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Jan 24

50 Essential Science Fiction Books

Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Books

Aspire to read: 50 Essential Science Fiction Books.

Dec 16

Review: Steampunk Holmes

Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 in Books

Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the NautilusSteampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus by P.C. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Many parts of this Steampunk Sherlock Holmes tale were very enjoyable. The author does an impressive job of using the language of Sherlock Holmes. As someone who inherently focuses on language use, I noticed and appreciated that author has a masterful repertoire of language tools to use to construct meaning in the context of the Sherlock Holmes universe. She knows her stuff, in other words.

The plot enjoys elements that are original to this tale, are mashups of other tales, and also contains elements of an original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock plot. While I think this melange of plot elements lends the tale an air of familiarity and authenticity, part of me suggests that giving Sherlock a more original mystery to figure out the details to would have given me as a reader more excitement, as I saw parts of the mystery coming together.

Overall I enjoyed the Steampunk twists in this story and the changes that the author chose to make to the universe fit very well with the Steampunk genre.

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