Another October Supplemental!

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Amber Here!

So here’s my next single review! Hope you enjoy it!

And don’t forget to check out my other penny dreadful blog, Finder Of Lost Things! This week Phoebe’s dealing with the aftereffects from her dinner at the Fungus House with Wood and Beatrice.

Theodora Goss – European Travel For The Monstrous Gentlewoman

This is Book II in The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series, the follow-up novel to The Strange Case Of The Alchemist’s Daughter which I reviewed in September.

If you enjoy supernatural adjacent mysteries, I highly recommend both books in this series (and I cannot wait until the third book!). Goss masterfully tweaks and massages classic gothic texts (without ever misshapenning them) to create a unique set of heroines whom I find seriously fun to read!

After finding each other in the first book, our five heroines (the daughters of mad scientists Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyl, Mr. Hyde, Dr. Moreau & Dr. Rappaccini) receive a telegram requesting assistance for another scientifically mistreated girl – the daughter of Dr. Van Helsing.

To execute this rescue, and put an end to these hideous experiments, they will greet old friends, make new ones, and travel across Europe at breakneck speeds!

Once again I cannot state how much I enjoyed reading this series. The two books (so far) are well constructed and executed. Giving both solid outcomes to the current mystery at hand while providing solid hints about problems which will plague the girls in the next book (no I’m not going to tell you what they are – except one involves Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson).

While Goss is using characters from well-loved gothic classics like Frankenstein, Dracula and Dr. Jekle & Mr. Hyde (plus one well-known detective) – she breathes new life in them – but never abandons the canon of the original stories. Sherlock doesn’t have roller skates strapped to his feet, Irene Adler isn’t an idiot and Renfield is still nuts.

Perhaps every now and again Goss is a bit heavy-handed with declarations of friendship between her girls during their European travels. But it only happens every now and again, and is the only real flaw for me in this installment – which is pretty good for a 706-page book!

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