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Sothis took me a LONG time to finish I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and was eagerly awaiting the sequel Unfortunately, this didn t quite live up to my expectations This could ve been two hundred pages shorter and nothing would ve been lost There were SO many unnecessary details in this, from what the countryside looked like to every single the thing the girls were eating to the extremely detailed furnishings of houses I don t need any of that, and a lot of it was extre Sothis took me a LONG time to finish I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and was eagerly awaiting the sequel Unfortunately, this didn t quite live up to my expectations This could ve been two hundred pages shorter and nothing would ve been lost There were SO many unnecessary details in this, from what the countryside looked like to every single the thing the girls were eating to the extremely detailed furnishings of houses I don t need any of that, and a lot of it was extremely repetitive I get it Catherine is a puma, they need to sell books, Mary lives in London And I can t tell you how little I care about green hills and the different assortment of pastries there were I was annoyed muchin this book with the girls interruptions, and didn t find it funny or cute any when they kept saying I had to read the first book Obviously I had to read the first book why the hell else would I pick up a sequel before I read the previous one Alsoif you loved Mary in the first book, be prepared for her suddenly turning into a dumb ass I m not sure why she became such a naive idiot in this book, but she did, and I hated it She was so brave and strong in the first one, I m not sure why anyone thought she had to change I only cared about the actual things that mattered, and when I was reading about those, I enjoyed the book But there was a lot of lulls and pointless backstories that I just skimmed over I m really disappointed in this and I wish so much had been taken out This was a poor imitation of the first book and I felt like the only thing I read that was interesting was about Lucinda and Carmilla, and that s because I took a vampire class in college and I loved how she incorporated the stories Take this sequel with a grain of salt if you were enad with the first Well that took looks at calendar literally three weeks And not even because I spent a lot of time actually reading the book because oh boy did my skimming skills get put to use here, butbecause I just could not bring myself to keep picking it back up I finally powered through the last 30% last night because I just couldn t stand it any Anyway, I gave it two stars in the most A for effort rating that I have ever doled out because while it was the most boring thing ever, it did no Well that took looks at calendar literally three weeks And not even because I spent a lot of time actually reading the book because oh boy did my skimming skills get put to use here, butbecause I just could not bring myself to keep picking it back up I finally powered through the last 30% last night because I just couldn t stand it any Anyway, I gave it two stars in the most A for effort rating that I have ever doled out because while it was the most boring thing ever, it did not necessarily inspire the level of loathing that I save for those rare one star books Look, this is a really great idea to meld a lot of classic stories together and also give women a voice in them, but my god it just drones on and on and on and there was barely enough story in here for a book half this length Honestly at this point Diana is almost the only character I can stand because at least she just DOES things instead of talking about each and every step she wants to take for ten pages There was one point where Cat said she likes writing from Mary s POV because Justine is too philosophical and Diana is too chaotic and a narrative does need to move forward after all and I just about LOST IT because moving the narrative forward is NOT this book s strong suit Speaking of the POVs, why why why does she not just write shorter chapters and alternate POVs as if each girl is writing their own section The constant asides are absolutely infuriating at this point and do nothing to move the plot forward Also they keep telling you to buy the first book for only two shillings in the asides and like it was funny the first time and MAYBE the second time but by the literally NINTH time I was over it I wanted to scream.There s a few good things in here still Like I said, I do like most of Diana s scenes and she is definitely my favorite character This book also introducedadult characters from the actual source material like Mina Harker, Irene Norton, and Carmilla which was cool but ultimately not enough to make up for how frustrating everything else was Also it looks like the next book is going to befocused on the Sherlock Holmes mythology but unfortunately I just cannot continue this series The first book was only okay but this was one just such a struggle #Free E-pub õ European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman ¹ In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Strange Case of the Alchemist s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literature s mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society s nefarious plans once and for allMary Jekyll s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, the members of the Athena Club get along as well as any five young women with very different personalities At least they can always rely on Mrs Poole But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey across Europe From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society It s time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies The further adventures of the Athena Club continuing from 4.5 Considering I read this book back in August but wasn t able to write a review at the time, it speaks that I still have it clearly in my mind We re back with the characters of the Athena Club, introduced in The Strange Case of the Alchemist s Daughter, and what a bunch this is This was one of the things I loved in that book, how Goss took female characters from famous Gothic and Victorian novels, and subverted the whole thing Each is fascinating in her own right in this new version , but 4.5 Considering I read this book back in August but wasn t able to write a review at the time, it speaks that I still have it clearly in my mind We re back with the characters of the Athena Club, introduced in The Strange Case of the Alchemist s Daughter, and what a bunch this is This was one of the things I loved in that book, how Goss took female characters from famous Gothic and Victorian novels, and subverted the whole thing Each is fascinating in her own right in this new version , but when you put them together, sparks fly entertaining sparks O And this is what she does here once , building on the relationships as well as adding to the mix to great effect, this time bringing to the scene Irene Adler from Sherlock Holmes and Carmilla LeFanu s Carmilla The story starts when it comes to the group s attention that a Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, and off they go across Europe to the rescue, not without some adventures on the way It is a long book but truthfully I didn t notice, being so involved in our intrepid, intelligent, women and their tribulations, from the travel aspects, very well described, to the mysteries and mad rescue plans Made me want to go off travelling, especially at the mention of all the appetising food cakes, cakes, cakes The narration is still in the same style as the first book, with all the characters interrupting the flow to add their opinions This admittedly will not be to everyone s taste but to me it worked brilliantly, especially as an audiobook And yes, Diana and Mary do kind of steal the show Can t wait for the next book O I stop listening when academics start mixing their Greek and Latin roots, that never leads anywhere productiveTheodora Goss you excel at finding, and creating, remarkable historic female characters They are unique, usually harmonious, and a pleasure to spend time with.Which is fortunate as it was a very long journey and short on action The leisurely pace is redeemed through the sheer novelty of bringing together Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein and making them secondary characters I stop listening when academics start mixing their Greek and Latin roots, that never leads anywhere productiveTheodora Goss you excel at finding, and creating, remarkable historic female characters They are unique, usually harmonious, and a pleasure to spend time with.Which is fortunate as it was a very long journey and short on action The leisurely pace is redeemed through the sheer novelty of bringing together Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein and making them secondary charactersGoss uses the world building plots but keeps her focus on the women of The Athena Club I love this series The second was even better than the first The writing, plot, characters, setting were all done impeccably I love how witty and clever the dialogue is and also just the structure of the story itself I was captivated and engrossed all the way through The fact that she is able to make classic characters in literature fresh and exciting is so impressive to me I cannot wait for the third book to come out. European Travel for the Mostrous Gentlewoman was preposterous, contrived, way too long, shamefully propagandistic, and not the sort of book that respectable people should be caught anywhere near And I loved it.The book is not as tightly plotted as The Strange Case of the Alchemist s Daughter, but it has the same approach to its subject matter, which is to create an absolutely ridiculous story out of bits and pieces of Victorian novels most of which take themselves way to seriously and never f European Travel for the Mostrous Gentlewoman was preposterous, contrived, way too long, shamefully propagandistic, and not the sort of book that respectable people should be caught anywhere near And I loved it.The book is not as tightly plotted as The Strange Case of the Alchemist s Daughter, but it has the same approach to its subject matter, which is to create an absolutely ridiculous story out of bits and pieces of Victorian novels most of which take themselves way to seriously and never fall into the same trap One never gets the sense that the author is doing anything other than having fun The basic moral of the story is something like don t try to cook in God s kitchen which is the basic moral of pretty much all of the stories represented in the pastiche Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Island of Dr Moreau, Rappaccini s Daughter, and Frankenstein With a fair bit of Sherlock Holmes thrown in for good measure.But the real moral of the story is that all of these ridiculous Victorian novels written by men used women as plot devices rather than actual characters and, in the process, deprived them of their story which Ms Goss is determined to tell her own way, which I think is a pretty good way With the women in charge, the stories change but every time the book is in danger of taking itself too seriously, Goss brings in the device of the characters sitting around and writing the book together in a narrative future This is an important device because it keeps the focus of the book on having fun.This volume brings in two new Victorian novels into the mix Dracula, who is teased through the presence of Renfield and Seward in the first volume, but is fleshed out substantially in this one and Ryder Haggard s wonderful novel She, about which I will say very little to avoid spoilers The cast expands almost, but not quite, to the edge of the reader s ability to keep track of stuff And there are plenty of loose ends to be tied up in the inevitable sequel.I loved it I stayed up all night reading it But, as I am a respectable English professor, I did fairly hate myself in the morning This is a very comfortable and comforting read, assuming A You re a big fan of all the classic Victorian or nearby Horrors, SFs and Fantasies of the day.B You love it when minor female characters get catapulted into the limelight in frankly feminist adventures with cultured justice in mind.C You love roadtrip novels Me I love roadtrip novels of all kinds We even got an actual horseless carriage in this one But mostly it was trains Orient express , back country inns, and a full Europe This is a very comfortable and comforting read, assuming A You re a big fan of all the classic Victorian or nearby Horrors, SFs and Fantasies of the day.B You love it when minor female characters get catapulted into the limelight in frankly feminist adventures with cultured justice in mind.C You love roadtrip novels Me I love roadtrip novels of all kinds We even got an actual horseless carriage in this one But mostly it was trains Orient express , back country inns, and a full European vacation package The tangential tellings of these women s stories are delightful And a lot less tragic And they no longer resemble cardboard cut outs of people Yay For the literary part of me, I chortled at all the new or recurring character references Now including a much wider cast of Dracula One thing I ought to mention this is a very long novel, and while I really loved nursing a baby vampire back to sanity and enjoyed the final plot resolution a great deal, the real core of this novel is all about the JOURNEY Like any kind of roadtrip novel I took it easy and enjoyed all the sights, smells, and the spilling of blood So much fun and I love the characters More please