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

Holmes with a side of pulp

28 people found this helpful.
 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.

I loved this collection of 28 stories

7 people found this helpful.
 on June 26, 2015
By M. Thornburg
I loved this collection of 28 stories, all done in homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous characters Holmes and Watson. Most are narrated in first person by Watson, as were Conan Doyle's stories; the few that are not do not suffer for that reason. The fantasy/science-fiction stories are true to the original spirit, as are the ones based in straight mystery. Some are set during the period of Holmes' actual career, often explained by Watson as stories that were not told earlier for various reasons. Before reading this collection, I'd read only a couple of the "real" tales of Sherlock Holmes; now I'm reading an actual collection of the original 46 stories about him and, I think, am liking them even more because of this unusual introduction to the detective and his Boswell.

Worthy Sherlock Holmes Digest

94 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.

Worth Reading

 on June 17, 2017
By Chris in NM
As with any collection, some stories are better than others. In my opinion, the ones that work best are the most traditional to the original Sherlock Holmes stories. Sherlock Holmes's philosophy that “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth” gets shaky when you throw in things like murderous alien bee swarms taking over people's bodies. Fortunately these fantasy/sci-fi/horror stories make up a smaller portion of the book, and since any of the stories can be read in less than half an hour, it's not a big time investment in those. I find myself returning to the book in between other novels and overall I'd recommend it.

Superbly good anthology

 on April 22, 2017
By V. Cuffel
The title says it. While the approaches of the numerous authors are remarkably diverse, their stories are uniformly good. Some are. Indeed, better than others, but all illustrate in one way or another the almost infinite possibilities of the Holmes/Watson pairing. This is not a book for he purist who would insist on sole legitimacy for the Doyle canon look-alikes, but as a former member of a scion society, I can say that the true spirit of the original stories lives on in this anthology.


 on July 23, 2017
By Botany Dave
Bought as a gift, but had read an excerpt published online. Not quite as silly as "The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes," BBC Radio programme; these stories 'feel' like works by Doyle, but written with a perspective that is privy to the mysterious literatures available in the 79 years since Doyle's death.

Smart Fun

One person found this helpful.
 on June 26, 2015
By Hank
Some of the stories in this collection are better than others, but they all carry the spirit of the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many of the stories even attempt to duplicate or at least imitate the language style, which I love. This was a fun volume to read and often rather fanciful due the unusual predicaments in which our beloved Homes and Watson find themselves.

Fun and creative!

One person found this helpful.
 on October 11, 2015
By CarenDB
Fun read! I enjoy all things Sherlockian, and it was a treat to read this compilation of short stories with creative settings and twists based on the existing characters of Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, et al. Some of the authors are familiar to me, others are not - and now I have a new list of authors to read.

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