A modern short-story collection featuring the great detective. Stories included:
"A Sherlockiana Primer", © 2009 by Christopher Roden
br>"The Horror of the Many Faces", © 2003 by Tim Lebbon
br>"The Case of the Bloodless Sock", © 2001 by Anne Perry
br>"The Adventure of the Other Detective", © 2003 by Bradley H. Sinor
br> "A Scandal in Montreal", © 2008 by Edward D. Hoch
br> "The Adventure of the Field Theorems"; © 1995 Vonda N. McIntyre
br> "The Adventure of the Death-Fetch", © 1994 by Darrell Schweitzer
br>"The Shocking Affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland", © 2005 by Mary Robinette Kowal
br> "The Adventure of the Mummy's Curse", © 2006 by H. Paul Jeffers
br> "The Things That Shall Come Upon Them", © 2008 by Barbara Roden
br>"Murder to Music", © 1989 by Anthony Burgess
br>"The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor", © 1997 Stephen Baxter
br> "Mrs. Hudson's Case", © 1997 Laurie R. King
br>"The Singular Habits of Wasps", © 1994 by Geoffrey A. Landis
br> "The Affair of the 46th Birthday"; © 2009 by Amy Myers
br>"The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey", © 2001 by Peter Tremayne
br>"The Vale of the White Horse"; © 2003 by Sharyn McCrumb
br>"The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger", © 1993 by Michael Moorcock
br> "The Adventure of the Lost World", © 2004 by Dominic Green
br>"The Adventure of the Antiquarian's Niece"; © 2003 by Barbara Hambly
br>"Dynamics of a Hanging", © 2005 by Tony Pi
br>"Merridew of Abominable Memory" © 2008 by Monkeybrain, Inc.
br> "Commonplaces" © 2008-2009 by Naomi Novik
br>"The Adventure of the Pirates of Devil's Cape", © 2009 by Rob Rogers
br> "The Adventure of the Green Skull", © 2008 by Mark Valentine
br>"The Human Mystery", © 1999 by Tanith Lee
br>"A Study in Emerald", © 2003 by Neil Gaiman
br>"You See But You Do Not Observe", © 1995 by Robert J. Sawyer.
©2010 John Joseph Adams; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"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)
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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.
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.
Not quite what I expected from a Sherlock Holmes series, interesting twists on an old storyline, great narration caught the era exactly.
I believe any fan that enjoys the exploits of Holmes and Watson will find this the next best thing to Conan Doyle himself! Enjoy!!
Some of the best from the genre of 'non-Conan Doyle', Sherlock Holmes stories. Well represented. Simon Vance's narration is terrific. He creates a consistency to the portfolio with interpretations, and timing, that bring Holmes and Watson to life. Nicely done Simon!
the stories in the book are ones i have never red before in any connon doil collection collection
most of the stories are ritten by authors other then arther connon doile
good british accense
a very very good yarn
"worth every penny and more"
I bought this with some hesitation as the sample is read, not by the narrators, but by someone who introduces each story and the reader is somewhat dry. However the stories are suberp and on the whole well read. They have provided me with many hours of entertainment and have sometimes been amused and sometimes found it spooky, an excellent mix all round. My advice is if you are a fan of Baker Street don't hesitate, the occasional odd pronounciation won't effect your enjoyment and may introduce you to new authors.
"I've really enjoyed these stories."
It took me a long time to decide whether or not to download this book of stories. I love Sherlock Holmes' amazing and logical powers of deduction and didn't know if I liked the sound of some of the tales in this selection.
Some of the stories are better than others but they all have the feel of Conan Doyle's Sherlock and Watson and I've really enjoyed this audio download.
One downside is the American who explains a little about the author of each story before each story begins. I don't like his voice, especially his pronunciation of "Moriarty".... but this is a small niggle.
If you like Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock and Watson there's a good chance you'll enjoy this book.
"Improbable is right."
The stories are improbable, but some of them are also very entertaining and in the style of Conan Doyle. What is difficult to take is the reading of the link man between the first few stories, who seems to have never read Sherlock Holmes and persists in calling Moriaty, Holmes arch enemy ' Morierity' Surely someone doing such a job should at least get the pronunciation of a charector right.!!! On the whole a good listen, if in places a tad too improbable.
"Some good, some bad"
There are some excellent stories in this collection, especially those that occupy the more improbable or impossible reimaginings of Sherlock's world, as suggested by the title. There are unfortunately also many duller offerings, which don't seem to fit the brief at all and leave the listener wondering why they are part of the collection. The same can be said for the narration: Simon Vance does a great job of producing voices for both Watson and Holmes which are uncannily like the ones I have in my head when reading Holmes stories. Anne Flosnik, on the other hand, has no business reading audio books, least of all those which require any kind of regional accent.
Vance > Flosnik
"A Mixed Bag, but an Enjoyable One"
Perhaps unsurprisingly,the quality here varies wildly. Some stories evoke Doyle brilliantly, while others demonstrate the poorer instincts of fanfiction: Watson's American nephew will turn up as a Mary Sue for the (US) author or dialogue will be peppered with Americanisms followed by "-as our American cousins would say".
Enjoyment depends a bit on familiarity with the Doyle stories. Some authors seem to use crib-sheets of clichés, rather than canon. Thus Irene Adler is the *only* thing able to coax Holmes out of retirement (to America, naturally), and Watson still reels in surprise at basic deductions, despite decades of friendship with Holmes. Comically, a third of the stories make painstaking reference to Holmes filling his pipe from a Persian slipper - a detail only actually mentioned once by Doyle.
Yet other stories are wonderful, a superb melding of Doyle's style with the weird. Most fall into the format of "Holmes+": Holmes+Lovecraft, Holmes+Time Travel, etc. The best work both as satisfying detective stories as well as genre tales, and the worst at least maintain your interest for the genre-mashing. A highlight combines Holmes with psychic detective Flaxman Low: they investigate in tandem, providing parallel solutions (one natural, one supernatural) and the listener must make his/her mind up.
The only sour note is the continual presence of the Editor, who introduces each story... often badly. "This story involves parallel universes," he says. Well that's the solution to that one then.
Simon Vance is on excellent form, with a very traditional Holmes and Watson that grounds the pastiches nicely before they fly off into stranger realms. Flosnik, though able, is less successful. She reads those stories with female narrators (good plan), but then parades through Italian, Scottish, and Somerset accents with little success.
At 22 hours and over 30 stories, treat this as a lucky dip. Variable quality, but worth it for the highlights.
"Something to appeal to everyone, but..."
This is an interesting collection of short stories featuring (to a greater or lesser extent) the world of Conan Doyle's immortal detective. Some of them fill in blanks from the original stories - cases mentioned but not published - others are complete flights of fancy. There are some real gems in here - Neil Gaiman's Study in Emerald for one (if you'll forgive the pun) offering a twist on Study in Scarlet. Others are less accessible, and some very odd indeed. Don't expect to love all the stories - I didn't - but there are no real howlers, they are simply an eclectic mix. There is something to appeal to just about every Holmes fan, but because of the sheer diversity of the stories, authors and approaches, not everything will appeal to everyone. The narration is generally extremely good. Some of the stories are narrated by a female voice/from a female perspective, which takes some getting used to if you have been brought up on the male narration of Watson, but it is nonetheless engaging. The biographical note before each story is a feature some will love, others will hate. Personally I think it is nice to have some background and pointers to further work by the author. Note - the reader of the biographies is not the male reader of the stories - the latter being much better. Excellent value for the Credit I used to purchase this, good value if you pay the regular price.
"OK stories irritating commentary between"
The correct pronunciation of Profession MORIATY would help
Stories are OK but the commentary in-between is distracting and irritating.
NO - The constant mispronunciation of Profession MORIATY is extremely annoying
The bits in-between the stories
FFS pronounce Profession MORIATY properly
"Excellent stories but..."
The guy introducing the compilation and each author must be sought out and educated in the pronunciation of Moriarty amongst other things. Once you get past the frankly of putting intro the stories are brilliant so stick with it.
"Keep Writing these Sherlock Stories....."
I ordered this book with some hesitations as I was concerned these improbable stories would be far too fantastical or futuristic to be anywhere like the 'old' Holmes stories and while one or two made me groan with annoyance generally I loved these stories. The narrators Watson voice is really good and much like the old TV version.
I too found the introductions of the authors grating but eventually decided to use the time of the intros to settle down for a good listen afterwards without missing the initial and relevant start to the stories. Also rather grating is the US pronounciation of Moriarty (US add an extra i to make it Moriarity every time they say it and I have no idea why).
If authors can continue to write Sherlock Holmes stories similar to the bulk of these then I will continue to read/listen to them so please keep adding pen to paper.
"Improbable and slightly tedious at times"
An interesting mix of short stories by some well known authors, ranging from bee people to mirror worlds... Good price for the amount of content, but some of the narrators can be a little tiring.
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