The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

The Tea Master and the Detective

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....

Details The Tea Master and the Detective

TitleThe Tea Master and the Detective
Release DateMar 31st, 2018
PublisherSubterranean Press
GenreScience Fiction, Mystery, Novella, Fiction, Space, Space Opera

Reviews The Tea Master and the Detective

  • Carol.
    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 hired by a brilliant, drug-addicted woman who wants to retrieve a dead body for study. Naturally, it turns out that it was no mere space-accident that cause...
  • Dan Schwent
    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 h...
  • Lois Bujold
    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 leisurely unpacking if one started at the beginning novel, I thought this story worked just fine as a stand-alone.Now I want to hunt up the proper beginnin...
  • TheBookSmugglers
    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have
  • The Captain
    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 Subterranean Press book and they do great work; and3) One of the characters is a mindship . . .This mindship, named The Shadow’s Child, is not just a...
  • Isis
    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, one arrives at deductions by deducing, not by deducting.E-arc from NetGalley and Subterranean Press.
  • Stephanie
    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 Hol...
  • Acqua
    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 standalone novella set in Bodard’s Xuya universe; you do not need to have read the other short stories and novellas to read this one, but reading this m...
  • Beth Cato
    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, especially when one considers that Watson (the point of view for the story, as appropriate) is a battle-traumatized mindship with a multitude of bots, and...
  • Leseparatist
    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, and I was right to be curious. The idea is fascinating, and it is mostly done justice. The worldbuilding in particular was engrossing and beautifully rend...
  • Forestofglory
    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 thi...
  • Rachael (RedRchlReads)
    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. This unique take on a Sherlockian story, where Watson is actually a spaceship - or rather, a shipmind - brings a different feel to a well known classic. The story was incredi...
  • Coolcurry
    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...
  • Mikhail
    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 Watson role being taken up by a spaceship AI. The setting is intriguing, and Bodard has beautiful language when describing it. But the mystery plot takes far too long to...
  • erforscherin
    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 mental razor’s edge.(Also notable, now that I think about it: Not only are Long Chau and The Shadow’s Child gender-flipped versions of Holmes and Watson, but I thi...
  • Katie
    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 attempted Holmesiana and insist they read it and maybe write a treatise on it for homework. I want a billion more stories of Long Chau and The Shadow's Child fighting crime...
  • Elchamaco
    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...
  • Pandora Black
    je confirme que je ne suis décidément pas une fan de Sherlock Holmes, en tous cas à lire (ça passe mieux à regarder). Par contre j'ai bien aimé l'univers et je pense que je ferais d'autres incursions dans le Xuya Universe (j'ai un peu regretté d'ailleurs de ne rien avoir lu d'autre avant dans cet univers parce que certaines choses sont un peu obscures - et j'ai eu un peu de mal avec le concept de mindship)
  • Princess
    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, arrogant detective (modeled after Sherlock Holmes). Long Chau employs the mindship, and we're off to solve a mystery. The characters, writing, and world were fascinating...
  • Kelsey
    Review to come!
  • Katherine Fabian
    What a perfect novella. Compelling, thoughtful, evocative and oh, such a good take on Holmes and Watson. I loved this.
  • Runalong
    A variation on Sherlock Holmes that takes the tales into space Full review at A variation on Sherlock Holmes that takes the tales into space Full review at ‪
  • Fran
    Besides being a lifelong Xuya fan, and having gone on record that Aliette's mindships are wonderful, I blurbed this book! Here's what I said:"In Aliette de Bodard's excellent, far-seeing The Tea Master and The Detective, an unlikely pair comes together to solve a mystery in the void and to face their pasts. This philosophical thriller is beautifully steeped in deBodard's Xuya universe. For readers who are familiar with her mindships, this novella...
  • Emily
    ARC provided by Subterranean Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewLet me start by saying I am very sad that this story was only the length of a short novella. I could have read a whole book about these two characters.The Shadow’s Child is a mindship, which as far as I can tell is basically a sentient spaceship, that has been through some Shit. Unable to resume her old life, she spends her days making mind-altering teas. Then come...
  • Marzie
    This novella is my first foray into the work of Aliette de Bodard, who I've followed a while on social media because of her love of pen and ink writing and drawing. This was a delightful entrée into her work.The Tea Master and the Detective is the story of the traumatized brain of a mindship, The Sparrow's Child, and Long Chau, an Asian woman with a shadowy past, and their investigation into the death of a young Vietnamese woman. As the story ev...
  • Lene
    It's hardly a secret that this novella is an hommage to Sherlock Holmes. In my mind it is not a detective story though, which is completely fine since I'm not particularly interested in detective stories.While a good detective story challenges you with finding the murderer before it is spelled out, The Tea Master and the Detective challenges you with understanding the Xuya Universe. Nothing is explained straight away, you are thrown into it and l...
  • Koeur
    2018-01-05 PressPublishing Date: March 2018ISBN:9781596068643Genre: SciFiRating: 3.0/5Publishers Description: 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 corrido...
  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    A different take on Sherlock Holmes and Watson. The Shadow's Child is a midship who lost its entire crew in an attack in deep space leaving the ship damaged. The ship now makes a living brewing special mixtures to fit individual people. The ship plays the part of Watson and Long Chau a woman who is off to solve a mystery is a take on Holmes. I found the story to be interesting but as I read I kept thinking about the take on the ship. It reminded ...