The Second Sherlock Holmes: The Rise of Thunder by John Pirillo is probably a type of steampunk novel although in this case technology does not go into the past. Figures such as Adolph Hitler and Heinrich Himmler come to the present, meet the technology of today plus futuristic technology from a possible alternate reality, and another battle for world domination either takes place or will take place without the intervention and help of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
JT Lawrence calls The Stepford Florist a “a smart, sexy, cyberpunk thriller.” It is a short story of about seventy pages. Lawrence is creating a world as a setting for a series. This story starts off fast with lines that are hard to ignore. After reading the following, how can you tear yourself away?
Chapter 1: Bootleg Vampire Facelift
Jasmine loads up the syringe with her client’s platelet-rich plasma, … she’s seen enough medical dramas on BingeStream to know how to act the part… vampire facelifts are murder on her feet.” (p.3-4).
Lawrence delivers the above lines on what is really the first page of text. How am I going to walk away from this? (I’m not.) Those lines are followed by the information that Jasmine operates a mobile Vampire Facelift Operation out of a caravan. That does not make her immune to a police raid which is unfortunate for the police raiding party. The caravan contains many boobytraps. My favorite was the cuckoo clock that attacked a police officer’s eyes once the clock struck … police officer.