The Tea Master and the Detective

The Tea Master and the Detective

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Title:The Tea Master and the Detective
Author:Aliette de Bodard
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:The Tea Master and the Detective
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:96 pages pages

The Tea Master and the Detective Reviews

  • Dan Schwent
    Dec 07, 2017

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

  • Isis
    Feb 04, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

  • TheBookSmugglers
    Mar 02, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

  • Stephanie
    Jan 13, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

  • Gail Carriger
    Apr 28, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

  • unknown
    Jun 22, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD honestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts ...

    I loved the world building in this...the pan-Asian culture, the notion of mind-ships (although I can?t imagine giving birth to a child and then locking it in a tin can), the deep spaces, the Sherlock and Watson vibe. Made me want to hunt down more of the author?s stories. ...

    The Tea Master and the Detective is a sci-fi Sherlock Holmes retelling in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a sentient spaceship. With a premise and a cover like these, I had to read this ? and not only it lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. The Tea Master and the...

    Long Chau is a consulting detective, with a prickly, arrogant personality, and a drug addiction. Sound familiar? It strikes the right notes, but is far from just Holmes in space. The setting, space habitats in a mining belt, is rich and interesting. The shipmind Long Chau hires to assi...

    4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this spare and elegant novella about a mindship with PTSD and the detective Long Chau solving a mystery together. ...

    I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley. De Bodard's Xuya Universe explores a fantastically-fresh space opera future based on Vietnamese culture. In this new novella, to be released from Subterranean Press, she smartly created a new take on Sherlock Holmes. This is not ...

    I love the malleability and the longevity of the Sherlock and Watson stories and relationship. Here, Watson is a mind ship suffering from trauma, while Sherlock is a somewhat abrasive woman who drugs herself to cope with her past. This story is short, but gives me a relationship I want...

    'The stuff of nightmares, and she wanted to make it into some kind of revelation?' This was so good! I actually had no idea that this space opera series influenced by Vietnamese culture exists and then the fact that it explores China discovering the Americas before the West. There's...

    A fascinating universe and prickly, compelling characters. And one of them is a sentient starship. Worth the hour it takes to read, and then some. ...

  • Leseparatist
    Mar 03, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD honestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts ...

    I loved the world building in this...the pan-Asian culture, the notion of mind-ships (although I can?t imagine giving birth to a child and then locking it in a tin can), the deep spaces, the Sherlock and Watson vibe. Made me want to hunt down more of the author?s stories. ...

    The Tea Master and the Detective is a sci-fi Sherlock Holmes retelling in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a sentient spaceship. With a premise and a cover like these, I had to read this ? and not only it lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. The Tea Master and the...

    Long Chau is a consulting detective, with a prickly, arrogant personality, and a drug addiction. Sound familiar? It strikes the right notes, but is far from just Holmes in space. The setting, space habitats in a mining belt, is rich and interesting. The shipmind Long Chau hires to assi...

    4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this spare and elegant novella about a mindship with PTSD and the detective Long Chau solving a mystery together. ...

    I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley. De Bodard's Xuya Universe explores a fantastically-fresh space opera future based on Vietnamese culture. In this new novella, to be released from Subterranean Press, she smartly created a new take on Sherlock Holmes. This is not ...

    I love the malleability and the longevity of the Sherlock and Watson stories and relationship. Here, Watson is a mind ship suffering from trauma, while Sherlock is a somewhat abrasive woman who drugs herself to cope with her past. This story is short, but gives me a relationship I want...

    'The stuff of nightmares, and she wanted to make it into some kind of revelation?' This was so good! I actually had no idea that this space opera series influenced by Vietnamese culture exists and then the fact that it explores China discovering the Americas before the West. There's...

    A fascinating universe and prickly, compelling characters. And one of them is a sentient starship. Worth the hour it takes to read, and then some. ...

    3-3.5 stars. ...

    Not bad but underwhelming. Bodard is a master of creative and deep settings. Her plots are workmanlike -- nothing too clever, but they get the job done. But her characterization really needs work. So this is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche set in a kind of Pan-Asian SF future, with the W...

    I received the ebook ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a review. This is a Sherlock Holmes in space. Sherlock is a woman, and Watson is a spaceship (or, more precisely, the organic mind of one). When I first heard of this, I was quite interested to se...

  • Lis Carey
    Apr 28, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD honestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts ...

    I loved the world building in this...the pan-Asian culture, the notion of mind-ships (although I can?t imagine giving birth to a child and then locking it in a tin can), the deep spaces, the Sherlock and Watson vibe. Made me want to hunt down more of the author?s stories. ...

    The Tea Master and the Detective is a sci-fi Sherlock Holmes retelling in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a sentient spaceship. With a premise and a cover like these, I had to read this ? and not only it lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. The Tea Master and the...

    Long Chau is a consulting detective, with a prickly, arrogant personality, and a drug addiction. Sound familiar? It strikes the right notes, but is far from just Holmes in space. The setting, space habitats in a mining belt, is rich and interesting. The shipmind Long Chau hires to assi...

  • Carol.
    Mar 07, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

  • Max
    May 19, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

  • Denise
    May 10, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

  • Tracy
    Oct 10, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD honestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts ...

    I loved the world building in this...the pan-Asian culture, the notion of mind-ships (although I can?t imagine giving birth to a child and then locking it in a tin can), the deep spaces, the Sherlock and Watson vibe. Made me want to hunt down more of the author?s stories. ...

  • Sana
    Jun 02, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD honestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts ...

    I loved the world building in this...the pan-Asian culture, the notion of mind-ships (although I can?t imagine giving birth to a child and then locking it in a tin can), the deep spaces, the Sherlock and Watson vibe. Made me want to hunt down more of the author?s stories. ...

    The Tea Master and the Detective is a sci-fi Sherlock Holmes retelling in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a sentient spaceship. With a premise and a cover like these, I had to read this ? and not only it lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. The Tea Master and the...

    Long Chau is a consulting detective, with a prickly, arrogant personality, and a drug addiction. Sound familiar? It strikes the right notes, but is far from just Holmes in space. The setting, space habitats in a mining belt, is rich and interesting. The shipmind Long Chau hires to assi...

    4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this spare and elegant novella about a mindship with PTSD and the detective Long Chau solving a mystery together. ...

    I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley. De Bodard's Xuya Universe explores a fantastically-fresh space opera future based on Vietnamese culture. In this new novella, to be released from Subterranean Press, she smartly created a new take on Sherlock Holmes. This is not ...

    I love the malleability and the longevity of the Sherlock and Watson stories and relationship. Here, Watson is a mind ship suffering from trauma, while Sherlock is a somewhat abrasive woman who drugs herself to cope with her past. This story is short, but gives me a relationship I want...

    'The stuff of nightmares, and she wanted to make it into some kind of revelation?' This was so good! I actually had no idea that this space opera series influenced by Vietnamese culture exists and then the fact that it explores China discovering the Americas before the West. There's...

  • Gabrielle
    Jul 07, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

  • Lois Bujold
    Apr 07, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

  • anna (readingpeaches)
    Mar 05, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD honestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts ...

  • Beth Cato
    Feb 15, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD honestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts ...

    I loved the world building in this...the pan-Asian culture, the notion of mind-ships (although I can?t imagine giving birth to a child and then locking it in a tin can), the deep spaces, the Sherlock and Watson vibe. Made me want to hunt down more of the author?s stories. ...

    The Tea Master and the Detective is a sci-fi Sherlock Holmes retelling in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a sentient spaceship. With a premise and a cover like these, I had to read this ? and not only it lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. The Tea Master and the...

    Long Chau is a consulting detective, with a prickly, arrogant personality, and a drug addiction. Sound familiar? It strikes the right notes, but is far from just Holmes in space. The setting, space habitats in a mining belt, is rich and interesting. The shipmind Long Chau hires to assi...

    4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this spare and elegant novella about a mindship with PTSD and the detective Long Chau solving a mystery together. ...

    I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley. De Bodard's Xuya Universe explores a fantastically-fresh space opera future based on Vietnamese culture. In this new novella, to be released from Subterranean Press, she smartly created a new take on Sherlock Holmes. This is not ...

  • Lindsay
    Feb 19, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

  • Veronique
    May 10, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

  • Lata
    May 28, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD honestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts ...

    I loved the world building in this...the pan-Asian culture, the notion of mind-ships (although I can?t imagine giving birth to a child and then locking it in a tin can), the deep spaces, the Sherlock and Watson vibe. Made me want to hunt down more of the author?s stories. ...

    The Tea Master and the Detective is a sci-fi Sherlock Holmes retelling in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a sentient spaceship. With a premise and a cover like these, I had to read this ? and not only it lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. The Tea Master and the...

    Long Chau is a consulting detective, with a prickly, arrogant personality, and a drug addiction. Sound familiar? It strikes the right notes, but is far from just Holmes in space. The setting, space habitats in a mining belt, is rich and interesting. The shipmind Long Chau hires to assi...

    4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this spare and elegant novella about a mindship with PTSD and the detective Long Chau solving a mystery together. ...

    I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley. De Bodard's Xuya Universe explores a fantastically-fresh space opera future based on Vietnamese culture. In this new novella, to be released from Subterranean Press, she smartly created a new take on Sherlock Holmes. This is not ...

    I love the malleability and the longevity of the Sherlock and Watson stories and relationship. Here, Watson is a mind ship suffering from trauma, while Sherlock is a somewhat abrasive woman who drugs herself to cope with her past. This story is short, but gives me a relationship I want...

  • Elchamaco
    Apr 26, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD honestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts ...

    I loved the world building in this...the pan-Asian culture, the notion of mind-ships (although I can?t imagine giving birth to a child and then locking it in a tin can), the deep spaces, the Sherlock and Watson vibe. Made me want to hunt down more of the author?s stories. ...

    The Tea Master and the Detective is a sci-fi Sherlock Holmes retelling in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a sentient spaceship. With a premise and a cover like these, I had to read this ? and not only it lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. The Tea Master and the...

    Long Chau is a consulting detective, with a prickly, arrogant personality, and a drug addiction. Sound familiar? It strikes the right notes, but is far from just Holmes in space. The setting, space habitats in a mining belt, is rich and interesting. The shipmind Long Chau hires to assi...

    4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this spare and elegant novella about a mindship with PTSD and the detective Long Chau solving a mystery together. ...

    I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley. De Bodard's Xuya Universe explores a fantastically-fresh space opera future based on Vietnamese culture. In this new novella, to be released from Subterranean Press, she smartly created a new take on Sherlock Holmes. This is not ...

    I love the malleability and the longevity of the Sherlock and Watson stories and relationship. Here, Watson is a mind ship suffering from trauma, while Sherlock is a somewhat abrasive woman who drugs herself to cope with her past. This story is short, but gives me a relationship I want...

    'The stuff of nightmares, and she wanted to make it into some kind of revelation?' This was so good! I actually had no idea that this space opera series influenced by Vietnamese culture exists and then the fact that it explores China discovering the Americas before the West. There's...

    A fascinating universe and prickly, compelling characters. And one of them is a sentient starship. Worth the hour it takes to read, and then some. ...

    3-3.5 stars. ...

    Not bad but underwhelming. Bodard is a master of creative and deep settings. Her plots are workmanlike -- nothing too clever, but they get the job done. But her characterization really needs work. So this is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche set in a kind of Pan-Asian SF future, with the W...

    I received the ebook ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a review. This is a Sherlock Holmes in space. Sherlock is a woman, and Watson is a spaceship (or, more precisely, the organic mind of one). When I first heard of this, I was quite interested to se...

    Pues ya me lo he acabado por fin, ojo no por culpa de la novelita sino porque he pasado unos de estos baches lectores. Esta muy chulo, el problema que le veo al universo de xuya es que tiene su complejidad, como vas leyendo novelitas cortas, cuando lo retomas y ha pasado tiempo tardas ...

  • K.J. Charles
    Apr 08, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

  • Robyn
    May 29, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD honestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts ...

    I loved the world building in this...the pan-Asian culture, the notion of mind-ships (although I can?t imagine giving birth to a child and then locking it in a tin can), the deep spaces, the Sherlock and Watson vibe. Made me want to hunt down more of the author?s stories. ...

    The Tea Master and the Detective is a sci-fi Sherlock Holmes retelling in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a sentient spaceship. With a premise and a cover like these, I had to read this ? and not only it lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. The Tea Master and the...

    Long Chau is a consulting detective, with a prickly, arrogant personality, and a drug addiction. Sound familiar? It strikes the right notes, but is far from just Holmes in space. The setting, space habitats in a mining belt, is rich and interesting. The shipmind Long Chau hires to assi...

    4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this spare and elegant novella about a mindship with PTSD and the detective Long Chau solving a mystery together. ...

  • Mikhail
    Apr 13, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD honestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts ...

    I loved the world building in this...the pan-Asian culture, the notion of mind-ships (although I can?t imagine giving birth to a child and then locking it in a tin can), the deep spaces, the Sherlock and Watson vibe. Made me want to hunt down more of the author?s stories. ...

    The Tea Master and the Detective is a sci-fi Sherlock Holmes retelling in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a sentient spaceship. With a premise and a cover like these, I had to read this ? and not only it lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. The Tea Master and the...

    Long Chau is a consulting detective, with a prickly, arrogant personality, and a drug addiction. Sound familiar? It strikes the right notes, but is far from just Holmes in space. The setting, space habitats in a mining belt, is rich and interesting. The shipmind Long Chau hires to assi...

    4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this spare and elegant novella about a mindship with PTSD and the detective Long Chau solving a mystery together. ...

    I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley. De Bodard's Xuya Universe explores a fantastically-fresh space opera future based on Vietnamese culture. In this new novella, to be released from Subterranean Press, she smartly created a new take on Sherlock Holmes. This is not ...

    I love the malleability and the longevity of the Sherlock and Watson stories and relationship. Here, Watson is a mind ship suffering from trauma, while Sherlock is a somewhat abrasive woman who drugs herself to cope with her past. This story is short, but gives me a relationship I want...

    'The stuff of nightmares, and she wanted to make it into some kind of revelation?' This was so good! I actually had no idea that this space opera series influenced by Vietnamese culture exists and then the fact that it explores China discovering the Americas before the West. There's...

    A fascinating universe and prickly, compelling characters. And one of them is a sentient starship. Worth the hour it takes to read, and then some. ...

    3-3.5 stars. ...

    Not bad but underwhelming. Bodard is a master of creative and deep settings. Her plots are workmanlike -- nothing too clever, but they get the job done. But her characterization really needs work. So this is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche set in a kind of Pan-Asian SF future, with the W...

  • Manuel Antão
    Oct 13, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

  • Bogi Takács
    May 21, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

  • daisy
    Oct 06, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD honestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts ...

    I loved the world building in this...the pan-Asian culture, the notion of mind-ships (although I can?t imagine giving birth to a child and then locking it in a tin can), the deep spaces, the Sherlock and Watson vibe. Made me want to hunt down more of the author?s stories. ...

    The Tea Master and the Detective is a sci-fi Sherlock Holmes retelling in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a sentient spaceship. With a premise and a cover like these, I had to read this ? and not only it lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. The Tea Master and the...

    Long Chau is a consulting detective, with a prickly, arrogant personality, and a drug addiction. Sound familiar? It strikes the right notes, but is far from just Holmes in space. The setting, space habitats in a mining belt, is rich and interesting. The shipmind Long Chau hires to assi...

    4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this spare and elegant novella about a mindship with PTSD and the detective Long Chau solving a mystery together. ...

    I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley. De Bodard's Xuya Universe explores a fantastically-fresh space opera future based on Vietnamese culture. In this new novella, to be released from Subterranean Press, she smartly created a new take on Sherlock Holmes. This is not ...

    I love the malleability and the longevity of the Sherlock and Watson stories and relationship. Here, Watson is a mind ship suffering from trauma, while Sherlock is a somewhat abrasive woman who drugs herself to cope with her past. This story is short, but gives me a relationship I want...

    'The stuff of nightmares, and she wanted to make it into some kind of revelation?' This was so good! I actually had no idea that this space opera series influenced by Vietnamese culture exists and then the fact that it explores China discovering the Americas before the West. There's...

    A fascinating universe and prickly, compelling characters. And one of them is a sentient starship. Worth the hour it takes to read, and then some. ...

    3-3.5 stars. ...

  • Acqua
    Mar 23, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream! In a little less th...

    Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. A...

    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...

    3.5 rounded up ...

    I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I w...

    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD honestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts ...

    I loved the world building in this...the pan-Asian culture, the notion of mind-ships (although I can?t imagine giving birth to a child and then locking it in a tin can), the deep spaces, the Sherlock and Watson vibe. Made me want to hunt down more of the author?s stories. ...

    The Tea Master and the Detective is a sci-fi Sherlock Holmes retelling in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a sentient spaceship. With a premise and a cover like these, I had to read this ? and not only it lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. The Tea Master and the...

  • Quartzen
    Jun 01, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...

    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels. ...

  • The Captain
    Mar 31, 2018

    In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mi...

    This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make ...

    The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door... This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated...

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Accepted Aliens: ?The Tea Master and the Detective? by Aliette de Bodard ?When you?re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise th...

    This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series. Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns thi...

    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...

    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...

    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...

    Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it?s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work?s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.) ...

    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author?s short stories and loved her writ...