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The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
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Recommended for: SF-mystery readers


This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make for a more leisurely unpacking if one started at the beginning novel, I thought this story worked just fine as a stand-alone.

Now I want to hunt up the proper beginning.

(Also, it turns out I like the new way of selling e-novellas ala carte as much as a reader as I do as a writer.)

Ta, L.
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Elizabeth McCoy Well, I went looking to see which would rightly be "first" and found various links I hadn't seen before, so... Benefit! Now to acquire them for myself...

Anyway, "On a Red Station, Drifting" and "The Citadel of Weeping Pearls" share a character, and internal timeline has them in that order.

And it looks like the rest are scattered short stories, darnit.
https://aliettedebodard.com/bibliogra...

I'm going to have to gather up a lot of short stories...


Dennis Cooper You can find Citadel in Best New Novellas 2016 edited by Paula Guran. Don't know if it's in print but you get as an Ebook. Also Aliette has mentioned on her Facebook page that she doing a short story collection when it comes you may find the stories in there.


Kinou I read this first too (I thought it was the first one for some reason…), then it seems I went backward still, reading On a Red Station (…), and now reading The Citadel (…). I did feel like I was going backward in time, so now that makes sense. :b
I does stand perfectly well on its own.
Also, I will add that reading Vietnamese tales before or during does wonder for some references.


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Elizabeth McCoy Dennis wrote: "Also Aliette has mentioned on her Facebook page that she doing a short story collection"

Oh, GOOD! I have been wanting that lot grouped together.


Celtic That short story collection, 'Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight' is coming out in September from Subterranean.


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