I'm loving this series! This one was a bit harder to get through because it's so long and so much happens but it is an enjoyable read (listen?). The audio is awesome, the narrator is just spot on.
Just finished this lovely monstrosity over night while I was sleepless with some viral crud. Fun second book of the series!
Without giving to much of the fun away, I will say this: there are #vampires 😊🖤 So not only is it a book in the #scarathon theme finished for #teamstoker , but it also fits the #chillingphotochallenge 🦇 🧛♂️
Such fun! And the writing on this second novel in the series was true Goss, and worthy of her rep.
Joining the “monstrous gentlewomen” on this new adventure are Irene Adler and a full cast of Van Helsingborg vampires, including Dracula himself.
Setting up the next book, we learn at the end that Alice (the scullery maid) is actually Lydia Raymond (read Great God Pan) who has been captured by ... Prof. Moriarty. Can‘t wait!
I love these main characters, and will very likely read #3, but this sequel was very inferior to the first. Sherlock Holmes continues to be superfluous. He spends most of this book missing, but the author throws in a dozen borrowed and new characters who add zilch. It‘s sooooo repetitive that each chapter reads like a new book! The plotting stinks, and the finale is flat. Only my love of Mary-Cat-Bea-Diana-Justine saves it from a pan. #fantasy
Somehow I read 16 books in August, probably a record for me. This might explain my lack of productivity this month 😂
Out of the books that were not re-reads, I liked the tagged best, with Pumpkinheads close behind.
What a fun romp! The Athena Club series is brain candy (I fell through this 700 page book in three days) but brain candy with delicious references throughout, both to Romantic and Victorian literature and some real world events. I liked this, although I liked the more involved nature of the plot and antagonists less than the first one. Looking forward to # 3 this fall. More commentary with spoilers in comments.
1. Done! Sequel to “The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club“ (Litsy library audiobook)
2. I plan to listen to audiobooks and get my nature fix on!
3. Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie
4. I have played clarinet and dulcimer but haven't played anything in donkey's years. I'd love to take up pan flute and pennywhistle.
5. Going to like a bunch right now
Justine smiled wanly. "you sound like an avenging angel."
Mary had to smile at that image of herself. "on your behalf, I'll be happy hold the flaming sword of... I don't remember. Whoever guarded the gates of Eden or something like that. " ?
Everything is very brown today due to a lack of jam tarts (in the coffee shop; they were present in the book!) I forgot how much faster fiction is to read, this one is 700 pages but I'm more than a quarter through in two sittings. And there may be an István in this book, since it promises Hungary! I suppose that only makes sense if you have read more than a handful of Goss' short stories.
I adored the first in the series but now I'm struggling with the second because it's getting bogged down in waaaaay too much unnecessary detail 😕
Loved the 2nd book in this trilogy. Excited about the 3rd but sure I‘ll have a long wait at the library.
The author brings in some relevant themes (and a funny part about mansplaining), including this quote:
“But you‘re as bad as the Londoners who told me to go back to India, that my kind weren‘t wanted here.”
I was a little annoyed by at least 7 typos. And I thought the action towards the end could have been bigger, after all the build-up.
This book is going faster than I thought it would. Although, I did read the first one quickly, too. They‘re very interesting with so many characters from history packed into the story. I have a list of things to do, but it‘s also tempting to do most of them tomorrow & finish this today.
I know a lot of you have read this one & liked it. I started it last night while charging my kindle. I try to get long books on kindle, but my library only had it in print or audio. So, I‘ll be packing a 700-page book around for awhile. 💪 another Victorian age novel w/feminist themes.
#Audiobookwalk with the Monstrous Gentlewomen. Plus Sherlock, Irène Adler, Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, and lock-picking orphans! These books are a lot of fun, especially if you're a fan of 19th century lit.
This book was... long. Perhaps longer than it needed to be, BUT I still liked it and am looking forward to reading the 3rd book when it comes out.
Goss has an extensive knowledge of early science fiction and noteworthy people of the Victorian era. She weaves both literary characters and historical figures into her book. I found myself frequently checking Wikipedia to see where she was drawing from. She is thorough. It‘s a fun series!
Overall I liked this book, BUT...It‘s 700 pages because it gets bogged down with stuff like this- an entire page that basically says, “Mary woke up, washed her face, and got dressed. Then she went downstairs for breakfast where she noticed some of her companions were wearing pants.”
Every meal, train car, parlor, and teacup is described in GREAT detail in this book.
New book # 1, from the department of "yes, finally"
This is a monster of a book, but its filled with adventure! I adore the way that the author weaves factual & fictional characters & events into these stories & how when you think she can‘t possibly include anyone else without it becoming convoluted, she does. I found it hilarious that Sigmund Freud played a part this time around! I can‘t wait to see what the future holds for our heroines, as well as for Sherlock and Watson. Is it October yet?
Oh Gosh I loved this. It has elements that remind me of Scythe by N. Shusterman. Loved the new cast additions like my girl Irene Adler! I really enjoyed how vampirism is tightly pulled into this weird world of alchemy and science. Some surprise LGBTQ character rep too which was nice. Goss really had a purpose to the whole book (i.e. the size is used effectively and doesnt cause the story to drag). Great audiobook narration from the audiobook too!
Starting beast number one of this month! The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter was such an awesome surprise book for me so I have just as high hopes for the sequel.
This second installment of the adventures of the Athena Club was even more fun than the first one, as the “monstrous gentlewomen” traipsed all over Europe to rescue one of their own AND prevent VanHelsing from using his army of mad vampires to take over the Alchemist Society. They even meet up with Irène Adler, Sigmund Freud, and Count Dracula in the process! I‘m very much looking forward to the 3rd book in the series, coming out this year!
#CurrentlyListening — this is very entertaining! Love the Athena Club!
European Travel was a fun light read but at over 700 pages it did drag a little for me. It mixed a lot of very well known characters like Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein and a group of 5 young women who make up The Athena Club in an adventure set in England and Europe. At times the women‘s voices cut into the story to make a comment and I wasn‘t a huge fan of this. A 3⭐️⭐️⭐️.
Looking forward to starting Hare‘s Fur set in my home town😍
This was a really fun book! It was the perfect sequel, just as interesting as the first book but expanded the world. It was really good to see each of the ladies be challenged and grow, as well as some new characters!
Generally my book choices are based on research and recommendations! This book I bought based entirely on the title and the cover but after 100 pages I am enjoying it a lot. It‘s a Victorian era fantasy mystery with a cast of feminist characters such as Mary Jekyll, Diana Hyde, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein and throw in Holmes and Watson😂 It is the second in a series but can be read as a stand alone. The first book sounds great too..
Happy Sunday, Littens! Haven‘t been on much lately. The universe decided I needed to be thumped between the eyes & am currently major struggling in every single aspect of my life. Deal w/ anxiety on the regular but for past couple months have been having ALL the anxiety ALL the time. Starting a new job tomorrow & today trying to ease back into reading life. Even if the rest of my life is poop, there will always be books. Please send good vibes.
Book 2. So much fun - it answers the question of what would happen if the daughters of crazy famous scientists got together to have adventures! Throw in some Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud for a little more fun. At over 700 pages it was a bit long though!
Have you ever wished you could see the daughters of literature‘s maddest scientists team up to try to rescue a vampire (and also Sherlock Holmes is there)? Well, that‘s a specific dream. Also, you‘re in luck! Theodora God‘s‘ Athena Club is back and ready to kick some ass in the name of sisterhood. This series is a delight. The sequel is definitely too long (700 😵) but I still really enjoyed it and can‘t wait for the next one!
Back at our happy place, #TheBookmarkPR 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜
Finished 9/6/18. The characters are done well. That being said, I have to wonder what Victorian/ gothic characters Goss has NOT borrowed from past lit. I like the idea, but is almost too much and lost its intrigue for me. Also, there are frequent blurbs about the book from the characters from an outside perspective which I like, except Cat (a char.) kept advertising the first book repeatedly which was supposed to be funny but was annoying.
Book 2 in the Athena Club series centering on the wonderfully ‘monstrous‘ daughters of literature‘s mad scientists goes farther in all senses: geographically, plot-twist-wise, and bringing in more fascinating characters. At 700+ pages it was a pain to drag around, but lots happens, lots learned, and the Athena gals continue their resourceful ways. I am looking forward to book 3 but most of all, this gives us the best version of Irene Adler EVER.