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Nell Gwynne's Scarlet Spy by Kage Baker
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bookshelves: science-fiction, historical-fiction
Read on March 03, 2012

A fun, quick read. This book contains the novella The Women of Nell Gwynne's and the related short story "The Bohemian Astrobleme." The premise is interesting: an exclusive group of clever Victorian courtesans collect useful information from London’s elite, using nifty little steampunk inventions supplied by an organization that Baker’s fans will recognize as an early incarnation of The Company.

While the plots of these stories felt rushed and unsatisfying, Kage Baker’s prose is wonderful and amusing, and when I was finished I wanted more of these characters. I wish Baker had lived to continue writing about them.
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