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The Tea Master and the Detective (Xuya Universe) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07C8LW271
- Publisher : JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. (2 April 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 3593 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 66 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 107,917 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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To employ a meme, “She’s a Mindship, traumatised by previous military service. She’s a consulting detective with a shadowy past. Together, they fight crime….”
Although clearly inspired by Sherlock Holmes I do think it quickly rises above just being a pastiche or homage – the characters aren’t just tributes to the classic stories, they have their own origins that fit into the Xuya universe and work within it. I think it’s most successful as a character piece – the mystery is decent but there’s only 20,000 words or so to work with – and that’s what makes me really like it, as the two characters very slowly open up just enough to let the other want to stick around with them.
If you already like the Xuya stories then this is well worth your time. If you’ve not tried them then I think this is a good jumping on point, and it’s also the best novella of the year I’ve read so far.
Even though this book is clearly based on The Study in Scarlet, it feels like its own unique thing. It follows a sentient spaceship called The Shadow’s Child who used to carry passengers, but has suffered a deep trauma. They now make a living brewing teas that will allow humans to comfortably travel in the Deep Spaces -- think something like hyperspace, but much weirder and more trippy. Long Chau, a consulting detective, comes to them one day for a brew and convinces The Shadow’s Child to accompany her on a puzzling mission into Deep Spaces
This book is absolutely gorgeous. There’s something about it that, despite the fact that it deals with trauma, is so incredibly peaceful. De Bodard is an incredibly talented writer, especially when it comes to setting the scene for her reader. Reading The Tea Master and the Detective feels like floating in a very strange, but beautiful dream.
I really liked the fact that The Shadow’s Child and Long Chau, who represent Watson and Holmes, feel very unique. They’re not caricatures of the people they’re based on, however you definitely see that influence. I especially loved The Shadow’s Child and their struggle to function despite their deep trauma.
The Tea Master and the Detective is a slow burn book that is a lovely read. I will admit I dipped in and out of it a little because at times it felt a little dense, however I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different in sci-fi.
The main character is called Shadow's Child, a mindship who seems to be struggling almost with a form of post traumatic stress disorder from an event in it's past. While struggling to make ends meat brewing tea blends that allow human minds to deal with the trauma of moving into deep space she gets a unique client called Long Chau, a Detective of sorts...
While wearing its Sherlock Holmes influence on its sleeve its still both fresh and well written with its characters and the universe its set in was equally fascinating to me in its premise. If anything my biggest complaint is I really wanted more time in it to learn about the characters and the universe and see it develop. I actually feel it's wasted as a short story but regardless this is a cheap no known author purchase that was well worth my time and money and I look forward to trying the two other novellas in this series in the future.
+ Well written.
+ Interesting characters.
+ I liked the universe presented here.
- Feels wasted as a short story with so much promise.