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Yet another series I'm in next volume countdown for .... - The Bibliophile
Too busy reading most likely ...
Yet another series I'm in next volume countdown for ....
Just finished reading Who killed Sherlock Holmes?, volume three of Paul Cornell's Shadow Police series, after having done a refresher re-read of London falling and The severed streets ...

This was so SO good! Not just the mystery and solution within this volume but also the continued revelations and development of characters and situation carried on from the previous volumes.

ARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!! Cornell is an evil bastard for using the last page and a half to drop a bit of bombshell hint of what's coming in volume four and possibly beyond that. There was a two-year gap between Streets and Holmes ... may the next book be coming much sooner than that. Because ARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!

Who woulda thought that, in a dark and nasty occult mystery series, one of the regular characters could develop into and remain such a sweetie even though he's right in the thick of it all. May Kev Sefton continue to be that way. Because characters who buck the usual stereotypes in a believable way are a breath of fresh air in all fiction.

"Would you please not try to out Sherlock Holmes?" is an absolutely hilarious line in context (no, I'm not telling ... you'll just have to read and enjoy like the rest of us)

And re-reading the first two volumes was just as good as reading them the first time. :-)


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zappo From: zappo Date: 6th September 2016 06:15 (UTC) (Other places)
At Worldcon in London two years ago I attenden Cornell's reading from that book :) it was brilliant! And he seemed genuinely surprised and pleased that so many ppl showed up and were interested (tiny room packed to bursting).

Another good series is the one I just read the fifth installment of yesterday, Mark Hodder's Burton & Swinburne books. I didn't think I liked steampunk but this also involves forteana and time travel!
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 6th September 2016 23:56 (UTC) (Other places)
Cornell wrote the three Wolverine story arcs that led up to his death ("Hunting Season", "Killable", and "Three Months to Die") for Marvel and I thought they were excellent ... he's very good at realistic, natural dialogue and characters in both comic scripting and regular prose. I'm not at all surprised to hear that he had a packed room for his reading (and it's quite sweet that his reaction was as you describe ... wonder if Kev Sefton is unconsciously based on himself?)

Also loved his "Witches of Lychford" ... have the sequel to that to look forward to getting in a month or so. :-)

I'm not much on steampunk as a rule but there are exceptions such as Kage Baker's "historic" stories within her Company series. I'll have to give Hodder a try ... thanks!
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