I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
Something a little different for my real-life book club—a steampunk novel. A perfect, light little book for reading during the heat of August, when who really wants to exert themselves too much?
It’s a young adult novel, but it’s charm is dependent on the reader having some familiarity with Sherlock Holmes and Bram Stoker. The stars of this show are Mina Holmes (Sherlock’s niece) and Evalina Stoker (Bram’s much younger sister). Each of them are talented in their own rights, Mina as a thinker and reasoner like her uncle, Evalina as a vampire hunter. Brains and brawn, in other words.
When the two young women are forced to work together, their innate independence stands in their way to begin with. But resistance is futile, and they find themselves relying on each other more & more. Of course, there are love interests introduced for each one—a law man and a rapscallion, just to emphasize their tempermental differences! Since neither woman expected to find a suitable romance, they are surprised & confused by this state of affairs.
While this book will never achieve the durability or popularity of the original Conan Doyle or Stoker creations, it is cute and fun, and I will probably read at least one more book in the series.