The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

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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 capturea 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.
Publisher: New York : Saga Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481466509
148146650X
9781534409637
1534409637
Branch Call Number: FANT Goss T
Characteristics: 402 pages ; 22 cm

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Jenkskitten
Sep 14, 2020

Enjoyable mystery filled with fantasy characters we have all heard of. However, did not enjoy the interrupted comments of the characters from the story, otherwise would have rated it a 5 star.

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LauraPowers_0
Sep 13, 2019

Amazing writer!! I've read the first two and am sooooooo sad that the series is ending at book 3!???? which hasn't been released yet and I'm already mourning the end.

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rhcica
Aug 18, 2019

Clever. Cheeky. Compelling. A really fun read.

ReadingAdviser_leni Jun 26, 2019

I particularly enjoyed the fact that the characters interrupt the writing of the book. These comments are recorded and become part of the story. An excellent historical mystery with a slight fantasy leaning. All the girls in the story are the daughters of famous scientists (Jekyll, Rappaccini, Moreau, Hyde, etc.). They join up with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Very entertaining and I look forward to reading the next.

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helen13
Apr 28, 2019

Absolutely delightful! The "monstrous women" of the story are all the daughters or made creatures of mad scientists, and very prominent ones, too. Jekyl and Hyde, Frankenstein, Dr. Moreau and Rappacini had, mutated or created these ladies and they are a force to be reckoned with, especially when they get together. Holmes and Watson are on hand too, for some rousing adventures and derring do. Read for great fun and a new take on some classic tales.

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happysandy6
Aug 04, 2018

A fun book with a new take on classics. It pulled together a unique cast of women and is a great start for the sequel.

cals_readers Nov 13, 2017

I really enjoyed Goss' interesting take on the classic characters of fantasy and sci-fi. I'm always for a female centric cast, and having the dialoque within the narration as draft notes, was hilarious and helped to build the strength of the characters. The narrative moved quickly, but still allowed for the development of the women central to the story. The addition of Sherlock Holmes and Watson was so exciting, even though it sometimes felt forced. I feel as if I am just getting to know the characters, and I am looking forward to Goss' sequel. ~Danielle Butler, Central Arkansas Library System

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Brontina66
Nov 07, 2017

This is one of the most entertaining books that I have ever read. I enjoyed every single page of it and am going to read the other novels in the series. The plot is extremely original: the daughters of some literary scientists meet and form a club, the Athena club. Actually, only some of the heroines are properly 'daughters', because some of them are rather creatures, but in a human form. So we meet Mary Jeckyll and Diana Hyde, who are also half-sisters, Beatrice Rappaccini, Katherine Moreau and Justine Frankestein. They are all, in a way or another, victims of their fathers/creators, who have had no scruples experimenting on them and then basically abandoning them to the mercy of a world that is not always kind to women. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are involved in the adventure, finding out about a mysterious and ancient club whose members are keen on experimenting on girls in order to create monsters and prove their more or less valid scientific theories. Oh, and let's not forget Reinfeld and Jack the Ripper... but no more about the plot, I don't want to spoil it.
The book is fantasy and very looses based on the crimes of Jack the Ripper (another kind of monster), but it still deals with some important serious issues, such as women's abuse, father-daughter relationships, the role of women in society, the lack of respect for Nature that we still see today. It's a book to enjoy just for the fun of it that I could not put down.

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mblummichaels
Oct 13, 2017

nicely written, interesting story line, but so what, is the feeling i was left with

I have mixed impressions of this novel. The main narrative is fine and mostly well-crafted with interesting characters playing out an interesting premise. What irked me endlessly was the unnecessary and intrusive sub-narrative of the story's characters interjecting with mostly useless and uninteresting commentary from the perspective of reflecting back on the events. This also spoiled a great deal of dramatic tension because those characters, who were in jeopardy, are talking about their jeopardy which they have obviously survived. Stupid, stupid, stupid to leave that crap in. It spoiled so much including the natural flow of the story. Ugh. The character of 14-year old girl was also a sore point. Her language was far too modern for 120 years ago. Lastly, the book does not resolve - and infuriatingly so - the obvious interaction that should have happened between two major characters (I won't spoil it). Ridiculous. Worse, the lack of resolution was deliberately staged solely (and obviously) for the purpose of creating a second book. This could have and should have been edited much better.

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Feb 08, 2018

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