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Mysteries of the Diogenes Club [Paperback]

Kim Newman
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30 Dec 2010
From the 1860s to the present day, these are the accounts of the Diogenes Club, whose agents solve crimes too strange for Britain's police, protecting the realm-and this entire plane of existence-from occult menaces, threats born in other dimensions, magical perfidy and the Deep Dark Deadly Ones. Kim Newman continues the series began in The Man From the Diogenes Club, revealing more mysteries of the British Empire's most secret service.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Monkeybrain (30 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932265309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932265309
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
First of all a quick word of warning - if, like me, you're an avid collector of Kim Newman's stuff then this collection contains reprints of two stories, Organ Donors (first published in Dead Travel Fast) and Seven Stars (first published in Seven Stars) which you've probably already got. As both of these collections are out of print I can understand why they were reprinted here but when I first got this I was a bit disappointed to find that it contained two stories I already had and thus only three new stories. However, as they're such good new stories I don't mind too much!
The first, Sorcerer, Conjurer, Wizard, Witch is the longest of the new stories. It is the eve of World War II and a Wizard War is also looming. The Great Enchanter is rising and rumours abound that one of the four defenders of London, Sorcerer, Conjurer, Wizard or Witch, is a traitor. If London falls then Britain falls. It's up to Charles Beauregard, Chairman of the Diogenes Club, along with Edwin Winthrop and Catriona Kaye to determine whether these rumours are true and to act accordingly. Unwanted assistance is offered by The Undertaking and unexpected help by Geneviève Dieudonné.
This story rolls along at a great pace and is full of entertaining ideas and familiar Diogenes characters. It's also stuffed full of references to other pop culture characters and stories. (as is every story in the collection in fact) And like Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen tales whilst it's fun spotting the references it doesn't matter if you don't get them as it doesn't impede the story in any way. (And there are amusing and informative notes at the back of the book to help.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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At the time of its release in 2006, "The Man from the Diogenes Club" had looked (& read) like a folder for action-packed and fun-filled 1970-s style occult detective adventures, with loads of clues & references to films, novels, contemporary politics and social commentary thrown in to further spice them up. Then came "The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club" in 2008, darkening up that colourful vista to a considerable extent. Although it had featured the "cold war" taking place between the somewhat old-fashioned (i.e. with a strong sense of good & bad) Diogenes Club and the other "agencies" in the same business but using "sharper" practices, it also had tremendously enjoyable romps like "Angel Down, Sussex", "The Big Fish" and "Richard Riddle, Boy Detective". And now we have this volume (with an extremely attractive cover) which contains the following novella-length stories:

1. Sorcerer Conjurer Wizard Witch: A retelling of "Tinker, Tailor, Sailor, Spy", with the (notionally) evil empire replaced by something truly evil. The story read like a gritty cold-war story of espionage, deceit, betrayal and paranoia(which had been intended, at the first place), and re-awakens ignoramus like us to the fact that Diogenes Club actually reflect the words of the good doctor ("sometimes.......is the British Government)!
2. Kentish Glory: a brand-new offering, but again taking us to the unknown & unexplored darkness behind the rise of any hero (or heroine).
3. Moon Moon Moon: a Richard Jeperson adventure, where our hero, accompanied by a beautiful 'agent' from "The Unnameable-s", i.e. one of the Federal Bureau of Investigations from across the Pond, tries to neutralise the threat posed by a 'truly secret' person towards the first man-made lunar landing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lecture in mutated history 14 Aug 2011
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I'd been waiting ages to read something by Kim Newman. I can't remember the exact point he stepped out of the shadow of the powerful and constantly re-publishing Gaiman machine, I simply know that he did. And I was intrigued. Newman's approach to alternate histories made me want to read more than simple sum ups and people telling me how badly these books needed republishing again while trying to sell me old, used copies for crazy amounts of currency. Anno Dracula was the one I really wanted to read but this one got the cat a little curious as well. I knew a little about the Diogenes Club from reading Sherlock Holmes and other bits and pieces and I liked the idea of someone like Kim Newman using it to create something strange and magical and British. Finally, this year, I got to read Anno Dracula and then slender volume appeared for my birthday and I couldn't wait to dive in. Maybe it was the hype or the expectation but it just didn't grab me as completely as I thought it would. It reminded me of reading Lumley's Titus Crow stories, constantly clever but not constantly entertaining. Sadly these mysteries are a little slow in places. Which is never good. The pace, at points, feels like its stuck in the wrong gear. Don't get me wrong, some there is fun to be had here. Mystical moon forces, cursed jewels, a shadow side of London, possible double crossing vampires and some nice little tweaks of mythology and familar faces. It's all stuff I should like, and I did enjoy it, but it's just that it didn't sing. Anno Dracula sang. It's fast and loaded with in jokes and references, but they never really add any drag to the plot. Whereas the plot in these shorter works feels to be nearly choking the experience to death. Read more ›
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