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

37 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.

A Remarkable Collection

 on August 4, 2017
By Christy T
This book is an incredible collection of so many talented authors. There wasn't't a single story I did not enjoy reading. To have so many talented authors work together and pretend to be Dr Watson. As absolutely amazing. Happy reading.

Sherlock anthology

 on April 27, 2017
By Doris
I enjoyed almost every story. Some more, some less, but most made me feel as if " Dr. Watson " himself was doing the telling! I guess all ACD fans will feel quite at home! Enjoy!

Exciting Read

 on May 14, 2017
By LisaTollard
Loved this book from Authors from Stephen King to Anthony Burgess giving new life to Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Written from different POV from Dr Watson to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Worthwhile Addition to my Collection of Sherlockiana

 on July 27, 2017
By Kami
Some stories were well-written and true to the characters, others not so much. It was an enjoyable read overall, especially if one can suspend disbelief or is unfamiliar with the original works. No substitute for the original, but entertaining and many times intriguing. I confess I've read a few of the entries more than once, and discovered a few authors worth reading into further.

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

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

Mostly good creations that echo ACD

 on August 4, 2017
By Bill
Most stories are fairly faithful extensions of he original universe. Others are very 90 degrees from that universe. Almost all of them are worth reading. I enjoyed the book

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.

Extroardinary Man Seeks Truth In Chaos

One person found this helpful.
 on September 22, 2015
By Nolan
Classic doesn't begin to describe this anthology, nor does it do justice for the canonical Holmes tales by the illustrious genius of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Splendiferous, perhaps, is more apropos--for both these and the originals. John Joseph Adams possesses a tertiary front-cover name like that of benighted Doyle. This isn't the only similarity he has with the man. He also grasps a razor ratiocination that, like such deduction necessary to craft intricately brilliant plots, allows him to cipher the best stories needed of an elite editor in his position.

Terrific book!

 on September 15, 2015
By Carole Duckworth
This was an absolutely fascinating book. I can't think of anything I disliked about it. Being a Holmes fan, I was amazed at how many completely different, yet totally involving adventures these authors came up with! Hard to put down once you've begun!

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