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Marilee J. Layman

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05:31 pm: Hammered by Elizabeth Bear
(That would be a good Jack Dannism -- Hammered Elizabeth Bear.)

This was the library book group book for the month and when I read the first couple of blurbs, it reminded a great deal of the Jani books from Kristine Smith. Once I started the book, though, it was clear that those elements were the same, but they were used completely differently.

The book is set in 2062 and our protagonist, Jenny Casey, also known as Maker, is a 50-ish ex-soldier with painful prostheses and neuro connectors. Kids start dying in her neighborhood from tainted pills -- pills she took to focus as a soldier -- and she gets drawn into finding the source with a neighborhood gangster and a cop. The Canadian Army wants her back and in the middle of their search, she is hijacked and returned to a Toronto hospital where they want to put in better, less painful prostheses that will help her live longer. The deal is that she has to go back into the army. A lot of shady people are involved.

The descriptions and characterizations in this book were really great. I looked forward to reading more of the book every day and everybody in our group liked it, which is unusual. Definitely recommended. After my first pages, I went online to reserve the two sequels and picked them up while at the library today.

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From:pameladean
Date:February 17th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
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I love the characters in those books. I think it was Worldwired that literally made my mouth fall open for its skiffy moments, though.

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From:mjlayman
Date:February 17th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to start Scardown tonight!
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From:pameladean
Date:February 18th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
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That has at least one jaw-dropping moment in it too.

Though your jaw is probably harder to drop than mine. 8-)

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