The Tea Master and the Detective (The Universe of Xuya)

The Tea Master and the Detective (The Universe of Xuya)

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 Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and power...

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Title:The Tea Master and the Detective (The Universe of Xuya)
Author:Aliette de Bodard
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:The Tea Master and the Detective
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:96 pages pages

The Tea Master and the Detective (The Universe of Xuya) Reviews

  • Dan Schwent
    Dec 07, 2017
    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...
  • Isis
    Feb 04, 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. A...
  • TheBookSmugglers
    Mar 02, 2018
    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have ...
  • Stephanie
    Jan 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 w...
  • Gail Carriger
    Apr 28, 2018
    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 thi...
  • Leseparatist
    Mar 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 se...
  • Lis Carey
    Apr 28, 2018
    Long Chau is a consulting detective, with a prickly, arrogant personality, and a drug addiction. Sound familiar? It strikes the right notes, but is far from just Holmes in space. The setting, space habitats in a mining belt, is rich and interesting. The shipmind Long Chau hires to assi...
  • Carol.
    Mar 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 mi...
  • Max
    May 19, 2018
    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.) ...
  • Denise
    May 10, 2018
    3.5 rounded up ...
  • Forestofglory
    Apr 03, 2018
    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 ...
  • Lois Bujold
    Apr 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 ...
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    Mar 05, 2018
    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARD ...
  • Beth Cato
    Feb 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 ...
  • Lindsay
    Feb 19, 2018
    An update of A Study in Scarlet in the author's Xuya universe with the part of Watson being played by a war-traumatized shipmind and with a female consulting detective. There's not much more to it than that; de Bodard's Xuya universe continues to delight and most versions of Sherlo...
  • Veronique
    May 10, 2018
    3.5* Not really sure what to think of this one... A re-telling of A Study in Scarlet sounded exactly like my kind of thing, especially since set in a different universe. The world building was indeed fascinating, as was the notion of shipminds and mind altering concoctions to all...
  • Keesa
    Apr 28, 2018
    I burned lunch because I was reading this book. :/ Hahahahaha. ...
  • Elchamaco
    Apr 26, 2018
    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 ...
  • erforscherin
    Mar 17, 2018
    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...
  • K.J. Charles
    Apr 08, 2018
    A glorious spaceship/detective story in which the Holmes-style Consulting Detective is a woman in a Vietnamese-influenced future culture, and Watson is a traumatised sentient starship. Absolutely terrific novella, packing in wonderful ideas and images and a huge amount of humanity. Plu...
  • Princess
    Apr 04, 2018
    This novella is about a mindship who is also a tea master! "The Shadow's Child" mindship was traumatized in war and has been discharged from military service. Now she brews tea (mind-altering drugs) for space travellers. Her latest customer is Long Chau, an abrasive, intelligent, arrog...
  • Coolcurry
    Dec 04, 2017
    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...
  • Mikhail
    Apr 13, 2018
    Not bad but underwhelming. Bodard is a master of creative and deep settings. Her plots are workmanlike -- nothing too clever, but they get the job done. But her characterization really needs work. So this is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche set in a kind of Pan-Asian SF future, with the W...
  • Rachael (RedRchlReads)
    Feb 28, 2018
    I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 5 Stars! This is the first story I've read by Aliette de Bodard and I really enjoyed it! I was amazed at how much story was packed into this (just under) 100 page novella. Th...
  • Bogi Takács
    May 21, 2018
    Review coming soon IY"H. Can I get a sequel? Source of the book: Bought with my own money ...
  • Pandora Black
    Apr 06, 2018
    je confirme que je ne suis dcidment pas une fan de Sherlock Holmes, en tous cas lire (a passe mieux regarder). Par contre j'ai bien aim l'univers et je pense que je ferais d'autres incursions dans le Xuya Universe (j'ai un peu regrett d'ailleurs de ne rien avoir lu d'au...
  • Katie
    Apr 14, 2018
    I am SUPER FUSSY about my Holmesiana. I have not read any Mary Russell because I Just Can't Deal. This is female Holmes in space, with a Watson who's a traumatised spaceship, and I COULD NOT LOVE IT MORE. It's so well done it makes me want to give it to everyone else who's ever atte...
  • Acqua
    Mar 23, 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...
  • The Captain
    Mar 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 writ...
  • Katherine Fabian
    Apr 03, 2018
    What a perfect novella. Compelling, thoughtful, evocative and oh, such a good take on Holmes and Watson. I loved this. ...