Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Clan Corporate by Charles Stross

First sentence:

"Nail lacquer, the woman called Helge reflected as she paused in the antechamber, always did two things to her: it reminded her of her mother, and it made her feel like a rebellious little girl."


"Miriam Beckstein has gotten in touch with her roots in The Family Trade and The Hidden Family, and they have nearly strangled her.

A young, hip business journalist from Boston, she discovered that her family comes from an alternate reality, that she is very well-connected, and that her family is too much like the mafia for comfort. In addition, women are family property and are required to breed more family members with the unique talent to walk between worlds; however, she has tried to remain an outsider and her own woman. And start a profitable business in a third world that she has discovered, outside the family reach.

She fell in love with a distant relative, but he's dead, killed saving her life. There have been murders and betrayals. Now, however, she may be overreaching. And if she gets caught, death or a fate worse is around the bend. There is, for instance, the brain-damaged son of the local king who needs a wife. But they'd never make her do that, would they?" -- from the inside flap

My thoughts:

This book was a good installment in the Merchant Princes saga. I liked how Miriam tried to keep her dignity and sense of self even when things look bleak. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, The Merchants' War.

Date read: 12/28/2008
Book #: 93
Series: Merchant Princes, #3
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: SF

ISBN-10: 0765309300
ISBN-13: 9780765309303
Publisher: Tor
Date: 2006
# of pages: 320
Binding: Hardcover
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