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A Marvellous mashup of several classic novels that sets them in the same universe but from the perspective of Dr Jekyl’s daughter (Mary) and the retinue of other woman she picks up as the plot rattles along. Really enjoyed it.
Narration was good. The interjections from the characters that interrupt the story can be annoying at times (I suspect they work better in the paper version) but flesh out the characters.
A clever conceit done really well. The author has built a Victorian London populated by monsters who aren't and men who are. But she doesn't disappear into her own cleverness and lose track of the story, unlike some other people who have done similar things (yes Kim Newman I'm looking at you). The story rips along quite well, but we get some good background and insight into the characters too.
The only point to note, especially apparent in Audio book form, is the jumping between 'now' and the story. It's a bit jarring at first but after a while becomes part of the flow and actually a fun way to tell a story.
interesting style of writing - the heroines commenting on the story throughout was funny and relaxing
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What did you like best about The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter? What did you like least?
Strong female characters, love a good mystery.
What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She does a good job trying to make each character distinctive, but gets confused as occasionally swaps accents.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
I love the concept, but the narrative was a bit annoying. I didn't mind the idea of borrowing creatures from other stories and weaving them into this tale but the Sherlock Holmes character was so poorly represented.
If you are going to use beloved characters with well established personalities and NOT completely reinvent, then be true and respectful of the source.
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