Oct. 6th, 2015

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Note: Due to IF Comp reviews, Currently Reading Wednesdays is currently moved to Tuesday.

Currently I'm reading Sherlock, Lupin, and Me: The Dark Lady by Irene Adler (nee Alessandro Gatti). It's the first in a YA book series about Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler, and Arsene Lupin teaming up as kids. Unfortunately, for a concept so great, the execution is a bit lacking; the text is very awkward, even for a book translated from Italian, and there are little quirks and flaws that bring the book down. One of them is the author's weird little asides about events and discoveries long in the future, like this:

"And it would be many years down the line before I knew that the secret behind the floating teapot was because the baron had a magic tea set. I know this is an extremely jarring aside, and maybe I could have waited until later to point this out so it'd be a surprise, but I really wanted to let you know this like right now."

I guess the author assumes the reader to be aware of these things, because they're working with established characters, but it still felt really odd. Still, the mystery wraps in a satisfyingly convoluted manner, despite a rocky start, so I'll probably check out the next book, at least.


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