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New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear
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Nov 04, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: wishlist, fantasy, historical-fiction, vampires, vampires-weres-witches

This is a sort of mannerpunk or alternate history fantasy or some subset of fantasy I don't know the name of yet set in 1899-1903 with New York still under control of the British crown, it was Dutch until the Napoleonic Wars, with the Haudosonee in control of most of the interior of North America. (White people might think that, but do Plains Indians agree? That’s unfortunately not covered in this novel.) Four short stories set around Sebastien de Ulloa, a wampyr traveling to the New World with his mortal companion Jack via zeppelin. To stave off boredom, Sebastien is a sort of detective, and very good at it. Once he gets to New Amsterdam, he meets the professional detective forensic sorceress Lady Abigail Irene Garrett, Detective Crown Investigator, whose loyalty is to the Crown, until she realizes her honor requires that her loyalty is instead to the truth. The next book in the series is Seven for a Secret and came out this spring. Bummer that my library system doesn’t have it. This was fun!
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Michael Fierce I haven't read it yet myself, but this is an excellent review that seems to have really nailed the point of what it's all about.

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