Stone Mad (Karen Memory, #2) by Elizabeth Bear

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Stone Mad (Karen Memory, #2) Read Online Free - Readers met the irrepressible Karen Memory in Elizabeth Bear’s 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-knocker—a 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 Karen’s 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 didn’t rush in to rescue everyone she can.

Title : Stone Mad (Karen Memory, #2)
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ISBN : 1250163838
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 pages


Lindsay rated it ★★★☆☆

April 18, 2018

Checking in on Karen and Priya shortly after the events of Karen Memory for a very short novel (only slightly over novella length) follow-up. Karen and Priya are out for a night on the town, a sort of honeymoon, when they encounter spiritualists and an illusionist as well as a haunted hotel, all o...

Bob rated it ★★★★☆

March 20, 2018

A little over three years since we last saw them in Karen Memory (one of my favorite reads of 2015), Karen and Priya make their long-awaited return in Stone Mad by Elizabeth Bear. Although there are still some steampunk elements to this - most notably the infamous Singer sewing machine mech suit,...

Miquel rated it ★★★★☆

January 10, 2018

(3,5/5) Lo que más me gusta es la voz en primera persona de Karen, pero la historia principal también vale la pena y está muy medida para una novela corta como esta. Los toques steam punk están muy bien dosificados y le dan un carácter especial, y el tratamiento de la cuestión de las desigualdades...

Ron rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 16, 2018

“Overkill is something of a personal defect." The subtitle tells it all: recycled. Not a bad story, but neither the story nor the characters are half as complex and engaging as in Karen Memory. Bear tried to compensate with the interplay among Karen’s female friends, but that felt forced, too. Eve...

Bridget rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 30, 2018

I rather liked Karen Memory, but Karen's folksy dialect was grating this time around instead of endearing. I'm thinking it might be a matter of the wrong book at the wrong time for me, so I may come back to it at a later date, but for now I just found it unreadable.

Rene rated it ★★★★★

April 10, 2018

I adored Karen and Priya in Karen Memory, and I was delighted to return to Rapid City in Stone Mad. Karen and Priya are out to dinner to celebrate moving into their new house when two women in the dining room start faking the presence of a spirit, but matters quickly devolve when a real presence...

Bonnie rated it ★★★★☆

April 01, 2018

This is a novella-length continuation of Elizabeth Bear's weird steampunk Western, Karen Memory. I loved that book, with its classic pulp feel (and in one chapter, literally Jules Verne-esque vibe). This story picks up about a month later, with Karen leaving Madam Damnable's (a house of "seamstre...

Karen rated it ★★★★☆

March 28, 2018

I'm rounding up about half a star. I enjoyed Karen Memory, but didn't remember much about it by the time I read this short novel. I was relieved to find that Bear deftly provides reminders without letting them slow the pace of the story. Karen and Priya are an intriguing not-quite-odd-couple, and...

Geonn rated it ★★★★☆

March 24, 2018

A quick (too quick!) read, but not slight. Lots happening here, and a great peek at what happens with Karen and Priya after the events of the first book. It's not always pretty. But it feels more real than everything being perfect. It was great to revisit Karen's world. Hopefully we'll get more c...

Robyn rated it ★★★★☆

April 20, 2018

3.5 stars. An evening in the momentous life of Karen Memery! I enjoyed this novella/novel, but found the plotting a bit chaotic. However, always good to spend some time with Karen!

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