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2.0 out of 5 stars Holmes fans shoild not bother, 10 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: The Confiscated Chronicles of Dr. John H. Watson (The Newly Discovered Ventures of Sherlock Holmes Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
The author knows a few of the Canonical names, but has no idea of the original style. Was he/she writing in his native language, or is this a bad translation? I note that the Americanism "gotten" was used a few times. Specifically, he has Watson referring to the time as "forty past twelve" and "fifteen before seven" - who ever talks like that?. Phrases seem to take the place of complete sentences, such as "Exhausted from the night's adventure" and "With the two men immediately after them". And how about this, "His eyebrows shot up having asked him that same question on several occasions" - talking eyebrows now?
In one story, Watson says that five minutes bike ride past Baker Street took them into forested country - has the author ever been to London?
There are a number of typos and spelling errors, and I still wonder what "headcheese on toast" is.
The plots do not flow, and I gave up half way through the second story, tired of being brought up short by so many errors. I have read several Holmes pastiches better than this at half the price. Sorry, Mr/Ms Doyen, but that is my opinion, perhaps some other reader will have a more favourable one.
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Initial post: 10 Apr 2014 13:09:46 BDT
Vickers says:
Maybe the time phrases were an attempt at authentic Victorian language ;)

And I think headcheese is a type of brawn made from the chopped up pieces of meat from a pig's head.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2014 17:22:35 BDT
You are right about headcheese - I just looked it up in a dictionary, but the phrase has no part in a Holmes pastiche,.
As to the time phrases, if they were an attempt at Victorian language, they failed. Having read all of the Canon many times, I have never seen time told in this way.
I hope you didn't buy the book.
Sherlockian

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2014 18:07:16 BDT
Vickers says:
Goodness no! I read the 'look inside' sample and that was more than enough.....
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