The Tea Master and the Detective (Xuya Universe) by Aliette de Bodard

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The Tea Master and the Detective (Xuya Universe) Read Online Free - 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...

Title : The Tea Master and the Detective (Xuya Universe)
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ISBN : 1596068647
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 96 pages


Carol. rated it ★★★★☆

March 07, 2018

In the age of fantasy books of ridiculous lengths--why, hello, Way of Kings--and series that may never be finished--ah-hem, George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss--I've rediscovered my love of novellas. de Bodard has written an intriguing, sure to be award-nominated novella about a mind-ship hir...

Dan rated it ★★★★★

January 22, 2018

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...

Lois rated it ★★★★☆

April 07, 2018

This novella reads like the lovechild of Sherlock Holmes and the Ship Who Sang, dropped into a wormhole inside a space capsule made of Asian history. My first sample of de Bodard: while it is a part, or at least inside, of a longer series, and I suspect the world-building might make for a more le...

TheBookSmugglers rated it ★★★★☆

March 02, 2018

The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have

The Captain rated it ★★★★☆

March 31, 2018

Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book: 1) I previously read some of the author’s short stories and loved her writing style; 2) It is a...

Isis rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 08, 2018

Vietnamese-flavored Sherlock Holmes IN SPACE, except that Sherlock's a woman and Watson's a spaceship. This novella should have been right up my alley, but I didn't care for the style or the slow pace, and the characters just didn't gel with me. Not my thing, but maybe it's yours. Also, damn it, o...

Stephanie rated it ★★★★★

January 13, 2018

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...

Acqua rated it ★★★★★

March 27, 2018

The Tea Master and the Detective is a sci-fi Sherlock Holmes retelling in which Holmes is a woman and Watson is a sentient spaceship. With a premise and a cover like these, I had to read this – and not only it lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. The Tea Master and the Detective is a sta...

Beth rated it ★★★★☆

February 15, 2018

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, e...

Leseparatist rated it ★★★★☆

March 03, 2018

I received the ebook ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a review. This is a Sherlock Holmes in space. Sherlock is a woman, and Watson is a spaceship (or, more precisely, the organic mind of one). When I first heard of this, I was quite interested to see the result, a...

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