Shadows Over Baker Street

by Neil Gaiman | Horror |
ISBN: 0345452739 Global Overview for this book
Registered by kittiwake on 5/28/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by kittiwake on Saturday, May 28, 2022
An anthology of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, in which the great detective's investigations lead him into the dark world imagined by H.P. Lovecraft.

The book starts off well, as "A Study in Emerald" (the only one of the stories I have read before) has a satisfying twist in its tail, and it finishes equally satisfyingly with "A Nightmare in Wax". Holmes faces a wide variety of cases, but it was interesting that more than one author suggested that Dr. Watson had come across the Old Ones before, during his time as an army surgeon in Afghanistan, and several managed to fit in bees and beekeeping. There is one story featuring Colonel Sebastian Moran and Irene Adler, in which Holmes and Watson don't appear, and there are references in others to characters from other Victorian fantastic fiction, such as Dracula and Caresco Surhomme.

The only problem with the book is that I didn't find any of the stories particularly frightening. I suppose that's bound to happen when you involve Sherlock Holmes, since the reader is expecting things to turn out more or less okay in the end, which is not something you can rely on when reading Lovecraft!

Released 4 wks ago (5/28/2022 UTC) at Divine Coffee House ☕ in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom


Released at the meet-up.

Journal Entry 3 by wingEarlGraye65wing at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Saturday, May 28, 2022
Picked up at the Bookcrossing meet at the Devine Coffee House

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