I've just finished The Murder of Mary Russell. Wow. It's ... fantastic. I get nervous with Laurie R King's new books in her beloved Mary Russell - SheI've just finished The Murder of Mary Russell. Wow. It's ... fantastic. I get nervous with Laurie R King's new books in her beloved Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes series. This is book 14 of the long running series. Sure, I love some books of the series better than others ... but this book was marvelous and absolutely the follow up I needed (as a fan) after Dreaming Spies, Garment of Shadows, and (deep breath), The Pirate King. After a deadly confrontation, readers are drawn through the history of one of Sherlock Holmes's earliest cases and the true background of the fascinating Mrs Hudson(!), and the true nature of her relationship to Sherlock. We even get a bit of King's take on a Sherlock Holmes not long before his arrival at Baker Street. I know I could read a *lot* more in that vein. Maybe someday King will give us a little more.
About half-way through this latest of the series, I had an idea that though I was enjoying it, The Murder of Mary Russell would only appeal to the die-hard fans of Mary Russell and maybe those true completists of Sherlock pastichery. And a few unbranded #histofic mavericks. After all, we're delving deep --- real deep, into the supporting cast of the series, usually territory for only the most devout readers of fanfic and scholars of minutia. However, after that half-way mark (or so), all that build up became more and more meaningful, reaching deep into the story of King's Sherlock, which incidentally, is among my favorite interpretations.
We're also (mostly) but not entirely back in London and Sussex for this tale. If you're among the legions of King's readers who love the globe-trotting nature of Russell and Holmes's lives, you shouldn't feel too cooped up, after sojourns at sea and a bit of time in Australia during the days of Transportation and gold.
So, a spoiler free review, given how little I can tell you, given that title. Yikes. Read The Murder of Mary Russell and see how the world of Sherlock and Mary Russell is changed forever. ...more
I'm new to the Bryant & May series, and I'm afraid I won't be returning. For existing fans of the series, this one is for you. Lots of the short sI'm new to the Bryant & May series, and I'm afraid I won't be returning. For existing fans of the series, this one is for you. Lots of the short stories were set around Christmas time, so if you're looking for an easy winter read from this series, you found the right thing. Stop reading my review now if you're a fan of the series.
Peculiar crimes unit? Like I said, this series is new to me, and I maybe went in with high hopes given the rave reviews it garners from people I generally trust. The crimes were hardly peculiar (ok, maybe one), the characters were, to my taste, a bit dull. Perhaps there are revelations here for long-time fans, but to me it was ... well, dull. ...more
Really enjoyed the first installment of Maggie Sullivan. Will absolutely follow this series from here on out. M. Ruth Myers does a great jobFantastic
Really enjoyed the first installment of Maggie Sullivan. Will absolutely follow this series from here on out. M. Ruth Myers does a great job capturing the feel of a period, or at least what I imagine it to be not having lived at that time, and isn't that why we read historic fiction?
Gods of Gotham is a rare gem. I enjoyed all of it. The characters, their development, and being ushered through a world long gone, but for a few hoursGods of Gotham is a rare gem. I enjoyed all of it. The characters, their development, and being ushered through a world long gone, but for a few hours quite alive. Thank you Lyndsay Faye for a great book. I'm sure I'll devour more Timothy Wilde stories in the future.
I was way behind on this book, but I loved reading it. Why the wait? I think when it came out, I was just NYC’d out. I get it. It’s America’s City. It’s the center of publishing (and much/ most? of TeeVee), but I’ve never been, have no connection to it personally and get tired of the setting. *THAT SAID* I fully acknowledge being a grouchy hick who gets really obnoxious about something like a book’s *setting*.
So what makes Gods of Gotham’s 1840s NYC setting perfect? This story, this incredible book, couldn’t happen in another city, in another time. It’s perfect....more
I wish we could give half stars on Goodreads (like we can on LibraryThing, *ahem*), anyway, I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could, so I rounded up.
A coldI wish we could give half stars on Goodreads (like we can on LibraryThing, *ahem*), anyway, I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could, so I rounded up.
A cold blooded bank robber has had astounding success throughout the western states and the Van Dorn Detective Agency has been hired by the US Gov't to stop him. Van Dorn sends their best -- Detective Isaac Bell, an independently wealthy detective who is hyper competent and whose intuitions are never wrong.
The story was pretty predictable. A little bloated too. Early on you know a train is a main focus for the story -- and the fact it has this amazing cover with a train at the bottom of a lake is also pretty cool, but ----. Cussler left a lot of potential for suspense on the table. Also, I didn't love the main character Isaac Bell. I've not read a lot of Clive Cussler's books in my life, but I've read a couple, and have had to listen to one or two on audio road-tripping with my father, and Bell is just like the other Cussler heroes, and frankly kinda dull. I liked the supporting cast (what little we see of them), even though I expected several of to shout "Golly!" at any moment. The shifting locations was also good. Honestly, I enjoyed reading the villain more than the hero in this one.
The history info dumps are what writers like Cussler are known for -- cool car on the scene *boom* essay on the car's technical details. That's OK with me. The random, purposeless historic cameos -- not so much. It gives historic fiction a bad name, I think, and these particularly clanked. One was OK (John Barrymore), another (Jack London) truly pointless.
So, if you like your #histofic with some action, but not a lot of mystery, check out The Chase. I'll probably read more of the series myself (it's my favorite era atm), but it won't be a high priority. But the books are easy to get a hold of ... so ......more
Funny and literate. Perfect for an evening with tea and cookies. Ever wish you could take a little vacation in your favorite bookFall into a good book
Funny and literate. Perfect for an evening with tea and cookies. Ever wish you could take a little vacation in your favorite book. Annapurna knows how and dramatically alters her home town on Whidby Island. ...more
I'm not a comic/ graphic novel reader really, but I was given a stack of things I'd maybe enjoy and that person was right. I liked the Hellboy movies,I'm not a comic/ graphic novel reader really, but I was given a stack of things I'd maybe enjoy and that person was right. I liked the Hellboy movies, so this was fun, though it didn't really feel like all that much happened. I *was* dropped into the middle of a much larger story arc here, so don't read it as a stand alone....more