Readers met the irrepressible Karen Memory in Elizabeth Bears 2015 novel Karen Memory, and fell in love with her steampunk Victorian Pacific Northwest city, and her down-to-earth story-telling voice.Now Karen is back with Stone Mad, a new story about spiritualists, magicians, con-men, and an angry lost tommy-knockera magical creature who generally lives in the deep gold mines of Alaska, but has been kidnapped and brought to Rapid City.Karen and Priya are out for a night on the town, celebrating the purchase of their own little ranch and Karens retirement from the Hotel Ma Cherie, when they meet the Arcadia Sisters, spiritualists who unexpectedly stir up the tommy-knocker in the basement. The ensuing show could bring down the house, if Karen didnt rush in to rescue everyone she can....
|Title||:||Stone Mad (Karen Memory #2)|
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Stone Mad (Karen Memory #2) Reviews
I love that this keeps up on Karen's relationship with Priya, and that it continues the trend from the original book of having other interesting female characters around them. I especially liked that one of them is an older widow - she was a very fun and unexpected character.
Otherwise... ehhhh. The pacing felt a little uneven, the beginning felt like it had too much throat-clearing, and I never wound up much caring about any of the supposed peril.
A fun steampunk adventure that also happens to contain advice on how to have a healthy, long-term romantic relationship. Yet more great stuff from Bear. I can't wait for the next Karen story, she's a wonderful voice.
This series continues to be super fun and I am here for it. Also, one of the best discussions of love and marriage in any book I've read lately, for real, with people working out their problems and talking about being angry and being forgiving and how to deal with people who hurt you. Short, and fun and a delight
Still love the voice, but this is more a great short story s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out by lots of discursive passages and lectures on what makes a solid marriage.
“Hypatia wisely had a little derringer in her décolletage, a bosom gun for a bosom that matched up with the rest of her, which was to say that she had a figure of consequence.”
"She was warm and I was cold, and she didn’t pull away. I was trying to decide if I should wake her up to tell her I nearly died again—twice in two nights ...more
3.5 stars. Liked the tommy knocker part of the story, but the ending wobbled a bit. Most of the action felt like setup for a heart to heart between Karen and Priya about their relationship, which I didn't quite understand was the point of the story... until it was over.
Bear does it again. This novella length work, a followup to Karen Memory, picks up where the action stopped in the novel.
Bear writes such exquisite and hard-hitting prose, I enjoy just following along the story, without much else to think about. The characterization in this work is some of the best I've read in a very long time.
She introduces new elements, new backstory and new details to her unique setting and we - as readers - get to enjoy the fruits of that labor. Dialogue was especially imp ...more
This is short-- more of a novella, really-- and I'm not sure what it's supposed to add to the series' universe. Granted that it has been a while (wow, quite a while) since I read the first one, but I remembered it as being more steampunk, less gaslamp, whereas this one, while it certainly had some steampunk accoutrements, relied more on a paranormal being. This made it seem like it didn't fit as well into the universe established in the first book. Still enjoyable if short.
Well, that weren't half bad...
Don't start here, though. Stone Mad is a slender sequel to Elizabeth Bear's steampunk fantasy Karen Memory, which I read and liked back in 2015. And while Bear does do a good job of refreshing the reader's own memory, I really think you'll want to have Karen and Priya's full backstory in mind before cracking this one open to discover the reasons for its title.
When we first met Karen Memery (and yes, that's how her surname is spelled), she was a "seamstress" (which i ...more