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It's the autumn of 1890, and a spate of bombings has hit London. The newspapers are full of fevered speculation about anarchists, anti-monarchists and Fenians. But one man suspects an even more sinister hand behind the violence. Sherlock Holmes believes Professor Moriarty is orchestrating a nationwide campaign of terror, but to what end?
At the same time, a bizarrely garbed figure has been spotted on the rooftops and in the grimy back alleys of the capital. He moves with the extraordinary agility of a latter-day Spring-heeled Jack. He possesses weaponry and armor of unprecedented sophistication. He is known only by the name Baron Cauchemar, and he appears to be a scourge of crime and villainy. But is this masked man truly the force for good that he seems? Is he connected somehow to the bombings?
Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson are about to embark on one of their strangest and most exhilarating adventures yet.
- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books; 7/31/13 edition (August 27, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781165416
- ISBN-13: 978-1781165416
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
I really enjoyed all the action scenes in The Stuff of Nightmares
Sherlock Holmes in action mode, plus a large dose of steampunk, makes this a very enjoyable read. Unsolved horrific bombings in London come close to home as John Watson is very nearly caught in one at Waterloo station. Naturally, Mycroft Holmes is very concerned about the country's security but Sherlock Holmes is strangely reluctant to take up the chase. As you read on, you find out why and also meet two other characters that are delightfully drawn, one thisting for revenge, one ready and willing to topple England and the Queen.
The Bloody Black Baron
Book Review February 24, 2014—Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares by James Lovegrove
Steampunk & Sherlock Holmes make a Grreat Combination
Steampunk Sherlock Holmes? Yes it is. But I really enjoyed reading it. I guess the success of the recent movies and the BBC series have rekindled my love for Sherlock Holmes. Good mystery and lots of cool characters. And very much into Steampunk. If you enjoyed the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (movie or comics) then you will like this story. Lovegrove has another Sherlock Holmes story (Gods of War) and I will check that one out, as well as other Holmes books by several other new writers (new to me). I loved the cover.......that and the Holmes character drew me in.
Science fiction and mystery, a fine adventure, and a transformational steampunk battle
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I bought this book because author James Lovegrove wrote a Sherlock Holmes pastiche, "The Fallen Financier," (published in the anthology
I enjoy a good steampunk adventure, but I normally avoid the numerous re-imaginings of the Sherlock Holmes/Dr. Watson universe. In this case, I'm very glad I didn't as I have just spent an enjoyable afternoon in the world of a new to me author. The only thing keeping it from a full five star review was the "Transformers-esque" last chapters, in which I just couldn't continue to suspend MY disbelief but may actually be a selling point for another reader. I will keep my eyes out for more from James Lovegrove
Genuine Holmes-Steampunk Amalgamation
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Having been unimpressed with the mostly lukewarm amalgamations of Sherlock Holmes pastiches set amidst a steampunk backdrop, I was initially skeptical going into this book. There have been no shortages of newly discovered Watsonian manuscripts unearthed from the vaults of Cox & Co. of late, though I have had the sneaking suspicion that most are merely clever forgeries. It is very seldom I can believe the doctor is responsible for the narration or that it is the convincing recounting of a lost case, but if for nothing else, I would rate this book highly for the sole reason that so far as pastiches go, this is definitely the genuine article. There are no paper thin caricatures here, Holmes' deductive process and methods while on a case feature prominently, the narration voice is suitably Victorian, and the science fiction elements were an integral part of the plot - not some weak addition in an attempt to widen the audience appeal.
Very good pastiche
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So often Holmes pasticheurs get the dialogue right and the characters wrong, or Holmes and Watson are themselves but spout anachronistic garbage. Lovegrove steers carefully between these, though when I did venture to check what I thought was definitely non-Victorian, I was spot-on (a 1950s coinage). But this is quibbling...accept the steampunk trappings and this is one of the best Holmes take-offs of recent years.
Sherlock Holmes meets DC and Marvel Comics
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I very much enjoyed this fast moving book, though I felt like Canon Doyle had collaborated with Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. The ultimate terror threat is being perpetuated on the British Empire's heart, London and the Royal Family. Holmes and Watson are at their best and there is a most unusual character involved for the Victorian Times. I won't be a spoiler, however there is a character who is 50% Iron Man and 50% Batman.
Not too shabby.
As with his book "Gods of War", this author certainly enjoys adding references to the original Sherlock Holmes stories. Being the geek that I am about the originals, I found this entertaining. It is worth a read through.
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