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The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter | Theodora Goss
Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins. Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein. When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.
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Hufflepuffle
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1. Tagged book!
2. Signed up and excited for the #BFC with @wanderinglynn !!
3. Jogging and yoga
4. My gorgeous Stanley and my beautiful girls, Dora and Fleur, who don‘t often sit still long enough for a nice picture! ❤️

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@DebbieGrillo @MinDea

wanderinglynn Your pets are adorable! ❤️ 13h
Hufflepuffle @wanderinglynn thank you! 😊 13h
Mynameisacolour What a bunch of cuties, love the piggies!! 12h
Hufflepuffle @Mynameisacolour The piggies are currently demanding their breakfast at the top of their voices! 😂❤️ 1h
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Briary
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I've had a lovely weekend at our summer cabin. Reading, swimming, and seeing family. But tomorrow it's time to return home.

rather_be_reading 😍 lovely! 4d
Crazeedi The last day is always so hard! And sad! And back to reality! Hope you had a great time 3d
Briary @Crazeedi Reality is a bugger.. Thank goodness there are books 😂 But I had a wonderful time ❤ 3d
Crazeedi @Briary 💞💞💞💞 2d
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PickwickPlockPlock
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That was a fun ride! At first I found it hard to keep track of the different women who 'commented' in the script, but that got easier once they also appeared in the story. Bonus points for the depiction of Holmes and Watson. I enjoyed the telling of the lives of the women, their stories had a nice gothic feel to it. I will definitely read the sequel and was happy to see that a third book will come out later this year.

Erofan I also liked this book and I want to read the sequel soon! 😃 1w
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xxjenadanxx
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It took me a while to get into this book because I deplored the way it was written, with constant interruptions of the story by the characters who are in the process of writing the story through retellings of their adventures and lives. But the story eventually won me over because it is that good. It‘s so cool having so many well known literary characters stories intertwined in a new and exciting way that still pays homage to their origins.

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CJEskriett
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Treat on my day off 😍

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AnneCecilie
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I really liked the concept for this book. Mary Jekyll, the famous Mr. Jekyll‘s daughter, is looking into her past after her parents deaths. Her investigations leads her to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and together they will look into murders and a secret society.

My only issue with the book, is that I needed some time to get used to the way the story is told. It annoyed me in the beginning, but towards the end I‘ve gotten more used to it.

Aimeesue I listened to the audiobook, which was excellent, once I figured out what was going on with all the interruptions in the story! 2mo
AnneCecilie @Aimeesue they annoyed me in the beginning. I think it‘s the first time I‘ve read a book with that structure, and I‘m not sure I‘ll do it again (edited) 2mo
Aimeesue I like metafiction, or fictional metafiction, as I guess this was, so I enjoyed it, but I can see how it'd be bothersome for others. 2mo
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The_Old_Astronomer What was it that you didn‘t like about the way the story was told? Or would that constitute a spoiler? 2mo
AnneCecilie @The_Old_Astronomer In a way, but the story is told in past tense, and during this there will be interruptions from the other characters in the present. I had som issues with the interruptions because often this turned into dialogue. 2mo
The_Old_Astronomer @AnnCecilie ah I see. Thank you! 2mo
Erofan I agree! The book is an unusual manner of presentation of history! 2mo
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Aimeesue
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The power of book recs from people whose taste you trust. I never would've picked this one if not for @jillrhudy 's review. It's a whole lotta fun with Victorian classics spun through women's looms, which gives them whole different cast. SUCH fun!
Listening to the audio while #audiowalking with the doggos.

jillrhudy It‘s not serious fiction but I found it really funny! 2mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy It IS very funny. I love the meta- meta - fictional asides. 😄 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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She turned and walked under a gray arch, into the vestry of St. Marylebone to find Reverend Whittaker

[A picture from the inside of St Marylebone Parish Church that I took last August]

charl08 Lovely picture. 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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Next up.

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jillrhudy
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A fun listen! I went into the audio knowing nothing about the book and I‘m glad. I might have rejected it based on a broad description for not being “my thing.” However, the person who recommended it to me knows fantasy lit better than almost anyone. The book has been one surprise after another and halfway through, I‘m all in! A steampunk Girl Power book that blends many elements of classic novels together. #audiobook #fantasy #Victorian

Aimeesue Just borrowed this via Libby. I'm trying to take longer walks with the doggos so maybe a book instead of a podcast will help. Plus I've now listened to all the episodes of A Good Read that are available on iTunes. 😁 2mo
jillrhudy I laughed like crazy—over Diana especially. 2mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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3-22-19: My 23rd finished book of 2019!! This one was a lot of fun with so many interesting characters from many different stories! #thestrangecaseofthealchemistsdaughter #theodoragoss

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GidgetsTreasures75
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3-22-19: Spending a lovely afternoon finishing my book....my husband snapped this picture of me ☺️📖

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UnidragonFrag
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Got delicious marionberry pie today and one book off my #TBR list (though I had to seriously restrain myself because they had a pretty great scifi/fantasy/horror section) from a cute local bookstore.

robinb This one‘s on my TBR too! 😊👍 3mo
mabell Marionberry! How cool! 3mo
UnidragonFrag @robinb if you get to it before me, you'll have to let me know how it is! 3mo
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UnidragonFrag @mabell I don't usually like pies were the berries have seeds, but there aren't many seeds in this one and the crust was just SO good! 3mo
mabell It looks so good! I just googled marionberry, wondering if it was a different name for a berry I know, and it sounds like it‘s blackberry! Yum! 3mo
UnidragonFrag @mabell yes! It's very similar to a blackberry. A little more tart, I think. I didn't realize how many varieties of berries there are until I moved up to the Pacific northwest! It's wild 😁 3mo
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danialliroy
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This was my first fan-fiction book. It was fun learning some “background” on some of my favorite characters, and seeing them come together as if they belonged with one another all along. This made me want to read Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein again.

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emtobiasz
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This was absolutely a case of the right book for me at the right time, but this was a delightful romp of a mystery chock full of characters based on characters from early science fiction and horror. I bounced back and forth between the audiobook and a print ARC I‘ve had lying around awhile. Put the next one on hold from the library immediately.

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emtobiasz
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I have several audiobooks out right now, but of course none were what I was in the mood for 😭 So I poked around on Libby for a good mystery (I‘m too picky by half; nothing too cozy or too violent for me) and settled on this. The character asides took me out of it at first (mostly because the narrator reads each character‘s name aloud before each line) but now I‘m into it. #audiobook #mystery #coverlove

WhatThePuck I do the same! ♥️ 4mo
emtobiasz @WhatThePuck glad I‘m not alone! 4mo
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Kalalalatja
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Now this was a fun read! The daughters of Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, Dr. Moreau, Victor Frankenstein, and Giacomo Rappachini, get together to solve the murders of women in White Chapel with some help from Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. I loved how all of these women got together and interacted, and I‘m definitely interested in continuing the series.

#FemaleDetective(s) for #Booked2019

Cinfhen Yay!!! What a literary mashup 💕🙌🏻 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! Interesting group of girls! 5mo
julesG I liked this as well. The narrator has the perfect name for an audiobook narrator. 😁 5mo
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rohit-sawant Sold! 🙌🏽 5mo
TrishB Sounds good 👍🏻 5mo
JennyM Sounds fun!! 5mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm I was sceptic going in, but it was just a lot of fun! Maybe low expectations are the way to go with this 😊👍 @julesG she couldn‘t really grow up to be anything other 😄 @rohit-sawant @TrishB @JennyM it really was a fun book, no master piece, but still enjoyable 🙌 5mo
Trollkonstnaren Oooh. Sounds super cool :D A question: How much it requires the background knowledge of their fathers? I know them and their stories, but I have only read few of them. 5mo
Kalalalatja @Trollkonstnaren I have read Jekyll/Hyde, Frankenstein and Moreau, but every girl‘s story is introduced, so there are some spoilers, so if that is something you care about, you should read the originals first. But you can definitely read it without reading the originals, I would think 👍 5mo
Trollkonstnaren @Kalalalatja Thanks for warning as I can be sensitive for (certain) spoilers :) 5mo
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theladygreer
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Just started this yesterday as a late-breaking #fridayreads & already deeply enchanted. Living up to the hype so far.

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FlowerFairy
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These ladies requested a bedtime story. They loved this one and can‘t wait to start the sequel! #cows #weekend

madamereadsalot1 😍 I love cows! 5mo
CouronneDhiver Awwwww I love cows! 🖤🖤🖤 5mo
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Kalalalatja
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I have spent the first 30 minutes of the #24in48 readathon listening to the tagged book while trying to wake up (it‘s 6.30 am here). The snow is falling outside the window, and everything is quiet.

When I finish my coffee, I‘m hoping I‘ll be ready to finish the last 150 of this great reread.

Happy reading everyone!

julesG We had snow last night, now it's raining again. Have a good day! 5mo
vivastory Happy reading, Katja! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Quiet is good. Have a productive day! 5mo
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businessmermaid Crimson Petal is one of my all-time faves! 5mo
batsy That sounds like lovely reading atmosphere ❄️ 5mo
TrishB Enjoy 💜 5mo
Kalalalatja @julesG so far, the snow is still on the ground here. Good day and happy reading to you too! @vivastory you too, Scott! @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @TrishB perfect readathon weather ❄️ @businessmermaid one of mine, too 👌 5mo
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MicrobeMom
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#booked19 #femaledetective I enjoyed this book although many would find it gimmicky. It follows Mary Jeckell and a band of women as they try to solve the Whitechapel murders with the aid of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. It is clearly a nod to the classic gothic novels of the 1800s. I also like the creative literary style in which the characters interpret the story to critic the narrator. It made me laugh and allowed me to know the women.

Cinfhen Yay!! I‘m in middle of my #femaledetective read and it‘s not clever at all 🙄I‘m not really liking it but I just want to see who the darn killer is 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review! ✔️👊🏻♥️📚 5mo
MicrobeMom @Cinfhen I hope your book improves!! 5mo
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Cinfhen See my review 🙈I was surprised by the killer, though!!! 5mo
MicrobeMom @Cinfhen I will definitely check it out! 5mo
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A really interesting read if you love the classics. The plot and mystery was really interesting. I loved all the characters and the narrative. It was such a unique book and storyline. It was just amazing! I am so curious about book 2! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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jahnna
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I could live with the Jekyll and Hyde connection—I anticipated it from the title and the cover, and I even looked forward to seeing how it would pan out, but at some point I wish the author had taken Coco Chanel‘s advice and taken a couple of accessories/allusions off before publishing.

greenhairdontcare Welcome to Litsy! 💚 5mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!! 5mo
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MicrobeMom
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Started this one on audio today! It has an odd format where the characters interject as the story is being written and their edits are included as well. I hope this works on audio!

GingerAntics Sounds interesting. 5mo
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(Justine: For once, I agree with Diana. I don't see the point of following social conventions. Why wear a hat unless it is cold outside? An umbrella keeps the rain off your head, a parasol keeps the sun out of your eyes. Why follow social conventions if they're silly?)

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Erofan
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This book is for lovers of works by Stevenson, Wells, Shelly, Conan Doyle! 👹 The reader while reading this book will recognize the places and characters of famous novels. In fact, this book is about female friendship. The heroines will find each other and will try to investigate murders together with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.🕵 I really liked the book! I recommend it to those who like ironic detectives and Victorian London!
#TheodoraGoss

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Skeeterisme
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Pickpick

Excellent book! Excellent cover! ❤️

Erofan I like it too! 👍 5mo
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Bigglove3122
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Pickpick

This was such an enjoyable book! It was chalk full of opinionated, sassy strong women! And a wonderful way to end my very lazy day

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Erofan
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The first book of 2019! 🎆🎉🎇
It has everything I like! 💘 It's mystery, detective, thriller! 🤔😏😱 I'm intrigued!
Thanks @Violetta 😘😘😘

#TheodoraGoss #TheStrangeCaseOfTheAlchemistsDaughter

Tamra I am intrigued! 5mo
BookNAround Feeling pretty good that I still remember enough of the Cyrillic alphabet to sound out the author‘s name correctly without looking. The title though, well, my translation skills weren‘t even good when I was actively taking Russian. 😉 5mo
BookNAround Of course, now slowly sounding it out and having the English title for reference, it makes perfect sense. 5mo
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Erofan @Tamra Me too! The annotation to the book talks about the daughters of Jekyll and Hyde, and there are references to Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper! 5mo
Erofan @BookNAround Wow! You studied Russian! I thought it wasn't a popular foreign language! 5mo
BookNAround @Erofan I went to an unusual high school. 😁 5mo
PickwickPlockPlock The blurb sounds really interesting! 5mo
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Bigglove3122
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With pockets women could conquer the world!! Indeed!!!

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Bigglove3122
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Took a minute to get into but im enjoying the commentary from the main characters

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craftysilicate
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First book of the new year! I'm excited about this one.

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jenniferw88
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Velvetfur Oh that's so cool, well done you! I'll get all my relevant books out today and make a similar list 😁📚👍 6mo
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jenniferw88
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@toric Thank you so much for all of the #sss #stuffedstockingswap gifts - I feel well & truly spoiled! I've drunk the hot chocolate already & am about to use the hand cream. The chocolates won't last long & I can't wait to put the decoration on our tree! The books look good too! 😂 Thanks @Avanders for organising.

Avanders 😍🎄❄️🥰♥️ 6mo
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ErinSueGreads
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I‘ve been trying to think all day of what to say that properly conveys the amount of love and gratitude I have for my #witchpleaseswap partner @RainyDayReading . I put a ton of thought into the very specific candles I picked but it is nothing compared to this. You hand painted a special box for my tarot cards. I‘m blown away and crying. It‘s so special to me. I love all of the study things including the incense and the birthday incense. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

ErinSueGreads All of these books were on my TBR, purple is my favorite color. And the Aquarius incense are amazing. You did so good and I love every single thing. 8mo
ErinSueGreads @monalyisha thank you thank you thank you! 8mo
Avanders Wow! 😍🎃🔮🖤💜 8mo
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ErinSueGreads Right?!? I think I have a #jbmail to return to you......@avanders (edited) 8mo
mkittysabibliokitty Beautiful!! 8mo
RainyDayReading I‘m so glad that you like everything!!! It was a lot of fun hunting for things for you (: This post totally made my day! 8mo
monalyisha This is one of my favorite posts from the whole #WitchPleaseSwap. I‘m so happy you had such a positive experience! Warms my witchy heart. 🖤 7mo
Linsy Amazing! 💜💜💜 7mo
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erank58
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Full of monsters and girl power, this was such a delightful read! Great #halloween pick if you're not a fan of the spooky stuff!

Also, had no clue there was a sequel until just now--guess I have another TBR addition!

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erank58
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Some rainy-morning Saturday reading before company calls for the weekend. Absolutely loving this #worldfantasyawards nominee--the cover isn't too shabby, either!!

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deirdrebeecher
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I am starting to get quite irritated by Historic Fantasy being missold as historical fiction. As a history nerd I found this book very jarring, it is not based in late Victorian London, but on the London of late Victorian Gothic novels, ie fantasy. But I might have powered through that irritation if I cared one jot about the characters. Instead I felt constantly pushed away from them by the interjected dialogue and the weird pace of the story.

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Bookishlie
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While this was really good, it read a bit like I imagine a Jane Austen novel would read (I have yet to read one). And I‘ve attempted Austen multiple times but have yet to actually finish any of her novels. This one I did finish and will probably keep up with the series.

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Lisaw13
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If that's all it took!! 👖

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blamethestardust
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Ya'll. YA'LL. I am loving this so much. It's so charming and delightful.

And so many ladies!

And Beatrice is MY FAVORITE.

I bought this on Audible now. And there's a sequel! So I bought that too. 😆

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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
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I love this book. These asides can be a little annoying but they are funny yoo

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Gdsjenny
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Pickpick

At first I dud not like the banter between the girls. It interrupted the movie in my head, but it grew on me. The name dropping from other gothic novels was a nice touch. Well done bringing the iconic characters around to women.

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Mitch
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Throwing light on the unwritten, female world that surrounded the established 'mad scientist' stories of the nineteenth century, Goss creates characters that are both quirky and totally believable within the tradition.I loved the idea of the unreliable narrator - we get to step out of the story to 'hear‘ the gentle mocking & banter of the characters, as they read the manuscript. Goss makes it work so well. Loved it - bring on book 2!

trioxin_sematary Nice! ☺ 10mo
LeahBergen I love your nail colour. 😀 10mo
Mitch @LeahBergen its called Suzi Without A Paddle ! Who names these things! 10mo
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LeahBergen 😆😆 10mo
Read4life I just finished book 2 and loved it. 10mo
Mitch @Read4life oh I‘m so glad. I always worry Book 2 wont hold up next to a great book 1! 10mo
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Mitch
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Thought this was the right place to read my final chapter, about these Victorian era young women planning their unconventionally lives & adventures.
Marianne North was a Victorian woman who travelled the world painting plants and animals. She commissioned the building of this gallery to hold over 800 of her own work. It‘s super amazing as was she! #readingonlocation

Kaye Great background to match your book ! 10mo
Mdargusch Oh my gosh! That looks like a perfect space! 10mo
Mitch @Mdargusch it‘s super beautiful, all 4 walls are covered wall to ceiling. 10mo
LeahBergen Cool! 10mo
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Mitch
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Wanted to find somewhere suitably Victorian to read about Holmes, Watson and the motley crew of ‘daughters‘ of 19th century scientists. #readingonlocation

Oryx Gorgeous. Is it Kew? 10mo
Cailey_Mac Oooo gorgeous!😍 10mo
tracey38 Nice! 10mo
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Mitch @Oryx it is! It‘s the newly refurbished Temperate House 🌴 10mo
julesG Kew Gardens! I could sit and read for ages. 10mo
Kaye Pretty ! 10mo
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Mitch
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“Come in, come in quickly,” said Mrs Poole. “Poor Miss Frankenstein has killed a man!”

End chapter!

This is such a fun read!

Blueberry @NataliePatalie you might like this book. 10mo
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Mitch
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And now for something completely different. That‘s why books are so darn amazing - one minute you‘re on a dude ranch with a writer who‘s contemplating her role as a woman in the current climes. Then you‘re willing an allomancer to defeat evil and over throw the regime in the name of the people and now I‘m pacing the wet Victorian streets with Mary Jekyll on the tail is a serial killer.

Love being a reader 💕💕💕

Andrew65 Great post! 10mo
Mitch @Andrew65 I just love books! 10mo
Andrew65 @Mitch It shows and I totally agree with your sentiments! 😊 10mo
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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
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This weekend I‘m hoping to read more of this intriguing book! 🧐

Johanna414 Beautiful cover! 10mo
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