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Miriam Beckstein has gotten in touch with her roots and they have nearly strangled her. A young, hip, business journalist in Boston, she discovered (in "The""Family Trade" ) that her family comes from an alternate reality, that she is very well-connected, and that her family is a lot too much like the mafia for comfort. In addition, starting with the fact that women are faMiriam Beckstein has gotten in touch with her roots and they have nearly strangled her. A young, hip, business journalist in Boston, she discovered (in "The""Family Trade" ) that her family comes from an alternate reality, that she is very well-connected, and that her family is a lot too much like the mafia for comfort. In addition, starting with the fact that women are family property and required to breed more family members with the unique talent to walk between worlds, she has tried to remain an outsider and her own woman. And start a profitable business in a third world she has discovered, outside the family reach (recounted in "The Hidden Family"). She fell in love with a distant relative but he's dead, killed saving her life. There have been murders, betrayals. Now, however, in "The Clan""Corporate," she may be overreaching. And if she gets caught, death or a fate worse is around the bend. There is for instance the brain-damaged son of the local king who needs a wife. But they'd never make her do that, would they? ...

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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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The Clan Corporate Reviews

  • Richard Derus
    2019-03-30 11:49

    Rating: 4* of fiveI question myself every time I read one of these books: Would I simply accept the Family Trade or would I too resist?

  • Susan
    2019-04-25 14:45

    Dang, I wish I had let this series go after the second book.So the first book introduces Miriam and Worlds One and Two (ours and the Clan's). The second book spends a huge amount of time bringing us into World Three and the missing branch of the Clan's family. But in book three (The Clan Corporate), World Three and the missing branch take about four pages. They're just gone. Stross spent an entire novel getting World Three up to speed, and they're just gone.This novel is about how Miriam has been set up, cornered, and stymied by the Clan. It might be what would really happen, but by God it's boring to read. And then the one time she takes action (against several good friends' strong advice), she seems to have forgotten most of the lessons that she learned as a successful investigative reporter. Sure, she's been backed into a corner by the Clan. But does that have to make her an idiot?The only redeeming part of this third novel is the interesting new storyline about how the U.S. government is responding to a Clan member's defection and snitching. But that defector mailed his info to a DEA agent who happens to be... wait for it!... Miriam's old boyfriend. Oh, please.And then the novel ends in the middle of a crisis that might as well be in the middle of a sentence for all the closure it gives.I wish the series had Cliff Notes, because I really just want to find out what happens without having to read hundreds of pages of this stuff to find out.But hey, you can just read my reviews! Aren't you lucky?

  • Chris
    2019-04-05 16:59

    3.5 stars. Make sure you have the next book on hand, because this ends on a really evil cliffhanger!

  • Christopher Sutch
    2019-03-28 13:47

    Don't get me wrong; I'm a Charles Stross fan. A HUGE CS fan, actually. I haven't read everything he's ever written (yet), but everything I've read by him I've liked immensely... except for all the books in this series. The first two I was willing to believe that Tor had editorially screwed up beyond comprehension. But I don't think that can apply to this "novel." The scare quotes there pretty much sum up the problem: a novel is supposed to have a thing called a plot, where SOMETHING happens, which moves in an arc, not a momentary blip followed by a long stretch of boredom ending with a sudden bang from out of nowhere. Come on, Stross: you have not just one world to work with in this series; you have THREE WHOLE UNIVERSES to use, but it's like you had no idea what to do with them. Most of this book literally takes place in a prison cell (actually, a few) with the character doing a whole lot of moaning and bitching that nothing is happenening; kind of like I was while reading the damn thing. I'm sticking it out, Stross, because it's got to get better sometime, right? Something interesting will happen in at least ONE of the final three books in the series, right? Or do I need a locket to look into to transport myself on to another, better Charles Stross book?

  • Liz Dehoff
    2019-04-12 18:02

    These books keep managing to get worse. The first one had a fantastic concept that drew me in, but the execution made me wince: The writing is quite frankly terrible, and I'm sorry to say it keeps getting worse. I'm pretty sure there's a point in this book when the author randomly starts inserting the wrong character's name in a scene in which the named character could not possibly appear. The author gets the name right again ... three pages later. The editing, if there was any, is amateurish. I really hope this book was self-published. But it gets two stars instead of one because the plot was intriguing enough that I kept reading.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-27 13:47

    This is definitely the weakest of the first three books. I am also having a hard time with the plot. The heroine seems to have been transformed from a smart, somewhat impetuous, but hard hitting independent woman to a helpless wretch, and I see no hope in sight for either her redemption or the redemption of any character in the series. I am moving on to the next book, but the people and the world are becoming extremely unlikeable.

  • Hope Egan
    2019-04-03 20:13

    Don't bother...

  • Craig
    2019-03-31 19:49

    Pretty bad. This series has really degenerated.

  • Jonathan Lupa
    2019-03-28 15:12

    Easily the worst of the series so far. Why are these people so stupid? They are supposed to be smart.

  • Drew
    2019-04-20 12:50

    Charles Stross's Merchant Princes series has its first less-than-stellar entry in "The Clan Corporate". I would have to say that my review here, though, is merely an indication of how much I've grown to love the series and its characters over the course of my frantic weeklong immersion in its first three books. After all, the reason I felt that this volume was less outstanding than the two that came before is because events of the story have caught up with our protagonist, Mirian Beckstein, and she's allowed much less room to maneuver and get into exciting situations than she was in the first two volumes of this series. "The Clan Corporate" starts what would have been Stross's longer second volume of this series, and it appears for most of it that the jaws of the medieval-thinking trap have closed over Miriam, and that her defiant liberation may be at an end. The way the novel ends gives some hope, but it's less than clear. Meanwhile, we've got a great deal of sympathetic frustration to look forward to over the course of these 300 pages. While Stross's storytelling is no less amazing and his prose maintains enough quality to earn the title of "decent" throughout (though never "great"), he's telling a less satisfying story in this volume. And for that reason, I found it particularly frustrating to reach the end of the volume and realize that the fourth in the series, "The Merchant's War", won't be in paperback until September 30th. I feel I can wait 3 months for this book, rather than pay 4 times the cost for a hardcover instead of a paperback, but it's going to be a near thing, and I have no doubt that I will be jumping on the Volume 5 hardcover as soon as it's released. I always tell myself that I'm not going to jump into these lengthy, multi-volume series until they're finished. I should never have violated that particular guideline in this case. As much as I'm loving these books, it's driving me crazy that I can't blast through all six of them at once. Which, I suppose, is a good review for Charles Stross, even if it is a source of frustration for me.

  • Tal
    2019-04-04 17:54

    Miriam Beckstein (American business journalist) found out in Book 1 of this series that her family comes from an alternate world. a family of world-walkers, who think disturbingly similarly to the Mafia.Miriam, (now Countess Helge) tries to be a 21C modern woman, starting her own business and running her life as free from her manipulative and political family. however, for the Clan, women are for breeding and not much else.the culture clash lands Miriam in plenty of trouble...and in our world, the DEA has found out about the Clan...i didnt read Book 2, but that was no impediment. i like and empathise with Miriam - although i did feel her lack of patience and subtlety brought about the very manipulation and trouble she tried to avoid.the switch in view points got a little confusing occasionally, as Stross shows us machinations and happenings in both worlds, through various narrators but once i'd figured out people's names, it was a fast & furious easy but thoughtful read.

  • Billie
    2019-04-13 19:53

    Fuck this book.It's your protagonist being sized up to be a broodmare for the entire book. The character goes from business savvy, smart, if a little far fetched, so some simpering idiot who gets pushed round by everyone. I tried to push though it thinking she would get some of her character from the book.It's literally page after page of her being trapped in shitty boring world 2 without making and changes to it. Just when you think something good will happen the plot will fall apart and with each plot falling apart the characters around her get more and more obviously malevolent to the point of incredulity. It's bleak to the point of boring.DO NOT BOTHER.

  • Kerryn Taylor
    2019-04-11 20:10

    I couldn't even get into it.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-01 17:13

    It's just getting silly, at this point.

  • John Desmarais
    2019-04-15 18:01

    (Should be pretty much spoiler-free)A caveat to start with: I really like Charles Stross. I've read a large number of his books and enjoyed all of them immensely, until now.The Clan Corporate is not a bad book. I ably continues to move the story started in the first two forward, adding new elements and further developing ones introduced earlier. The problem with this book is that the protagonist - previously shown to be a smart and capable person - suddenly becomes an idiot. I'm not talking about doing on "big dumb thing" but repeatedly doing the (obviously) wrong thing and continuing to act like the world of the Clan is some kind of imaginary fairyland that she can walk away from if it becomes uncomfortable (after she's far, far, to deep in to still believe this). It hasn't thrown me off of the series yet, but the next book could if the lead doesn't begin to show a capacity to learn.

  • Heather
    2019-04-26 19:09

    If I were to say anything about what happens in the book it would sound incredibly boring. It really isn't though. I'm actually anxious to read the other books in the series now. There's this woman that grew up on our earth. When she is in her 30's she finds out there are other dimensions and she is not from here (which I assume happened in a previous book). In this book she is basically trapped in a life of royalty that she doesn't want, trying to learn the language of the land, trying not to offend anyone by not knowing the customs and etiquette, and wanting to go back home. There's also talk of a 3rd earth called New London and she has a business there.. I wasn't clear on that.

  • Paul
    2019-04-14 18:53

    Like the previous two books, The Clan Corporate andThe Merchants' Warare evidently best read as a set. This book basically ends in the middle of everything, which is fine if you are expecting it (which I was). Be prepared with the next book when you get close to the end of this book.I will leave off on reviewing the main contents of the book until I have finished The Merchants' War, as I consider the two to be a single unit.

  • Tom Rowe
    2019-04-07 12:13

    The first half of the book seemed to meander and repeat a lot of backstory from the first two books in a clunky way. Then, it takes the story in directions that seemed to contradict the ending of the second book. It's almost as if the author changed his mind about the direction of the series but had to work through the first two books to get the feel for it. The second half really picks up. It was fun to see so many secondary characters get larger rolls. Plus, Stross throws in lots of surprises along the way. I recommend reading the first two. If you like them, push through the first half of this book because it does get on track again.

  • Debbie Ginsberg
    2019-03-30 14:06

    First book!

  • Kevin Trainor
    2019-03-31 12:06

    Probably the best of the Merchant Princes novels until The Revolution Business, in my opinion.

  • Jeremy
    2019-04-22 18:58

    Imaginative world and a pulpy series

  • Ashish
    2019-04-21 11:49

    Slowing down. Interesting cliffhanger end. Realism continues as ever. Refreshing breath of fresh air storywise, though a bit stodgy in character and dialogue.

  • Alan Norrie
    2019-04-07 15:07

    Miriam is a character for our times - an immature, self-centred, irritating, modern east coast American woman who blunders her way through the novels leaving a trail of destruction. Sometimes it is too much and the novels suffer. Still, I am looking forward to book four in the series.

  • Jeanne Boyarsky
    2019-04-13 13:07

    This book happens a tiny bit in "world three" - just enough to remind us it exists and set the stage for the ending. Most of the time is in Miriam's home world. We see their politics/jails/marriage policies in great detail.We also see a parallel story line in our world where the government learns of world walkers, investigates them and starts mounting a campaign against Miriam's world. And the precautions both sides take. Miriam also discovers the breeding program in the US to supplement home world births. And that Miriam has a child in the US.Not as good as books 1 & 2 but still an enjoyable read.

  • Erik
    2019-04-20 14:45

    I read the first two in this series, and have read quite a few other of Stross' books, but the start of this one, focused on the politics of the steam punk & medieval worlds was too far from my interests. Had to put it down.

  • Nicolas
    2019-04-24 19:58

    Dans ce troisième tome, on retrouve Miriam Beckstein avec sa famille de tarés dans son monde de tarés.Et, curieusement, si les deux premiers tomes tentaient de mettre en place les moyens d'une science-fiction économique, ce troisième se concentre sur des intrigues politico-maritales que j'ai trouvé absolument sans intérêt. Mais je crois qu'il s'agit là d'un point de vue "masculiniste". En effet, ce tome se concentre sur les questions de place des sexes dans les différentes sociétés que peut traverser Miriam : l'égalité à peu près respectée des Etats-Unis, l'authentique patriarcat du monde du Clan, et le mélange entre les deux de la Nouvelle-Bretagne. Et du coup, forcément, la question des conditions dans lesquelles un marié eut choisir ou pas son partenaire sont absolument centrales. Ce qui donne à cette oeuvre une tonalité résolument féminine que je n'ai pas réussi à appréhender complètement.Et ce malgré une intrigue parallèle mettant en scène l'un de ses ex de la DEA qui découvre les activités illégales de ce Clan.Bon, je ne vais pas vous mentir, il s'agit pour moi d'un roman assez faible dans son ambition : il n'est question que du complot des infames grand-mère visant à transformer leur descendances respectives en poules pondeuses respectives pour le clan, sans se rendre compte que le monde autour d'elles n'est pas forcément aussi contrôlé que ce qu'elles croyaient ...ATTENTION SPOILERJe ne serai d'ailleurs pas surpris que le tome suivant nous révèle ... surprise surprise ... que le fait qu'Angbard, Henryk et la mère de Miriam n'aient pas été présents lors de l'attaque du palais royal ne soit ABSOLUMENT PAS un hasard, mais une machination finement orchestrée pour couper les griffes des sales grand-mères ... Ce qui fait que la lecture de ce quatrième tome est d'ores et déja indispensable

  • Baal Of
    2019-04-12 18:49

    I really want to like this series more than I do. It has glimmers of what I really love about Stross books, but I keep coming out less than fully engaged. This volume finds Miriam completely closed off from the 3rd parallel world, and with the clan removing her from power over the business she started there. It's frustrating, because I can't say that it's unrealistic, after all she's trying to handle affairs in 3 different worlds, with the majority of a six family clan arrayed against her, so how much could one person do. On top of that, the DEA, FBI, CIA and NSA (if I'm remembering the right set of acronyms) are also working against her in world 2 (our world), so it makes sense that she would be struggling to maintain any grip on events. I want her to succeed, because she is an interesting character, when given room to breath. I'm still committed to reading the rest of the series, I just hope there some payoff.

  • Mike Franklin
    2019-04-21 17:44

    In the Clan Corporate, the third in the Merchant Princes series from Charles Stross, the heroine Miriam is trapped both socially, by her position within the clan hierarchy, and physically after behaving in the most stupid ways imaginable and upsetting the Clan superiors. The result is a very claustrophobic book that has none of the fun and sense of fresh new ideas that the previous two books exhibited. For me this made The Clan Corporate a bit of a struggle to work my way through despite it being a moderately short book (by today’s standards).I found it a generally disappointing read and it’s very apparent what sort of direction the series is going to be heading and I’m not sure I want to follow it there. I do have the next book in the series and so will probably read it giving the series another chance, but I’m not really sure I will continue after that.

  • J.j. Metsavana
    2019-04-07 13:47

    Tundub, et Vürstkaupmeeste sari on koos uue kujundusega ka uue sisu saanud. Hoopis tempokam on kui varasemad kaks teost, üks üsnagi igav liin on päris kõrvale jäetud ja samas tekitatud mõned uued. Ühesõnaga lugemine kulges ladusamalt kui kahe esimese puhul ja vahepeal kustumakippunud huvi puhuti uuesti lõkkele. Enam ei keskenduta niivõrd palju majanduspoliitika ajamisele ja poodlemisele kui varemalt. Tegelased seisavad nüüd märksa keerukamate ja suuremate probleemide ning konfliktide ees ja toimuv võtab üha verisemaid ja süngemaid toone. Loodame, et Stross on viimaks rütmi ja tempo käppa saanud ja järgmised osad tulevad veelgi paremad.PS: Pean nõustuma Elver Loho ja Mart Kalvetiga. Pealkirjatõlge on pentsik. Kui ei teaks, arvaks, et tegu on eneseabilugemikuga algajale kapitalistile (vrd "Kuidas rikkaks saada").

  • J.m.s
    2019-04-18 19:45

    I like these enough that I want to know what happens and what the characters go on to do, but I can't help feeling like it's absurdly unrealistic (in-universe, that is. I accept the fantasy elements for what they are!) and rough work. Well done on the idea, which pulls through in a way the writing simply does not."Well lookee here! And what's a fine girl like her doing in a place like this?" is inexcusable. There's a lot of adverbs qualifying speech. She says things tersely, he says things coldly, she asks sharply; it didn't bother me until I noticed, about halfway through.Stross does near-future and present scifi/conspiracy well. The NSA and CIA shenanigans are believable, and while he's clearly studied medieval history his alt-universe just doesn't quite stack up. I'll make my way through the rest of this series, but remain reserved on his works.