Gaslight Grimoire, Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes Ed. by Campbell and Prepolec
May 5th, 2011 by Aldouspi


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Gaslight Grimoire

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"Gaslight Grimoire, Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes" Edited by J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec

Reviewed By Scott Harker

Publisher:   Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Copyright 2008, First Edition.

"Gaslight Grimoire, Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes" Edited by J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec is a collection of 11 stories where supernatural and fantastical events are allowed to take. In this collection of pastiches, Ghosts and other weird things can apply... Authors include Barbara Hambly, Martin Powell, J. R. Campbell and Bob Madison amongst others.

The Story:  The first story in the book, "The Lost Boy" by Barbara Hambly. Sherlock Holmes visits Neverland and with the aid of Peter Pan defeats a nightmare and saves some children. What makes this whimsical story so interesting is the effect that Neverland has on Holmes and the fact that he meets Mrs. Watson wandering there as well...

"The Entwined" by J. R. Campbell finds Sherlock Holmes visiting a woman in a madhouse. She confesses to murders that she could not do and as Holmes interrogates her - he glimpses another reality beyond our own.

Another interesting story was "The Grantchester Grimoire" by Chico Kidd and Rick Kennett. This pastiche features another literary detective, Carnacki the Ghost Finder otherwise known as the Occult Detective. Sherlock Holmes is invited to investigate a mystery that has also attracted the attention of a young Carnacki. With evil books and ghosts and some decent deductive reasoning by Holmes, even if you do not know who Carnacki is, you can still enjoy the story.


The Writing:  The editors, Campbell and Prepolec have the right idea of exploring otherly world adventures, but do not provide us with the best executed stories. The Hambly story, which is the first story presented, was the strongest of the lot, for me. Of course, your taste may vary and you will find some of the other stories better... Unfortunately, you will find some of the stories much worst.

Don't get me wrong, it is always fun when the supernatural and the world of Sherlock Holmes intertwine. It gives one a chance to see Holmes and Watson in a different light. And almost all the stories, here, have their "points of interest." I must admit though, I did not bother to read completely the last story in collection: "The Red Planet League" by Kim Newman. Actually the author's writing was fine, but the story only featured Professor Moriarty - Holmes was not in it at all. I am sure the intent of the story was supposed to be one of comical revenge using the H.G. Wells' War of the World framework, but I found it to mean spirited to enjoy and skpped to the ending...

The Rating: ... I give this book 3 "Pipes." This is not the best anthology of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, but the majority of the stories are worth reading...

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The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
Apr 15th, 2011 by Aldouspi


Here is the latest featured review of a Sherlock Holmes Pastiche: "The Case of the Left-Handed Lady" by Nancy Springer.

Left-Handed Lady

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"The Case of the Left-Handed Lady" by Nancy Springer

Reviewed By Scott Harker

Publisher:   Philomel Books, Copyright 2007, First Edition.

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer is the second novel in a series of Sherlock Holmes Pastiches revolving around the sister of Sherlock Holmes. Enola Holmes is several years younger than her brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft. In fact, she is not yet of legal age to be on her own. But when her mother left to pursue her own adventures, Enola has had to take care of herself (this all occurred in the first novel of this series.) Currently she resides in London and works as a finder of lost things under an alias. Enola's brothers have threatened to place her in a boarding school for Proper Young Ladies, so she is in hiding from both Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes.

The Story:  Sir Eustace Austair's teenage daughter, Lady Cecily, has disappeared from her room without a trace. Enola is determined to find her. To do so she must roam the dark, midnight streets of London where murderers roam. Disguised as a silent nun, Enola follows clues while avoiding being discovered by her brother Sherlock. Well, she almost avoids being discovered...

The question arises, is it possible that Lady Cecily is a runaway, who does not want to be found? Or is she being held captive through the use of hypnosis and manipulation?

It is certainly enjoyable, joining Enola as she walks and runs through the cobblestoned streets of Victorian London figuring where Cecily is and how to rescue her. She makes deductions as well as her older brothers do...


The Writing:  Nancy Springer is the writer of many works geared to teenage audiences (young adults). But Holmes fans of any age will enjoy her Sherlock Holmes pastiches. The writing is clear and detailed. The plots are intriging and the characterizations are finely drawn.

Many readers will be delighted with Springer's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, as seen through the eyes of his younger sister. Although I do not believe that Mycroft would be as short sighted, socially, as Springer sees him, but unusual interpretations are part of the fun of writing and reading a pastiche...

The Rating: ... I give this book 4 "Pipes." This is a well-written Sherlock Holmes pastiche, that the reader will be hard pressed to put down, once started. In fact, you should pick up all of the Enola Holmes novels...

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“Holmes of the Raj” by Vithal Rajan
Mar 26th, 2011 by Aldouspi


Here is the latest featured review of a Sherlock Holmes Pastiche: "Holmes of the Raj" by Vithal Rajan.

Holmes of the Raj

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"Holmes of the Raj" by Vithal Rajan

Reviewed By Scott Harker

Publisher: Writers Workshop, Copyright 2006, First Hardback (no dustjacket).

Here is a series of related stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in India. There have been many pastiches written about Sherlock Holmes in India and Tibet - almost all of them occurring during the Great Hiatus when the world thought Holmes was dead. It is rare indeed when both Holmes and Watson are in India at the same time...

The Story:  The first story in this collection starts out with Holmes and Watson being asked, by an emissary of the Ranne of Kanchee to investigate the case of the Shankaracharya, a holy, religious figure who appears to have been framed for murder. And thus the two become involved in the Great Game of politics and intrigue going on the subcontinent of India.

The case is resolved, but before Holmes and Watson can return to England, Dr. Watson is asked to treat a young boy who has contracted malaria. While doing so, Dr. Watson begins to research the possible connection of a particular breed of mosquito with the spread of the disease. Meanwhile another mystery occupies Holmes's time.

Other stories in this book involve important Indian and British historical figures of the late 1880's from Lord Ripon and Madame Blavatsky to Vivekananda, Aurobindo, and Tagore. These figures provide glimpses into the historical context and perhaps the mindset of India under British rule. Other stories involve Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli (the Jungle Book) and Kim.

All and all, Holmes and Watson romp over much of India showing us another part of the Victorian Age...


The Writing:  Vithal Rajan is has lead an active life promoting peace through the world. He served as a "mediator" in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was a founding faculty member of the School of Peace Studies, Bradford University, U.K. He eventually returned to India where he is now the volunteer chair of the Confederation of Voluntary Associations, which works for communal harmony between poor Hindu and Muslim communities...

While not a professional writer, Rajan is a man of letters and the writing in this book is well done. There are some odd sentence structures and word choices which I attribute more to the English of India flavoring the literature. I should note that the activities of Dr. Watson are the main focal points through out most of the stories, while Holmes makes his appearances to make sure the mysteries are solved... The characterizations of Holmes and Watson are within the parameters of most viewpoint of these characters, yet there is a uniqueness, that I found fascinating. So also was I intrigued the recreation of 1880's India and its political and social culture.

This hardback version of this book is limited to 500 copies and was handmade by the publisher in India. You will find that the book has a variety of different colored covers which maybe different than the one shown here. A paperback edition from Random house is now available.

The Rating: ... I give this book 3 "Pipes." This is not your typical collection of Sherlock Holmes adventures and mysteries. While I found it enjoyable, it may not be your cup of tea...

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“The Adventure of the Missing Brother” by Eugene Edmund Snyder
Feb 21st, 2011 by Aldouspi


Here is the latest featured review of a Sherlock Holmes Pastiche: "The Adventure of the Missing Brother" by Eugene Edmund Snyder.

Missing Brother

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"The Adventure of the Missing Brother" by Eugene Edmund Snyder

Reviewed By Scott Harker

Publisher: Binford & Mort, Copyright 1994, First Trade Paperback Edition.

There are many types of Sherlock Holmes pastiches. Some tell stories of the Great Detective, some deal with stories about Arthur Conan Doyle and so on. The mystery novel,"The Adventure of the Missing Brother" by Eugene Edmund Snyder falls into the pastiche category that uses Sherlock Holmes Fan Clubs as the tie-in to Sherlock Holmes.

The Story:  The 221 Club is a typical Sherlock Holmes society or fan club with monthly meetings where lectures and stories are told related to the Sherlock Holmes canon as written by Arthur Conan Doyle. Most of the members of the club are associated with the local University, being professors and the like.

After one such meeting, club members are asked to look into the apparent disappearance of the brother of a guest. Professor Lockley Soames (who takes on the Holmes mantle) and others rise to the challenge...

Has the brother been murdered? Is his disappearance related to the sudden marketing of gold coins in the area? And what of the death of the brother's dentist? All these questions and more must be answered by the 221 Club members...


The Writing:  Eugene Snyder has written several histories centered around Portland, Oregon. The Adventure of the Missing Brother appears to be his first fiction novel. The writing is competent and kept my interest to the end of the book. I did figure out the puzzle slightly ahead of the characters in the book and most readers will be able to solve things at the same pace. But this did not distract from the enjoyment of the novel.

While neither Holmes or Watson are in this book, anyone who is a member of a Sherlock Holmes club or a general fan of the Great Detective will find the ongoing Holmsian references found in the story of interest and/or amusing.

The Rating: ... I give this book 3 "Pipes." While this is not a book that you won't be able to put down once you start, it certainly is worth adding to your Sherlock Holmes collection. Pick it up the next time you are on Amazon or see it on eBay.

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