2/19/2013


Encounters of Sherlock Holmes is a refreshing addition to the pantheon of Sherlock Holmes stories that would make Sir Arthur Conan Doyle proud.

"Holmes, it seems, is more than just a character. He's an idea, a cipher; a metaphor for the articulate, intelligent hero that, just like Watson, we all want in our lives." says George Mann in the introduction and this is something I strongly believe.

I've been collecting volumes of Sherlock Holmes stories for over 20 years. I've read every Sherlock Holmes story ever written too many times to count. I have a deep love and familiarity with Sherlock Holmes, which is why I find it so annoying when I read a Sherlock Holmes story that feels nothing like one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works.

In fact, I tend to avoid Sherlock books written by other authors because I usually find myself flinging the book away with disgust. This collection is nothing like that. The fact that it has one of the most faithful Sherlock Holmes stories I've ever read is amazing. The fact that it has 14 faithful Holmes stories is astonishing.

The book is a collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories written by writers in several genres from horror to steampunk. It was edited by George Mann, who also wrote one of the stories. Together they take Holmes from the familiar to the bizarre, and each step feels faithful to Conan Doyle's vision.

It's not a long book at 352 pages, but it's a brisk read. I only found one or two of the stories lacking, but overall it was refreshingly well-written.

Is it perfect? No. I saw a couple of mysteries a mile away and some of the dialogue is weak in spots, but overall it's worth reading. If you're a fan of the master detective you'll want to pick up a copy.
You can get Encounters of Sherlock Holmes on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback.

Find out more by heading to http://titanbooks.com.

Book provided by publisher Titan Books. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or it's contents. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.

   

What do you think of the book? Do you read Sherlock Holmes? Who's your favorite detective?


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9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll have to read them, as I prefer the originals as well.

Pat Dilloway said...

The closest I've come is reading "The Final Solution" by Michael Chabon. But I have the Complete Sherlock Holmes sitting on my Kindle to be read at some point. I suspect they're nothing like the Robert Downey Jr movies.

tara tyler said...

its hard to appreciate knock offs because that is what they are... i will check this out. thanks!

Spacerguy said...

Benedict Cumberbatchs Sherlock is definitely one not to miss but I've never read Conan Doyles books. Peter Ustinov does a good Poirot with co-star David Nivan.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Tara, most feel like someone taking advantage of Holmes legacy. I hate that. Let us know what you like.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Not really Pat, but I was surprised how faithful the movies are in spirit. No problem with them.

Maurice Mitchell said...

They're worth checking out Alex!

The Knights Blog said...

Sounds interesting. Will need to check this one out.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Hope you like it and thanks for visiting!

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