Straightlaced Saturday — The Jewel of Seven Stars

Saturday, April 13, 2019 

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It’s Straightlaced Saturday, my chuckaboos!  It’s been awhile since I shared a Victorian Novels post.  Since my steampunk serial, Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers. will conclude with the next chapter, I wanted to do one more of these features.

A few years ago I read a Project Gutenberg copy of The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker, and I enjoyed it tremendously.  I only knew Stoker for horror, so I was delighted to find the novel was (at least to me) more of a suspense/detective story.  I was in equal parts fascinated by the innocence and chivalry of the barrister hero and uncertain about the lead female character.

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It was exciting to realize that Stoker brought touches of the rise of feminism to the story.  I’m sure his portrayal of Margaret raised a few eyebrows in the day.  Another beguiling Victorian element of the story is the era’s fascination with Egypt, or Egyptomania. 

If you want to know more about the story-line, Wikipedia has a great summary of The Jewel of Seven Stars.

At Amazon (an annotated version)

The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker
The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker

Project Gutenberg Link to The Jewel of Seven Stars

You can go to the main Gutenberg site to get various formats of the novel.  The link above goes directly to a text version.  If you want the book and have trouble accessing it, let me know and I’ll send you a file.

Patty at Campbell’s World wished for an Audible copy. I don’t know if they have one, but there are a couple of free audio book versions at Youtube.

 

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Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers concludes on Hidebound Hump Day.  My chuckaboos, I’ll be looking for you at the steampunk submarine port.

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52 thoughts on “Straightlaced Saturday — The Jewel of Seven Stars

    1. Well, Teri… that’s just my take on it. After thinking about it, I suppose most people would say it is horror, if only so the scenes I called “suspenseful.” I was pleasantly surprised that (to me) it seemed like a “police procedural”. I really enjoyed that aspect of it, with the Victorian setting. A great new week to you too, my friend. Mega hugs right back!

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  1. Wonderful artwork too, Teagan! Love it, and hope you will have a nice weekend! Michael
    P.S.: Sorry, here it looked like i got an EMP yesterday. From one minute to the other the internet connection failed, and after re-estabiishing WP.com denies to get the buttons for reblogging and liking. ;-( Somedays i think i will sit here with a candle, and dry to get it work for internet. Lol

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    1. Thanks so much Michael.
      Yes, regarding WordPress. I’ve had all sorts of odd problems with it the past few weeks. It also seems slow to respond — adding to the confusion. Wishing you a wonderful weekend too. Huge hugs!

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  2. Its interesting to learn Stoker did more than horror. I can imagine it raised a few eyebrows with a bit of feminism in there. I’ll have to check it out, thanks:)

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    1. Hi Denise. I guess I should have said that it didn’t seem like horror to me. When I think about it, I can see how it would fall into the horror genre. It just seemed to be more than horror, I guess you could say. Happy weekend hugs!

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    1. I guess it is horror, John, with the mummy and all. But to me that was just a suspenseful scene. I enjoyed the crime and “procedural” aspects of it, and the descriptions of the locations.
      I probably should have added a disclaimer that sometimes I don’t think of a story as horror, but meanwhile it will scare somebody else to death… I’m strange and unpredictable about what does and doesn’t scare me… There were some tense supernatural scenes.
      Whatever the genre, I enjoyed it immensely. Hugs!

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    1. Hi Geoff. I didn’t enjoy Dracula — I don’t think I even finished it. I think I liked this one because it was something of a procedural mystery. It put me in mind of the Bones TV show. I’ll describe the prose as “quaint”… That’s the word that comes to mind. It seemed to fit the era, but of course, it was written back then.
      Happy weekend. Thanks for visiting.

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    1. That’s a fun coincidence, Robbie. I probably should have added a disclaimer that sometimes I don’t think of a story as horror, but meanwhile it will scare somebody else to death… I’m strange and unpredictable about what does and doesn’t scare me… There were some tense supernatural scenes.
      Whatever the genre, I enjoyed it immensely. Hugs!

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  3. You need not apologize for self-promotion. That is part of what Word Press offers us. I once had a correspondent here, now hospitalized, who wrote a series loosely based on Bram Stoker’s better-known works. I will have to give “The Jewel of Seven Stars” a read.

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    1. It’s good to see you, Gary. I hope you like it as much as I did. It was something of a procedural mystery. It put me in mind of the Bones TV show. Several movies have been based on it, but didn’t use the same name. This includes The Awakening with Charlton Heston. Thanks for visiting. Hugs!

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