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

Anthony Horowitz
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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: 1009 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316196991
  • Publisher: Orion (1 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à 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 (364 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,510 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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168 of 179 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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92 of 101 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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72 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elementary 3 Nov 2011
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
When i first heard about this book i wondered if it was going to be possible for some one to recreate a Great character like Holmes. Well the recent TV adaptations showed its possible, and the films showed that a new verve and twist could be played on the characterisations, so why not give it a shot.

To be honest i need not have worried or made any of those comparisons, its like Anthony Horowitz was breast fed on tales of the master, and it genetically linked to Conan Doyle. There is an obvious passion for the style and the people and also author and a sensitivity towards those readers of the classics.

This book comes across as a labour of love, not a piece of work from the author, and for the reader that means a real treat. A story told by a real story teller... and best of all no descriptions or spoilers anywhere to ruin the plot...a real Sherlockian Mystery right from the buying to the finishing.

Loved it!
(Parm)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light and entertaining 20 May 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is a fun and entertaining read for any Holmes fan. Horowitz has largely managed to duplicate Watson's voice (apart from a few slippages e.g. he talks about Holmes' `metabolism') but this is a Watson who is far more emotionally needy, even fawning and sycophantic, than Conan Doyle's doctor. The homosocial, if not homoerotic, overtones to the relationship, in line with other modern reinterpretations, is foregrounded here, and the plot starts off very well.

However, the authenticity is soon derailed: Watson and Holmes suddenly turn into Dickensian characters appalled by the divide between the wealthy and the poor, and shocked by the plight of children on the street. Holmes regrets ever having created the `Bow Street Irregulars' and berates himself for not having enquired more into their terrible lives. Even the relationship between Holmes and Lestrade becomes something quite different from the original.

This isn't trying to be anything more than light entertainment so it's probably not fair to be too picky - I liked this well enough but I'm not sure that I'd bother with a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars closer than the real thing
i surely hope he will do another - he captures even better than conan doyle the spirit and smarts of Sherlock as we have come to know him in further transformations = we have all... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Leslie Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend by friends
Recommend by friends. A delight to have Holmes back with us again. A pleasure to read and very good story. Hope this will not the last from Mr Horowitz.
Published 7 days ago by Dee of London
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
Excellent item. Beautifully read by Sir Derek Jacobi.
Published 13 days ago by W.P. GILLETTE-FUSSELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent read. Kept me glued to each page. Brilliant twists to the story - some surprising others not so but thoroughly enjoyable.
Published 19 days ago by K Bainbridge
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Published 26 days ago by P. ROBINSON
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A good detective yarn - chilling in places
Published 1 month ago by Jo Cursley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't wait to read it !
Published 1 month ago by Yvonne J. Yeoell
5.0 out of 5 stars The story has twists and turns and avoids my favourite hate - a lot of...
As someone who reads to invoke sleep this book kept me awake for hours. It has for me the style of Conan Doyle but is (if possible)better written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A must for any Sherlock Holmes fans
Published 1 month ago by Gwyn L James
5.0 out of 5 stars but I really enjoyed this book
I will admit to having never read a Sherlock Holmes book before, but I really enjoyed this book. The plot is clever and kept me guessing until the end.
Published 1 month ago by L. E Passey
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