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European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

(The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  6,004 ratings  ·  847 reviews
In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literature’s mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society’s nefarious plans once and for all.

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes a
Hardcover, 720 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Gallery / Saga Press
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Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
actual rating : 4.5

list of ways to make an already perfect book series even better:
1. add vampires
2. see #1
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Libba Bray
To be blunt, this was a chore. Though the premise was intriguing–the female children of some of book-history’s most villainous men come together as a Society–the execution made it an exercise in perseverance.

But that core idea–so clever! Take the idea of female=uncontrolled=wild=nature=monster, band them together, give them a mission, and surround them with both real and literary figures. But there’s a constant interruption of meta elements, which proves tiresome. The story is ostensibly writte
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Finally, my final review!! First posted on Fantasy Literature:

Theodora Goss’s THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF THE ATHENA CLUB Victorian-era fantasy series brings together a valiant group of women who are the results of men’s scientific experiments: men like Dr. Moreau, Dr. Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and others. In this series, the women characters ― several of whom perished in the original nineteenth-century stories ― not only survive but thrive. Calling themselves the Athena Club, Mary Jekyll, he
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very comfortable and comforting read, assuming:

A: You're a big fan of all the classic Victorian (or nearby) Horrors, SFs and Fantasies of the day.

B: You love it when minor female characters get catapulted into the limelight in frankly feminist adventures with cultured justice in mind.

C: You love roadtrip novels.

Me? I love roadtrip novels of all kinds. We even got an actual horseless carriage in this one! But mostly it was trains (Orient express!), back-country inns, and a full Europe
So much fun and I love the characters. More please!
Well that took [looks at calendar] literally three weeks. And not even because I spent a lot of time actually reading the book because oh boy did my skimming skills get put to use here, but more because I just could not bring myself to keep picking it back up. I finally powered through the last 30% last night because I just couldn't stand it anymore. Anyway, I gave it two stars in the most 'A for effort' rating that I have ever doled out because while it was the most boring thing ever, it did no ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The further adventures of the Athena Club continuing from The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (two shillings from reputable booksellers).

The members of the Athena Club travel to Eastern Europe to rescue Lucinda Van Helsing, a young dutch woman who's been experimented on and imprisoned by her father. On the way they encounter more opposition from the Société des Alchimistes as well as encountering a variety of other famous figures of the period, both real and imagined. Mary Jekyll, Diana
“I stop listening when academics start mixing their Greek and Latin roots, that never leads anywhere productive.”

Theodora Goss you excel at finding, and creating, remarkable historic female characters. They are unique, usually harmonious, and a pleasure to spend time with.

Which is fortunate as it was a very long journey and short on action.

The leisurely pace is redeemed through the sheer novelty of bringing together Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein and making them secondary characters!
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it

Considering I read this book back in August but wasn’t able to write a review at the time, it speaks that I still have it clearly in my mind.

We’re back with the characters of the Athena Club, introduced in The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, and what a bunch this is! This was one of the things I loved in that book, how Goss took female characters from famous Gothic and Victorian novels, and subverted the whole thing. Each is fascinating in her own right in this new ‘version’, but
Michael Austin
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
European Travel for the Mostrous Gentlewoman was preposterous, contrived, way too long, shamefully propagandistic, and not the sort of book that respectable people should be caught anywhere near. And I loved it.

The book is not as tightly plotted as The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, but it has the same approach to its subject matter, which is to create an absolutely ridiculous story out of bits and pieces of Victorian novels (most of which take themselves way to seriously) and never f
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
So...this took me a LONG time to finish. I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and was eagerly awaiting the sequel. Unfortunately, this didn’t quite live up to my expectations. This could’ve been two hundred pages shorter and nothing would’ve been lost. There were SO many unnecessary details in this, from what the countryside looked like to every single the thing the girls were eating to the extremely detailed furnishings of houses. I don’t need any of that, and a lot of it was extre ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is 700 pages. It could have been 300. Way too long and excessively padded on the word count. Otherwise I loved the story just like I loved the first one. But seriously why wasn't this edited down? ...more
Jennie Damron
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. The second was even better than the first. The writing, plot, characters, setting were all done impeccably. I love how witty and clever the dialogue is and also just the structure of the story itself. I was captivated and engrossed all the way through. The fact that she is able to make classic characters in literature fresh and exciting is so impressive to me. I cannot wait for the third book to come out.
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
You may remember I recently gushed over the first book in the Athena Club series, The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter.

Today I'm bummed to report that while I enjoyed book two, it didn't hold my attention nearly as well as the first book!

The members of the Athena Club have fallen into somewhat of a routine in the three months since they met and helped Holmes and Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders.

When Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club
Kylie Westaway
Jul 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mary and Diana Show hits the road as the monstrous gentlewomen head off to save another of their newly discovered and imperilled "sisters", Lucinda Van Helsing. This time, the Athena Club is split as they head up separate but linked investigations into activities of the Societé des Alchimistes. It was interesting watching the two groups function with members that would not automatically have gravitated together (Mary and Justine (and of course Diana), and Catherine and Beatrice.) The interpe ...more
***2019 The Summer of Sherlock***

The second book of this series is every bit as delightful as the first one was. This is the continuing adventure of Mary Jekyll, Diana Hyde, Justine Frankenstein, Catherine Moreau, and Beatrice Rappaccini. The delight, for me, came with all the late Victorian references that the author throws into the salad. I’m starting to wonder which ones I overlooked out of sheer ignorance of the literature of the time period.

Needless to say, since She: A History of Adven
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The one reason it took me this long to start this book, after enjoying the first book in this series a lot, was the fact that it's quite a big book. Nothing against big books, but it's quite hard to read them within one day, which I prefer. But, thanks to the reading challenge I'm doing I was finally sort of forced to pick it up. And where I feared I'd need quite some time to read this, I eventually finished it within 48 hours.

This story is just so amusing and entertaining! Especially if you've
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman... ... ... I don't even know what to say about you. Except maybe, why were you so monstrously long?? 300 pages could have been removed and still achieved the same effect. For all the enjoyment I had while reading this tome, I should have given it a 1 Star rating. But I save 1 Stars for books that make me mad on all levels of reading. I wasn't mad... just bored.

Things I liked:
1. Diana. She actually got things done instead of talking them to death.

Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
A variation on the same plot happens three times in this book. Heroines go to a foreign place. Food (especially pastries) and clothing and architecture are described to a ridiculous degree. Heroines are threatened/abducted/in need of aid. A very wily female character comes to their rescue (with her household of other helpful characters). Bad guys are not defeated but merely delayed. Rinse, repeat.

Some serials fall into the trap of having to come up with a Bigger Baddie with every installment as
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was a lot of fun and it was great to be back with the gang again. This is one big mystery intertwined with several other mysteries and it includes a couple of very good action scenes and a whole lot of adventure. And quite a lot of kidnapping. I hope I’m not spoiling anything by noting this one involves vampires. If you know the name ‘Van Helsing’ then you should have already been aware of the possibility. That being said, the reason I’m mentioning it is because I have a certain weaknes ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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Heather Jones
I am frustrated in my desire to love this series. I love the concept (all the sff/fantasy/gothic novels of the 19th century were true in the same universe) and I love the characters (the daughters or female creations of the men in all those novels come together in a found family and have adventures). But this is the second book in the series in which I found the plot thin and the narrative style ponderous and somewhat bloated. The characters do a lot of traveling around across Europe and having ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
*audiobook review*
First of all, this was beautifully read by Kate Reading who is an absolute treasure. She does voices of women, men, children, accents etc all so well that you instantly understand who is speaking and can immerse yourself in the story.
The story itself was... tiresome. I feel like Goss just really needed to churn something out and so has a cast of characters we fell in love with in the first book, stumbling around wringing their hands about "oh what do we do" and then a random si
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, retelling, arc, 2018
Absolutely great, if you enjoyed The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter you will love this book. Not only do we get to know the characters from the first book better and learn more about their pasts but we get to be introduced to a bunch of new characters whose range of backgrounds, history and abilities are amazing. Can't wait for the third book! ...more
Caitlin Cramer
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: strange-worlds
I struggle with the concept of “light reading”. I get too bored to pay attention to genre fiction that feels too formulaic and tropey. ADD: the struggle is real. This is a shame, really. I think I’d be mentally healthier if I could enjoy by the numbers mysteries or safe romances as a palate cleanser for all the scary, depressing, overly intellectual heavy stuff I seek out instead.

This book hits a sweet spot that comes as close as I can get to enjoying the above mentioned fiction. Described by on
Stephen Richter
Book #2 in The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series, which I hope runs for 7 0r 8 more. If you are not familiar with Theodora Goss series, Theodora has taken the great gothic novels of the 1800s and lifted from them a collection women who form a group, first described in Book #1. In the second installment the Athena Club is sent off in search of a mysterious girl. Paris, Vienna and Budapest are visited, and along the way, Sigmund Freud and Count Dracula. Secrets are revealed and ea ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I’ve rounded up. Maybe 3.5 stars? Hard to rate because I have mixed feelings. I enjoyed the premise and characters. The writing is fun and some of the asides are funny. Sometimes, though, I tired of the snippy remarks and sometimes I was just tired of the longwindedness. So I did finish it and will probably read the next book- it ends on a note that clearly means there will be another- but I hope it will be no more than 400 pages!
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Actual rating: 4.00
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Theodora Goss was born in Hungary and spent her childhood in various European countries before her family moved to the United States, where she completed a PhD in English literature. She is the World Fantasy and Locus Award-winning author of the short story and poetry collections In the Forest of Forgetting (2006), Songs for Ophelia (2014), and Snow White Learns Witchcraft (2019), as well as novel ...more

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