Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. In this fluid society, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, and physical and virtual realities overlap, the appareance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood.A transport ship discharged from military service after a traumatic injury, The Shadow's Child now ekes out a precarious living as a brewer of mind-altering drugs for the comfort of space-travellers. Meanwhile, abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau wants to find a corpse for a scientific study. When Long Chau walks into her office, The Shadow's Child expects an unpleasant but easy assignment. When the corpse turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow's Child with her. As they dig deep into the victim's past, The Shadow's Child realises that the investigation points to Long Chau's own murky past--and, ultimately, to the dark and unbearable void that lies between the stars......
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The Tea Master and the Detective (The Universe of Xuya) Reviews
A new novella de Bodard's Xuya universe. This story features a mindship that has lost her family and a consulting detective who prefers to go through life drugged to the eyeballs who decide to work together. I always like De Bodards prickly people interacting with each other and this was full of that. This is marketed as genderbent far future Sherlock Holmes story and that description lead me to expect lots of twist mystery details but really this book is more of a character study -- but that's ...more
This novella shouldn’t work... but somehow it does!
The Tea Master and the Detective is a wonderfully strange reimagining of Sherlock Holmes — if Watson was a sentient, traumatized spaceship and Holmes was dependent on regular body chemistry modifications to achieve the ultimate mental razor’s edge.
(Also notable, now that I think about it: Not only are Long Chau and The Shadow’s Child gender-flipped versions of Holmes and Watson, but I think that everyone with a speaking role in this novella is i ...more
This particular novella was a mix of Sherlock Holmes (only way better written than Doyle and with female main characters), McCaffery's The Ship Who... series, and Feist & Wurts Daughter of the Empire series.
Bodard is a master of artfully invested world building. She turns this story into a lyrical journey into space, as if the words themselves are overlaid with the serenity of a tea ceremony. Reading it felt restful and ritualized.
What is that st6ory? Well, a Brewer of Serenity (who also h ...more
I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley.
De Bodard's Xuya Universe explores a fantastically-fresh space opera future based on Vietnamese culture. In this new novella, to be released from Subterranean Press, she smartly created a new take on Sherlock Holmes. This is not an easy feat, especially when one considers that Watson (the point of view for the story, as appropriate) is a battle-traumatized mindship with a multitude of bots, and Holmes is a drugged-out woman detective with a pe ...more
Taut, well-written, with excellent character work. It *is* a Holmes pastiche but it’s a lot more than that in practice. (In fact I think approaching it as a pastiche risks blinding a reader to the work’s own independent virtues, but the debt is there.)
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this one, and I started reading it at 3 a.m. on a night when I was sitting up with a sick child. It's a sign of just how wonderful this story is that I was totally gripped and in love with it to the point where I hated setting it down when I was finally able to head to bed myself! I picked it up again first thing the next morning and it really saved me on an exhausted day.
I have read so many Sherlock Holmes retellings, but this one has genuinely become ...more
I received a digital ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for review.
The Tea Master and the Detective is a short, complex, and engaging sci-fi mystery modeled on the archetype of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Our protagonist is the Watson character, here a mindship (sentient spaceship) named The Shadow's Child, who becomes equal parts frustrated by and fascinated with an enigmatic woman who calls herself Long Chau, as the two pair up to solve the problem of a dead body that isn't what it appea ...more