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There were too many things that jarred me out, making me aware that the writer messed up.
The plot moves a long but it is the world building that works best for me - looking at gender roles and alternate ideas of taboos and cultures.
Neither society was very believable for many reasons, e.g., on New Amazonia the males are dominated by the women to the point of slavery.
I bought this book used and I consider myself lucky. As the other reviews point out the world is not believable. Many unexplained terms. I just didn't care about the characters. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lee G Martin
The main weakness of the novel for me, was that the exaggerated reversal of the sex roles was too far fetched and the contribution of the resultant social order in moving the plot... Read morePublished 21 months ago by jeannie tryphonopoulos
As with all the books rated here, none of them disappointed and suppliers were great too! I like books with good character development and dialog, SoO these are all well worth... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Richard K. Schoellhorn
Elizabeth Bear's `Carnival' (Bantam Spectra, $6.99, 395 pages) is everything I like about science fiction. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Clay Kallam
Vincent and Angelo are diplomats sent to New Amazonia to return stolen artwork but secretly have their own agends. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Serene Night
Although Ms. Bear shifts between given and surnames a bit for one character for reasons which escape me, this was a great novel. Read morePublished on August 2, 2011 by Gary Bunker
I think Ms. Bear has promise as a writer, and I've read several of hers in a row now. They can and do vary from page turners due to suspense, to page flippers due to boredom, all... Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by wheeeeee
As can be expected with the output of a professional complying with many literary clichés in a smooth way this book is a fairly entertaining read. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by Furio
CAVEAT: I read this as the book selection from a discussion group, so I read it more critically than I would have something I chose on my own.
It starts out promising. Read more