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The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #1) ~ Theodora Goss

January 4, 2019

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Saga Press

ISBN: 9781481466509

416 pages

Source: Simon and Schuster/Audible

What if the daughters of every gothic monster and monster-making fictional character banded together?

Oh, yes. This is the dreamy culmination of the last few months (and moreso a lifetime) or my obsession with Dracula, Jack the Ripper, Frankenstein, and Penny Dreadful. Add in Holmes, Watson, and Doctor Moreau, and you’ve got this magical little romp through somewhat magical, altogether horrifying, Victorian England.

The daughters and created children of literature’s most scandalous science experiments gather together like so many scifi snowflakes, rumbling down the historical hill that is the time-honored literary tradition of chasing the perpetrator of the Whitechapple murders, eventually snowballing into a fantastically wild ride.

It’s one of those stories that left me breathless, at once both appreciative of its art and also jealous that I wasn’t the one to write it. The attention to literary and historical detail made my heart sing and also prompted me to scoot off to the library to collect every one of the mentioned classics. It’s never a bad time to reread my old favorites.

The second book, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewomen, came out this past summer and I am, as I’m typing this, slipping on my shoes so I can scoot over to the bookstore and start that one, right quick.

As a side note: This was my first audiobook which made the whole thing a little bit harder to follow (I learned, or rather confirmed, during this process that I don’t do well with fiction on audio) but the story itself was solid enough to hold my attention.

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