Dancing with Bears

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Dancing With Bears follows the adventures of notorious con-men Darger and Surplus: They've lied and cheated their way onto the caravan that is delivering a priceless gift from the Caliph of Baghdad to the Duke of Muscovy. The only thing harder than the journey to Muscovy is their arrival in Muscovy. An audience with the Duke seems impossible to obtain, and Darger and Surplus quickly become entangled in a morass of deceit and revolution. The only thing more dangerous than the convoluted political web surrounding ...
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Overview


Dancing With Bears follows the adventures of notorious con-men Darger and Surplus: They've lied and cheated their way onto the caravan that is delivering a priceless gift from the Caliph of Baghdad to the Duke of Muscovy. The only thing harder than the journey to Muscovy is their arrival in Muscovy. An audience with the Duke seems impossible to obtain, and Darger and Surplus quickly become entangled in a morass of deceit and revolution. The only thing more dangerous than the convoluted political web surrounding Darger and Surplus is the gift itself, the Pearls of Byzantium, and Zoesophia, the governess sworn to protect their virtue.
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Publishers Weekly
Following 2007's The Dog Said Bow-Wow, Swanwick sends his postapocalyptic con artists Darger and Surplus to ferry seven genetically enhanced brides from the caliph of Byzantium to the duke of Muscovy. Unfortunately, the plot requires Darger and Surplus to separate for much of the book, depriving readers of their entertaining banter. Moving among both the highest and lowest members of Russian society, including Pushkin in liquid form and aristocrats in self-cloned leather clothing, Darger and Surplus uncover a coup plot that involves political climbers, religious zealots, and the vengeful revenants of the ancient Internet, leading to a climactic battle in the streets around the Kremlin. Swanwick doesn't stint the whimsy while touching on the sadness and joy at the core of a story about losing the past to gain the future. (May)
Library Journal
Con men Darger and Surplus, a biogenetically engineered human-dog crossbreed, make their way across a postapocalyptic Russia in the entourage of Prince Achmed of Byzantium and six of the world's most beautiful and accomplished virgins, the Pearls of Byzantium—a gift to the Duke of Muscovy. When a near catastrophe strikes the caravan, the resourceful pair pull off their greatest scheme in an atmosphere of intricate plots, nascent revolution, and forbidden romance. Steampunk meets postnuclear collapse in an infectious and convoluted tale of intrigue and madcap adventure by the author of Vacuum Flowers and The Iron Dragon's Daughter. VERDICT Swanwick's superb storytelling and offbeat humor make this a delightful tale sure to please sf fans and steampunk aficionados.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597803342
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    So-so

    Not+Swanwick%27s+best.

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