A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes by Joseph R. G. DeMarco Review
Mar 8th, 2012 by Aldouspi

A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes by Joseph R. G. DeMarco Review

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Whenever I read a new collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, there are two aspects I hope to find. First that all the stories are well written and enjoyable. And that the stories provide new insights into Holmes and Watson or that a new twist will be provided ino their adventures.

In both categories, "A Study in Lavender" succeeds. Too often an editor places the best story at the beginning of a collection and the rest are go downhill from there. With this collection, all the stories provide a good read. As as for a twist, exploring the Victorian world of Sherlock Holmes where characters are homosexual - gay or lesbian, certainly provides new ways to understand Holmes and Watson as they either see these qualities within themselves are within their clients.

There is no overt sexual scenes in this anthology, instead the characters "gayness" provide new problems and crimes that must be dealt with. In some stories, it is Holmes or Watson or both that must deal with their hidden homosexuality.

For example, in "The Adventure of the Poesy Ring" by Elka Cloke, two men, two lovers, shared twin rings and now one is dead and his ring has vanished. While Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the disappearance of the lover's ring, Watson recognizes his own inner love For Holmes and wonders if Holmes shares those feelings. As if doing a scientific experiment, Watson kisses Holmes and then must face the possibility that their friendship is over...

In "The Case of the Wounded Heart" by Rajan Khanna, Inspector Lestrade's police career is threatened as he investigates a murder that seems to involve another policeman - his lover.

And sometimes it is the villain who must come to terms, or not, of his homosexuality. In the story, "Whom God Destroys" by Ruth Sims, Sir Author Conan Doyle, unwittingly harbors a serial killer...

Each story in this collection works at the level of mystery and in revealing the difficulties of being "gay" in a Victorian Society...

Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The specs of 'A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes' are:

  • Publisher: Lethe Press (2011-06-05)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590210387
  • Product Dimensions: 9x5.9x0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

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"Fun Read But No Sex Please, We're British"

I have to admit, this is a fun read. Somewhere between a good published pastiche short story collection and well-written fan fiction. I wasn't sure what to expect, thought there'd be more erotica, alright, porn. Slightly disappointed my more...Read more

"Sherlockian mysteries of alternative lifestyles"

It is not my practice to review Sherlockian fiction of such a specialized nature, however, I purchased this book because I collect Sherlockian pastiches and felt I needed to add the stories to my database. I made the mistake of reading the first and was...Read more

"Surprising lavender"

I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I read the introduction, and the editor pointed out specific points in the Canon that seemed to say that Doyle thought Holmes and Watson might be lovers. I figured that if Doyle hinted at it, I might as well...Read more

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    There is a surprising lack of Holmes-Watson romance in this given the subtext in the books, which was a little disappointing. However, the stories that the authors chose to tell instead were interesting and the characters appealing so overall it didn't matter.

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    Scholars and fans have been arguing about the implications of queerness in the Holmes canon for a long time—it’s a popular topic. Two men in an intense emotional relationship, living together, sharing spaces and finances and their lives; well. It’s suggestive, and it’s intriguing. Both of the most recent big-name interpretations of the Holmes stories—the Robert Downey, Jr. movie and the BBC’s delightful Sherlock—have played with the intensity of the relationship between Holmes and Watson, explored it and made suggestions about it.

    This book seeks to do the same, but much more openly, as well as exploring the possibilities of other queer folks whose lives may have intersected that of the Great Detective.

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The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz Review
Mar 4th, 2012 by Aldouspi

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz Review

    A Great Sherlock Holmes Pastiche

    If you’re a Holmes follower, this book will please you with Holmes’s bag of tricks and the close scrapes he gets into. If you don’t care that much about the great detective, this novel is worth your while for its atmospheric treatment of Victorian London, and the convolutions of its crime mystery plot.

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Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The specs of 'The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel' are:

  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (2011-11-01)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316196991
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3x6.3x1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

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"He's Back! And the game's afoot!"

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"Over Hyped But Readable"

"The House of Silk is over hyped which probably caused me to rate it lower than I might have had it not been touted as the second coming of Conan Doyle.First, there have been many authorized additions to the Canon. This is hardly the first and...Read more

"Horowitz Nailed It"

"The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz is a new Sherlock Holmes novel, which is the first officially sanctioned take-off of Sherlock Holmes by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate. For the Sherlock Holmes lover, this is a must read. For everyone else, I'd...Read more

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The non-canonical Sherlock Holmes literature not only constitutes a literary field of considerable historical interest, but includes many stories that are both enjoyable and fascinating in their own right. Although a large bibliography on these stories exists, and a few limited anthologies have been published, no attempt has previously been made to collect them all and discuss them comprehensively. The Alternative Sherlock Holmes does so: it provides a new and valuable approach to the Sherlock Holmes literature, as well as making available many works that have for years remained forgotten. Presented as an entertaining narrative, of interest to both the aficionado and the scholar, it provides full bibliographic data on virtually all the known stories in the field.

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