This Insubstantial Pageant
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This Insubstantial Pageant

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Prosperina was robbed. Her chief executive officer--and betraying brother--stole her company Prosper Inc., her research, and almost her life, and marooned her and daughter Milana eight light years from Earth. A brilliant bio-engineer, Prosperina genetically alters indigenous plant forms to provide food, shelter, and even conductive and data-processing technologies. When her old ally Joe Gallo manages to hijack the ship of corporate enemy Al King, Prosperina confronts her brother and his allies (including Stephen the socialist atheist boatswain, drunken frat boy Troy, and Al's handsome son, Fernando) in a fight for freedom. But the plants, Kaleeban and Auriel? They have other ideas.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • 1771484454
  • 9781771484459

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Praise for Kate Story "You know a good book as soon as you start it. It sings to you and makes an immediate connection. That's what happened to me with Kate Story's Antilia. I loved everything about the book."
--Charles de Lint, author of The Onion Girl and The Wind in His Heart

"I fell in love with Antilia from the first page. With this book, you say to yourself, 'I'll just read a bit more, ' and then suddenly it's three in the morning and you're sorry because now the story will be over too soon. Kate Story has created an utterly contemporary, exquisitely imagined parallel-world fantasy with a deeply satisfying plot and unforgettable characters (including a few I wish I could forget). Ophelia and Rowan, Pim (oh, Pim!) and Ari, got under my skin and into my heart and stayed there long after the book was done."
--Holly Bennett, author of The Bonemender, Shapeshifter, and Drawn Away

"Self-described Shakespeare geek Kate Story['s This Insubstantial Pageant] sticks much closer to Shakespeare's Tempest than did Forbidden Planet, while at the same time reimagining the play in an exotic, funny and very sexy way. Science fiction (SF) fans and Shakespeare buffs should be equally delighted."
--Alex Good, The Toronto Star

"[This Insubstantial Pageant is] an ambitious deep space retelling of The Tempest that would have delighted Shakespeare and Sagan in equal measure."
--Eric Choi, Aurora Award-winning author and editor

"Kate Story's writing is inventive, rich with ideas that will make your head spin. She combines this imagination with keen insight into human nature and insider knowledge of the world of the stage. The resulting stories are rich pageants, tying the comforting to the unsettling and the familiar to the bizarre."
--A.M. Dellamonica, author of the Aurora Award-winning Hidden Sea Tales Trilogy

"[With This Insubstantial Pageant, ] Story has penned a sexy, sophisticated future-Shakespearean romp. Ambitious, rich, magical, and a joy to read."
--Kelly Robson, Author of Waters of Versailles, a Nebula, World Fantasy, and Sunburst Award finalist, and Aurora Award winner
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About Kate Story

Kate Story: Kate Story is a writer and performer. A Newfoundlander living in Ontario, her first novel Blasted (Killick Press) received the Sunburst Award's honourable mention for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. She received the 2015 Ontario Arts Foundation's K.M. Hunter Award for her work in theatre. Recent publications include short stories published by Tor Books, Stone Skin Press, and Exile. Her story "Demoted" was featured in CZP's Imaginarium: Best Canadian Speculative Writing 2015.
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20 ratings
4.35 out of 5 stars
5 60% (12)
4 15% (3)
3 25% (5)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
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