So I pretty much spent the day in conversation with various folks (good) and eating (not so good) and then just plain ran out of energy around 2000; I was uninterested in the Masquerade and not motivated enough to hang around for Darker Than Black or any of the room parties. There's some panels I'm interested in tomorrow, and we'll see if I manage to make it to any of them. Like, say, the mustard gas panel. Since I missed the nerve gas panel today, and all.
The Revolution Business is the fourth novel of the world-walking Clans and particularly of Miriam Beckstein/Helge Hjorth, investigative business writer turned royal widow due to a chain of events I'm not even going to try to describe here because you should be reading this series from the beginning anyway. The series has been compared to Zelazny's Amber books, but despite repeated attempts I couldn't be arsed to finish those while Stross' books are worse than catnip to a Siamese for me. Among other things that happen in this episode, an analog to the Russian Revolution breaks out in New Britain while the United States discovers that some of its backpack nukes are missing and the Clans are trying to cope with the consequences of Duke Angbard's stroke. Stross keeps all the balls in the air and I daresay most of you will be less annoyed at his portrayal of VP Cheney (offstage, admittedly, but still...) than I was. Highly recommended. Go buy it and read it now.