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review 2017-09-24 01:47
Elusive Elixir (Accidental Alchemist, #3)
The Elusive Elixir (An Accidental Alchemist Mystery) - Gigi Pandian

This series started off with a chimera/gargoyle brought to life through backwards alchemy approaching the MC, pleading for help, as he was starting to revert to stone again.

 

This book is the conclusion of that particular series plot, while at the same time introducing a couple of other mysteries, including a murder.

 

The characters keep me coming back to these books, as does the alchemy backdrop which is always fun.  But the stories could do with a bit of tougher editing; it was difficult to get into the story at the beginning because of all the repetition of information.  I think the MC mentioned she was 300 years old at least 3 times in as many pages.

 

The plotting was great - I had little idea where the story was going - but the ending, especially the part concerning the gargoyle, felt a little to pat, a little too anticlimactic.  

 

It's a fun story with great characters, but if it had been a bit tighter all the way around, it would have been great.

 

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text 2017-09-06 14:56
Reading progress update: I've read 62 out of 286 pages.
The Alchemist's Door - Lisa Goldstein

alchemist John Dee seems to be haunted by a demon, while in the Jewish Quarter, Rabbi Judah Loew is haunted by...the number thirty-six. perhaps now that they have met and are sharing knowledge, in Prague, various sinister predictions floating around can be avoided...

 

book is very entertaining so far, and just the sort of creepy Fantasy tale I wanted right now.

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text 2017-09-06 02:00
Reading progress update: I've read 8 out of 286 pages.
The Alchemist's Door - Lisa Goldstein

I've read and enjoyed three novels by Lisa Goldstein, so I have absolutely no reason to try and avoid The Alchemist's Door. in fact--it's been a while, I welcome this!

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review 2017-08-06 03:19
Review: The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter - Theodora Goss

 

I had a hard time putting this down. Not exactly action packed, but compelling in a way that made for a few late nights where I needed to see what would happen next.

 

The second book I've read this year structured so that the "author" is one of the protagonists. Though in this case, one not met until well into the narrative, but known more quickly by name thanks to sections of fourth wall breaking conversations characters have about the in progress manuscript's content. 

 

This is also the I-don't-know-th Sherlock Holmes I've encountered this year. So many Holmeses that it is a bit of a relief to have him be a secondary character. 

 

Rather, this book follows the monsters, the left behind experiments of the mad scientists so familiar from remake after new take, never mind their creations. 

 

This book is what Penny Dreadful would be if it had substance and heart and consistent characters and I enjoyed it very much.

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review 2017-07-17 01:31
The Alchemist in the Attic
The Alchemist in the Attic - Antonio Urias

I picked this one up last year when it was offered as a kindle freebie. I'm glad I did, because it ended up being one of those rare good kindle freebies.

 

Set in San Francisco during the late 1800's, the book centers around Theodore Atwood, a down-on-his-luck newspaper reporter working to come up with a sensational story in order to try to save the newspaper he works for. Bodies begin being found around the bay in batches, all of whom are missing their internal organs. Atwood begins investigating and is soon set on a course fraught with danger and all sorts of shady characters.

 

I did find the beginning a bit slow, but once it finally got going I was hooked. I had kind of sussed out just what the alchemist in the attic was up to, but even then, I didn't have it right on, and still ended up being surprised.

 

The book ended at 94%, and the rest was a two chapter preview of the first in a series he's writing. I liked it well enough to download the free prequel novella.

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