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Hammered de Elizabeth Bear
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Hammered (edição: 2004)

de Elizabeth Bear

Séries: Jenny Casey (1)

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She was engineered for combat--in a world that is running out of time. "Very exciting . . . very impressive debut."--Mike Resnick 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 year 2062. Racked 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. "A gritty and painstakingly well-informed peek at a future we'd all better hope we don't get . . . Elizabeth Bear builds her future nightmare tale with style and conviction and a constant return to the twists of the human heart."--Richard Morgan… (mais)
Membro:wonderspork
Título:Hammered
Autores:Elizabeth Bear
Informação:Spectra (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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Etiquetas:science fiction, hard SF, series

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It's good. Starts with the feel of cyberpunk but by the end has segued into the opening of a space opera. The only thing that seems weird is part of the setting: in the book's semi-recent past the United States is basically a null force on the world stage and Canada has stepped up. However, the first half of the book is set in the US, and their shift into near-failed state feels mostly unaddressed. But don't let that discourage you, it's still an interesting read. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | May 18, 2020 |
Former Canadian soldier w/ old high-tech prosthetic arm which is starting to fail is drawn into a conspiracy against her will which involves a crime lord, her evil sister, an AI, and her unacknowledged love.
  JohnLavik | Mar 29, 2020 |
Jenny Casey #1 ( )
  Ronald.Marcil | Jul 7, 2019 |
Hammered by Elizabeth Bear is a fine piece of science fiction writing. I am on a science fiction reading jag ever since I read the Ancillary series by Ann Leckie. I had not heard about Bear until I got a blurb about a new novel by her that is published by TOR. I did some research and found out Bear has a substantial list of works. She is Canadian and Canada figures prominently in this series, and I can only say this novel WOWed! me. If you liked the Ancillary series read this series. The first novel in the "Jenny Casey" series was great escapist reading.

The series features a 50 year-old ex-combat soldier with a metal prosthetic arm and eye. Officially the Canadian military classes her as a cyborg. The time is in the future - 2062 and Global Warming has happened and the world is full of wars about water and land. There is nothing new about that. What is new and refreshing is the way that Bear tells this story.

I loved the idea of an older woman heroine and just had to read for that reason. I have already started book two in the series Scardown. ( )
4 vote benitastrnad | Jul 3, 2016 |
Jenny Casey is a war hero, but she's also a middle-aged woman with increasingly debilitating disabilities and a drug habit. Then tainted batches of Hammer (the combat drug she was addicted to) pop up on the streets of her home town. While her friends trace the drug back to its source, Jenny is coerced into joining a dangerous research project.

I really wanted to like this book, but it frustrated me all too often. This is the first in a trilogy, but there's a lot of backstory to this universe. I generally love in media res, but all the characters made vague statements like "She wouldn't let him try--not after the last time" and what happened "last time" is never explained! There are a half dozen different point-of-view characters, and all but two or three of them are unnecessary. I'd have preferred a single view point with a single tense than mishmash of every character even tangentially involved getting their own chapters. The narrative randomly jumps forward and backward in time, going from three weeks ago in one person's narrative to the present told from Jenny's pov to fifteen years ago...it's needlessly confusing.

I also don't see why the entire subplot of Razorface, Barb, Mitch, and the tainted Hammer existed. This is only the first book in the trilogy, so perhaps it will gain greater importance later, but as it stood it just provided more proof that Unitec was up to no good. Obviously! We already know! 50% of this book doesn't need to switch between Razorface, Mitch, etc's povs in order to tell the really basic story of "Unitec dumped some tainted drugs onto the street to test them." Look, I just did it in one sentence! Hell, the characters themselves figure it out in the first few chapters, so I'm confused by how drawn-out it was. It was like Bear had originally written this drug war as a stand-alone story, and then awkwardly grafted it onto Jenny Casey's.

I did like the characters. Jenny Casey is my favorite kind of badass--the kind that's very damaged but has mostly come to terms with it, and still inspires a mixture of fear and awe in those she meets. The lady psychiatrist was pretty fun too, with her blase attitude toward romance and sex. But my appreciation for the characters was hampered by the often unnatural dialog (there's a great collection of examples here) and the fact that by the end, half the dialog was in untranslated French. I do not speak French! When I come across whole pages of unintelligible dialog in nineteenth century novels, at least those authors have the excuse of assuming their readers are polyglots. Bear is writing in the 2000s! At least give us endnotes or something! (ps, sex scenes often have unintentionally hilarious dialog, but the repitious "je t'aime"s and "mon amour"s tipped it over into farce)

And I did like Jenny Casey's plot. I would have loved to read more scenes of her figuring out how to use her new body, or pilot the space ship. What is there is written pretty well, although Bear has to strain to get her prose beyond "workman-like". If there had been more of Casey's adventure, and less incredibly obvious and unnecessary street fighting, I would have enjoyed this more. As it stands, I doubt I'll bother reading the rest of the series. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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She was engineered for combat--in a world that is running out of time. "Very exciting . . . very impressive debut."--Mike Resnick 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 year 2062. Racked 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. "A gritty and painstakingly well-informed peek at a future we'd all better hope we don't get . . . Elizabeth Bear builds her future nightmare tale with style and conviction and a constant return to the twists of the human heart."--Richard Morgan

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