Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Adventure of the Clockwork Men, by Ron Goulart

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September/October 2015; 7,876 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story  Recommended By:   SFRevu:4

In a humorous 1903 steampunk London, a detective who specializes in the supernatural hunts a criminal mastermind who has kidnapped his girl.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Not a bad story, not meant to be taken seriously, but also not much of a mystery. Harry Challenge and his friends pretty much move directly to find their man. The police are cooperative beyond belief. The steampunk element is extremely minor. The fight scene at the end is the weakest part. Lots of Sherlock Holmes allusions to entertain the Holmes fans.

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