Queen of Roses

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
Sarafina was content to be an accountant, insulated from the public as she kept the numbers behaving. But when the First Daris Bank is bought out, her indenture is sold to a cruise ship and Sarafina is thrust into a job she was never meant for. Now she's dealing with a motley crew, drunkard captain, flirtatious first officer, fire-sale equipment, and worst of all . . . Passengers. More

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Words: 103,420
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476412122
About Elizabeth McCoy

Elizabeth McCoy's fiction has appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress #7, in the "Best In Show" anthology by Sofawolf*, and in the fanzine "Pawprints" (published by Conrad Wong & T. Jordan Peacock). Her tabletop RPG writing is published by Steve Jackson Games. As her author bios in SJ Games' material continually state, she lives in the Frozen Wastelands of New England, with a spouse, child, and assorted cats.

She hopes that her work will be enjoyed, and is always a bit awkward about referring to herself in the third person.

*Best in Show has been re-published as: "Furry!: The Best Anthropomorphic Fiction!" (Fred Patten, ed.)

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Review by: Stephanie A. Cain on June 03, 2013 :
I have to start my review by confessing I read a lot more fantasy than I do science fiction. I enjoyed this novel a great deal. The characters were engaging and distinct, and the plot grew in suspense as it gained momentum. I thought the mystery was well built and the twist at the end wasn't one I saw coming, but made perfect sense. I look forward to reading more of Elizabeth McCoy's writing.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: C.R. Rice on Nov. 01, 2012 :
I’ve been pretty sick lately (just got out of the hospital today actually) but I have to post the review of the Queen of Roses by Elizabeth McCoy. I’ve been reading a lot of McCoy’s work lately and well…she’s probably one of my favorite authors. Her work is not full of epic action and world-shattering events. It is about people. McCoy has a sort of razor sharp focus that allows her to show off a particular character in a particular set of circumstances without relying on the crash and boom of more traditional stories. This isn’t to say that her work is boring, but it is a change of pace that makes me want to curl up in a chair on a rainy day and just read. Queen of Roses does this for me, it’s a sci-fi cozy, it’s what would happen if Agatha Christie wrote a science fiction novel. The book starts with a twist and it does not stop until the end (and really, not even then). Another bit I really liked is how the author differentiated between conversations between AI’s and normal folks. The basic premise of Queen of Roses is that Sarafina (a AI) is bought by a skeevy starship owner for his cruise ship…and well…you need to read the book for the rest. It’s worth it, seriously, go buy it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nancy on April 22, 2012 :
I wholeheartedly recommend this story. I was swept along by the fast action and loved the distinct personalities.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Conrad Wong on April 21, 2012 :
A marvelous page-turner of a story, set in a far-flung spacefaring future of which I'd definitely like to see more.

Sarafina, an AI in indenture until she can pay off her creation-debt, is purchased by the owner of a luxury liner. Almost immediately her troubles start, from adjusting to a system ten times the size of her original, to managing the myriad problems a full load of humans can cause on a liner, each one demanding her personal attention... And as if that weren't enough, there are Strange Things going on, both from the passengers and the crew.

Fortunately she has a little help... If she can sort out who's trustworthy from who's not. But ultimately this very intelligent, yet very mannered AI whose bearing will remind you of a stern librarian, must rely on her cleverness to survive, yet alone solve these riddles!

Often funny, this novel is a 'comedy of manners' set aboard a star liner, focused largely on the interactions of people, not 'teching the tech', but there are plenty of serious moments as well, and the story winds up to a tense denouement where it seems as if Sarafina is doomed no matter which way she turns. Thrilling!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gareth Ellzey on April 04, 2012 :
Great YA romp featuring Artificial Intelligences, human juveniles, gambling, mystery and fun. I was definitly sad to see it end.
FIVE stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Gareth Ellzey on April 04, 2012 :
This rollicking space adventure featuring Artificial Intelligences, both free and indentured, a brat brigade, human eels, and high tech high jinks kept me up WELL past midnight, and drew me back to finish it as soon as possible. Amusing, enthralling and riveting good story. Five (5) stars
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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