In the Books Section:
- What did you like about the book?
- What did you dislike?
The book is marketed as fantasy, but Wikipedia insists that
it is actually science fiction. There is even a discussion page where they talk
about the issue. One reviewer on the Internet says that it is more like a
- What elements of the book would lead one to believe it is or is not fantasy?
- What elements of the book would lead one to believe it is or is not science fiction?
- Can you think of other books that are similar to this?
- Paul Krugman has discussed the development of economics aspect of the book; the interaction of a low-tech civilization with a high tech civilization. Did Stross do a good job? How does the book compare with such experiences in real life?
- Charles Stross is a Scottish writer writing about New York and Boston. Did he do a good job?
- What did you think of Miriam as a character? What about the other characters?
- The book was written shortly after 9/11. How does this affect the book? Is it out of date already?
- This is the first book of a series called the Merchant Princes. Books one and two were written as one novel, but the publisher decided to split it into two books. Was this a good idea? Does the first book satisfy as a novel?
- Since this is the LSF book group, let us discuss the sex and the sexual politics.