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Title:And They Called Her Spider
Authors:Michael Coorlim
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2012), Paperback, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Steampunk, Galvanism, Holmesian

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Oh, fabulous! Why didn't anyone think to cross Sherlock-Holmes-and-Watson type characters with steampunk before? Mature writing, strong characterization, great sense of humor, clever storyline, and believable plot — all around, an enjoyable read. It could have been longer, and the addition of a rabbit trail or two would have enhanced the plot, but it's been a long time since I've enjoyed a Holmesian takeoff so much. Four strong stars. ( )
  GunnarGrey | Feb 28, 2014 |
Oh, fabulous! Why didn't anyone think to cross Sherlock-Holmes-and-Watson type characters with steampunk before? Mature writing, strong characterization, great sense of humor, clever storyline, and believable plot — all around, an enjoyable read. It could have been longer, and the addition of a rabbit trail or two would have enhanced the plot, but it's been a long time since I've enjoyed a Holmesian takeoff so much. Four strong stars. ( )
  GunnarGrey | Jun 16, 2013 |
This was an intriguing short story. I liked the premise, as well as the personality of the main characters. It would be interesting to read a novel with these characters. ( )
  madamediotte | Jun 8, 2013 |
This is a nice, quick read and serves well as a (very short) introduction to the two protagonists, an engineer and a slightly flippant, well, whatever Bartleby is.

Of course, this is a short story at best and I would have wished it to be a bit longer but it's certainly entertaining even though it felt a bit like fast food - good but it leaves a tad bit to be desired and a slightly guilty pleasure.

I might buy a complete anthology of James and Bartleby but certainly not individual stories - there's just not enough substance to justify that if all stories are as short as this one. ( )
  philantrop | May 1, 2013 |
What a fun book. If you like detective stories, this is a great one. Set in Early 20th century. It's a great fast read. I really enjoyed the characters. ( )
  Lobstersurvivor | Mar 10, 2013 |
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She moves, at times, with the fluid grace particular to acrobats and dancers, and at others her motions are sudden and jerky, feral and darting. A sudden tilt of the head, an abrupt twist of the spine, and that's all the warning you get before she changes, switching from entertainer to killer, from elegant to lethal. My pet theory is that when she becomes the perfect assassin she gains a new awareness of time and kinetics, her movements so graceful and quick that the human mind can only process them in sudden still images, like the frames of a camera obscura. My words can barely suffice to convey the purity of her motion. I have to think of her in alchemical terms. She's quicksilver.
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A pair of steampunk detectives scour Victorian London for an impossible assassin before she can murder Queen Victoria on the eve of her Platinum Jubilee.
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