Archive for October, 2020


The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss.


Paperback : 432 pages
ISBN-10 : 1481466518



Amazon Review:


Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this “tour de force of reclaiming the narrative, executed with impressive wit and insight” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) debut is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s 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, Catherine 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.


I enjoyed this book… I think the reason why is because I am so old I remember most of the names of the characters they are using!   Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein , Moreau, Sherlock and Watson… the names seem to go on and on.  You begin to think you “knew” these people!

I thought it was very original writing.  You are reading along and all of a sudden there is talk going on between the woman about how the book is being written… a chuckle arose now and then.  Easy reading, and enjoyable.

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Machiavelli: Guardian of Paris by Micheal Scott. (E-book)


Publication Date : October 6, 2020
File Size : 5655 KB
Print Length : 61 pages
Publisher : Delacorte Press (October 6, 2020)



Amazon Review:


It is 1793, and Paris is in the grip of the Terror—the terrible days of the French Revolution. Drawn by the destruction and chaos, Black Annis has come to the city with dark plans to bring even more death upon its people, and only one person stands in her way: the immortal human Machiavelli.

Now, that lost story is told. . . .

The Dark Elders granted Machiavelli eternal life. But the Prince lives only for himself, and he won’t allow Black Annis to destroy the city he’s come to call home. Only, is isn’t just Black Annis that Machiavelli’s up against—the Dark Elder is out to raise the catacombs of Paris, and now the dead are roaming the streets once more.


  So, the newest short story/ novella is about Machiavelli! 

When reading the original series I tended to (sometimes) not know if he was such a bad guy, or maybe some good in him.  I think this story about him settles that score!  An Immortal with a bit of a soul?   One must read it to find out! 

I am loving these short stories from Michael Scott, letting me know more about the characters and used in writing his series.  I think more authors should do things like this!  Very few people (characters) are always 100% “bad”.  

I am already looking forward to next month and the next addition to his collection!  Aoife and Scathach  Shadow Twins.  I never got to know enough about Aoife and Love Scathach, so it should be, yet another, good read!

Thank you so much for keeping life in the Original Series Michael Scott !!!!

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