Tuesday, June 19, 2012
However I was immediately dismayed to find Mycroft recast as a stunning beautiful and trim sister, which makes a nonsense of the original character. And the idea that even the best motorcycle could be driven at great speed through the streets of 1885 London also stretched plausibility. After all, does not the best Steampunk embroider upon the period (factual and fictional), not over-write it entirely?
Ultimately this novella is a confused mash-up of "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" and superficial Steampunk elements that does not capture the charms of either--let alone the possibilities presented by combining them. Very disappointing.