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No. 118
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The Aylesford Skull, by James P. Blaylock

The Aylesford Skull brings us another steampunky adventure in the life of Langdon St. Ives and his archnemesis Professor Ignacio Narbondo. This time, it's personal.

This is the first novel-length St. Ives story in 20-some years, but provides plenty of the same rip-roaringly implausible quasi-Victorian adventure. Nevertheless, it's certainly not my favorite of them. Arthur Conan Doyle shows up as a minor character for the purpose of... being Arthur Conan Doyle, I suppose. And the ending was not as carefully constructed as most of the solid material leading us there, which leaves the reader (me, at least) on a low note.
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