Saturday, April 13, 2019
It’s Straitlaced 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.
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.
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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