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text 2018-09-23 22:37
Reading progress update: I've read 266 out of 344 pages.
The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel - Kristi Charish

now, he was a nasty soothsayer. besides that, I hope Kincaid knows what she’s doing, when it comes to Gideon.

 

shall finish this one up either tonight or first thing tomorrow; may go to The Pit-Prop Syndicate ahead of Funeral Music...just a swap in the order of my next two novels, not a substitution. anyway, I’ll see which is more tempting when it’s time to make the call.

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review 2018-09-23 20:47
We did the mash, we did the monster mash. Up.
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter - Theodora Goss

This book was sort of adorable. The main character is Mary Jekyll, daughter of Dr. Jekyll. Over the course of the book she goes broke, learns her father's secrets, teams up with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, saves the life of Justine Frankenstein and solves the Ripper murders.

 

The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter was a mash up of so many Victorian early sci fi classics, name checking The Island of Dr. Moreau, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, Dracula (both Dr. Seward and Renfield make an appearance) and the short story Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It's almost too much, and I think that much that is enjoyable about the book would be lost on readers who are unfamiliar with the classics that provide the undergirding for the story.

 

I am not a Holmes purist, so I was fine with the addition of Holmes and Watson, although I don't think that their presence really added that much to the story. I would've preferred for the lady monsters to do all of their own mystery solving.

 

The conceit behind the book is beguiling, at least to me, although I'm not sure that the author's execution was as good as her idea. Some of the communications between the characters, breaking the fourth wall, were a bit distracting. I did like the asides about dress reform and women's suffrage, though.

 

Overall, this is a solid 3 1/2 stars for me, and I have already got a hold on the sequel, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman.

 

I read this book for the Supernatural square, although it would also fit: Gothic, Darkest London, Amateur Sleuth, Murder Most Foul, and Deadlands, 

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text 2018-09-23 18:06
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 344 pages.
The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel - Kristi Charish

I’m enjoying this much much more than I ever expect to enjoy Urban Fantasy. part of this is because the humor does not seem forced, as if the author is over-trying, or trying to conjure up a sense of humor because the publisher/editor was promised a Humorous Urban Fantasy. I hate books that are trying to be funny, but the author reminds me of sitcoms that get canceled after four episodes. the humor here isn’t insisting upon itself, or Raymond Chandler meets cutesy, bad dialogue. just do a natural lightness, and relax with the cutesy-cutesy, a little.

 

other than that, I’m high on the Arabic angle that has snuck in, in terms of myths and magic - Jinn, elemental magic, etc.; but then, when I Dungeon Mastered D&D, I was an Al-Qadim guy. plus, I’m just constantly entertained with the twists and surprises. it flows, it flows really well. finally, the book makes me feel like I’ve been dropped into October 31st. a good Halloween (or thereabouts) pick. so...cool!

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text 2018-09-23 02:06
Reading progress update: I've read 79 out of 344 pages.
The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel - Kristi Charish

zombies, ghosts, the Undercity of Seattle, the Otherside, voodoo, ghouls, poltergeists, and the murder of a zombie (if that’s not a contradiction in terms). I won’t get any farther with this tonight, but I’m sure looking forward to tomorrow morning.

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text 2018-09-23 00:45
Reading progress update: I've read 14 out of 344 pages.
The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel - Kristi Charish

oh, I think this is gonna do nicely! I already love Kincaid, and Cameron the zombie. Urban Fantasy isn’t my favorite thing, but I have a feeling about this one...

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