A Decadent Affair: A Review of The Affair of the Mysterious Letter
Over at Spec Chic! The short take: if you like weird and wild Sherlock Holmes styled fantasies… you’ll like this.
I purchased it in ebook form, but I’m going to buy a dead tree copy just so I have one that I can press on friends.
Mostly a book recap this week because really all I’ve done this week is either write books, critique books, or read books.
Four, count them FOUR!!! Highly recommended books. It’s been a very good week for reading.
First up: Alexis Hall’s The Affair of the Mysterious Letter. Just so much fun. It’s a Sherlockiana story twisted into full fantasy, where Sherlock is Shaharazad Haas, sorceress, and John Watson is John Wyndham, um, soldier. Either way, it’s quirky and delightful and fun. Look for a full review of it on Speculative Chic soon. If you read it before then, come on over and tell me what you thought!
Melissa Caruso’s The Tethered Mage. I mentioned that I had started this book before and ran out of time, bought it on ebook, and found myself stalling because I wanted it in book form. (If books strike me really positively, I want them in actual paper.) I checked it out again and zoomed through it. It’s wonderful. Actually, it’s so wonderful and so much of the type of fantasy that I wish I wrote that I had to take a day or two off writing to sulk about how good this was. Well, and order the next two in the series.
The other two books didn’t quite reach these heights, but were both fun and engaging reads.
The Reign of the Kingfisher by TJ Martinson. Technically shelved in urban fantasy (at my library at any rate), and yeah, there are glimmerings. But mostly this is an interesting crime novel based around a vanished superhero and the people left in his wake. If you want the superheroics, this is not the book for you.
Andrew Pyper’s The Homecoming. Another book that kind of misleads, but pleasantly. It starts off as a fairly straightforward family drama with the promise of horror, and ends… in a very strange place. Very readable.