Tag Archives: Lyndsay Faye

MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part II: 1890-1895

31 May

This book is part of a series of three anthologies edited last year by David Marcum.  Part II is a pretty good anthology.  The mix of stories is well balanced.  Most of them good, a few mediocre, but no really terrible ones.

For my money the most interesting stories were those written by

– Ann Margaret Lewis;
– Lyndsay Faye; and
– Wendy C. Fries (aka Atlin Merrick).

There was at least one sly BBC Sherlock reference tucked away inside a story.  I’ll let you look for it when you read the book.

The anthology is an excellent addition to the body of Sherlock Holmes pastiches.

Recommended for all lovers of Sherlock Holmes, and Victorian crime.

The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

7 Feb

I felt that the editor, Otto Penzler, was too fixated on the writers rather than the stories, resulting in an extremely unbalanced mix.  Just because P. G. Wodehouse once wrote a Sherlock Holmes short story is no reason to include it, when, frankly, it’s not particularly readable.

I also felt that stories featuring detectives that are derivative of Holmes had no place in the book.  August Dereleth’s Solar Pons, for example.

There were extremely few outstanding stories, and some that were  appallingly bad, but the majority were mediocre.

Best stories by far were by:
Lyndsay Faye;
David Stuart Davies;
Stephen King; and
James C. Iraldi.

I don’t recommend this book to even to most dedicated Sherlockian geek, such as myself.  Far too much disappointment awaits.

Dust And Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr John H. Watson

30 Jan

One of the wonderful things about the GoodReads site is that the friends you make there recommend books to you. My mate Derek recommended “Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr John H. Watson” by Lyndsay Faye to me. I am so very glad he did.

I admit I was worried at first, because Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper has been done to death in both books and film. I need not have worried as “Dust and Shadow” is an excellent Sherlock Holmes pastiche.

The story fairly rips along (sorry) and the original characters have bounce and zest that blends well with Holmes and Watson.

The main attraction of this book to me is that Ms Faye has managed to capture that beautiful friendship between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson perfectly. The depth and warmth of the friendship shines through, and if Sherlock Holmes is a little more human than he is in the canon, it only adds lustre to the friendship.

A word on her Inspector Lestrade. Perfect. This is the best literary capture of the inspector I have seen. Too many authors make him a bumbling idiot. Sherlock Holmes himself said in the canon that Lestrade is the best that Scotland Yard has. You get to see that Lestrade in this book.

Ms Faye’s Jack the Ripper research was impeccable, making the story just a little more believable than most of the other Sherlock Holmes/Jack the Ripper outings.

And if you are very, very good, you might pick up on the identity of the Ripper, prior to the big reveal.  It’s a beauty.

I have no hesitation in recommending Dust and Shadows to any Sherlock Holmes fans, Ripperologists, or anyone who enjoys a great Victorian detective yarn.

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