Cindy Lynn Speer for Fantastica Daily reviews Shadows Over Baker Street, and so does Gus Sheridan for Java Magazine (scroll down for this one.)
Kristin L. Chin for The Davis Enterprise has a lovely review of part of the class of 2005, including moi, up here: <http://www.davisenterprise.com/articles/2005/02/19/entertainment/books/345book.txt">Jenny Casey considers herself a freak.</a> Again, scroll down.
A blog review! What the heck--random strangers post their thoughts on teh intraweb, and I get to read them when I'm bored and ego-google. Thousand-Faced Moon reviews Hammered: I also like Dr. Elspeth Dunsany, another strong female character, who's also not white. I'm uncertain about Gabe Castaign, but I'm impressed that Elizabeth Bear writes a single parent (as well as his kids) and the characterization of both Gabe and his daughters seems real. Hopefully he'll have more to do in Scardown. And the 'villain' isn't a cardboard fascist, but as the protagonist says, he's the hero in his own movie.
(Elspeth is my favorite character too. Shh. Don't rat me out.)
Another blog review! Susan Marie Groppi liked the book--I feel like I should say something more, say something articulate about why Hammered was so good. Before I try, though, I feel like I ought to explain something.
And it makes me happy that she liked it, because I like Susan.
Actually, I think the blog comments are the most fun, because they're such honest reactions. No pretension, just readers doing what readers do.
Mysterious Galaxy approves in a micro-review: Damn, this was good and a debut to boot: near future, former Canadian special forces, broken, partially bionic woman, Jenny Casey, rocks in this hard bitter future Bear has created. Especially nice since the book is #3 on their January bestseller list.
And there's a brief three-paragraph review in Starlog, which kit_kindred just handed me a copy of, which starts off "Hammered, Bear's debut novel is an enthralling roller-coaster ride through a dark and possible near future." It then goes on to say that "a few tracks have been jumped along the way," but neglects to mention which ones (or maybe they mean something different by track-jumping than I do.) and concludes, "...you have enough material for ten books." (And they mean that in a good way, apparently, because the next thing it says is) "Bear leaves enough loose ends that a follow-up novel seems mandatory. It will also be welcome."
Another blog reviewer (and personal acquaintance--for the sake of full disclosure) Jvstin, says The only disappointment, which keeps it from being highly recommended, is the "chop here and end and buy the next book" feel of the denouement. While there is an ending for the book...it feels like part of a bigger work.
Alas, yes, that's typical of the first book in a trilogy. At least there's a sex scene, though. *g*