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Band of Gypsys (Gollancz SF S.) Paperback – 19 May 2005


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (19 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575070447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575070448
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,186,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gwyneth Jones grew up in Manchester UK and lives in Sussex. Among other honours she's won the James Tiptree award, two World Fantasy awards, the Children of the Night award, the Philip K Dick award, the BSFA award, the Pilgrim award for Science Fiction criticism, and the Arthur C Clarke award; for Bold As Love, first episode of a techno-green Utopian "near future fantasy" series. She's a volunteer for Amnesty International, a member of the Soil Association, keeps a blog and lives in Brighton. Hobbies include playing fantasy games and staring out of the window.

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Book Description

Hard times and sweet music: scandal and betrayal for Ax as England embraces the fearsome new world order.

About the Author

Gwyneth Jones lives in Brighton with her husband and son. She won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for BOLD AS LOVE; CASTLES MADE OF SAND was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award. She is the previous winner of the James Tiptree Memorial Award and two World Fantasy Awards; four of her previous books have been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

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I have to take exception with "Trashman"'s review: Band of Gypsys is Gwyneth Jones at the top of her form, and the world she's created IS credible, and savage, and alarmingly believable. Not only has the United Kingdom dissolved; whole societal structures have disappeared, and in the background the Second Chamber plots and manipulates in a desperate attempt to get hold of the neurobomb.

The Triumverate remains the only hope, even as Ax's plans go horribly awry and the forces of evil prevail. This book is full of surprises and twists that go in ways the reader never expects - but looking back, you can see how skilfully the author has laid in the clues, and how all the insane logic makes sense in its own way, pointing to further horrors that could lie ahead. (Jones is particularly good at is stimulating the reader to think about the story and what's going to happen next.) That includes the Chinese invasion of England (why not?), the paralysis of the United States in its own convoluted political processes, and what's going on in Scotland and Wales.

It's also a deeply moving love story of Ax, Fiorinda and Sage, and the people they care for. The pressure on them all never lets up, and the urgency never lets go of the reader. And then there's the fact that Fiorinda may be pregnant...

It's a wonderful, atmospheric read, about people who really seem to exist. I'd recommend it to anyone - but if you're new to the series, start with Bold as Love and work through the whole terrifying, colourful world. If I have any complaint, it's that the books are too short; there's room for many more stories in the series.
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For the fourth episode of Bold As Love Ax Preston returns to England to take on the Green President job. It's a challenge.The Green Right "neo-feudalists" who never really lost control of the government have many of the millions who lost everything in the Great Crash rounded up in labour camps. More surplus consumers are effectively neo-serfs in domestic service, sold off to pay their debts. But the ruling junta conceals even uglier secrets, and they're after the vital parts they need to build a Neurobomb, the new weapon of mass destruction the USA accidentally launched, with devasting effect, in episode three.Cue for another hip, slightly skiffy, costly-yet-life-enhancing victory for the peace and love agenda, the formula as before. Be warned,that's not what happens. Everything really does go horribly wrong, after Ax tries to keep faith with a liberal US President who is on the way out, destroyed by his own hell-bent right wingers.The reader watches with nailbiting frustration as the heroes (and heroine) make terrible, doomed, sincere decisions that are absolutely in character, while faint bulletins from the global situation report the inexorable approach of the end.It's hard to guess where the story can go from here, but I'll have to find out, fearing the worst and hoping Jones is not too ruthless with the characters, because no one could put this series down unfinished. Bold as love gets tougher, and much more real this time, but still delivers gripping entertainment. Not so much a rock and roll fantasy, more a biting contemporary satire: anyone who finds the world events, or the state of England, in Band of Gypsys merely 'preposterous' is in deep denial, or has been sleepwalking through the twentyfirst century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug 2006
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Fast paced action novel that's the third part of Gwyneths Bold as Love series. Great characterisation demonstrating an understanding of the human psyche as well as the continual character growth, the visual descriptiveness works extremely well and on the whole a cracking series to have on the shelves and one that will demand a reread something that very few manage to do.
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Like all of the 'Bold as Love' sequence: an impressively well written novel which encompasses and synthesises our underlying current societial issues in the UK should society as we know it fall apart while also acknowledging the implications of globalisation, clmate change and post peak oil transition, cultural power shifts and possible technological developments. All of which might be boring except there are characters you can care about, the return of magic and the attempt to protect the populaton from it, a compelling narrative and a gritty realism you can cut your teeth on. This is a believable world and possibly the best description of how an alternative society in Britain may come about, complete with a clear eyed vison of the down side and what it may involve for the excluded of the new order.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Dickson on 23 Oct 2006
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I know it's supposed to be fantasy, but it's also supposed to be at least plausible.

Keep the masses in check while the country falls apart with free concerts? Suddenly everybody believes in magic like a mediaeval peasants - to the point of being willing to burn a character at the stake? The silent majority are ignored while the 'drop out hordes' have to be catered for - after trashing any questionable technology in the country?

And finally, the chinese seem to have become the most powerful country on the planet after sustaining the greatest losses and everybody rolls over for them? They've developed technology decades ahead of everybody and have gone post fossil fuel after being one of the worlds greatest consumers of them. Apparently they have been working on this 'since the Burma Road closed in 1942' - only nobody knew anything!

Can anybosy see the USA ceding tracts of land to chinese. And doing so under threat, to allow them to invade England without going nuclear in response? Do the chinese think they can directly rule the world after invasions or threat of same and economic boycotts. No army is that large - especially one from a country that has taken large hits of it's own and is bound to have a restive population.

I like the characters, they are very well drawn and believable - even the secondary ones. But I think her world would never exist - it would be stamped flat as it would seem like the minority want a free ride at the expense of the majority. Everybody's politics changes over night and things (the chinese) are introduced with virtually no warning or explanation - they just 'are'.
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