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The House of Silk: The New Sherlock Holmes Novel (Sherlock Holmes Novel 1) [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Horowitz
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)

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"The author excels at turning his readers into 'Watsons' who are devoted to Holmes and enthusiastically leap into danger just to follow the detective throughout a case...The characterization of Holmes and Watson is true to the original but also offers greater insight into a fascinating friendship...Horowitz even knows how to write a riveting chase scene that, were it filmed for Ritchie's movie franchise, would certainly be an adrenaline-fueled cinematic climax...for its attention to character, quality of plot, and Horowitz's familiarity with the original stories, it scores highly."--PopMatters.com

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"The author excels at turning his readers into 'Watsons' who are devoted to Holmes and enthusiastically leap into danger just to follow the detective throughout a case...The characterization of Holmes and Watson is true to the original but also offers greater insight into a fascinating friendship...Horowitz even knows how to write a riveting chase scene that, were it filmed for Ritchie's movie franchise, would certainly be an adrenaline-fueled cinematic climax...for its attention to character, quality of plot, and Horowitz's familiarity with the original stories, it scores highly."--PopMatters.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1723 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (1 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409133826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409133827
  • ASIN: B005I5482S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anthony Horowitz is the creator of the phenomenal Alex Rider books and the bestselling Power of Five series. He won the 2006 British Book Awards Red House Children's Book of the Year for Ark Angel and the 2003 Red House Children's Book of the Year Award for Skeleton Key. Anthony, who wrote the script for the Alex Rider movie Stormbreaker, also writes extensively for TV, with credits including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War. He lives in Clerkenwell, London.

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165 of 176 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The authentic Watsonian voice... 4 Nov 2011
By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Of all the Holmes pastiches I have read (and there have been many), Horowitz has, I believe, achieved the most authentic Watsonian voice. For most of the time, it is possible to believe the book was written by Conan Doyle, the master storyteller, himself. All the regular characters are there - Inspector Lestrade, Mrs Hudson, brother Mycroft - and as a Holmes fanatic, I wasn't conscious of any of those jarring inconsistencies that mar many a Holmes tribute. The plot is complex and well written, and we see Holmes both as the calculating thinker and as the man of action. The Holmes/Watson relationship is very faithfully portrayed.

However, I felt that sometimes Horowitz allowed the tone to stray quite far from the originals. For example, Watson's concern for the contrast of rich and poor, his reflections on the street urchins, smacked more of Dickens than Conan Doyle. Suddenly the Baker Street Irregulars are no longer the cheeky, street-smart gang of old; now they are to be pitied for their poverty and the harshness of their lives. All true, of course, but not in keeping with the originals. I also felt that the main strand of the plot was well outside the bounds that Conan Doyle would have set and as a result in the latter stages it got more difficult to forget that this was not the genuine article.

In the Kindle version, there is included a very interesting essay by Horowitz where he describes how he came to write the book and lays out the ten rules he set himself, before beginning to write, to try to ensure an authentic flavour. He admits that he broke one or two of the rules along the way and I feel that was a pity - had he managed to stay within them I believe the end result would have been as close to perfect as any homage could be.
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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great expectations 22 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
The marketing spiel for this book claims that it is 'the first new Sherlock Holmes novel to be published with the endorsement of the Conan Doyle estate'. I'd have thought that that honour would have gone to the collection published by Adrian Conan Doyle in the 1950s, but that's by the by. The novel has garnered a truly impressive list of five star reviews, but though I enjoyed it, I feel unable to wholeheartedly second their appreciation.

For one thing, much has been made of the authenticity, the fidelity of this book to the original canon. I should say that it deviates quite drastically in two distinct ways, one consciously, and the other less so. The first thing that grates is the twenty-first century sensibility; this is both a novel with a social conscience and a very contemporary subject matter. The grisly minutiae of the modern crime novel sits uneasily in a Holmes story, as do his new-found progressive sensibilities. Each generation remakes Holmes anew, and I have no problem with that -- in fact I enjoy it. But I do think that if you make great play of inheriting the mantle of Conan Doyle, you must play by his rules, and not your own.

My second point is less overt: I disagree with most critics about the sensitivity with which this Holmes has been drawn. One of the great pleasures for me in the original stories was the capriciousness of Holmes' character. It's one of the most delicious ironies in literature that the supposed 'thinking machine' is anything but: he's a petulant, vainglorious monomaniac, with little time for anyone or anything save himself.

This is the side to Holmes that I found sorely missing in this book. The showy deductions were there, the scenery was all in place, but where was the arrogance?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh... 3 Dec 2012
By M Arif
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
With the story, I have a couple of issues. I solved a major clue at the beginning as soon as it appeared. One of the great delights of reading Holmes is seeing his deductive power in action. Even when he is puzzled, you can count on him having worked out more than anyone else. For the reader to be ahead of the detective is surely a fundamental flaw. I also thought the final revelation was not only obvious (did anyone seriously not know what was coming halfway through?) but sensationalist which was disappointing.

The style and the language were quite well mimicked although some modern sensibilities did leak in. The observations on poverty etc. were out of place as was Holmes' internal reflection and guilt - like Watson was apologising for not being conscious of these things before. It was unnecessary and only served to remind you that this isn't a 'real' Holmes story.

I also picked up on some grammatical errors like the use of 'infer' as opposed to 'allude'; something that Doyle never got wrong.

Despite all of that, I can't deny that this was a page turner and whatever my thoughts on its success or failure specifically as a Sherlock Holmes novel, I got through it pretty fast. As entertainment, it did the job; as an addition to the original set, it missed the mark for me and I imagine it will for any hardcore fans.

When I read this a while ago, I got the impression it was set up as a one-off but I notice the title now includes 'Novel 1' which presumably means Horowitz will be writing more. It won't be at the top of my reading list...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good effort, better-than-average Holmes pastiche
As with my Holmes pastiches, The House of Silk is presented as having been written by Dr Watson in old age (and subsequently consigned, as these things are, to his tin dispatch box... Read more
Published 1 day ago by N. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock lives again!!!
Just read Anthony Horowitz's House of Silk (a new Sherlock Holmes novel).
As a true original Sherlock / Doyle fan, I had my doubts it would be a success. Read more
Published 13 days ago by MissyH
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Book!
I have never been a fan of Sherlock but this was chosen as a read for the book club I belong to. It was a very well written book, very descriptive with lots of twists and turns in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by HM Patterson
3.0 out of 5 stars Holmes he ain't!
A Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Horowitz tries hard but doesn't quite in my opinion pull it off. Well written but lacking the Holmesian touch
Published 1 month ago by Michael Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars The first CSI is back
Wow, Mr Horrowitz has out done himself this time!! Being a fan of Anthony I thought id give it a try, glad I did. Brilliant! Read more
Published 1 month ago by P Molesbury
4.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes
Daughter devoured this book. Since my daughter is not here I cannot ask her what she thought but she loved the book.
Published 2 months ago by celia adams
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I bought this to read with my book group and finished it in almost one sitting (though will probably re-read before the group meets!). Read more
Published 2 months ago by MSR
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB...
Anthony Horowitz succeeds where others have failed and writes a lengthy novel featuring the one and only Sherlock Holmes as tld by Dr Watson. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Hay
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Throughout this book I could the voices of Jeremy Brett as Holmes and Watson and was captivated with how the author had managed to achieve this authentic feel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by terri the cook
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good style
I loved the style of writing here - just as though Conan Doyle was writing it! That is just as important to me as the story itself. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Judy A
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