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European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (Reprint)
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (Reprint) | Theodora Goss
In the sequel to the Nebula finalist The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of mad scientists from literature embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society's nefarious plans once and for all. Mary 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.
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Bookwormjillk
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This was a super fun audiobook, just went on for a bit too long. #RoaringWolf Monster Mash #scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter #ReadWithUs #LittenListen #Spookoweenreadathon #Wickedathon

DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
TheSpineView Awesome 1mo
Roary47 Yay!! 1mo
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Johanna414
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These books are just fun - I think I enjoyed this one even more than the 1st, despite it being absurdly long. Diana is a hoot!

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Johanna414
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I am having absolutely the laziest day... #audiocoloring and naps

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LeticiaToraci
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This was an awesome sequel for this fantasy of manners series. Goss is an author that certainly needs more attention and readers. And here is Diana's favorite food too: Knödel!

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erank58
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Finally starting the second installment of this trilogy! I loved The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter a few years back, but seeing 700+ pages just makes me so nervous ? I'm trying to get over my fear of "big books," and it's time to stop putting this off!

Lucy_Anywhere I have this lurking on my Kindle and have been putting it off for exactly the same reason! 7mo
Scochrane26 It‘s one of those books that doesn‘t seem as long as it is. That‘s how I felt anyway. It went quickly. 7mo
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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and looking forward to this sequel! Mary Jeckyll and the rest of the daughters of mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the nefarious Alchemical Society once and for all! 🧛

ozma.of.oz I love this whole trilogy! Hope you enjoy this one too! 11mo
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Erofan
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This is a continuation of #theextraordinaryadventuresoftheathenaclub . A good detective story that also features monsters, mysticism, and characters from typical English novels. The book has a lot of humor, funny comments-inserts of characters that dilute the narrative. The book is very voluminous, but easy to read and quickly addictive.

BiblioLitten 💜 12mo
readordierachel What a striking cover! 12mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I love the colors on the cover! 12mo
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Bianca
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I don‘t have much motivation to get work done today. I‘m currently audio coloring (loving this book!) whilst a sleepy cat naps next to me. We shall see how much writing I get done today...

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StaceyKondla
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A very fun follow up to The Strange Case of the Alchemist‘s Daughter. I‘m hoping the library gets the audiobook for book 3 soon

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sparrowssavvy
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Amazing sequel! Absolutely loved it! Can‘t wait to go and buy the third!

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sparrowssavvy
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Perfect weekend reading

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Briary
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Mehso-so

This was a reread. And it annoyd me so much more the second time. I think this could be summerized with "Mary had no idea what was happening." I don't know what happened between the first book and this, but apparently it contained a fairly succesful lobotomy for most of the main cast, especially Mary.

Sheesh ?

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Hufflepuffle
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Just finished the second instalment of the Athena Club! As with the first book it was filled with strong female personalities and there were a few new faces this time round too. I love the commentary from the main characters, I feel somehow closer to them for it. Can‘t wait for the next adventure!

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Ekkross
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Loved this! I‘m very excited to read the 3rd. I love how the author has combined notorious characters together into the narrative

Bette Loved the first one, Your review reminds me I'll have to get going on the next one. 👍❤️😊 2y
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veritysalter
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A sort of female League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: the members of the Athena Club must race across Europe to stop the nefarious plans of the Société des Alchimistes, with the help and hindrance of other famous fictional characters. Very different from my usual kind of read, I enjoyed the familiarity of the names and the story was fun. Thank you @ulrichyumiodd for this book.

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veritysalter
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A perfect end to the Christmas holidays. Tomorrow the children go back to school and the routine returns. It‘s been a fabulous four weeks of family, fun and of course reading.

LeahBergen And the dogs are EXHAUSTED by it all. 😉 2y
veritysalter They‘ve had a blast, lots of food, walks and parties, they‘ll not be happy at 6:30 in the morning when we‘re back on the school run. Has your puppy had a good Christmas? (edited) 2y
Crazeedi I just saw this photo, how lovely and sweet fur friends too!❤ 2y
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PickwickPlockPlock
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While I still enjoyed the book, I didn't like it as much as the first one. It dragged a bit and could have been shorter than its 700 pages. Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to the third and last book in the series.

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Starting book two of the year #ILikeBigBooks

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Ekkross

I am so excited to read this one

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veritysalter
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#CreepyChristmas #CreepyChristmasSwap @ulrichyumiodd Wow!! Thank you so very, very much for my creepy gifts!! Merry Christmas and happy reading!

ulrichyumiodd You‘re welcome! I hope you like everything. Merry Christmas!🌲🎅🏻 2y
OnlyYoo Omg this is amazing! 2y
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Debdeb
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Loved this second book in the series and have just downloaded book 3 ... such clever use of the characters and how they are being woven into the story!!

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ElisabethRose
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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.

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ozma.of.oz
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#chillingphotochallenge #monster

One of my absolute favorite reads (listens?) of last year!

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon @Clwojick 1 point (132 total)

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Ericalambbrown
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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 🦇 🧛‍♂️

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Hope you feel better soon! Glad you made the best of it with some extra reading time. 2y
Ericalambbrown @LiteraryinLititz We are SO much better today, Thanks! 😘 2y
xxjenadanxx I love this series! Can't wait for the third! 2y
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CaitlinR
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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!

Ericalambbrown Maybe flag this for spoilers 2y
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jillrhudy
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Mehso-so

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

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Scochrane26

Somehow I read 16 books in August, probably a record for me. This might explain my lack of productivity this month 😂
Audio-4, physical-12
Out of the books that were not re-reads, I liked the tagged best, with Pumpkinheads close behind.
#augustwrapup

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annamatopoetry
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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.

annamatopoetry I very much appreciated that Carmilla and Laura got to be Actual Lesbians; if they hadn't, I probably would have quit the book. 2y
ozma.of.oz I love this series! I‘m so excited for the next one! 2y
annamatopoetry @chaoticgoodhufflepuff me too! The upside to having to wait so long for this one (strictly following my TBR list in order) is that it's just another two months until the next! 2y
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jillrhudy
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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
#friyayintro @howjessreads

xxjenadanxx I loved European Travel! Can't wait for the next one to come out! 2y
jillrhudy @xxjenadanxx I already have it on hold! 2y
xxjenadanxx @jillrhudy lucky!! I wish out library let us do that in advance. 2y
4thhouseontheleft You share a favorite 🍦 flavor with my daughter! 2y
jillrhudy @4thhouseontheleft she's clearly a young lady of taste and distinction!
2y
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annamatopoetry
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Aha! There it is!

annamatopoetry She saved it for Dracula! 2y
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annamatopoetry
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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. " ?

annamatopoetry *tries to avoid making good omens reference*. (In actual judeo-christian mythology I belive it was one of the archangels.) 2y
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This book you guys

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annamatopoetry
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Did I mention it's delightful?
(and I realize some readers hate the meta commentary / framing device dialogue, but I love it.)

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annamatopoetry
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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.

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jillrhudy
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It‘s here! Downloading! Still three months to wait for Lonesome Dove ebook and at least five to wait for Daisy Jones and the Six audiobook. #libby

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annamatopoetry
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Nineteen pages in and already a delight.

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annamatopoetry
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No messing up this reading order now. I'll keep reading Sakhalin Island at the same time as well.

annamatopoetry Three of these deal with gender explicitly, even in the title. I guess I am fully back on my bullshit. 2y
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kyraleseberg
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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 😕

xxjenadanxx It was a bit wordy but I loved it in the end! Stick it out!! 2y
Scochrane26 It is wordy & has a lot of characters, but I loved it. 2y
kyraleseberg @xxjenadanxx Thanks for the encouragement, I made it through! 2y
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kyraleseberg @Scochrane26 It needed some serious editing (just my two cents!) but overall it was a good read, even though it got lost in the details at times. 2y
Scochrane26 @kyraleseberg I noticed the 3rd one is about the same length as the 1st, so hopefully it will be better editing. 2y
kyraleseberg @Scochrane26 I downloaded the ARC and am hoping the same thing! 2y
jillrhudy It‘s crazy! Every time someone butters a roll you have to know about it, and the author thinks that every 15th page I forget that Cat is a puma. Did Goss fire her editor? Did they make her write 100 extra pages about nothing? 2y
kyraleseberg @jillrhudy So much YES! I am shocked it passed any editor's desk in that state. I still have the 3rd on my Kindle but have been putting it off since this one was so tedious. 2y
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Scochrane26
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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.

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Scochrane26
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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.

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Scochrane26
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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.

ozma.of.oz I adored this one! Two thumbs up from me! 👍🏻👍🏻 I hope you enjoy it! 2y
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Aimeesue
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#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.

ozma.of.oz I love both of these books so much! And I‘m so excited for the third one! ❤️ 2y
Aimeesue @chaoticgoodhufflepuff They're so much fun! The audiobooks are excellently done - spectacular voice work! 2y
ozma.of.oz I totally agree! After I listened to both of them, I actually went out looking for other books that she‘s narrated! 2y
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MandaMT
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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!

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MandaMT
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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.

Be forewarned

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annamatopoetry
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New book # 1, from the department of "yes, finally"

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xxjenadanxx
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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?

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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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!

Shvonne **Impatiently waiting for book 3** 2y
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