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Posted April 1, 2010
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Like all of Swanwick's work, the language is lush and well written, the characters whole, if a bit distant, and the story entertains at many levels, compelling us to finish the book, immediately, uninterruptedly.
The story exists in the same universe as one of Swanwick's previous novels, The Iron Dragon's Daughter, but it's not a sequel and it's not necessary to have read that book to enjoy this one.