoopis tempokam on kui varasemad kaks teost, üks üsnagi igav liin on päris kõrvale jäetud ja samas tekitatud mõned uued. Ühesõnaga lugemine kulges ladusamalt kui kahe esimese puhul ja vahepeal kustumakippunud huvi puhuti uuesti lõkkele. Enam ei keskenduta niivõrd palju majanduspoliitika ajamisele ja poodlemisele kui varemalt. Tegelased seisavad nüüd märksa keerukamate ja suuremate probleemide ning konfliktide ees ja toim ...more
Sep 20, 2015 Unwisely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
Is it weird that I was more interested in the economic development story line than the war storyline? Because I was. Despite that, I'm still interested enough in this world to keep going with it. There's a lot of potential and it's absolutely not clear which way he's going to go with it.
Sep 20, 2014 Macha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 of the series. and those three stars are overly generous. huh. well, that's a precipitous decline in quality from the first two in the series. also the book goes a long way to destroying the series' lead character. with at least three books to go, that's a bold move.
Brandon Fraser
Miriam remains relatively uninteresting and possibly stupid. the addition of Mike and the DEA is interesting though. I want to find out what happens. I wish more happened in the books though. The plot moves a little slowly for me.
Jul 31, 2010 Ryun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crafted as an aside to his harder-edged, singularity-driven science fiction and as a throwback and homage to Roger Zelazny’s Amber books, Charles Stross’ Merchant Princes cycle is simply great reading.

The setup is this: A modern-day woman named Miriam finds out one day that she has the ability to steps across dimensions and is considered royalty in one such reality. This family has amassed great riches and power by carefully breeding children with said dimension-shifting ability, and they use th
Jan 14, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely the weakest of the first three books. I am also having a hard time with the plot. The heroine seems to have been transformed from a smart, somewhat impetuous, but hard hitting independent woman to a helpless wretch, and I see no hope in sight for either her redemption or the redemption of any character in the series. I am moving on to the next book, but the people and the world are becoming extremely unlikeable.
Edgar Perez
Jan 14, 2016 Edgar Perez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story kept a down tone most of it
It end with some hope

Even though, Stross narrative keeps me hooked
Let's go for the fourth
Jessica Taylor
Again, this was okay. Not bad, not great. I've been pretty much this way about everything of his that I've read to date.
Jay Crossler
I love Charles Stross's ideas. He has some great ones in this series, and this book really gets the series in stride. I hope the later ones in the series get added to Audible soon.
Mar 12, 2014 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very slow and uneventful compared to the first two books in the series.
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Gosh. The best of the "Merchant Princes" series so far. Miriam Beckstein attempts to play the game by her own rules, but there are plenty of her relatives who have been playing it better for much longer... We see more of Miriam the former investigative journalist rather than the startup manager this time, and her ex-boyfriend turns up. Ends on a great cliff-hanger (unlike the first book). No economics lectures (unlike the second book). Can't ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good follow up to teh first two book, but does seem rushed at times
Helen Ladewig
Feb 16, 2016 Helen Ladewig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this thinking it was books 2 - still a good yarn.
Feb 26, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Frustrating! I really am enjoying this series, but this book was maddening! The first two stood reasonably well alone, and had satisfying stories that each had a beginning, middle, and end. But this one starts in the middle of things without providing lot of background for new readers, and ends with the cliffiest cliffhanger to ever cliff! Which was particularly annoying since I thought it the series was a _trilogy_, and hence was expecting a big finish :-(. So, to avoid my mistake, don't read t ...more
Sep 30, 2013 Kalyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
So in this installment, Miriam is stuck. She created too many problems for those in power so they are now trying to control her and get her to at least follow their societal rules, even if she doesn't believe them. Her plans and hard work are destroyed rather (too) easily and she's forced by her own mother into the breeding lines of the family. Again, there doesn't seem to be any agency for the main characters but the actions of the story force them into certain paths. This was a weak addition t ...more
I'm developing a love-hate relationship with this series... Every new installment brings a new twist, a whole new group of people with a different agenda, but it also doesn't mesh them together all that well. As if nothing could happen without going thru the heroine, and she is so busy feeling sorry for herself that she leaves them on hold most of the time.

The ending was a bit deus ex machina in this one, to boot.


Alright, one more volume and I can move on to something else.
Dec 19, 2013 Märt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eestikeelsed
See raamat jäi ikka väga poolikuks. Aga mida tahta, kui kirjanik ise on öelnud, et kogu see sari on kirjutatud 3-ks raamatuks aga trükitehniliste probleemide tõttu 6-ks jaotatud.

Mis meeldis:
* Paar vägagi mõnusalt [i]blot twist[/i]-i oli
* Mõned uued karakterid olid mõnusalt välja joonistatud.
* Et kangelanna ei saagi alati kõik tehtud - lisab törtsu reaalsust.

Mis ei meeldinud:
*Kirjanik veetis palju aega uut lava ette seades. Kohati tundus, et see kestab ka veel üle poole raamatu peal.
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Charles David George "Charlie" Stross is a writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His works range from science fiction and Lovecraftian horror to fantasy.

Stross is sometimes regarded as being part of a new generation of British science fiction writers who specialise in hard science fiction and space opera. His contemporaries include Alastair Reynolds, Ken MacLeod, Liz Williams and Richard Morgan.

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Other Books in the Series

The Merchant Princes (6 books)
  • The Family Trade (The Merchant Princes, #1)
  • The Hidden Family (The Merchant Princes, #2)
  • The Merchants' War (The Merchant Princes, #4)
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