Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only things he really has going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.
An imaginative, irreverent, and addictive reimagining of the world's favorite detective, Warlock Holmes retains the charm, tone, and feel of the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while finally giving the flat at 221b Baker Street what it's been missing for all these years: an alchemy table. Reimagining six stories, this riotous mash-up is a glorious new take on the ever-popular Sherlock Holmes myth, featuring the vampire Inspector Vladislav Lestrade; the ogre Inspector Torg Grogsson; and Dr. Watson, the true detective at 221b. And Sherlock. A warlock.
©2016 G. S. Denning (P)2016 Recorded Books
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
Don't expect much in the way of in-depth mysteries here, or on heavy duty clues (altho' there are some pretty hilarious "observations"). Do, however, expect plenty of twists on the well-known Holmes plots. Denning has crafted a delightful supernatural romp-"thriller" that has PLENTY of memorable characters (rat-boys, anyone?) to tickle even the most ennui-ridden funny bone. Robert Garson does an exquisite job voicing the many, many characters, and he especially brings the quirkiness of both Watson and Holmes to life. Excellent job, tho' it did indeed end too soon. The only thing worse than a waste of money is a waste of time. "Warlock Holmes" is neither of those: very much worth the chuckles and pittance.
The pacing of this book is really well done. It felt way too short just because I kept listening to it so much. With it being an audio book and never looking at the progress bar, I didn't have an idea I was reaching the end. Afterwards I was just left with a feeling of "What! That's it...." Looking forward to the next book.
Really good mix of action, comedy and fantasy. And managed good character development. Reminded me of Jeeves and Wooster.
The reader provided an entertaining experience with the various character voices for this story. The story for Sherlock Holmes fans was a fun twist on the traditional stories, adding a supernatural twist. If you aren't familiar with Sherlock Holmes, it might not be as entertaining as a stand alone set if shirt stories.
A must read - listen - for all Sherlock Holmes. lovers and non-fan's, too. A wonderful homage, tribute and re-imagination of the famous detective. The narration is one if not the best of all that i have encountered. The only drawback i can say is the book is too short but i am sure there will be more coming.
I didn't know what to expect, however, I was pleasantly surprised!! Fun listen and really hooks the listener. I very much enjoyed the story.
Holmes by far, because he is so daffy!!
The "other" Holmes detective.
Loved it. Will purchase the next one!!
...and they lived happily ever after.
I picked this up because season 4 of Sherlock ended and I was in the mood for more of one of my favorite detection teams. I thought this sounded interesting, and boy, was I right!
I enjoy a good paranormal book occasionally and I was pleasantly surprised to find that is a prevalent element to this book. If you're a fan of more than just the series and have read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books, you will recognize many familiar stories with an odd slant and a paranormal twist. I really enjoyed when I remembered details of the original and then a fanciful twist was written.
I will confess that I was on the fence about this book for about an hour. As a fan of "normal Sherlock" it was great hard to grapple with this clueless Warlock. I tried to not hold my love for Sherlock against Warlock and I am glad I did. This is an entertainin, for me anyway, take on one of my favorite classics.
The narrator was new to me, but did he an excellent job. Great voices for different characters and wondered pacing. B.
I don't like pastiche, but I must have needed some, because I enjoyed this book. However, I don't think I would have done so were I not a Holmes aficionado - and feeling frustrated and rebellious. And it's winter.
The two main characters are extremely well voiced and I don't think this book would have worked without that, since it is the wonderful reversal of the characters that makes it work.
The book ended in a cliffhanger, which I absolutely hate. However, I'm not as worked up about that as usual, since the last few sentences include what I'm sure would have solved the problem (or at least changed it) if only the book had gone on for another 5 minutes.
Read, listen, live
This has become one of my all-time favorites in this genre... whatever the classification. It was like listening to a master performance of classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes which has been edited by creative minds of Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, and John G Hartness. Classic mystery, seasoned with the mystery of the supernatural. And what an ending! Bravo! More!
If you like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, you will love this book.
if you want some stories of the boys from Baker Street, I really do suggest the Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes over this book
this was a tedious listen and honestly less consistent than the original Strand stories (which is saying something)
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