Friday, October 16, 2009

_The Family Trade_ by Charles Stross

Pic is a slice of the Amazon photo of the book, and used to link there.

I've been trying to blog about EVERY book I read lately. This has not been easy. But I found I was waiting for 'enough time' to 'do justice' to the better books, and I decided to try someting that would get me to write SOMETHING about the books.

I liked this book a lot. I'd ready a couple of Stross books and enjoyed them, and Doug had recommended them once or twice. This one, I liked mostly because of the very strong female protagonist. Ahem. That is, the kickass lady main character rocked. She's a journalist, so, of course she rocked.

The plot revolves around the main character A) losing her job because of zealous journalism that reveals her companies' crimes then B) discovering she's related to a family of dimension-travelling smugglers.

There's a repeated theme of finding out she's a long lost princess, and then being FORCED to go live the life of a princess. It's a great idea and it works well, because our kickass main character is so up to the challenge.

It is, however, book 1 of a series, and it isn't one of those relatively-self-contained book one items. Nope, it's 1/3 of a plot. Things are just getting started when it ends, so I was kicking myself, because I don't have the next one handy, and I don't know when I'll be able to get it.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, be forewarned that ALL five of the novels that I've read in this series end on cliffhangers, and there are even more balls left in the air each time, it seem. He does wrap up certain plot elements and character issues in each novel, so it isn't as though he never resolves anything (cough*LOST*cough). He just adds as much or more as he completes each time. One of the few series where I recommend having all the books so that you can keep things straight when you read later installments.