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The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | [John Joseph Adams (editor), Robert J. Sawyer, Christopher Roden, Michael Moorcock, Anne Perry, Neil Gaiman, Anthony Burgess, Laurie R. King]

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

A modern short story collection featuring the great detective.
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Publisher's Summary

A modern short-story collection featuring the great detective. Stories included:

"A Sherlockiana Primer", © 2009 by Christopher Roden
"The Horror of the Many Faces", © 2003 by Tim Lebbon
"The Case of the Bloodless Sock", © 2001 by Anne Perry
"The Adventure of the Other Detective", © 2003 by Bradley H. Sinor
"A Scandal in Montreal", © 2008 by Edward D. Hoch
"The Adventure of the Field Theorems"; © 1995 Vonda N. McIntyre
"The Adventure of the Death-Fetch", © 1994 by Darrell Schweitzer
"The Shocking Affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland", © 2005 by Mary Robinette Kowal
"The Adventure of the Mummy's Curse", © 2006 by H. Paul Jeffers
"The Things That Shall Come Upon Them", © 2008 by Barbara Roden
"Murder to Music", © 1989 by Anthony Burgess
"The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor", © 1997 Stephen Baxter
"Mrs. Hudson's Case", © 1997 Laurie R. King
"The Singular Habits of Wasps", © 1994 by Geoffrey A. Landis
"The Affair of the 46th Birthday"; © 2009 by Amy Myers
"The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey", © 2001 by Peter Tremayne
"The Vale of the White Horse"; © 2003 by Sharyn McCrumb
"The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger", © 1993 by Michael Moorcock
"The Adventure of the Lost World", © 2004 by Dominic Green
"The Adventure of the Antiquarian's Niece"; © 2003 by Barbara Hambly
"Dynamics of a Hanging", © 2005 by Tony Pi
"Merridew of Abominable Memory" © 2008 by Monkeybrain, Inc.
"Commonplaces" © 2008-2009 by Naomi Novik
"The Adventure of the Pirates of Devil's Cape", © 2009 by Rob Rogers
"The Adventure of the Green Skull", © 2008 by Mark Valentine
"The Human Mystery", © 1999 by Tanith Lee
"A Study in Emerald", © 2003 by Neil Gaiman
"You See But You Do Not Observe", © 1995 by Robert J. Sawyer.

©2010 John Joseph Adams; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"For the most part, this volume of short Sherlock Holmes pastiches - a mix of straightforward imitations and parodies - delivers on its goal of presenting the best of such work from the last 30 years....Barbara Roden's "The Things That Shall Come Upon Them" riffs cleverly on M.R. James's "Casting the Runes". Perhaps the highlight is Peter Tremayne's "The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey", which offers a plausible explanation for a classic untold tale in which a man disappears from the face of the earth after returning home to fetch an umbrella." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Paul Houston, TX, United States 09-03-10
    Paul Houston, TX, United States 09-03-10 Member Since 2012

    I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".

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    "EDITING where is it? "

    This book is tooooo long and mixes genres from sheer fantasy to mystery. About half the stories are hack stories with little or no point to them. There are some great stories in this book though. Although, the description of the actual book claims to include a story from Stephen King. It is not included in this story - so it can't be called "unabridged".

    Naration is 4.5 stars. 5 Stars for Simon and 4 for Ms. Flosnik. Simon plays an excellent Dr. Watson. Anne had some trouble in her first couple of stories. Her accents were a little off, but she did an overall good job. Her last story was well done.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 02-20-10
    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 02-20-10 Member Since 2008

    Elementary

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    "Not impressed by these improbable stories"

    I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, and find many of these stories to be surreal, disturbing and even silly. If you're a die-hard fan looking for well-planned, believable, enjoyable stories to add to your library, pass on this one.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Berkeley, CA, United States 12-14-10
    Christian Berkeley, CA, United States 12-14-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrific Entertainment"

    To dispose of the obvious, I am not a Sherlockian. I also don't have a homoerotic sidekick, ingest heroin on weekends, or have an IQ that exceeds the combined IQ of the FOX nightly news broadcasters (squared). Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The stories were mixed but overall entertaining, and the reading by Simon Vance was, to put a fine point on it, spectacular--he is Dr.Watson. The handful of stories read by Flosnik were also generally passable (hint faint praise). I enjoyed the book and you will too, unless you have based your Assistant Professorship on a critical analysis of Sherlockian pastiche.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 06-12-15
    Anna 06-12-15
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    "Entertaining set of stories"

    I liked the stories a lot and though I purchased the audiobook because of Laurie King being one of the writers, the story she had in here wasn't one of her best. There were quite a few excellent stories so I was not disappointed. The male narrator was far superior to the female one and I wished that they had just let him do the whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 06-10-15
    Tom 06-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Silly to the point of painful"
    What would have made The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes better?

    Maybe my expectation. I was not expecting Sherlock in such supernatural (and silly) plots. I am a Sherlock fan but found other non Sir Conan Doyle Holmes books entertaining (Laurie King) so I gave this a try. Waste of a credit.


    Has The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Simon Vance and Anne Flosnik ’s performance?

    The commentary between short stories was so bad I had to skip them.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The actual story narration was done well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kulain 05-30-14
    Kulain 05-30-14
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    "not very good"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Simon Vance and Anne Flosnik ?

    no


    Has The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The female narrator is incredibly bad, speaking in a completely racist tone and horribly over acting. The introduction narrator is also terrible and speaks like the listener is retarded, there is no need for a over long introduction before each story that is a mere recitation of the author's prior publishings. Sooo incredibly frustrating to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vxdvxn 05-23-14
    vxdvxn 05-23-14 Member Since 2015

    I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.

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    "Interesting presmise, not always executed well"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I don't know. Some of the authors did really well with the subject matter of Sherlock Holmes. Some of the authors went a little weird. I did like quite a few of the stories, but it didn't overshadow the ones that were bad. I don't think I will revisit this book


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would edit out the authors that took crazy train to 221B Baker St


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have one


    Could you see The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. None of the short stories has enough substance to carry off a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Sherlock Holmes super fan and are extremely open minded, you may like this. I think I am a little too much of a purist and I want my Sherlock to be a certain way. Others may like this, but its not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 12-20-13
    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Mix of rubbish, mediocre and Doyle-worthy."

    The first two stories made me regret this purchase. If I want to listen to sci-fi crap, I will purchase a sci-fi book. I detest sci-fi. An absolute affront to the character was delivered in the first two stories- Holmes despised the belief in the supernatural. I purchased this book because it promised mystery writing in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sadly, it fell far short of delivering. There were a couple of brilliant stories, but unfortunately they are overshadowed by worthless tripe. And I don't care if one of the author's stories (Coraline) was a Tim Burton hit- his story was pure shite. WTF? I stopped listening when Holmes and Watson were introduced to some 'alien cthulu queen'. Absolute shite. Imagine my horror when the very next story was some time-travel futuristic drivel. To keep yourself from nausea, skip the first two and last two stories and keep your fingers on the skip button for the rest. How unfortunate that there were some really good stories among this steaming pile of waste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 08-31-12
    Troy 08-31-12

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!

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    "Holmes As His Creator Never Intended"
    What made the experience of listening to The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes the most enjoyable?

    There are so many different kinds of stories all on the same theme - what happens when Holmes is forced to confront the very things science can't explain? Like any anthology, there are works here of greater or lesser quality, but on the whole, this collection is brilliant. Special kudos to Robert J. Sawyer, whose story is the grand finale in this collection. It was bittersweet and profound in ways I haven't experienced in a long time.


    What other book might you compare The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to and why?

    I'd directly compare it to the original Sherlock Holmes stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. That's the best way to know the characters and the worth of the stories presented here.


    What does Simon Vance and Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simon Vance is spot-on as Holmes and Watson have always been in my imagination. Clearly, the man enjoyed himself recording these. I could say no less for Anne Flosnik in regards to the female narrators, but it's really hard to compare Vance as Holmes and Watson.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Craigieburn, Australia 11-28-11
    Shirley Craigieburn, Australia 11-28-11
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    "Weird stories"

    Not quite what I expected from a Sherlock Holmes series, interesting twists on an old storyline, great narration caught the era exactly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    12/23/12
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    "Very interesting and well written"

    Usually a collection of short stories by different authors would be difficult to review. However, the stories in this collection are all of a high standard and are all very intriguing. And at 21 and a half hours, it is very good value for money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L
    Pencader, United Kingdom
    9/9/12
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    "Excellent short stories"

    In common with other reviewers of this collection of stories, I found the introductions to each one annoying. The mispronunciation of Moriarty and Irene (Adler), could have been avoided with very little research effort. I fast-forwarded through them. But the stories themselves are very good. They are varied in subject and style, with a good pace and well-read. I would highly recommend them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smuggler
    PONTEFRACT, United Kingdom
    9/1/12
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    "More Sherlock Stories!"

    ACD is dead, so if you've read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories but still want more then you'll have to look elsewhere.
    If this is the case I suggest you start here - these are brilliant stories that are well narrated. Top marks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    Newcastle, United Kingdom
    1/28/12
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    "Fantastic collection"

    If, like me, you love Sherlock Holmes (and Dr Watson!) but have heard all of the stories, you will love this collection of new ones. The intros to each book are done by an American who cannot say Moriarty (Mor-e-are-it-ee!) but the narrotors of the main stories are excellent. Plus its 22 hours, so it represents great value!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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