Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus

Rated 3.72/5 based on 18 reviews
In an alternative Steampunk universe (c.1885), the plans for Captain Nemo's mysterious Nautilus submarine have been stolen from the British Secret Service. There is only one man who can solve the case, Sherlock Holmes. With his bionic side-kick Doctor Watson, and his brilliant and lethal sister, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock unravels a mystery that will shake the foundation of the British Empire. More

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About P.C. Martin

P.C. grew up traveling the world with her parents and speaks four languages including English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. P.C. is a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, Steampunk, Star Wars, classic literature, and freely admits to being a Geek. She lives in the “Paris of South America”, Buenos Aries, Argentina.

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Review by: Carol on Jan. 07, 2013 :
An interesting adaption of Sherlock Holmes to steampunk. Note that hydrogen cyanide is a gas; potassium cyanide is the salt most commonly used as a poison (acid liberates the poisonous hydrogen cyanide).
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)

Review by: Ron Gill on Sep. 16, 2012 :
Steampunk Holmes packs elements of Sherlock Holmes, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the steampunk universe together in a story that will appeal to anyone with an active imagination.

Sherlock tears around London on a seam powered motorcycle. Dr. Watson has a bionic arm, Mycroft Holmes is Sherlock's sister. The villain escapes in a dramatic airship chase. What's not to like in a story with all these new takes on old characters and conventions of Victorian England in 1885.

No, it is not the way Arthur Conan Doyle told a story, but if you set out to re-imagine, rather then recreate, then the characters and situations ought to be different from Doyle.

This manuscript is intended to be combined with images and sound for presentation on a tablet, and any final judgment on Steampunk Holmes should rest until the completed production can be viewed on a digital device, but the text has an unfinished feel. It reads as though it was written in parts and then assembled without adequate transitions. The story has it's strong points. Holmes' motorcycle pursuit of the airship across the English countryside puts you right in the side car with Watson firing a Gatling gun.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)

Review by: Dominique on Aug. 15, 2012 :
I usually love anything Holmes, and steampunk is a genre I'm just starting to get into. But for some reason this didn't grab me. I ended up stopping about 30 pages in. I think trying to be as close to Doyle's style as the author was didn't work in this story. A more modern narration would have worked best for me personally. Well written though.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: Amanda Carlini on Aug. 08, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this bit of fiction. I have been a loyal fan of The Canon and I take the treatment of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson very seriously.
I liked the changes (a female Mycroft, Watson's arm, and the Widowmaker) I didn't find it to far a leap at all to see Holmes as an enthusiast of both this very modern form of transportation as well as the tinkering he takes to in the hopes of better equipping his friend.
I actually find that, for me at least, Holmes and Watson lend themselves very well to the roles of "Action Heroes". The action is in keeping with the pace of most things these days, that is to say very quick.
It moves very swiftly along the same vain as the Navel Treaty with some key differences. Holmes is as clever as always and his stalwart Doctor as handy as ever, the deductions are still there and truly shine when seen in a world that technology is advancing by leaps and bounds.
This is to be only the beginning of a series of books in this inventive and tantalizing world.
My only disappointment is in Doctor Watson's blindness in respects to the guilt of Victoria, though his compassion and effort in attempting to save her life was very moving and something I wholly approve of.
And I for one will back this project in any way I can, my money on kick-starter and the words I speak to others.
I eagerly await another installment.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)

Review by: Sharon on July 07, 2012 :
I enjoyed reading it. Some bits were over the top for me but considering the canon we have, I don't think it was out of place.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)

Review by: M. C. on June 20, 2012 :
Cool, a female Mycroft! But is that really an appropriate name for a lady? And the real Mycroft is a lazy Mycroft, one who does not go around town for work. That's what he/she needs Sherlock for.

Cool, a mechanical arm for Watson! But equipped with a Russian rocket-launcher? A bit of an overkill, perhaps?

I couldn't really appreciate the steampunk factor - if anything, some of the elements felt forced. Steampunk Holmes didn't really work for me, and halfway through, I had to drag myself to finish it. I hope steampunk is better expressed in the graphic novel adaptation.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)

Review by: Amber Sorenson on June 18, 2012 :
A very enticing read. I could hardly put it down.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)

Review by: Bette Forester on June 13, 2012 : (no rating)
a fun read, nicely plotted and with characters I could care about. I think I might have preferred British spelling.
I'm ready for the next one!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Amy Evans on May 27, 2012 :
Awesome story, it's really hard to put down once you start reading. I enjoyed it.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: acjacko on May 26, 2012 :
I liked this! There were a couple of little things that kept me from giving it 5 stars: The Sherlock/Mycroft relationship, and Sherlock in general, is a bit too friendly :P.
As other reviewers mentioned, I think that Watson was a bit too slow at the end.
It had a bit of an action movie feel, and a large body count for a Sherlock story, but Watson's narration made it clear that this was both unusual and distasteful.
I didn't feel like the steam-punk aspects contributed to the story in any meaningful way, but neither did they detract from it, and they were a fun bit of set dressing.
I'm interested to see where the rest of the series goes :).
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: James Clare on May 25, 2012 :
Good book, easy to follow and am pretty sure the british tv series "Sherlock" did a similar story and it was not worth holmes time. That said am still looking forward to the next books. I like the fact watson is a android type person. keep up the good work and remember to confuse the reader and keep the cat in the bag until the end.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: markwidner on May 25, 2012 :
Very happy with this first foray into Steampunk and Holmes. I look forward to more stories in this vein.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Bernard Gilroy on May 24, 2012 :
There are spoilers in this review, so don't read if that sort of thing bothers you.
What can I say? Meh. This is certainly harmless enough but I can't agree with the glowing reviews of others. I feel like it did NOT feel much like a Holmes story, except where the author just cribbed Doyle. The steampunk venue did nothing for me; it seemed like just an excuse to make extraneous changes: Sherlock Holmes is a motorcycle enthusiast! John Watson has a cannon where his arm should be! Mycroft is a woman! None of these adds anything to the Holmes mythos and none of them pay off in any particular way. Oh, and of course, there's a dirigible at one point and it crashes, as if to prove the story's steampunk credentials.

The weaving of the Jules Verne mythos (via Nemo) into the Holmes milieu has promised but never really contributes. The characters are flat and the known ones act out of character. Finally, it reads a bit more like an action movie than a Holmes story. There is gratuitous gun play and extraordinary violence for a Baker Street tale.

I was a supporter on Kickstarter and I retain some hope that, once the series finds its footing, it will excel. But this first entry was, to be blunt, disappointing.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Victor Almeida on May 24, 2012 :
Sorry haven't rated the book, Five stars of course.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Victor Almeida on May 24, 2012 : (no rating)
Great book. Waiting for the all series.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Craig Janssen on May 15, 2012 :
I am a supporter of the Steampunk Holmes kickstarter project. I saw a post on Google+ and decided it was worth a look. I received the pdf version and enjoyed the story very much. The story has a good plot and a lot of twists. I think the steampunk setting just makes it better!

I look forward to seeing more Steampunk Holmes!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: James Fellrath on May 15, 2012 :
Steampunk Holmes is, hopefully, a great start to a new series of books on the Steamy adventures of literature's favorite detective.

The writing is amazingly well done. The prose is very reminiscent of the style of Doyle, but somehow the action scenes fit right in without a hitch! And the inventiveness of the changes in the Steampunk London that the cast inhabits is interesting but seems to fit right in.

Very well done. Can't wait to see more!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Vesme White on May 15, 2012 :
** SPOILER ALERT!!! Don't read this review if you do not want the book spoiled for you **

Overall I liked this story, however I had a few nitpicky things I noticed and then at the end Watson's behavior over something really annoyed me.

Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus is based on the Sherlock Holmes short story "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans." It also includes a character who is the son of Captain Nemo, from "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" and "The Mysterious Island."

The first nitpicky thing I noticed was that when Holmes wakes up Watson, he says "Very sorry to wake you up, Watson," said he, "but it's the common lot this morning. Mrs. Hudson has been woken up, she retorted upon me, and I on you."

Those familiar with the original text will know that Holmes actually uses the expression "knock you up." I can understand that the might have changed it to appeal to a new crowd, but I took me out of the story. Especially since later Watson still used the expression "ejaculated" for saying something. Seemed odd to change one and not the other. I mean, it's a Steampunk twist, so they still use Victorian language.

I also noticed that Watson planned on having coffee first thing in the morning. Now, I'm not certain of this, but I don't recall him drinking coffee in the original text. Like I said, I'm being nitpicky and it was something that took me out of the story.

However, the thing that really annoyed me was Watson's refusal to believe that Victoria Valentine was guilty. Now, Watson commonly believed in innocent until proven guilty in the books, especially female characters, which I'm fine with and is a good way of thinking, but his complete denial of Miss Valentine's guilt was frustrating with all the evidence against her.

While Holmes explained the evidence against her as the murderer of her brother, Watson comes up with various ways to explain the evidence. This is quite fine at first, a good way of closing up plot holes. However, Holmes could have easily pointed out these points himself and explained why the evidence was against here. Instead Watson refuses to believe anything said against the lady.

Then, Holmes says that he actually knew the Miss Valentine in her secret identity as a blackmailer. He had actually seen her blackmailing people. He did not realize it it was her till later in the story, and therefore knows more about her character. He tells of how he bribed a man at the location where she kept her blackmail evidence and was able to view it, and Watson still refused to believe ill of the lady!

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Another thing is that when Holmes comes home exhausted near the end of the story, he and Lestrade allude to the fact that Pierre Nemo is still alive, and yet when Sherlock And Mycroft discuss it the next day Watson is surprised!

Some things I did enjoy was BAMF female Mycroft. There was a part in the book where she left the room and I wondered if she was going to be taken hostage, but I was quite happy to see she held her own, and in fact due to her weaponry was the last person standing.

I was very glad Watson did not hit on her. I don't care if Watson falls for almost every female character, there's just something off limits, to me, about him hitting on Holmes' sister. It simply isn't on.

So yes, overall I did enjoy the story, but Watson's complete denial over the Lady's guilt really did affect how much I liked it. It's not fair to judge the book from that one scene, and yet at the same it can't be ignored.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: chrisx80z on May 03, 2012 :
An amazingly enjoyable, well written read that meshed the steampunk element with a Watsonian voice so accurately, it was actually eerie, like the author conjured the ghost of ACD while writing this. I'd rate this 4.5 stars for a few minor niggles, one being the (at times) shortage of world building and (also at times) tendency to quote chunks of Canon or where in places it followed the plot line of 'The Bruce Partington Plans' a bit too closely.
Otherwise, an excellent read, worth much more than .99 cents, and I'd love to see a sequel to this.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Jon Thysell on March 30, 2012 :
Cleverly sets Sherlock Holmes in a steampunk setting, without forgetting the style and feel of the original canon. I look forward to further stories.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

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