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Hammered Once Jenny Casey was somebody s daughter Once she was somebody s enemy Now the former Canadian special forces warrior lives on the hellish streets of Hartford, Connecticut, in the yearRacked with pain, hiding from the government she served, running with a crime lord so she can save a life or two, Jenny is a month shy of fifty, and her artificially reconstructed body has started to unravel But she is far from forgotten A government scientist needs the perfect subject for a high stakes project and has Jenny in his sights Suddenly Jenny Casey is a pawn in a furious battle, waged in the corridors of the Internet, on the streets of battered cities, and in the complex wirings of her half man made nervous system And she needs to gain control of the game before a brave new future spins completely out of control I actually picked this one up for a reading challenge, which asked us to choose a book set in the place we were born Well, let me tell you, there are not a heck of a lot of science fiction books where even part of the action takes place in Hartford, Connecticut In the not too distant future, Hartford is a hellhole OK, that s believable Certain parts of the city were headed that way even when I was a kid in the 80 s Another cool thing in this version of the future, Canada is a superpower S I actually picked this one up for a reading challenge, which asked us to choose a book set in the place we were born Well, let me tell you, there are not a heck of a lot of science fiction books where even part of the action takes place in Hartford, Connecticut In the not too distant future, Hartford is a hellhole OK, that s believable Certain parts of the city were headed that way even when I was a kid in the 80 s Another cool thing in this version of the future, Canada is a superpower Speaking as an American, who has had the pleasure of making lots of Canadian friends during my time over here in Japan, I sort of enjoy that premise Pass me a beer, eh Finally, along with a sarcastic, arse kicking protagonist, world weary but trying to do the right thing, there is a great ensemble cast of characters, and the point of view shifts enough that we really get to develop a connection with them.I m actually reading the second book, Scardown as I write this, and I ll be jumping into book three as soon as I finish it.I m glad to have finally started reading Bear s work and have added her to my favorite authors I find it really hard to believe that Hammered was Elizabeth Bear s first novel The plot was so tight the characters were so interesting and the story was both intriguing and exciting It was one of those books that took great willpower to put down when I to go do other things I have read and listened to a few short stories by Bear that I thought were fantastic It s nice to see that she handles the novel format just as well.Jenny Casey is a protagonist that I can relate to She s a middle a I find it really hard to believe that Hammered was Elizabeth Bear s first novel The plot was so tight the characters were so interesting and the story was both intriguing and exciting It was one of those books that took great willpower to put down when I to go do other things I have read and listened to a few short stories by Bear that I thought were fantastic It s nice to see that she handles the novel format just as well.Jenny Casey is a protagonist that I can relate to She s a middle aged woman Like all us middle aged women, she has a history that has shaped who she is She has aches and pains that are related partly to cybernetic prosthetics and partly to just plain aging She thinks of herself as old because she has been through a lot in her life and because she just plain feels old Right now, I can really relate to that You know that she s a better person than she thinks she is because of the loyalty her friends display I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to readingof Elizabeth Bear s work This is hard science fiction that doesn t over explain the science and has terrific characters It s funny I got a fair ways into this book, and had a moment where I realized that Jenny Casey is very much like a character a friend has been playing in a game I ve been running, about revolution on Mars Said friend has never read Elizabeth Bear, to the best of my knowledge, but the synchronicity was startling I ve told her now she should read this I think she d get evenout of it than I did.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and en It s funny I got a fair ways into this book, and had a moment where I realized that Jenny Casey is very much like a character a friend has been playing in a game I ve been running, about revolution on Mars Said friend has never read Elizabeth Bear, to the best of my knowledge, but the synchronicity was startling I ve told her now she should read this I think she d get evenout of it than I did.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook This is a terrific debut novel Set in the near future, 2062 with Jenny Casey, a 49 y old, Canadian female retired soldier as protaganist Following a horrific accident in which she lost an eye and an arm, Jenny s body is part cyborg and neurologically enhanced for faster reaction times However, now she is retired and has taken refuge in the US where she is trying to deal with the pain she still suffers without the addictive drugs provided by the army In the US civilization has falling apart, This is a terrific debut novel Set in the near future, 2062 with Jenny Casey, a 49 y old, Canadian female retired soldier as protaganist Following a horrific accident in which she lost an eye and an arm, Jenny s body is part cyborg and neurologically enhanced for faster reaction times However, now she is retired and has taken refuge in the US where she is trying to deal with the pain she still suffers without the addictive drugs provided by the army In the US civilization has falling apart, drug lords and crime gangs rule the streets and China has become the dominant world force Canada has largely survived the collapse of the US but is in a battle with China to reach the stars and find a new home for mankind before the world self destructs This is a gritty, fast paced story with some great characters Jenny is a great antihero with a wry look on life Her best friend, Razormouth is a crime lord is well drawn as are many of the other characters There is a lot going on in this novel and some interesting ideas When a private Canadian company involved in the race to develop the first star going ships becomes interested in using Jenny she and her friends become embroiled in a plot to draw her in which encompasses Razormouth and his gang as well as her sister, a trained killer.A great start to a trilogy I m looking forward to the next episode

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