Kage Baker Kathleen Bartholomew
- Title: Nell Gwynne's On Land and At Sea
- Author: Kage Baker Kathleen Bartholomew
- ISBN: 9781596064645
- Page: 421
- Format: Hardcover
The Ladies of Nell Gwynne s are not your run of the mill demi mondaines They are refined and educated ladies all, engaged in the elegant and expensive forms of carnal delight in order to make their way in a hard world But they also serve the Queen and the Empire, as the invaluable Ladies Auxiliary of the technocratic Gentlemen s Speculative Society.However, even thThe Ladies of Nell Gwynne s are not your run of the mill demi mondaines They are refined and educated ladies all, engaged in the elegant and expensive forms of carnal delight in order to make their way in a hard world But they also serve the Queen and the Empire, as the invaluable Ladies Auxiliary of the technocratic Gentlemen s Speculative Society.However, even the most dedicated operatives need a holiday from time to time Nell Gwynne s shuts down for a month at the height of every summer for recreation and relaxation This summer the Ladies have retired to a respectable boarding house in Torquay, since Mrs Corvey, the Proprietress, is very fond of the sea She also needs a deal of relaxing, as the cook at Nell Gwynne s has abruptly gotten religion and departed without notice for a less exotic position That is Mrs Corvey s only worry, though, when she and the Ladies arrive in Torquay, the Riviera of England They all look forward to taking the sun, some moderate sea bathing, reading novels and indulging in a little light archaeology As Hebertina happily observes, Here s to blessed chastity However, Torquay has recently been invaded by an eccentric and overly romantic American, who has peculiar intentions both toward the placid coast of Tor Bay, and the unassailable privacy of Lady Beatrice There are rumours and sightings of a sea monster There are dead butlers and thugs and fox terriers in inconvenient places And the Ladies cannot summon assistance from the GSS, all of whose agents are pursuing convoluted schemes abroad in Europe.It appears their holidays will not be nearly as quiet as might be hoped but they will certainly be interesting.Limited 1500 signed hardcover copiesFrom Publishers Weekly Even a month long seaside holiday can t keep the spy mistresses of the exclusive Nell Gwynne brothel away from trouble in this comic steampunk novella the mildly naughty nautical double entendres and period style illustrations by J.K Potter will entertain readers who appreciate Victoriana.
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Originally posted at FanLit. fantasyliterature/reviThe “ladies” of Nell Gwynne’s work hard for their money, providing elite custom “services” to the important men who run England. These men think Nell Gwynne’s girls are very good at what they do, but they have no idea what’s really going on inside those pretty little heads. In actuality, all of Nell Gwynne’s ladies are thoroughly educated and quite accomplished because their “real” job is to spy for the Gentlemen’s Speculat [...]
It’s hard to believe that it’s already almost been three years since Kage Baker’s untimely death. She was an immensely talented storyteller and one of my favorite authors of the last few decades. In the short time between her first published story (1997’s “Noble Mold”) and her death in 2010, Kage produced a truly impressive amount of fiction: over a dozen novels across several genres (including the Company series, still my favorite time travel epic in the history of SF) and an amazin [...]
I have not yet read The Women of Nell Gwynne's, but it's even higher on my list than before. This was delightful. The ladies, a group of courtesans-slash-spies, go for what should be a relaxing seaside vacation, and have adventures instead. There are several excellent characters - Herbertina, the cross-dressing woman who plays the role of a young man to perfection, is a particular favorite, and Mrs. Corvey, with her steampunk eyes and unflappable confidence, directs the action perfectly.The oste [...]
The professional ladies of Nell Gwynne's go on holiday and have a smashing adventure on the Channel. They meet an eccentric American (is there any other kind?) who wants to be a war hero but is currently lacking the requisite war so he intends to start one. He's also a genius engineer in the very best of 1845 steampunk engineering, and he's invented a device that will move his fiendish plot along nicely. The ladies stumble across the man and his plan and are forced to take matters into their own [...]
The “ladies” of Nell Gwynne’s work hard for their money, providing elite custom “services” to the important men who run England. These men think Nell Gwynne’s girls are very good at what they do, but they have no idea what’s really going on inside those pretty little heads. In actuality, all of Nell Gwynne’s ladies are thoroughly educated and quite accomplished because their “real” job is to spy for the Gentlemen’s Speculative Society (the predecessor of Kage Baker’s The [...]
I hadn't read any of Kage Baker's books before so this was a pleasant little surprise. It's about the "ladies" of Nell Gwynne's, prostitutes who also deal in information gathering for the Gentlemen's Speculative Society. Each year they go on holiday and this year they discover a sinister plot by a weird American of English decent. He wants to prove just how dedicated he is to England so he comes up with a dastardly plan to destroy a French naval vessel with a steam-powered super submarine! The l [...]
The ladies-of-the-night auxiliary of The Gentlemen's Speculative Society (what will become Dr. Zeus) are off on holiday to the Devon shore, their yearly respite from prostitution and espionage. Alas, the best laid plans of whores and spies gang aft agley. Something's not right, and when they report it to the appropriate authorities, they're asked to hold the fort until some Real Men can be made available. Poor bad guys; they don't stand a chance.
A nice steampunk novella. A group of aristocratic women have been recruited to run a high class brothel where they act as an adjunct to the British government as spies.In this book the ladies are on their yearly vacation at the seaside where they meet up with an American dandy who has plans of starting war between the British and French.
Sequel to The Women of Nell Gwynne's and heartily recommended. Read the other first. Steampunk with submersible! Swimming costumes! Crossdressing! Jack Russell terrier! Women of ill repute! Yacht! Knitting! Etc.
A steam -punk high-adventurelots of fun. Kage Baker's last book left me smiling. But her books always make me happy. I will be rereading them all for years to come. Goodness, I miss you, Ms. Baker! You're probably telling wonderful stories in heaven.
Another in Baker's Nell Gwynne's (a steampunk Victorian brothel that's actually full of female spies) series. Amusing diversion, taking place during the ladies' "vacation" at the Torquay seaside. I find this whole series amusing, and Baker's writing is, as always, engaging and natural.
Lots of fun!
Thanks for everything, Kage Baker.
Cute little steampunk story tangential to the Company series.
Nice steampunk novel it was alright not as good as the one before but alright
I loved the Company series a lot better gonna miss her books. RIP Kage!
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