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

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    A strong 4 stars! This 2018 Nebula award-nominated SF novella is a fun tribute to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson ... if they were both Asian women, and The Shadow's Child (the Watson character) was a genetically modified human that is the brains of a spaceship. There are a few nods to the first Sherlock novel, A Study in Scarlet; Long Chau (the Holmes character) introduces herself as a "consulting detective" and has a drug addiction; The Shadow's...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.The Accepted Aliens: “The Tea Master and the Detective” by Aliette de Bodard“When you’re out there, with no one and nothing to stand in your way - when you realise how small you are - you also realise that everything that ever was, that ever will be, is connected to you. That we’re all, in the end, part of the same great thing.”In “The Tea Master and the Detective” by Al...
  • Gail Carriger
    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 this story into a lyrical journey into space, as if the words themselves are overlaid with the serenity of a tea ceremony. Reading it felt restful and ritualized. What is tha...
  • TheBookSmugglers
    The Sherlock Holmes retelling I always wanted and now have
  • Lindsay
    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 Sherlock Holmes demonstrate how compelling the broad outlines of these characters are.
  • Max
    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.)
  • Veronique
    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 alleviate space-travel. The Shadow’s Child’s voice was engaging and made me want to find out what was its story. The mystery was a good one and introduced the detective, s...
  • 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...
  • Gabrielle
    My first foray into the "silkpunk" (which is to East Asian antiquity what steampunk is to Victorian England) genre, and I must say I loved it! "The Tea Master and the Detective" is a wonderful pastiche of Sherlock Holmes in space - which is this nerd's wet dream!In a little less than a hundred pages, Aliette de Bobard created a fascinating world where powerful families rule, not unlike Imperial Japan, and ships have living minds. One such AIs - T...
  • Quartzen
    Wonderful. I loved the characters and I would like a dozen sequels.
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    3.5 StarsThis is a unique science fiction novella that crosses a Sherlock-esque female character with sentient ship technology. I highly recommend drinking tea while reading this one.
  • 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.
  • Wealhtheow
    Sherlock in space! Discharged from military service after a traumatic incident in deep space, the mindship The Shadow's Child is barely making ends meet blending drugs to her clients' individual specifications. Then infuriating, brilliant, and already-drugged-to-the-gills Long Chau hires her to find a corpse in deep space for a study in decomposition. This plan goes off the rails when they realize the corpse they picked up is probably not dead fr...
  • Denise
    3.5 rounded up
  • 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...
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    a sherlock holmes retelling where holmes is a woman & watson is a spaceship????? MY DICK IS HARDhonestly the worldbuilding is fucking amazing, i would die for those concepts
  • Tracy
    I loved the world building in this...the pan-Asian culture, the notion of mind-ships (although I can’t imagine giving birth to a child and then locking it in a tin can), the deep spaces, the Sherlock and Watson vibe. Made me want to hunt down more of the author’s stories.
  • Lata
    I love the malleability and the longevity of the Sherlock and Watson stories and relationship. Here, Watson is a mind ship suffering from trauma, while Sherlock is a somewhat abrasive woman who drugs herself to cope with her past. This story is short, but gives me a relationship I want to see much more of, and I love, love, the idea of a mind ship who creates tea blends tailored for an individual.
  • Robyn
    4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this spare and elegant novella about a mindship with PTSD and the detective Long Chau solving a mystery together.
  • 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...
  • Lukasz
    The Shadow’s Child, a sentient spaceship traumatised during a war in which she served as a military transport, makes a living as a tea master. Her individually tailored brews help space travellers in their journeys. An eccentric and highly intelligent detective, Long Chau, hires her to help him. She needs a brew that will keep her mind sharp in the deep space where she plans to study the rate and process of a decomposition of a human body. Soon...
  • Lis Carey
    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 assist her investigation, The Shadow's Child, has her own issues and insecurities, but also intelligence and insight. I hope de Bodard has more of their investigations ...
  • 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...
  • Sana
    'The stuff of nightmares, and she wanted to make it into some kind of revelation?'This was so good! I actually had no idea that this space opera series influenced by Vietnamese culture exists and then the fact that it explores China discovering the Americas before the West. There's a ton of short stories and a few novellas set in this world that I can't wait to get to eventually.The Tea Master and the Detective does a superb job of gender-bending...
  • unknown
    A fascinating universe and prickly, compelling characters. And one of them is a sentient starship. Worth the hour it takes to read, and then some.