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review 2018-08-28 03:13
A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas (audiobook)
A Study In Scarlet Women: The Lady Sherlock Series - Kate Reading,Sherry Thomas

Series: Lady Sherlock #1

 

This was a pleasant surprise. I honestly wasn't sure I would like it because I was coming into it pretty cold and I'm always a bit leery of late 19th century historical fiction. Too many authors just try to be clever when it comes to approaches to technology and feminist movements (and it doesn't quite work). I didn't feel like Thomas was trying to shoehorn modern women into 19th century characters. Sure, many of the women felt frustrated with their options in the book, but they weren't jumping ahead, so to speak.

 

I liked how Watson played out and how Baker Street came about. I honestly thought that Charlotte had something else up her sleeve at the start because she was being kind of stupid. I guess it just goes to show she's not infallible or inhuman. I was a little disappointed at how Moriarty played into things at the end but oh well. I might be tempted to say that it was the best gender-swapped Sherlock Homes that I've read but I've also read The Tea Master and the Detective, which is a gender-swapped Sherlock Homes with Watson as a spaceship in a Vietnamese-inspired futuristic empire...so I'm not sure that'd be true. Anyway, it was a really good read overall.

 

Now I just need to decide whether to listen to the next book in the series right away or wait till September 1st so I can have it count towards Halloween Bingo. Kate Reading, the narrator, is excellent, by the way. I'm counting this as my pre-read for Halloween Bingo 2018 for the "Diverse voices" square.

 

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text 2018-08-26 20:59
Halloween Pre-Read
A Study In Scarlet Women: The Lady Sherlock Series - Kate Reading,Sherry Thomas

This is my opportunity to start on a library hold that came earlier than I expected. This way starting early should also not interfere with finishing up my other books this week (since it's an audiobook). I'm probably going to use this for "Diverse Voices".

 

 

So far it's going quite well!

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text 2018-07-05 10:06
Reading progress update: I've listened 305 out of 4260 minutes.
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle,Stephen Fry

Done with A Study in Scarlet. I really liked the first chapter of the second part, but like in my previous read, as the story unfolded, I started to get antsy to be done with it.

 

I'm listening to The Sign of the Four's Intro now. I did not know Doyle respected Wilde so far as to keep praising his work after the trials. There is also this amazing meta aspect, where Fry is concerned too that is making me smile.

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text 2018-07-03 23:47
Reading progress update: I've listened 39 out of 4260 minutes.
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle,Stephen Fry

The landlady had become so accustomed to my late habits that my place had not been laid nor my coffee prepared. With the unreasonable petulance of mankind I rang the bell and gave a curt intimation that I was ready.

 

This is amazing. Not only does Watson poke at himself in this very honest, and very aware, way, but there is so much that went right over my teen self. Like the fact that he was spending without care, being very lazy, slept a lot, and "suffered from nerves". He was PTSD'd to all hell. And without right out saying it, future him knows that he wasn't OK, and maybe also that the way Holmes induced his curiosity might have given him the jolt to snap out of the spiral-down.

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text 2018-07-03 11:46
Reading progress update: I've listened 9 out of 4260 minutes.
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle,Stephen Fry

Between pitch and content, I'm already in love, and I'm just at the intro

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