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Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus [Kindle Edition]

P.C. Martin , Richard Monson-Haefel , Daniel Cortes
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In an alternative Steampunk universe (c.1885), the plans for Captain Nemo's mysterious Nautilus submarine have been stolen from the British Secret Service. There is only one man who can solve the case: Sherlock Holmes. With his bionic sidekick Doctor Watson, and his brilliant and lethal sister, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock unravels a mystery that will shake the foundation of the British Empire.

Adapted by P.C. Martin from the short story 'The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (c.1912), 'Steampunk Holmes' is a convergence of one of Doyle's favorite Sherlock Holmes stories with Jules Verne's 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' (c.1870).

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About the Author

P.C. Martin grew up traveling the world with her parents and speaks four languages including English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. P.C. is a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, Steampunk, Star Wars, classic literature, and freely admits to being a Geek. She lives in the 'Paris of South America', Buenos Aries, Argentina.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 794 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Noble Beast, LLC; 1 edition (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00866071C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By PL36
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a very long time fan of Sherlock Holmes and the Steampunk aesthetic, Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus feels like it was made for me. Whilst I've heard good things about its tablet computer equivalent, I've only read the hard copy so far.

This book is for Holmes fans who love to see the character reinvented in interesting new incarnations.

The cons of this book:
It is very short. It arrived with another book I'd ordered and until I opened the package, I was convinced that one book was missing.

It is almost a straight adaptation of "The Bruce Partington Plans". Despite including references to Captain Nemo, Steampunk elements and a Cyborg Watson, the narrative is almost too similar (until later in the story) to Doyle's own submarine mystery. This is a bit of a disappointment as I'd wished more imagination had been employed to really emphasise the Steampunk element.

The Steampunk element is pretty weak. Holmes and Watson ride around in a Victorian Bat-Pod. Watson's revolver is replaced with a missile-launching arm. Until the finale (when the story suddenly becomes a lot more original), the Steampunk half of the title feels pretty superficial.

The Pros of this book:
The Holmes/Watson dynamic. The relationship between the two is pretty much perfectly nailed. If you've always enjoyed the banter between these two characters, there's plenty to go around here.

Inventive action sequences. One thing I was expecting from this book was an injection of action sequences that are obviously not part of Doyle's more cerebral work. There are some very imaginative and exciting sequences. Four words: Holmes vs Indian ninjas (well, technically Rajput warriors)

Mycroft Holmes is totally re-imagined.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I had been following this on kickstarter for some time and was hoping it would see fruition. Having now got the book I have found it quite impossible to put down. The author has captured the essence of Holmes and Watson and blended in the twist of Steampunk before you even notice what is going on; with Watson's clockwork arm and Holmes mechanical Windowmak'r motorcycle. The revisualisation of Mycroft Holmes as Holme's sister I approached with trepidation, but it really does work.

If you like Steampunk and love Sherlock Holmes then I couldn't recommend this book enough. Don't be put off by the fact that it is quite a slim volume, with some of the pulp I have read recently and authors who seem to think that if a plotline sells, then they should repeat it in every other book they write, this is a breath of fresh air. It is a rivetting read, and I am hoping that there is going to be at least one sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I really liked the idea of this story - a steampunk update of a classic Sherlock Holmes tale, with the added appearance of Nemo and the Nautilus. However, whilst I quite enjoyed reading this, there were a few things that I thought let it down a little...

The story itself sticks VERY closely to the original "Bruce-Partington Plans" story - perhaps too closely. I was expecting more of a twist on the original, where big sections of this could be the original story with some some steampunk scenery added on.

Having said that, I liked the steampunk scenery, and enjoyed the twists to a couple of the main characters, notably Mycroft and Watson.

Overall, an enjoyable read, but one you will enjoy even more if you're not overly familiar with the original Conan Doyle story as then the central mystery will be more engaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stempunk Sherlock 8 Jun. 2012
I am one of the many people who backed this book via Kickstarter, and am really pleased that I did! It means, amongst other things, that I have already had the pleasure of reading the PDF version of this book before the print edition is realeased.

Steampunk Holmes is a steampunk take on the great detective Sherlock Holmes, mixing in memes from other Steampunk stories. In this case the submarine Nautilus. It's the first in a series and I am very much looking forward to reading the story as it continues in subsequent books.

If you like your 'steampunk' to be background rather than in your face then this is a great read.

This book also does a nice job of setting the stage for the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and very stylish 5 Aug. 2012
There's full information about "Steampunk Holmes" at [...]. For the less elaborately electronically enabled, such as me, the first adventure is now available in its most accessible form: i.e. a book. "Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus" by P C Martin places Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in a world where electricity has yet to be developed, the internal combustion engine is irrelevant, and steam power has been developed to the highest degree. Holmes's favoured transport is a powerful motorcycle. Watson sports a mechanical right arm. And Mycroft Holmes is Sherlock's beautiful, devastatingly intelligent sister. The story, as you'd expect, involves Captain Nemo and his famous submarine, cleverly working them into a re-imagining of "The Bruce-Partington Plans". With character portraits by Daniel Cortes and a superb cover by John Coulthart, it's very stylish - though for the best of Mr Cortes' illustrations you'll need to check the website.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Total plagiarism
What a disappointment. So close is the plot to the original that I'd guessed the ending less than 10% of the way through, and the character "changes" to drop this into Steampunk... Read more
Published 15 months ago by E J Warley
4.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk joy!
My husband likes the look of Steampunk accessories and household items. He is a Sherlock Holmes fan too. So this was a nice find for a gift. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Review AE
4.0 out of 5 stars Great re-interpretation of a classic story.
The original story is a classic of the Holmes genre, but this 'Steam-punk' retelling lends a whole new spin to the narrative, from Holmes on a fearsome motorcycle, to the fanatic... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bondy4822
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
The author of this book was obviously trying to write this novel as British, Sherlock Holmes-ish and steampunk-ish as possible, which sadly made this book very heavy to read. Read more
Published 22 months ago by CherryVJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Good steampunk mystery :-)
I enjoy the steampunk worlds by many different authors but this is the closest to what steampunk is in my head. No magic or werewolves just improved Victorian technology. Read more
Published on 13 Jan. 2013 by Angus M Rothnie
1.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary, unimaginative, unreadable.
It sounded like a good idea, so I helped crowd source the project. Unfortunately, the end product turned out to be a very badly written remake of a classic Holmes story with some... Read more
Published on 27 Aug. 2012 by T. Ruffle-Brandt
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus is a fantastic combination of the classic stories from Doyle and Verne putting both Sherlock Holmes and the remarkable creation The... Read more
Published on 3 Aug. 2012 by Luke Benjamen Kuhns
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