Tag Archive for Victorian London

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury Circus, 2015); audiobook read by Thomas Judd (Bolinda, 2016) A gently paced novel that, while slow to introduce its speculative element, bolsters this by way of historical detail. Pulley’s prose brings late 19th century London to life. The plot, when it emerges, is memorable, though perhaps too languorous to fully satisfy.…

Black Butler, Season 1

Black Butler, Season 1 dir. Toshiya Shinohara (2008-2009) Japanese anime set in late 19th century England and adding a supernatural overlay to the already gruesome underbelly of Victorian society. Singularly compelling when sticking to the dark, uncanny shadows, yet prone also to cutesy outbursts and the furtherance of irksome catchphrases.    

The Ruby in the Smoke

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman (Oxford University Press, 1985); audiobook read by Anton Lesser (Bolinda, 2015) Pullman captures the essence of Victorian London (without belabouring the setting), and his characters all stand out, especially in Lesser’s audiobook reading. The story, however, gains little from these virtues, its omniscient third-person narrative frittering away most of the tension and…