Customer Reviews


2 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of all Sherlock Holmes pastiches, 8 Jun. 2011
By 
Andrew Norris (West Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
There are many pastiches of Sherlock Holmes in the world, ranging from Hawkeye Soames of "Count Duckula" to Hemlock Shoals of "Howard the Duck", but none of them quite capture the essence of Holmes. Only one pastiche manages to give us Sherlock Holmes without actually giving us Sherlock Holmes, and that pastiche is the wonderfully-written Solar Pons, brain-child of the American author August Derleth.

This book, the first of many in his Solar Pons series, starts with a foreword by Dr. Lyndon Parker, the Watson to Pons' Holmes, detailing how the duo were first introduced. From then on, we are treated to a wide array of wonderful stories, all of them set during the 1920's and 1930's, and apparently in the same universe as the Sherlock Holmes stories (Pons himself is referred to as "The Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street" and makes several references to his Victorian predecessor).

Each story draws inspiration from the Holmes stories, but they are not merely rewrites of the Holmes canon. The Pons stories have their own unique charm and a special blend of Holmesian deduction and insight into the socio-political events of the 20th century. Ennesfred Kroll, for example, is not simply a renamed Moriarty - he is Pons' intellectual equal and a key figure in this world's Third Reich. In that respect, he is more like Von Stalhein of "Biggles" than Moriarty, but I doubt very much that Derleth ever read Biggles.

In short, this book is perfect for people who want to read the ideal Sherlock Holmes pastiche, but they should not jump to conclusions purely because of the fancy cover and the names of the characters therein.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 3 Mar. 2015
By 
M. J. Doyle ""Popeye"" (West Country) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Exploits of Solar Pons (Containing The Adventures of Solar Pons / The Chronicles of Solar Pons) (Hardcover)
OK
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The Exploits of Solar Pons (Containing The Adventures of  Solar Pons / The Chronicles of Solar Pons)
Used & New from: £6.36
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews