Sherlock Holmes- The Dreaming Man Paperback – 11 Apr 2017
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It's obviously well thought out but the subject matter is anathema to everything we know of Sherlock from the original cannon.
To put it in Sherlocks words "This agency stands flat-footed upon the ground, and there it must remain. The world is big enough for us. No ghosts need apply." Now, its not quite ghosts involved but nevertheless, it is quite an outlandish tale.
I must confess I love the two subjects in this book, Sherlock for starters, and a more occult and spooky side of things. Love that. But thrown together in the way that they are here? It jars with me. Doesn't work. Sherlock investigating occult related crimes? Yes please we'll have that! But Sherlock encountering....well perhaps you'll read for yourself.
As to the writing, the over use of phrases like "Whats the bally matter?" and such things like that, that were never uttered in the original cannon but that this author uses to convey the time period, come across like bad cliches. Like someone writing a book set in Ireland and constantly saying "top of the morning to ye!" as if Irish people actually say this to each other. far too much of that nonsense in this book.
So is it entertaining? Yes, I read it to the end, however this was more because I was committed when events in the book took a jump to the left and so felt compelled to read on.
If you like pastiche's that try to be like the original cannon, this book is NOT for you. If you don't mind Sherlock getting involved in somewhat odd situations and are prepared to admit that which the original cannon really was not, then by all means, go and enjoy
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