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George Mann
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28 Feb 2014
BRAND-NEW TALES OF THE GREAT DETECTIVE.

Once again the spirit of Sherlock Holmes lives on in this collection of twelve brand-new adventures. Wonder at how the world s greatest consulting detective plays a deadly game with the Marvel of Montmartre; investigates a killing on the high seas; discovers Professor Moriarty s secret papers; battles a mysterious entity on a Scottish mountain; travels to the Red Planet to solve an interplanetary murder; and solves one last case with Dr Watson Jr!

FEATURING ORIGINAL STORIES FROM PHILIP PURSER-HALLARD, ANDREW LANE, MARK A. LATHAM, NICK CAMPBELL, JAMES GOSS, WILLIAM PATRICK MAYNARD & ALEXANDRA MARTUKOVICH, ROY GILL, SCOTT HANDCOCK, GUY ADAMS, LOU ANDERS, JUSTIN RICHARDS and PHILIP MARSH.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (28 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178116004X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781160046
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Further Encounters manages the rather remarkable feat of not containing an uninteresting story within its pages...we hope that there will be many more encounters to come." --Starburst Magazine

"Twelve bizarre stories of the futuristic, the supernatural, the paranormal and the surreal by authors experienced in fantasy and science-fiction and all Holmes fans... I fancy that if you enjoyed the The Encounters of Sherlock Holmes you ll enjoy The Further Encounters." --The Sherlock Holmes Journal

"There is a steampunk atmosphere to the stories which veer from the thrilling, to the amusing, to the grotesque... This is a corker of a book and strongly recommended." --The Louth Leader

"It doesn t take a genius to deduce that Further Encounters of Sherlock Holmes is well worth your examination!" -GNN

"Every single input to the collection is incredibly well written and I really enjoyed every one... A gem of a book." ----The Cult Den

About the Author

George Mann is the author of the Newbury and Hobbes and The Ghost series of novels, as well as numerous short stories, novellas and audiobooks. He has written fiction and audio scripts for the BBCs Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. He is also a respected anthologist and has edited The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction and The Solaris Book of New Fantasy. He lives near Grantham, UK.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious and engrossing 25 April 2014
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"The Further Encounters of Sherlock Holmes" gathers twelve bizarre stories of the futuristic, the supernatural, the paranormal and the surreal by authors experienced in fantasy and science-fiction – and all Holmes fans. The most notable names here are probably Andrew Lane and Guy Adams, but there are ingenious and engrossing tales by writers new to me, such as James Goss, Nick Campbell and Scott Handcock. I fancy that if you enjoyed "The Encounters of Sherlock Holmes" you’ll enjoy "The Further Encounters".
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This is a collection of a dozen Sherlockian tales by a number of authors. The editor's view is that Holmes remains Holmes, no matter who writes the tale and where or when it takes place. He agrees with me that Doyle brought life to an Archetype, to a character that is real to all people of all times and places, The Great Detective. Here we see that character through many eyes.

In "The Adventure of the Professor's Bequest," a novella by Philip Purser-Hallard, we meet Professor Moriarty's daughter and son-in-law trying to deal with the theft of manuscript left by the Professor. The question is who was it supposed to go to and why. In "The Case of the Compromised Card-Index," a short story by Andrew Lane, someone has burgled 221B while Holmes and Watson were away and copied his card-index files, a wonderful source for blackmail data. Holmes deduces the thief, but cannot prosecute a non-crime of copying information. Holmes finds a unique solution to the situation. In "Sherlock Holmes and the Popish Relic," a novella by Mark A. Latham, Holmes and Watson attend a séance where Watson receives a `warning.' Later, Holmes acquires a client who is heir presumptive to an Estate whose owner has vanished. The heir wishes Holmes to investigate and to establish the death or to find the owner. The `warning' becomes of use, although no one knows why it is so. In "The Adventure of the Decadent Headmaster," a novella by Nick Campbell, Holmes and Watson are lured into an investigation at a Public School by an anonymous letter actually written by a schoolboy. Their findings are echoed by the source of the account in the present day.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish 6 May 2014
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Absolutely dreadful. Anachronisms abound. I hardly think it likely that a Victorian doctor would attend an "autopsy". A great pity as I rate George Mann's Newbury and Hobbes stories very highly. I fear he is a better writer than editor.

Keep your money in your pocket. Personally, the best new Holmes writer I've found so far is David Stuart Davies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars George Mann does it again 20 Feb 2014
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Editor George Mann has put together a new collection of short-story pastiches. While his previous Holmes collection (Encounters of Sherlock Holmes) was heavy on the steam-punk, sci-fi and otherwise non-traditional side, this new book -- though tilting a bit towards the supernatural -- for the most part keeps to more traditional formats. However, I have to say the writers don't sound all that much like they're trying to write in the Victorian or Edwardian manner. This is probably a good thing, because most modern writers can't handle those styles anyway. What I'm trying to say is don't expect even the traditionally-formatted pastiches to sound -all- that traditional. I give this book 5 stars for the inclusion of all manner of interesting stories and the overall enjoyment I felt from reading it.

There's a very thoughtful introduction to the book written by George Mann, and it really made me smile because of one thing he said in particular: "...Holmes will never die. No matter what a succession of writers might choose to do with him. There'll always be an untidy sitting-room in Baker Street, London, in which a man wearing a tatty old dressing-gown sullenly smokes a pipe, ekes sounds out of a violin and contemplates the nature of the criminal mind."

The Adventure of the Professor's Bequest by Philip Purser-Hallard
 -- Something stolen from the Moriarty family has the potential to bring down the whole of Christendom...or maybe just bring down Holmes. Somewhat intriguing story but I saw the slightly-unsatisfactory end coming a mile away.

The Curious Case of the Compromised Card-Index by Andrew Lane 
-- Holmes has transferred all of the intelligence from his commonplace books to index cards with the idea of using something like Babbage's analytical engine to sort them when needed. But returning with Watson from a long trip, the detective realizes that while they were gone, someone entered 221B and stole the information from the cards -- not the cards themselves, just the information! Computer-age problems at the pre-dawn of the computer age.

Sherlock Holmes and the Popish Relic by Mark A. Latham
 -- Watson's acceptance of things that cannot be explained clashes with Holmes's hard-headed rationalizations when they are hopelessly lost in an endless catacomb while pursuing a thief and would-be murderer. Traditional mystery with supernatural overtones.

The Adventure of the Decadent Headmaster by Nick Campbell
 -- Mr. Campbell, having a problem plotting a pastiche for an anthology, consults a medium hoping that she will be able to contact the deceased John Watson to ask him for a story. What follows is something Watson did not want to write about while he was alive: the time that he and Holmes visited a most prestigious boys' school to investigate the appearance of the body of a woman, the disappearance of a student, and the murder of one of the masters.

The Case of the Devil's Door by James Goss
 -- Believing that his country's London embassy literally attempted to devour him, a foreigner unknowingly guides Holmes and Watson to a vicious plot intended to destroy exiled patriots hoping to slip back into their homeland via an underground railroad.

The Adventure of the Coin of the Realm by William Patrick Maynard & Alexandra Martukovich
 -- On a passenger liner returning from a visit to New York, Holmes and Watson become involved with a group of coin dealers after one of the merchants is thrown overboard, and the only witness to the act dies in Watson's cabin. This comes off like a "Watson is an idiot" story because the murderer is so obvious it made me want to throw something really hard. Very weak mystery. Maybe the "too many cooks" syndrome.

The Strange Case of the Displaced Detective by Roy Gill
 -- A time-travel story. An aged Holmes comes back from the future in order to convince Watson to deflect present-day Holmes from taking a case, the solution of which will lead to the the worst of all dystopian worlds.

The Girl Who Paid For Silence by Scott Handcock
 -- A child who witnessed the horrible mutilation death of her girlfriend comes to Watson to tell him what she saw and beg him to find the killer. Excellent supernatural tale which emphasizes Watson's kind and empathetic nature.

An Adventure in Three Courses by Guy Adams -- On the first anniversary of Mary Watson's death, Holmes takes his old friend out for dinner at a peculiar restaurant which features a bizarre menu, rude waitstaff, and hostile fellow diners. ("Wonderful, isn't it?" Holmes asks happily.) The stunning twist at the end reveals the vast regard in which Holmes holds Watson. I would say this story and the one which follows it are worth the price of the entire book.

The Sleep of Reason by Lou Anders
 -- A story within a story involving New York detective S. Quentin Carmichael, his companion Dr. Avery F. Wilson, trips to Mars, opiates and green carnations. Despite how it sounds, this is an absolutely astonishing Sherlock Holmes story.

The Snowtorn Terror by Justin Richards
 -- Holmes and Watson investigate when the body of a man is found lying in the snow with his throat cut, no knife in sight, and no footprints or tracks of any kind in the vicinity. A local legend speaks of a supernatural being that haunts the mountain, but Holmes is more interested in a recent nearby train derailment and bullion robbery.

A Betrayal of Doubt 
by Philip Marsh -- An inexplicable locked-room murder with apparent supernatural overtones scares the London populace so badly that Scotland Yard decides to call Sherlock Holmes out of retirement AND give him a Watson to work with. Thus the adult son of John Watson meets the elderly Sherlock Holmes, and is not at first entirely impressed.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When It Was Good It Was Very, Very Good. However... 26 Feb 2014
By Drstatz - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I love Sherlock Holmes stories, when writers start leaning toward the supernatural, nearly always count me out. To be sure there are a number of them where the story was so well done that I felt forgiveness was appropriate. Usually however, if inklings are provided that Homes and Watson are going to meet the wicked witch of East London or such, that book will never see the inside of my shopping cart. Most of the stories in this anthology were pretty well done. One exception was the story where the reader has to endure another of the 'spook shows up to enlighten the living' schtick. YUCK!! come on,George Mann, were you hurting so desperately that you had to include that one to fill up space? Another included the planet Mars, naked women (I'm not kidding) and one of the weakest plots imaginable. I found myself wondering if extracts of various psychedelic mushrooms were involved during its creation.

That particular story I'll return to but a digression. In my vast collection of Holmes/Watson pastiches, there were two examples where the remedy to heroes dying horrifying deaths were ingenious to the point that it's worth reading the story to find out what that was alone. One of the stories is in this collection. No, I won't provide any hints. It's worth buying the book to find out the one. You'll know it when you see it. I'll have to point readers to the other.

The story involving Mars, naked women and such mentioned earlier was easily one of the worst Holmes/Watson stories I've ever encountered. For a while I thought nothing could be worse than 'Barefoot in Baker Street (Buy it at a garage sale and don't spend more than a quarter) and two others I could mention but that particular opus is in good company. One of the author's earlier works, 'The Army of Doctor Moreau' I had read some time back and it received rave reviews. It was somewhat funny when I bought this book because I knew it would be into the fantasy realm but remembering I had read 'The Island of Dr Moreau' as a seventh grader something said why not? Turned out to be a wise choice. It was an absolute smoker of a story and it has a depiction of a good guy using a means to avoid a horrible death that is unique (and believable) in all of my collection of Homes books. Buy the book. It is worth the price for that one occurrence alone and you'll know what I'm talking about when you see it.

George Mann, stay out of the supernatural. That's my plea. Otherwise, other than the two stories mentioned, this particular book was time and money well spent.
5.0 out of 5 stars book review 6 July 2014
By R. Proctor - Published on Amazon.com
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george mann does an incredible job with holmes style stories, I haven't had a bad read yet. I really hope he continues to put out new episodes.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve New Stories Of The Great Detective 13 May 2014
By VicG - Published on Amazon.com
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George Mann in his book, “Further Encounters Of Sherlock Holmes” a Book in the Encounters of Sherlock Holmes series published by Titan Books brings us new short stories featuring the adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

From the Back Cover: Brand New tales of the great detective

Once again the spirit of Sherlock Holmes lives on in this collection of twelve brand-new adventures. Wonder at how the world’s greatest consulting detective plays a deadly game with the Marvel of Montmartre; investigates a killing on the high seas; discovers Professor Moriarty’s secret papers; battles a mysterious entity on a Scottish mountain; travels to Mars to unravel an interplanetary murder; and solves one last case with Dr Watson Jr!

I said it before I say it again Arthur Conan Doyle only wrote so many Holmes stories before he died. Once again George Mann has come to our rescue and met our need for new stories! This time he provides for our reading entertainment twelve new stories of the great detective and edited them into this new volume. Each of these individual authors write in the style and voice of Dr. Watson so that they are just like reading one of the originals. All of them are a challenge for the Holmes’s mind and each writer brings us into his investigation of every case. “Further Encounters Of Sherlock Holmes” is great fun. Let me assure you if you like Sherlock Holmes then you are going to really enjoy this. I recommend it highly! I really hope Mr. Mann will bring us another of these wonderful anthologies.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some space cadet stories in this one 24 Mar 2014
By Jack Ingram - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't finish reading this book because several of the stories are almost science fiction. I like realistic Holmes wannabe stories!
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