History Literature / TheMerchantPrincesSeries

19th Nov '15 3:38:35 AM Ramidel
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* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: New Britain has very advanced zeppelin technology in lieu of heavier-than-air flight.
4th May '15 11:55:53 AM Fireblood
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* AlternateHistory: each AU has a place where they diverged from normal Earth.

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* AlternateHistory: each Each AU has a place where they diverged from normal Earth.



* AlternateUniverse: and there isn't just one; by book five, a number of others have been documented.

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* AlternateUniverse: and And there isn't just one; by book five, a number of others have been documented.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: they might be in the intelligence service, after all. Or Clan security. Or FTO, or a number of groups.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: they They might be in the intelligence service, after all. Or Clan security. Or FTO, or a number of groups.



* BigScrewedUpFamily: the entire series is the epitome of this trope.

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: the The entire series is the epitome of this trope.



* ChangelingFantasy: deconstructed harshly. Miriam is secretly a noblewoman with magical powers from a medieval-type world, ''and it sucks''. Also in that [[spoiler: Miriam's "adopted mother" turns out to be her real mother.]]

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* ChangelingFantasy: deconstructed Deconstructed harshly. Miriam is secretly a noblewoman with magical powers from a medieval-type world, ''and it sucks''. Also in that [[spoiler: Miriam's "adopted mother" turns out to be her real mother.]]
23rd Mar '15 9:55:22 PM nombretomado
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** On a lighter note, Miriam's friend who happens to have some legal training usually has some words of wisdom, often a bit off kilter, which she prefaces with [[FearAndLoathingInLasVegas "As your attorney I advise you to..."]]

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** On a lighter note, Miriam's friend who happens to have some legal training usually has some words of wisdom, often a bit off kilter, which she prefaces with [[FearAndLoathingInLasVegas [[Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas "As your attorney I advise you to..."]]
23rd Mar '14 5:18:22 PM LentilSandEater
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* ConvenientMiscarriage: somewhat subverted in that in some ways, it isn't all that convenient. Nice for [[spoiler: Miriam]] personally, not so much for politics.

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* ConvenientMiscarriage: somewhat subverted Downplayed in that in some ways, it isn't all that convenient. Nice for [[spoiler: Miriam]] personally, not so much for politics.
23rd Mar '14 5:17:46 PM LentilSandEater
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* ActionGirl: slightly subverted - Miriam can't take anyone down during a fight, but she sure shoots people who try to kill her and doesn't wait to be rescued.

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* ActionGirl: slightly subverted - Miriam Downplayed with Miriam, she can't take anyone down during a fight, but she sure shoots people who try to kill her and doesn't wait to be rescued.
17th Jan '14 9:17:22 PM ATimson
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** This was ''vastly'' toned down in the 2012 editions. [[spoiler:Cheney gets named a half-dozen times in volume 2, with almost three dozen namings in volume three.]]
1st Jan '14 1:51:31 PM CaptainCrowbar
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A {{Fantasy}} series by Creator/CharlesStross, about a journalist named Miriam Beckstein who finds an AlternateUniverse stuck in MedievalStasis where her long-lost family are powerful traders who can travel between dimensions. There are six books so far: ''The Family Trade'' (2004), ''The Hidden Family'' (2005), ''The Clan Corporate'' (2006), ''The Merchants' War'' (2007), ''The Revolution Business'' (2009), and ''The Trade of Queens'' (2010). A new edition is in preparation that combines them into three volumes (''The Bloodline Feud'', ''The Traders War'', and ''The Revolution Trade''), with some minor changes to the text.

The series was originally planned as four very long books, but the publisher got cold feet about the length of the books and insisted [[ExecutiveMeddling they be broken up into multiple volumes]]. The six books published so far started out as the first two books of the original plan. Stross revealed in his blog that he plans to start work on the "next generation" sequels soon.

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A {{Fantasy}} series by Creator/CharlesStross, about a journalist named Miriam Beckstein who finds an AlternateUniverse stuck in MedievalStasis where her long-lost family are powerful traders who can travel between dimensions. There are six books so far: ''The Family Trade'' (2004), ''The Hidden Family'' (2005), ''The Clan Corporate'' (2006), ''The Merchants' War'' (2007), ''The Revolution Business'' (2009), and ''The Trade of Queens'' (2010). A They are now available in a new edition is in preparation that combines them into three volumes (''The Bloodline Feud'', ''The Traders War'', and ''The Revolution Trade''), with some minor changes to the text.

The series was originally planned as four very long books, but the publisher got cold feet about the length of the books and insisted [[ExecutiveMeddling they be broken up into multiple volumes]]. The six books published so far started out as the first two books of the original plan. Stross revealed in his blog that he plans to start work on is currently writing the "next generation" sequels soon.
(''Dark State'', ''Black Sky'', and ''Invisible Sun'').
7th Dec '13 5:25:04 PM Dalillama
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** Angbard is often referred to as the [[Music/DavidBowie Thin White Duke]]
30th Nov '13 9:40:09 AM Dalillama
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** [[spoiler:Miriam's Earth is also slightly alternate, as revealed in Book 5. Chemical Ali killed Saddam Hussein before the Iraq War even began and Paris Hilton's funeral is dominating the news.]]

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** [[spoiler:Miriam's Earth is also slightly alternate, as revealed in Book 5. Chemical Ali killed Saddam Hussein before the Iraq War even began and Paris Hilton's funeral is dominating the news. Also Robert Bork is Chief Justice of the SCOTUS, and there was apparently an incident of nuclear terrorism in Italy in the 1970s. ]]
30th Aug '13 12:31:16 PM ChaoticNovelist
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The series was originally planned as four very long books, but the publisher got cold feet about the length of the books and insisted [[ExecutiveMeddling they be broken up into multiple volumes]]. The six books published so far started out as the first two books of the original plan. Stross recently revealed in his blog that he plans to start work on the "next generation" sequels soon.

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The series was originally planned as four very long books, but the publisher got cold feet about the length of the books and insisted [[ExecutiveMeddling they be broken up into multiple volumes]]. The six books published so far started out as the first two books of the original plan. Stross recently revealed in his blog that he plans to start work on the "next generation" sequels soon.



* ActionMom: Miriam's adopted mom [[spoiler:and real mother]] has a shotgun hidden in her wheelchair. Seriously.

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* ActionMom: Miriam's adopted mom [[spoiler:and real mother]] has a shotgun hidden in her wheelchair. Seriously.



* BadassNormal: Miriam's friend Paulette, everyone in Clan Security, Mike Fleming.



* GambitPileup: by the third book, there are at least five different factions all either shooting at each other or inches away from doing so.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Miriam, in the second book, asks whether there's anyone in her entourage ''not'' working for the secret service. Her maid Kara responds, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Not me!"]]

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* GambitPileup: by the third book, there are at least five different factions all either shooting at each other or inches away from doing so.
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so. This is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Miriam, in the second book, asks whether there's anyone in her entourage ''not'' working for the secret service. Her maid Kara responds, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Not me!"]]me!"]]
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Iris has been running the whole plot from behind the scenes.]]



* XanatosRoulette: [[spoiler: Iris has been running the whole plot from behind the scenes.]]
* XanatosSpeedChess: Massive multiplayer edition.
** Seriously, almost all of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many]] characters get caught up knee-deep in intrigue and hatch their own elaborate plans. Predictably, everything starts going to hell very fast, and that's [[FromBadToWorse just the beginning]]...

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* XanatosRoulette: [[spoiler: Iris has been running the whole plot from behind the scenes.]]
* XanatosSpeedChess: Massive multiplayer edition.
** Seriously, almost
Almost all of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many]] characters get caught up knee-deep in intrigue and hatch their own elaborate plans. Predictably, everything starts going to hell very fast, and that's [[FromBadToWorse just the beginning]]...
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