Vesme White

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  • Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus 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! Are You Fucking Kidding Me?.jpg 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.