by Will Shetterly

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From the author of Dogland and Elsewhere, a dark new vision of the future of gene-splicing and artificial intelligence.

Will Shetterly has created a dark and intriguing future for this novel, a world of genetic engineering and cloning where human and animal genes can be melded to create chimeras, more often referred to as critters. These beings are human, for all practical purposes. They think, they feel, they love, and they dream. But they still have some of the qualities of the animals that they are bred from.

Most importantly, they are not granted the rights of humans. They are property. Slavery has been revived in America.

But there is also a movement for Abolition, for the granting of legal rights to chimeras. Zoe Domingo is a jaguar-woman, created to be a sex-slave. Instead, she became the property of an abolitionist, and was freed, though she remained as her former owners companion. But on a trip to Los Angeles, Zoes mentor is murdered under violent and mysterious circumstances, and Zoe is accused of the crime.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016514666
Publisher: CatYelling
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 780,427
File size: 545 KB

About the Author

Will Shetterly is the author of Elsewhere, Dogland, and other books.

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Chimera 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Thoroughlyillread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
PI Max knows Zoe--a stunning cat/woman hybrid with no legal rights, no alibi, and precious little cash--is trouble from the minute she interrupts his poker game. But she's hidden something up his sleeve that could change the world in the next two months . . . or get them killed in the next two hours.Tough, sexy, and lean, this book marries leftist politics with hard-boiled action tropes. The world he imagines, a radically decentralized US in which California has embraced a libertarian ethic, sparkles with wickedly satiric details. The pacing is rapid, full of fight-and-flight scenes that keep you turning pages. If there's a weak spot it's in the characterization--Shetterly keeps you firmly in the first-person narrator's head, and Max is not the noticing type when it comes to the subtleties of other people's emotions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chimera by Will Shetterly, Published by Tor Books. Copyright 2000. This book is set in the style of a fifties dime novel. It is about Chase 'Max' Maxwell a private detective who is on the case for a Chimera. This is a person who is part animal. The book takes place in the future in California. This book is the story of Max and a Chimera named Zoe. She comes to Max for help to find out who killed the woman who was taking care of her. Along the way Max gets killed and brought back to life, he goes into an internment camp to save Zoe, and they confront robotic Artificial Intelligence. I really liked this book alot. It had alot of good imagery and really keeps your attention. This book is a must have for people who like science fiction. I highly reccomend it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Private detective Chase 'Max' Maxwell was doing his usual losing a bundle of money while gambling when Zoe Domingo entered the casino. She informs him that she has need of a sleuth so he grabs her cash and watch to call his hand, but loses anyway. To his shock, Max learns from a sniffing chimera that his client is part human and part jaguar, making her a chimera too. Since these genetically engineered critters have no rights beyond that of a slave they cannot hire humans, but Zoe insists her former master, abolitionist Janna Gold freed her.

Someone killed Janna and the police believe that someone is Zoe. She wants Max to prove her innocence because she insists the robo-cops murdered her liberator. The investigation quickly turns ugly and soon everyone chases after Max and Zoe because they want a powerful earring that Janna gave to her. With no place to hide or run, Max and Zoe are in deep trouble. If they somehow live, they probably will spend a few decades in jail.

CHIMERA is dark science fiction novel that uses genetic engineering to tell a human rights story. The story line is faster than a speeding rocket ship and loaded with excitement yet allows room for the human rights element to flourish without slowing down the pace. Max is a classic hard-boiled detective placed in a future world and Zoe is his femme fatale though reengineered. Readers who enjoy science fiction mysteries will believe Will Sletterly¿s latest tale, CHIMERA, is simply out of this world.

Harriet Klausner