What Ho, Automaton!

What Ho, Automaton!

by Chris Dolley

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What Ho, Automaton! by Chris Dolley

** Finalist for the 2012 WSFA Award for best short fiction **

"A fun blend of P.G. Wodehouse, steampunk and a touch of Sherlock Holmes. Dolley is a master at capturing and blending all these elements. More than fascinating, this work is also rip-roaring fun!" - SF Revu

The adventures of Reggie Worcester, gentleman consulting detective, and his automaton valet, Reeves.

"Dolley got me to laugh out loud near the end. Which, frankly, is VERY hard to do. Dolley's tone is spot on Wodehouse and the steampunk elements tie into both plot and silliness admirably." - Gail Carriger, author of Soulless

Reggie, an avid reader of detective fiction, knows two things about solving crime: One, the guilty party is always the person - and, occasionally, the orang-utan - one least suspects. And, two, a consulting detective’s little grey cells require plenty of fish and frequent lubrication when confronted with a ‘three cocktail problem.’ Reeves needs all his steam-powered cunning and intellect to curb the young master's excessive flights of fancy. And prevent him from getting engaged.

The book contains two stories set in an alternative 1903 where an augmented Queen Victoria is still on the throne and automata are a common sight below stairs.

What Ho, Automaton! - a 32 page novelette about how the two met.

Something Rummy This Way Comes - a 164 page novel chronicling their first case. When Reggie discovers that four debutantes have gone missing in the first month of The London Season and, for fear of scandal, none of the families have called the police, he feels compelled to investigate. With the help of Reeves's giant brain and extra helpings of fish, he conducts an investigation that only a detective of rare talent could possibly envisage.

Mystery, Zeppelins, Aunts and Humour. A steam-powered Wodehouse pastiche.


"A fun blend of P.G. Wodehouse, steampunk and a touch of Sherlock Holmes. Dolley is a master at capturing and blending all these elements. More than fascinating, this work is also rip-roaring fun! But where Dolley really excels is in capturing the atmosphere and humor of the Bertie and Jeeves stories. Any Wodehouse fan will want to grab a copy of this work, but even if you have never explored that world, What Ho, Automaton! is a fun and fascinating read. Highly recommended, take a spin in this steampunk hybrid and enjoy the ride!" - SF Revu

"Dolley's collection of Wodehousian steampunk is entertaining and often spot-on parody... Fans of Wodehouse will certainly appreciate Dolley's witty pastiche," - Publishers Weekly

"I found myself snickering and snorting as I read, thinking the entire time 'this is pure awesome'" - Tiffany A. Harkleroad

"I enjoyed every page of this book. A steampunk novel that combines classic British Humor, tongue-in-cheek references to Sherlock Holmes and a cast of great characters. I don't think I've actually laughed out loud this much while reading a book in a very long time." - ErisAerie

"I found myself laughing out loud at Reggie and the fabulous Reeves as they romped their way through various adventures. A homage to Wodehouse without being sycophantic, this is fantastic. One thing to say to Chris Dolley: More please!" - Sueo23

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011276736
Publisher: Book View Cafe
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Series: Reeves and Worcester Steampunk Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 241,351
File size: 547 KB

About the Author

Chris Dolley is a New York Times bestselling author, a pioneer computer game designer and a teenage freedom fighter. That was in 1974 when Chris was tasked with publicising Plymouth Rag Week. Some people might have arranged an interview with the local newspaper. Chris created the Free Cornish Army, invaded the country next door, and persuaded the UK media that Cornwall had risen up and declared independence. As he told journalists at the time, 'It was only a small country, and I did give it back.' In 1981, he created Randomberry Games and wrote Necromancer, one of the first 3D first person perspective D&D computer games. In 2004, his acclaimed novel, Resonance, was the first book plucked out of Baen's electronic slushpile. Now he lives in rural France with his wife and a frightening number of animals. They grow their own food and solve their own crimes. The latter out of necessity when Chris's identity was stolen along with their life savings. Abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insisted the crime originated in someone else's jurisdiction, he had to solve the crime himself. Which he did, and got a book out of it - the International bestseller, French Fried: One Man's Move to France With Too Many Animals And An Identity Thief. He writes SF, Fantasy, Mystery, Humour and Memoir. His memoir, French Fried, is an NY Times bestseller. What Ho, Automaton! - the first of his Reeves and Worcester Steampunk Mysteries series - was a finalist for the 2012 WSFA Small Press Award.

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What Ho, Automaton! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Georgette Heyer meets Looney Tunes. A TERRIFIC READ?
PatiNaglePN More than 1 year ago
A delightful tribute to Wodehouse with a Steampunk twist! What Ho, Automaton! is a grand romp through the trials an tribulations of young Reggie Worcester and his gentleman's automaton, Reeves. In two separate tales (the title story appeared in The Shadow Conspiracy II), they root out villains, appease formidable aunts, and evade vicious Pomeranians. In the second adventure, "Something Rummy This Way Comes," they are joined by the charming and inquisitive Emmeline Dreadnought, who holds her own against dastardly foreigners with Evil Plots. A great read, full of chuckles and smiles.
amaliv More than 1 year ago
Review of Giveaway ebook A short story and novella 'What Ho, Automaton!' and 'Something Rummy This Way Comes'. The short story previously published in 'Shadow Conspiracy II' by Book View Cafe. These are set in the same steampunk alternate universe, and follow the exploits of Reginald Worcester and Reeves. They are a hilarious tribute to Wodehouse. Reeves, a steam driven automaton, and Worcester while avoiding Aunt Bertha's schemes for marriage engage in madcap adventures with debutantes. Automatons, zeppelins, Prometheans and a steampowered Queen Victoria. What more could you ask for? This was an engaging, funny book.