Carnival by Elizabeth Bear

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In Old Earth’s clandestine world of ambassador-spies, Michelangelo Kusanagi-Jones and Vincent Katherinessen were once a starring team. But ever since a disastrous mission, they have been living separate lives in a universe dominated by a ruthless Coalition—one that is about to reunite them.

The pair are dispatched to New Amazonia as diplomatic agents Allegedly, they are to return priceless art. Covertly, they seek to tap its energy supply. But in reality, one has his mind set on treason. And among the extraordinary women of New Amazonia, in a season of festival, betrayal, and disguise, he will find a new ally—and a force beyond any that humans have known….

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About Elizabeth Bear

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After spending six years in the Mojave desert, Elizabeth Bear attended the University of Connecticut, where she studied anthropology and English literature.
Published November 28, 2006 by Spectra. 432 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I would have LIKED it to have ended where it ended, without the Epilogue, it gave me a nice poignant shiver, a small sigh, a sense of there being no such thing as a free lunch and that sometimes we are called upon to make sacrifices for the Greater Good.

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And when, two thirds or more of the way through the novel, Bear suddenly has Michelangelo and Lesa kidnapped by a revolutionary group, it feels too much as if she is simply adding a spot of violent action to freshen up a plot that had started to slow down, and not enough as if this is a logical o...

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