- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books (30 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781165416
- ISBN-13: 978-1781165416
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 20.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sherlock Holmes - The Stuff of Nightmares Paperback – 30 Aug 2013
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"one of the most interesting and adventurous British SF writers..." --SFX Magazine
"This is delicious stuff, marrying the standard notions of Holmesiana with the kind of imagination and we expect from Lovegrove. --Crime Time
"An entertaining adaptation of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle series." --The Geek Girl Project
The novel is perfectly structured and characters are introduced with flair and humanity. The overall effect is of a tremendously accomplished thriller which leaves the reader in no doubt that they are in the hands of a confident and skilful craftsman." --Starburst Magazine
"The Stuff of Nightmares secures its place as one of the strongest Holmes pastiches of recent years. --Herts Advertiser
A highly entertaining fusion of Holmes and Steampunk. More please. --Sci Fi Bulletin
"Pick of the paperbacks... Holmes and Watson become embroiled in one of their strangest cases yet. --Daily Express
"An action-packed, fun adventure filled with traditional Holmsian details but with the added spice of a strong sci-fi steampunk element." --Popcorn Reads
About the Author
James Lovegrove is the New York Times best-selling author of The Age of Odin, the third novel in his critically-acclaimed Pantheon military SF series. He was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1998 for his novel Days and for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 2004 for his novel Untied Kingdom. He also reviews fiction for the Financial Times.
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This is the third in a series of bombings which hold London and its inhabitants in a scary hold, with theories about the bombers and their reasons getting more hysterical by the day.
But the bombings are not the only strange phenomena in London at the time. A strange creature, about eight feet tall, with enormous strength and a scary arsenal of weapons has taken on London's underworld. He interrupts misdeeds and incapacitates the villains although he never kills his opponents. Only known by the name Baron Cauchemar, many consider this man a myth, yet Sherlock Holmes is convinced that the Baron may be the key that will lead to unlocking the identity of those behind the bombings. And although both his brother, Mycroft and Dr. Watson have their doubts, he is determined to conduct his investigation along those lines.
What follows is an investigation that will bring our two heroes face to face with pure evil. Confronting mortal danger more than once Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have not only men's evil to contend with, but also technological advances beyond their wildest imaginations. With the future of the British Empire at stake, Holmes and Watson have to embrace an unlikely ally if there are going to prevent disaster.
I have to say that I'm greatly enjoying this series of newly written Sherlock Holmes adventures.Read more ›
This is the first of three Sherlock Holmes novels Lovegrove has currently penned (the other two being Gods of War and The Thinking Engine) Set in 1890, Stuff of Nightmares starts with a powerful opening of Watson arriving at Waterloo station as a terrorist bomb explodes causing a shocking amount of death and devastation. This is the third boming to have gone off and the country is beginning to panic. Having witnessed the horror first hand Watson immediately sets off to find his old friend Holmes knowing he would be in the thick of the investigation.
What first struck me about this book is Lovegove's excellent use of language, just the bomb scene at Waterloo station alone was wonderfully described, not only in it's use of words but the tone of the book was spot on written from Watson's point of view as if he is penning it, as it should be.Read more ›
This "problem" goes right to the heart of the British Empire, threatening the institution of the Monarchy itself. You know there is big trouble when the usually unflappable older brother of Holmes, Mycroft is rattled.
The enigmatic character of Baron Cauchemar is exciting and reminiscent of Iron man or Batman. This nineteenth century vigilante suffers from the same problem: is he a friend or foe?
With its martial arts, fast, unrelenting action, suspense and heroics this has all the ingredients you could hope for in a Sherlock Holmes adventure. Fortunately, it is also clear that Lovegrove is a fan of Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as there are plenty of references and allusions to the original canon. Furthermore, and crucially, the characters of Holmes, Watson, Mycroft and Lestrade all ring true. These are not just caricatures, but the same people from the original four novels and fifty-six short stories. They are here with all their individual tics, mannerisms and eccentricities.
So, we have Sherlock Holmes, Steampunk, a nineteenth century crime fighter, and a plot that could change the face of Europe. Dramatic, gripping, exciting and respectful to its source material, I thoroughly enjoyed every surprise and twist as the story unfolded. If this is to be Lovegrove's sole novel (he has already written a Holmes pastiche prior to this) then he has left us with a very impressive continuation novel indeed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This series from Titan books are a slight side step into a dimension where slightly more outlandish and fantastical elements are permissible. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Justin Webb
A good story but a quite fanciful ending to the book. Not your usual Sherlock Holmes book of twists and turns in the "gentlemanly " manner.Published 9 months ago by James Drury
A Sherlock Holmes story should never take inspiration from Michael Bay moviesPublished 10 months ago by Sterling Archer
More a adventure story than a bona fide Sherlock Holmes detective tale. But quite enjoyable.Published 12 months ago by computer user
Good plot that moves along briskly. Excellent villain but Mycrift isn't impressive. Good characterisation of the friendship between Holmes & Watson the latter being well crafted.Published 13 months ago by Kevin: Vine House UK
As a Sherlock Holmes story this feels like a very good attempt with Holmes and Watson feeling very true. Read morePublished 14 months ago by M. King