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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 literatures 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 murdersand the bigger mystery of their own origins. Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents death, is curious about the secrets of her fathers mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her fathers former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capturea reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hydes 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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sherryvdh
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While listening to my audiobook and cooking supper, I look out the window to see this.

Nope. No thank you. Who do I speak to about returns or exchanges? #IWantFallBack
#audiocooking

Tamra Indeed! 3d
marleed That‘s just wrong! 3d
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majkia

Amusing, and well written. Perhaps better titled “ Revenge of the Daughters“

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thereadingowlvina
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This book is a WOWZA! Brilliant plot, impressive cast of literary characters & engaging writing. No complaints! I loved it and will be reading the next book in this series!

Rating: 4.75⭐

For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2947815225

MandaMT YES! I started this series this summer. They‘re great! I think the3rd one is out now. I‘m excited to check it out! 3w
thereadingowlvina @MandaMT Oh I better start reading book 2 real soon! 😁 3w
MandaMT Good luck! That one is a brick. Took me two weeks with hours of daily reading to get through. Still fun though. 3w
thereadingowlvina @MandaMT Ha ok! I guess it'd be like reading a Stephen King novel! 😁 3w
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Lucy_Anywhere
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It's monsoon season in Bangkok which means... traffic jams. The perfect opportunity to keep reading this fun gothic fantasy full of monsters and Victorian sensitivities

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Lucy_Anywhere
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Woohoo! #BFCR4 begins today! Here are my goals for this challenge - 6 books in 6 weeks, gym four times a week, and (the hardest goal of all) NO SNACKING.
@wanderinglynn thanks for organising it again.
@4thhouseontheleft @LapReader @rsteve388 let's smash this!

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 1mo
4thhouseontheleft You‘ve got this! 💪🏼 1mo
Linsy Good luck!! I need to do something like this after I have my baby. It‘s been embarrassingly too long since I‘ve been to a gym! 1mo
Lucy_Anywhere @Linsy thanks! And congratulations! I haven't Nicene to a gym for years until a couple of months ago, and I didn't even have pregnancy as an excuse 1mo
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tjwill
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I sped through the audiobook, which features the daughters of several classic horror characters. I especially liked Mary Jekyll and Diana Hyde, and now I‘m starting the also referenced book, The Island of Doctor Moreau, because I had never read it. Oh, and it also contains Sherlock Holmes! Very fun mystery with monsters and science! #scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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Ericalambbrown
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First #scarathon book finished today! It wasn‘t scary, but with characters carrying names like Jekyll, Rappaccini, Frankenstein, Hyde, Moreau . . . I certainly think it fits. This was a super fun romp and I immediately started book 2 and book 3 arrived yesterday. If you are a purist, this may not be for you. If you are good with reimaginings, you may really enjoy it! #teamstoker

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
Scochrane26 I‘m frustrated because my library doesn‘t have the last one yet. Not on Libby or hoopla. Might end up buying it, but I have other books to read, so I may wait. 1mo
Ericalambbrown @Scochrane26 I‘m loving the second one, too! These are so fun! I preordered the third hardback from a little local bookshop because ✊🏻😂 1mo
Lucy_Anywhere I'm reading this atm, and loving it 😀 1mo
Linsy Beautiful pic! 💚 1mo
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thereadingowlvina
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Yay!!! I've officially completed #Booked2019 !!!

It was fun and I enjoyed it! 😁

Thanks @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen

#Booked2019Summer #Booked2019Fall

4thhouseontheleft Woohoo! Great job! 🎉 🙌 1mo
Cinfhen Oh WoW!!! Well done 👍🏽 Hope you‘ll be back for #Booked2020 1mo
thereadingowlvina @Cinfhen Thank you! Count me in! Can't wait for the next one! 😁 1mo
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UnidragonFrag
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1. Summer of Night, mainly.
2. No Country for Old Gnomes was fun, fave fiction. Dopesick was awful, but interesting, fave nonfiction.
3. Tagged book.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Ericalambbrown
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Hank the Book Sniffer informs me that it‘s time settle in and read for the night. Night, y‘all! #HankTheBulldog

thereadingowlvina Just finished this book and loved it! 😁 1mo
Ericalambbrown @thereadingowlvina I‘m loving it, too! I‘ll probably get it finished just in time for it to be my first #scarathon post 1mo
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Dorianna
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The book began as a question the writer asked herself while writing her doctoral dissertation. “Why did so many of the mad scientists of the 19th century narratives create, or start creating but then destroy female monsters?” It follows the daughters of mad scientists as they go on adventures and investigate the secret society their fathers belong to. It‘s a fun mix of monster retelling & literary criticism. Oh, Holmes and Watson are in it, too.

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Ericalambbrown
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“No wonder men didn‘t want women to wear bloomers! . . . . If they had pockets! With pockets women could conquer the world!”🤣

For so much of history women have been hampered by clothing. Power over women in the name of fashion. I just loved this middle paragraph.

Scochrane26 There‘s some great feminist quotes in this series. I would have hated to wear all those clothes. I have a hard time now wearing business casual all day. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @Scochrane26 I‘m really loving this book so far! I‘ve ordered/preordered the next two. I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked it up. 😊 2mo
Scochrane26 @Ericalambbrown I just read them in July/August & am excited about the next one. I actually audiobooked Dr Jekyll & mr Hyde because of this series (never thought I‘d read that classic). I kept seeing the 1st on litsy. 2mo
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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Thanks for the tag @AmyK1 !

#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

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CaitlinR
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Mehso-so

Mary Jekyll, Diana Hyde; Beatrice Rappaccini; Catherine Moreau; Justine Frankenstein. All “monsters” created by men.

Throw in Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and a host of other characters and you have one wild ride.

The story‘s a hoot — the writing‘s a tad contrived. That won‘t stop me from reading the next.

Cathythoughts 😬😱😱 2mo
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ElisabethRose
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This book is so uniquely charming. It is very reminiscent of the classic Penny Dreadful tales, capturing the same quality of story and the same strange and wonderful characters. I loved the audiobooks, the narrator was perfect. It includes characters from Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes.

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Scochrane26
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@howjessreads #friyayintro
1. Tagged.
2. Not too many as a kid, it‘s hard to have a nickname for shannon. A neighbor called me “sha-sha”.
3. Mozzarella sticks or chips & queso
4. Prob going to a friend‘s bday party & making a strawberry pie for party.
5. English & French

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kyraleseberg
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Started this last night and I've already passed the halfway mark!

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Scochrane26
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I was loving this book enough to go ahead and check out the 2nd one from library today. I wasn‘t familiar with the Moreau and Rappaccini stories, but I read Frankenstein last year. I love how the author intertwines all the classic stories, focusing on the women, & adding in their comments through the story. I seem to love books with Sherlock & Watson, but I‘m glad the author gave more time to other characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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krayoncolorz
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Week 4 #BFC check in! My week has gone well although it has been SO HOT 🥵. Logged 80,357 steps and completely finished one book. I‘m close to finishing another and half way through a third. The steps have definitely been harder to achieve with the humidity.

Next week will have to focus on some audiobooks as my glasses were broken today. #keepgoing

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! 4mo
Lucy_Anywhere Oh no! Sorry about your glasses! I had a pair snapped in two by an (accidental) basketball to the face and had to go around with them taped together for months until I could a new pair 🙈 4mo
krayoncolorz @Lucy_Anywhere may have to do that if it takes awhile. I can function ok but really can‘t see all that well. Long periods of time will give me a headache. 4mo
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krayoncolorz
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Wanted to get five miles in this morning but after 4.3 miles the sky opened up and lightening crackled all around. Ended up soaking wet as well as my kid‘s cross country team. I‘ll still hit my step goal today though so that‘s good! Started a new book which is tagged. Starting the week off well!

twohectobooks 4.3 miles plus a soak seems like it should qualify as 5 haha 4mo
krayoncolorz @twohectobooks ha, good point! I actually ran a bit faster during the down pour! 4mo
LapReader Very brave of you to be out in a beautiful storm. Good job mate. 4mo
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Hufflepuffle
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Finished this while camping at the weekend. I really enjoyed the re-telling of classic gothic horror stories from the perspective of the females involved and how the different stories added bit by bit to the general plot. I also loved how a group of such different personalities came together as a family by the end. All in all a very cleverly written book in my opinion and i can‘t wait to read the next one!

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MandaMT
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This was a fun romp! I‘d heard the author speak a when she was promoting the sequel. In reading “mad scientist” stories of the 19th century, she noticed mentions of experiments on their daughters or creating female subjects (Jekyll/Hyde, Moreau, Rappaccini, &Frankenstein). Goss imagines a world in which these women come together to solve mysteries- with the aid of Holmes and Watson. Fans of Meyer‘s The Lunar Chronicles may want to check this out.

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Hufflepuffle
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A last minute overnight trip means lots of reading and relaxing (and snacks!). I am devouring this book! Chilling out today and then off to the Lavender fields tomorrow 💜

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Brinx
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Pickpick

I‘m a fan of reimagining classic stories, characters, and history. This book kept my interest 📖

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I adored this book! The second one is just as amazing! 4mo
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TheSpineView
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Pickpick

This is the first book I have read by this author. I was surprised at how well done the characters were. The plot wad good too. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I love this book! The second one is great too! And the third comes out in October, I think. 4mo
Erofan Love this book too! ❤ 4mo
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TheSpineView
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#24B4Monday @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @jb72

I got in 7 hours of reading yesterday! Almost finished with the tagged book. I have no idea what I am going to do read next.😋

Andrew65 A great performance yesterday 👏👏👏 4mo
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ladym30
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Book mail and snacks❤️

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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! ❤️

#HumpDayPost
@DebbieGrillo @MinDea

wanderinglynn Your pets are adorable! ❤️ 5mo
Hufflepuffle @wanderinglynn thank you! 😊 5mo
Mynameisacolour What a bunch of cuties, love the piggies!! 5mo
Hufflepuffle @Mynameisacolour The piggies are currently demanding their breakfast at the top of their voices! 😂❤️ 5mo
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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! 5mo
Crazeedi The last day is always so hard! And sad! And back to reality! Hope you had a great time 5mo
Briary @Crazeedi Reality is a bugger.. Thank goodness there are books 😂 But I had a wonderful time ❤ 5mo
Crazeedi @Briary 💞💞💞💞 5mo
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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! 😃 5mo
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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! 7mo
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) 7mo
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. 7mo
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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? 6mo
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. 6mo
The_Old_Astronomer @AnnCecilie ah I see. Thank you! 6mo
Erofan I agree! The book is an unusual manner of presentation of history! 6mo
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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! 7mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy It IS very funny. I love the meta- meta - fictional asides. 😄 7mo
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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. 7mo
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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. 😁 7mo
jillrhudy I laughed like crazy—over Diana especially. 7mo
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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! 😊👍 8mo
mabell Marionberry! How cool! 8mo
UnidragonFrag @robinb if you get to it before me, you'll have to let me know how it is! 8mo
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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! 8mo
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! 8mo
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 😁 8mo
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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! ♥️ 9mo
emtobiasz @WhatThePuck glad I‘m not alone! 9mo
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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 💕🙌🏻 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! Interesting group of girls! 9mo
julesG I liked this as well. The narrator has the perfect name for an audiobook narrator. 😁 9mo
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rohit-sawant Sold! 🙌🏽 9mo
TrishB Sounds good 👍🏻 9mo
JennyM Sounds fun!! 9mo
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 🙌 9mo
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. 9mo
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 👍 9mo
Trollkonstnaren @Kalalalatja Thanks for warning as I can be sensitive for (certain) spoilers :) 9mo
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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! 10mo
CouronneDhiver Awwwww I love cows! 🖤🖤🖤 9mo
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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! 10mo
vivastory Happy reading, Katja! 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Quiet is good. Have a productive day! 10mo
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businessmermaid Crimson Petal is one of my all-time faves! 10mo
batsy That sounds like lovely reading atmosphere ❄️ 10mo
TrishB Enjoy 💜 10mo
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 👌 10mo
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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 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review! ✔️👊🏻♥️📚 10mo
MicrobeMom @Cinfhen I hope your book improves!! 10mo
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Cinfhen See my review 🙈I was surprised by the killer, though!!! 10mo
MicrobeMom @Cinfhen I will definitely check it out! 10mo
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