With the Seattle Public Library system shut down for a week, Bede and I are not sure who brought home The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker, but we're both glad somebody did. While not billed as a comedy, the novel is definitely funny. I appreciate humor-infused science-fiction. Humor is subjective, however. Fortunately, you can read the first chapter right here to decide if this story about a PanCeltic woman and her three daughters who brew the only beer available on Mars is your cup of tea (buttered, of course, with milk from cows bred on Mars by Clan Morrigan). I enjoyed it so much I read sections aloud to Bede just for the pleasure of sharing the humor. Let me know what you think.
This is not a book review. This is me exhorting, "Read it! Read it!" I've never read anything by Kage Baker before this novel, and now I'm compelled to seek out her other stories.