Review: The Lost Future of Pepperharrow, by Natasha Pulley

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow, by Natasha Pulley: reviewed by Gregory G. H. Rihn The Lost Future of Pepperharrow is the third book by Natasha Pulley set in the world of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Unlike The Bedlam Stacks, which was a prequel of sorts, The Lost Future of Pepperharrow is a direct sequel to Watchmaker. In Lost Future, Mori has gone back to Japan, via Russia. His old schoolmate, Kuroda, has become Prime Minister of Japan. The Imperial Russian Fleet is staging provocative maneuvers in sight of the Japanese coast, Kuroda has ordered a fleet of new warships … Continue reading Review: The Lost Future of Pepperharrow, by Natasha Pulley

I Fell in Love with Old West During a Cross-Country Drive and Gold Rush Days in Sacramento

After over a year living in Greece and Bulgaria back in 2015, the Mister and I decided to take our time getting out to California. We hung out with family, relaxed, and took a looooooong drive from Michigan to the … Continue reading I Fell in Love with Old West During a Cross-Country Drive and Gold Rush Days in Sacramento

Sherlock Holmes Sourcebook Part 5 – The Supporting Characters

Like so many others, Sherlock Holmes sometimes needs “a little help from him friends.” Find out more about the supporting players in Conan Doyle’s tales. John Hamish Watson Though Dr. Watson narrates almost every one of Conan Doyle’s detective stories, … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes Sourcebook Part 5 – The Supporting Characters

Steampunk Sourcebook for Sherlock Holmes Part 1 – Character Biography and the First Short Stories

With Conan Doyle’s birthday this month, we’re paying tribute to his best known character, Sherlock Holmes. I set out to write this Sourcebook and it ended up being waaaaaaaay too long for a single post. This collection of synopses and … Continue reading Steampunk Sourcebook for Sherlock Holmes Part 1 – Character Biography and the First Short Stories

Throwback Thursday – Taste of the Victorian Era: Egyptomania

Napoleon’s Legacy The love affair between Western Europe and ancient Egypt can be traced to Napoleon’s invasion of Alexandria in 1798. I had always thought of the French mission to Egypt as an “expedition.” In truth it was a military maneuver aimed … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Taste of the Victorian Era: Egyptomania