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
Are you interested reading a gender-bent version of Sherlock Holmes? Where Watson is also a sentient spaceship? Then I suggest you get yourself a copy of The Tea Master and the Detective, a novella by Aliette de Bodard.
The Shadow’s Child has lost most of her family and now has an aversion to deep space after a brief, traumatic stint as a military transport. She’s taken up a career as a tea master, creating careful, individually tailored brews to help others as they travel through space. Then she ...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
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
The Shadow's Child, the brain of a mindship, is shellshocked and brewing teas for safer space travel when a consulting detective shows up at her door...
This was a Netgalley find and one of the few Netgalley finds that didn't immediately feel like a homnework assignment from a hated teacher.
Set in an asteroid belt with a Vietnamese-influenced culture, The Tea Master and the Detective has its roots loosely planted in A Study In Scarlet. Long Chau hires The Shadow's Child to brew her tea and take h ...more
What a perfect novella. Compelling, thoughtful, evocative and oh, such a good take on Holmes and Watson. I loved this.
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
Pues ya me lo he acabado por fin, ojo no por culpa de la novelita sino porque he pasado unos de estos baches lectores. Esta muy chulo, el problema que le veo al universo de xuya es que tiene su complejidad, como vas leyendo novelitas cortas, cuando lo retomas y ha pasado tiempo tardas a volver a meterte. Y luego en concreto con en esta novela creo que he hecho el pringuis porque debiera haber leído la de The Citadel of the weeping Pearls pero me pudo la novedad y empecé por está. Me ha parecido ...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