Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Book Review: Encounters of Sherlock Holmes

The spirit of Sherlock Holmes lives on in this collection of fourteen brand-new adventures.

What is it?

A collection of short stories featuring our old friends, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Mrs.Hudson and many more familiar faces.

What I Liked

The short stories within are amusing and well written. A few of them particularly stood out. We get a visit from H.G Wells in a science fiction style story (my favorite out of the book) and we encounter a giant squid, black magic and a giant metal "infernal device" type of machine.

What I Didn't Like

Some of the stories began to blur together in places, without enough to define one from the other. What saves the book is the sprinkle of original, different stories throughout. Please take in to account that as a reader I have a penchant for bizarre, dark stories. Those that entangle magic (or the threat of magic) with the mystery. Hence I found the "weird" stories to be more enjoyable. There was an even mix of normal and abnormal though, and should keep most Sherlock fans happy.

In Conclusion

This story collection is well worth adding to your shelf of steampunk reads. 

Oliver the Octopus Gives You 7 out of 8 Octopus legs.

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