Over at In the Forest of Stories, Memory Scarlett reviews the final Kage Baker collection In the Company of Thieves, paying special attention to the novellas “The Women of Nell Gwynne’s” and “Rude Mechanicals.”
I myself loved “The Women of Nell Gwynne’s” and “Rude Mechanicals” the most, perhaps because they were both rereads rendered all the richer by foreknowledge. The former was the first Baker I ever read, and while I liked it back in the day, it’s infinitely more enjoyable now I’m familiar with the homo umbralis and their relationship with the Company’s operatives. Freed of the need to parse what exactly was going on, I delighted in the language, the historical detail, and Lady Beatrice’s take on events. The sly, often subtle humour with which Baker infuses most everything she writes is well represented here, as is her knack for fostering sympathy between character and reader via a few choice details. I came away well pleased.
Check out the rest of Memory’s review at In the Forest of Stories.
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