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The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: War of the Worlds [Paperback]

Manly Wade Wellman , Wade Wellman
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23 Oct 2009 Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's timeless creation returns in a new series of handsomely designed, long out-of-print detective stories. From the earliest days of Holmes' career to his astonishing encounters with Martian invaders, the "Further Adventures" series encapsulates the most varied and thrilling cases of the worlds' greatest detective. Sherlock Holmes, Professor Challenger and Dr. Watson meet their match when the streets of London are left decimated by a prolonged alien attack. Who could be responsible for such destruction? Sherlock Holmes is about to find out...Manly and Wade Wellman's novel takes H.G. Well's classic story and throws Holmes into the mix, with surprising and unexpected results.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (23 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848564910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848564916
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 14.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the most satisfying reads I've had in a while. You'd do well to check it out' --- Sci-Fi Squad

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The award-winning science-fiction writer Manly Wade Wellman and his son Wade released Sherlock Holmes' War of the Worlds to universal acclaim in 1975. Manly Wellman's other work includes: The Invading Asteroid, Sojarr of Titan, The Dark Destroyers, Island in the Sky, Worse Things Waiting and The Beyonders.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The one where Professor Challenger turns up... 25 Jan 2010
By S. Bentley VINE VOICE
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The high concept, and possibly one that might have inspired Mr Moore's second LoEG volume, is that Sherlock Holmes is caught up in the War of the Worlds, by way of the "Crystal Egg" from Wells' oeuvre, with aid from Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger. What comes out of it is, as another reviewer points out, a pretty uneventful story. Holmes and Challenger spend a lot of time staring into the Crystal Egg, and running around the countryside in the manner of the narrator of Wells' original tale, but very little is added to make it more flavoursome. There is the attempt to make the science of Wells' story more palatable by suggesting the Martians weren't from Mars, because as modern day readers know, there is no life on Mars (or is there?)... but that isn't really enough. Then there's the use of Holmes and Challenger to fill in some backstory from Wells' tome, though within the text Wells' tale is considered a fiction of real events and treated in a slightly derogatory manner. And again, I need more.

Part of the issue, no doubt, is that the novel is actually made up of what were three short stories, and so there is some repetition of past events that would have made sense when the stories were being served up in magazines some months apart.

Another thing is that while I don't think the Wellmans wholly miss the mark in the way they write Holmes and Challenger, it's clear that Challenger is favoured, as he gets a meatier role in the action, and their version of Holmes is very Basil Rathbone. You can hear Jeremy Brett saying the lines, but this Holmes is not so quirky. And Watson is drawn as a slightly buffoonish, very proper Victorian gentleman, again a version of Watson of yesteryear. But then this was written back in the 70s, I think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holmes and Challenger versus Mars! 11 Dec 2009
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In "The War of the Worlds" (first published in 1975 as "Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds") Manly Wade Wellman, with his son Wade Wellman, pits Holmes, Watson and Professor Challenger against H G Wells's Martian invaders. In this version, the aliens are not native to Mars, and their defeat owes much to the resourcefulness and courage of our heroes. It's intelligent, exciting and literate - as you'd expect from a multi-award-winning science-fiction writer who was also a Baker Street Irregular. The suggestion that Holmes and Mrs Hudson are conducting a clandestine love affair stretches belief to its limits, however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why did nobody think of it before? 21 May 2012
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I am very much enjoying this series of 'new' or 'further' adventures of Sherlock Holmes. So far, I have not been disappointed - they have all been well written, with great wit and flair, and the jacket design, or branding, disproves the adage about how not to judge books.

While reading this very clever mixture of two of Conan Doyle's heroes with Wells' story, the reader could be forgiven for suspending disbelief and - like the listeners to Orson Welles' famous radio play of the same name - accepting this tale as an account of real events.

Excellent. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well I thought it was pretty good 10 April 2011
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I like this tongue-in-cheek homage to both Wells and Conan Doyle. "War of the Worlds" was an interesting dissection of Victorian London as well as science fiction. The characters of Holmes, Watson and Challenger are ironically dropped in it very effectively. I was very glad to have bought it in the Oxfam shop in Bromley.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good pitch falls to poor pay-off ... 3 Dec 2009
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I did like the pitch for this book: Sherlock Holmes versus Wells' Martians. How could it fail? I love Holmes stories, (even ones not by Conan Doyle), I love `The War of the Worlds' and I love Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger stories. (Challenger plays a big role in this volume.) I also like Manly Wade Wellman, (especially his eerie `Silver John' stories in `Who Fears the Devil?').
But alas, I found this book a serious let-down. Neither of the father-and-son Wellman team can really write Holmes, Watson or Challenger. The story mostly limps its way around incidents from `The War of the Worlds' and all Holmes, Challenger and Watson do for most of the book is go on about why the so-called `Martians' aren't from Mars at all. The only surprise (it's given away early on) is that Holmes is secretly doing the dance of love with faithful housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson.
To be fair, the Wellmans were ahead of the game on this one and this book (originally published as stories between 1969 and 1975) was decades in front of virtually all the recent raft of science-fiction Holmes pastiches. I just wish the story had been better-handled ... and the characters. And the dialogue ...
Pardon a few suggestions for better things on similar themes, but, if you like pastiche Holmes, try Richard L. Boyer's `The Giant Rat of Sumatra'. If you like sly nods to Wells, try Christopher Priest's `The Space Machine'. Finally, if you'd like to visit a world with more than a fair chunk of Doyle and Wells, try (especially Volume Two of) Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's `The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing idea...poor execution 14 Jan 2011
By IWFIcon VINE VOICE
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I'm not THAT precious about Sherlock Holmes that I expect every attempt to write a new story about the World's Greatest Detective to be totally faithful to Arthur Conan Doyle's version. So whilst I wasn't entirely bowled over by the idea of Sherlock Holmes joining Professor Challenger to tackle a Martian invasion I was more than willing to give the book a chance. What I found was very disappointing indeed.

The first thing to note is that this is more of HG Wells story than an Arthur Conan Doyle one; whilst the character of Challenger is instantly recognisable, Holmes is a mere sliver of what he should be. Yes, he lives at Baker Street, has Dr. Watson as a companion and has Mrs Hudson as a housekeeper (and something more, in this story) but that's all that identifiable. The character of Holmes does very little at all in this story and his detection skills are hardly brought to the fore at all.

If you wish to see Holmes "re-invented" as some form of romantic action hero you might enjoy this but if your love for the character of Holmes is the reason you want to try and read a non-Conan Doyle story then you will find little here to amuse you. It could be John Smith or Fred Bloggs helping Professor Challenger for all the attention that is paid to him.

But even without my misgiving about the use of Holmes, the book itself isn't very captivating in it's own right. To be blunt, nothing much seems to happen. It's probably worth a read if you are going through the enitre "Further Adventures..." series but it has very little to commend it as a stand alone title.
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