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Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus Kindle Edition
|Length: 144 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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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. This book is at its best when it chooses to alter or subvert Doyle and the best example of that is the rebooted Mycroft. I won't mention in what way the character is changed other than saying that Mycroft is no longer Sherlock's brother.
When the book strays away from the plot of "Bruce Partington", it becomes more intriguing. If you know the original story, than it becomes a far better read when it stops imitating and begins innovating.
In summary there is a great deal to like about this book but it would have benefited from having more of a unique identity and less dogmatic adherence to the canon. Considering that the sequel is apparently going to feature the Frankenstein monster and an artillery tycoon Professor Moriarty, it sounds like the sequel will have more fun combining Steampunk and Holmes.
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.
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.
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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