Dancing With Bears (Darger & Surplus Novels) by Michael Swanwick

By Michael Swanwick

Dancing With Bears follows the adventures of infamous con-men Darger and Surplus: They''ve lied and cheated their approach onto the caravan that's providing a necessary reward from the Caliph of Baghdad to the Duke of Muscovy. the single factor tougher than the adventure to Muscovy is their arrival in Muscovy. An viewers with the Duke turns out most unlikely to procure, and Darger and Surplus speedy develop into entangled in a morass of deceit and revolution. the one other thing harmful than the convoluted political net surrounding Darger and Surplus is the reward itself, the Pearls of Byzantium, and Zoesophia, the governess sworn to guard their advantage.

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I knew there was no use pleading my case, and before I could think of anything more to say, she turned and walked away. “I’m not,” I whispered to the empty room. I knew, even if the world did not, that I wasn’t cold. But maybe my mother had been right about one thing: maybe I should have smiled at the cute gatekeeper; maybe I would on the way back in. For now, though, it was too late. I kept walking.

I made my way across campus, sticking to the well-lit paths, and slipped into the dorm and past the downstairs lounge, where I could hear laughter and music. I felt exhausted and sorry I had stayed up so late poring over celebrity gossip like an obsessed fan. I had to catch an early train in the morning. But after I brushed my teeth, pulled on my nightgown, and climbed into bed, my eyes refused to shut. I stared at the thin bands of street light playing around the edges of my window shade and tried to silence the voices in my head.

This will sound bizarre, but I can’t give you any more details over the phone. ” When I arrived at Discriminating Nannies, the first thing Julie Draper did was offer me coffee in a slightly chipped mug. Then she swore me to secrecy. “You can’t tell anyone the details of this position,” she warned. ” It would be an easy vow to keep. Who would I tell? My best friend from Sarah Lawrence had transferred to a school in her home state, Iowa; on top of classes, she’d been working extra shifts to save up for a semester abroad in Italy, and we hadn’t spoken in months.

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