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The Merchants' War (Merchant Princes) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. September 2008

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" The Clan Corporate offers more proof, if any were needed, why Charles Stross has become universally acknowledged as one of science fiction's major new talents."--Mike Resnick
& nbsp; " The Hidden Family is a festival of ideas in action, fast moving and often very funny, but underpinned by a rigorous logical strategy. . . .Stross ' s breezy, almost Heinleinian mode of narration is on fine display in The Hidden Family . " -- Locus
" Stross continues to mix high and low tech in amusing and surprising ways. . . .[he] weaves a tale worthy of Robert Ludlum or Dan Brown. " - Publishers Weekly on The Hidden Family
"It's simply a great adventure, full of danger, of plots within plots, of forbidden love and political murder."--Orson Scott Card on The Family Trade


""The Clan Corporate" offers more proof, if any were needed, why Charles Stross has become universally acknowledged as one of science fiction's major new talents."--Mike Resnick
""The Hidden Family" is a festival of ideas in action, fast moving and often very funny, but underpinned by a rigorous logical strategy. . . .Stross's breezy, almost Heinleinian mode of narration is on fine display in "The Hidden Family,"" --"Locus"
"Stross continues to mix high and low tech in amusing and surprising ways. . . .[he] weaves a tale worthy of Robert Ludlum or Dan Brown." -"Publishers Weekly" on "The Hidden Family"
"It's simply a great adventure, full of danger, of plots within plots, of forbidden love and political murder."--Orson Scott Card on "The Family Trade"


"For sheer inventiveness and energy, this cliffhanger-riddled serial remains difficult to top."
--"Publishers Weekly
""The world-building in this series is simply superb, in other words--it is engaging, crystal-clear and disturbingly real....." The Merchants' War" is fast-paced and engrossing and will leave readers ravenous for the next installment."
--SciFi.com
"Charlie Stross' latest is a brilliant, amusing, and challenging piece of mestizo fiction -- recklessly cross-breeding fantasy and SF tropes, and using the resulting bonfire to say interesting things about culture, economics, politics, and really cool battles with chain-mail and MP5's and horses and hang-gliders. Very real people with very different backgrounds meet and collide and strike lovely sparks. This series is great and getting better all the time!"
--S.M. Stirling
"The action shifts rapidly among the three worlds in the fourth successive thriller in a fantastically thrilling series."
-"-Booklist"

“For sheer inventiveness and energy, this cliffhanger-riddled serial remains difficult to top.”
--"Publishers Weekly
"“The world-building in this series is simply superb, in other words—it is engaging, crystal-clear and disturbingly real….." The Merchants' War" is fast-paced and engrossing and will leave readers ravenous for the next installment.”
--SciFi.com
"Charlie Stross' latest is a brilliant, amusing, and challenging piece of mestizo fiction -- recklessly cross-breeding fantasy and SF tropes, and using the resulting bonfire to say interesting things about culture, economics, politics, and really cool battles with chain-mail and MP5's and horses  and hang-gliders.  Very real people with very different backgrounds meet and collide and strike lovely sparks. This series is great and getting better all the time!"
--S.M. Stirling
“The action shifts rapidly among the three worlds in the fourth successive thrille

"For sheer inventiveness and energy, this cliffhanger-riddled serial remains difficult to top."
--"Publishers Weekly
""The world-building in this series is simply superb, in other words--it is engaging, crystal-clear and disturbingly real....." The Merchants' War" is fast-paced and engrossing and will leave readers ravenous for the next installment."
--SciFi.com
"Charlie Stross' latest is a brilliant, amusing, and challenging piece of mestizo fiction -- recklessly cross-breeding fantasy and SF tropes, and using the resulting bonfire to say interesting things about culture, economics, politics, and really cool battles with chain-mail and MP5's and horses and hang-gliders. Very real people with very different backgrounds meet and collide and strike lovely sparks. This series is great and getting better all the time!"
--S.M. Stirling
"The action shifts rapidly among the three worlds in the fourth successive thriller in a fantastically thrilling series."
-"-Booklist"

For sheer inventiveness and energy, this cliffhanger-riddled serial remains difficult to top.

The action shifts rapidly among the three worlds in the fourth successive thriller in a fantastically thrilling series.

-"-Booklist"

For sheer inventiveness and energy, this cliffhanger-riddled serial remains difficult to top. "Publishers Weekly"

The world-building in this series is simply superb, in other words it is engaging, crystal-clear and disturbingly real..... The Merchants' War is fast-paced and engrossing and will leave readers ravenous for the next installment. "SciFi.com"

Charlie Stross' latest is a brilliant, amusing, and challenging piece of mestizo fiction -- recklessly cross-breeding fantasy and SF tropes, and using the resulting bonfire to say interesting things about culture, economics, politics, and really cool battles with chain-mail and MP5's and horses and hang-gliders. Very real people with very different backgrounds meet and collide and strike lovely sparks. This series is great and getting better all the time! "S.M. Stirling"

The action shifts rapidly among the three worlds in the fourth successive thriller in a fantastically thrilling series. "Booklist""

Synopsis

Miriam Beckstein is a young, hip, business journalist in Boston. She discovered in The Family Trade and The Hidden Family that her family came from an alternate reality, that she was very well-connected, and that her family was too much like the mafia for comfort. She found herself caught in a family trap in The Clan Corporate and betrothed to a brain-damaged prince, and then all hell broke loose.Now, in "The Merchants' War", Miriam has escaped to yet another world and remains in hiding from both the Clan and their opponents. There is a nasty war going on in the Gruinmarkt world of the Clan, and we know something that Miriam does not; something that she's really going to hate-if she lives long enough to find out.

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Miriam Beckstein ist in der Parallelwelt knapp der erzwungenen Hochzeit mit dem schwachsinnigen Kronprinzen entgangen - und auch dem mörderischen Putsch von Egon dem Perversen um den Thron. Nur mit den Kleidern auf ihrem Rücken flüchtet sie in die dritte Parallelwelt nach New Britain. Während auf Gruinmarkt der mörderische Kampf mit Kettenhemd und Maschinenpistole tobt, haben die US-Geheimdienste und die Sonderabteilung "Family Trade" entscheidende Fortschritte erzielt und sind durch die atomare Provokation auf höchster Alarmstufe...

Stross' Serie entwickelt eine ganze Reihe neuer Facetten, u.a. durch die gleichzeitige Konfrontation des Clan (der die Mafia einmal mehr wie ein Kaffekränzchen aussehen läßt), mit den Konservativen im Gruinmarkt, und den US-Geheimdiensten, die dem Clan immer mehr Rückzugspunkte abschneiden. Das Tempo ist rasant, durch wissenschaftliche Themen wird es zusätzlich spannend. Anstatt wirtschaftlicher Dominanz rückt eine Eskalation der Waffen in den Vordergrund, es gibt aber auch reichlich Intrigen und geheime Absprachen.
Miriam sitzt auf der dritten Welt fest und kann ihre wirtschaftlichen Projekte nicht weiter ausbauen, außerdem haben ihr ihre unglaublich intriganten Verwandten noch eine Überraschung beschert, von der sie nichts ahnt. Ihre Position wandelt sich durch einen Wechsel der Machtverhältnisse, die Folge 5 mit Spannung erwarten lassen.

Die einzigartige Mischung von Sliders, X-Akten und dem Paten ist durchgehend spannend, allerdings haben mir die Folgen einen Tick besser gefallen, in denen es weniger um brachialen Krieg und mehr um ausgebuffte Tricks hinter den Kulissen ging - und die Heldin ihr ganzes Potential zeigen konnte. 4 Sterne.
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Wie bei vielen Romanzyklen - der erste Band ist super - der zweite in Ordnung und ab dem dritten wird die Leserei immer mühsamer.
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HASH(0x999148d8) von 5 Sternen Cliffhanger??? 6. Dezember 2007
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The other reviews cover what happens in the course of the book, I won't go into all that, I am here to issue a warning to other potential readers....

The bast... Er, that is, the 'Esteemed Author' does not end the book on what I would call a cliffhanger. No, the term cliffhanger implies that the reader still has the very edge of one pinky finger's nail still in contact with the crumpling lip of a precipice. That is not the case here. The story ends with the reader plummeting through thin air screaming in fear and fury, wondering if/when they will ever hit book five. So, if you have a strong heart, go ahead and read it. If, however, you have ever failed a stress test, wait until book five comes out to read this one - your cardiologist will thank you!
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HASH(0x9807f4b0) von 5 Sternen Fourth Book in the Series shares strengths and weaknesses of its predecessors 28. März 2008
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The Merchants War is the fourth book in Charles Stross series about a clan of world-walking drug dealers, and the book shares the strengths and the weaknesses of the previous volumes and ramps up the action and plot nicely.

Book Three, Clan Corporate ended with a marriage announcement and gathering that went horribly wrong as, simultaneously, agents from a US Government agency managed to make their way across to the world of the Gruinmarkt into the middle of a gathering set to marry the heroine, Miriam, to a brain-damaged son of the King, and said gathering went up in flames.

Book Four shows the smoke clearing from that event as Egon, elder son of the King, takes control of the situation and decides Something Must Be Done. At the same time, Miriam, barely escaped into the third world of New London, has new problems with the police forces in that world. And of course Mike, part of that op across to that world, has problems of his own.

What's more, not content with merely working out the consequences of these plots, Stross throws a new puzzle in the mix, and starts to answer a long standing question of the series: just what is the mechanism that allows the Family to really worldwalk in the first place.

Splendid, vivid writing, great plot and action and character bits make this another winner for Mr. Stross. I particularly liked Mike's view of Olga, a character we've seen before through Miriam, and now get new sides and facets as we see her through the eyes of Mike, and get a sense that she's even more competent that we really knew. The world and set up are just as intriguing as before, if not more so, with the revelations made in the book.

The major flaw in the book, and once again its not Stross' fault, really, is the marketing. The book, like a couple of the previous books, has an "ending problem". These books have been sliced and diced and released in a suboptimal way, in my opinion. The book simply ends without a real attempt at a crescendo.

Still, fans of the previous three novels will love this one, and if you haven't started reading this series--go get the Family Trade and get yourself started. World walking scions, battles in a medieval world with guns and an ultralight(!), intrigue, mystery, fine writing and character development. Its a tasty chili of goodness.
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HASH(0x97f54990) von 5 Sternen whose universe? 28. Oktober 2007
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The 4th book in Stross' Merchant Princes series lets him introduce even more entanglements into 3 Earths bound by world walkers. He takes several complexities from earlier books and spins them up. Of course, otherwise why would we keep reading?

One neat aspect is that he now explicitly disavows any magical aspect. Some reviewers, in science fiction mags, of earlier books, had pigeonholed the series as fantasy. Even in those books, it really did not play out as such, if you read carefully. In this book, he comes forth with what is really scientific abracadra, but very well done, to provide a plausible technological veneer over the ability to hop between worlds.

There does appears to be one error. In the world of New Britain, a local person makes a remark about "from Washington to New York". Dubious. This was a universe where the American Revolution was crushed. There would have been no town at the location of what we call Washington, under that name. Granted, the person was told various details about our world by Miriam, as expressed in earlier books. So if there was indeed a town there, he might have translated its name into Washington, as he chatted with Miriam. But, it seems unlikely. Instead he would have used his familiar name for the town. Stross doesn't usually slip up, so this is a little gem, for those of you who appreciate such things.

However, is the familiar Boston and the United States from our universe? If not, it is certainly very close, given all the details we recognise. Stross slips in remarks about how the US might go into Iraq after Hussein?! The year is after 2001, because of the many references to "9/11" and terrorists. But what year? If after 2003, then that universe is not ours. Maybe Stross reserves the right to use this in future books. I simply can't recall from the earlier books if you can deduce how many years after 2001 is it.

The mention of perhaps invading Iraq is clearly meant to be jarring. Interesting to see if Stross expands on this dangling thread.

The book also has more action than the 3rd volume. Hopefully, this will assuage the many others who panned the latter as uneventful.
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HASH(0x97f54684) von 5 Sternen No more doubt: this is a serial novel series 10. Dezember 2007
Von Jason Evans - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The first two novels in this series had the feel of well contained (if short) novels, but the third novel leaves us with a cliff hanger that might as well finish, "Tune in next week to find out what happens to our dashing heroine." The fourth book also ends with a cliff hanger, in my opinion even more blatant than that of book three.

So, we are now firmly in serial novel territory, and I think that is a bad thing for several reasons. First, we devoted readers are forced to wade through the background information repeatedly, which is increasingly dominating these slender books. Second, the story is fragmenting to the point that it is a chore to follow the shifts among story lines that are now barraging us several times per chapter. Third, and related to the previous point, Miriam has been marginalized to a frustrating degree. In book three she becomes a self-pitying pawn, and in book four she does absolutely nothing of real interest for the entire book (and no new characters are developed with sufficient depth to be compelling).

As a science fiction reader, I actively seek out books that are based on original ideas. From that perspective I am still quite satisfied with this series. However, I would be much happier if it were comprised of three or four much more developed books, rather than an endless series that only slightly advances the story with each volume. Reading these books is starting to feel like work.
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HASH(0x97f549e4) von 5 Sternen When it's good, it's very very good. When it's not... it's okay. 30. August 2008
Von Esther Schindler - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This series by Charles Stross alternately leaves me breathless for more, and at other points I'm ready to be distracted by almost any other book.

Let me start with the most irritating bit: the ending doesn't. The novel has no closure - it's just another chapter that leaves you on a cliffhanger. So if your attitude coming to The Merchants' War is "I might catch up with this series sometime, but I'm not in a big rush," it wouldn't hurt to wait for the next in the series. (I am annoyed by this. Give me SOME kind of ending, please.)

On the plus side, you note that I read it all the way through, and I obviously wanted to know what happened next. That's because Stross has created some pretty cool characters whose lives I want to watch. The protagonist isn't the coolest of them, though. Miriam might be the "main character," but it's because she's a catalyst and not cuz she's an inherently fascinating person. (Mike, on the other hand, is cool.)

The initial premise of the series is still golden: a very small set of people who, by gazing at a knotwork graphic, can transport themselves (and what they personally carry) to an alternate-history version of where they're standing right this second. Through the course of the books (and really, don't even imagine starting with this one) we've gotten to see how this ability has shaped "our" world and a few others.

Here, we have Miriam escaped from Certain Doom (that is, the last page of the previous book) and on the run. The viewpoint switches between various people whose lives she's directly or indirectly touched, and each of those people have their own goals and justifications. Some of these people's stories are more compelling than others, with irregular pacing that made me wish whole scenes had been cut ("Enough already!").

But at some point, Stross just got into the storytelling again... and I was happy to follow along.

Can you tell that I'm ambivalent about this book? I am. If you're completely in love with the series (and I can imagine how you might feel that way), go right ahead and buy it. I did like it; I just didn't love it. The Merchants' War isn't on my list of novels that I will press upon friends and strangers.
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