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Posted August 3, 2012
Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus is a fantastic combination of the classic stories from Doyle and Verne putting both Sherlock Holmes and the remarkable creation The Nautilus inside the Steampunk universe that will be enjoyable for readers of both classic literature and Steampunk. The Steampunk world that is created in this novel is vivid and imaginative. It is what you want in a steampunk story! The characters are true to Doyle's creation which is part of what makes this such a good read. It is Holmes and Watson simply in a warped parallel universe. I for one hope to see a sequel and watch the Steampunk Holmes universe expand.
Posted May 28, 2012
Steampunk Holmes by PC Martin was pretty awesome. I have never been much for Sherlock Holmes novels. I attempted to read them--meaning I picked up a copy of the collected Sherlock Holmes from the Library and let it sit on my living room table waiting to be returned. Perhaps I should try again if this book has any resemblance to the originals.
Steampunk Holmes has the pacing I need to actually get through a Victorian style mystery. In case you didn't know, I'm not much for mysteries...or much of anything Victorian. Aren't I picky-wicky? This kept me wanting to read. I was riveted even during what I would call "the boring parts," though that really is a relative term. The humor over everyone's obvious dislike for Holmes' "Widowmaker" --and his inability to understand why-- made me chuckle every time.
The "Steampunk" is definitely secondary to the "Holmes" part. It's pretty much just scenery. It's the reality of the world, just as it should be in all good steampunk. I must admit I was concerned that this book would be much too concerned with the steam, and not enough with the famous detective. That's why I picked it up during the Smashwords read an E-book week for free rather than all of the other times I saw it on the "Others purchased" list. Calling it Steampunk Holmes actually draws attention to something that is merely window dressing. This book would do just as well if it were a plain Sherlock Holmes mystery and the plans were for a combustible engine run tanker or heck, even make it the same with the Nautilus being the only steam entity in the world. That's the great part about it. The steam adds nothing but texture to a world that is well realized on its own.
I did have a slight annoyance at Watson's near-religious awe at Holmes deductive skills, though that mostly shows up at the beginning and degrades slowly throughout the book. I probably have Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to blame for that more than anything. I pretty much prefer Watson at the end to Watson at the beginning.
I give this 4 stars, go get it... or better yet, wait until they finish the super special interactive version! It looks really cool!