The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
October 19th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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The game is afoot! Night Shade Books is proud to present the fantastic adventures of the world's greatest detective — mystery, fantasy, science fiction, horror, no genre can escape the esteemed detective's needle-sharp intellect and intuition.
This reprint anthology showcases the best Holmes short fiction from the last 25 years, featuring stories by such visionaries as Stephen King, Neil Gaimen, Laura King, and many others.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597801607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597801607
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Worthy Sherlock Holmes Digest

85 people found this helpful.
 on September 23, 2009
By Severian
There have been innumerable Sherlock Holmes theme compendiums out there, and most of them have been "one trick ponies" with 2 or 3 good stories in them combined with many lame and / or inept pieces padding things out. The talened anthologist Mr. Adams has cherry picked what would generally be considered the finest pieces from various themed anthologies and presented a uniformly excellent mix herein.

Enjoyable, with mostly very good, to several excellent stories!

48 people found this helpful.
 on October 17, 2011
This fascinating collection of pastiches represent both extremes of apocryphal Sherlockiana: some of them place Holmes in pretty outre situations that are bound to be considered as plain improbable (and hence not to be considered even with a few sacks of salt for anything apart from 'fun'), and some are so realistically (that is in the style of Sir ACD, and not of some pompous pretender) created that they could have walked into the canon. Unfortunately, there are also quite a few stories (as are bound to slip in such a hefty tome) that are neither realistic nor 'fun'. But let me recount the stories one-by-one: -

written in true Victorian style - whats not to love for an afficianado

 on July 15, 2014
By Peter R. Divergilio
Lots of Holmesian adventures, written in true Victorian style - whats not to love for an afficianado?

A good purchase

One person found this helpful.
 on August 30, 2015
By Jacek Dobrzyniecki
A thick anthology of the “best” Sherlock Holmes pastiches, some written by “big names” such as Stephen King and Naomi Novik. The tone here ranges from classic, down-to-earth pieces, through playful metafictional toyings with the Holmes mythos (“The Adventure of the Field Theorems”, “You See But You Do Not Observe”), down to outright fantastical or horror-themed stories where the great detective finds himself tangling with spirits and diabolic entities. As is usually the case with anthologies, the quality of the stories varies, with some truly delectable gems, a lot of fairly good stories, and finally some which make the reader raise his eyebrows and wonder “someone actually numbers this among the *best* Holmes stories?”

Sherlock Homes through the looking glass.

 on July 20, 2014
By MichaelSr
A very different take on Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Ranging from science fiction to H.P. Lovecraft style writings it is well worth a read. Some capture the voice of Dr. Watson's writings than others and some capture the period better than others. However, if you are like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's readers of The Strand of the Victorian period and are wanting more stories of the world's first Consulting Detective you could do much worse than give these a read.

Eliminating the impossible

7 people found this helpful.
 on January 30, 2010
By Chrijeff
"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, *however improbable,* must be the truth," declared Sherlock Holmes in 

Holmes with a side of pulp

 on August 9, 2016
By J Thomas
This huge anthology mixes tales of traditional mystery with tales that introduce elements of sci fi and fantasy. While a couple of the tales are honest attempts at pastiche, most of these pick up Arthur Conan Doyle’s (ACD’s) characters and use them in ways he surely never envisioned – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but which Holmes fans may find off-putting. For their benefit, I’m including here a brief summary of each story, to enable them to decide for themselves whether this is worthwhile. As it happens, there’s no need to worry about spoilers because the intro to each story takes care of that; I think the editor was worried that the stories wouldn’t be appreciated without context, but his intros do tend to spoil any surprises to come.

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