Friday, 22 February 2013

Encounters of Sherlock Holmes Review

Written By Mark Hodder, Mags L Holliday, Cavan Scott, Nick Kyme, Paul Magrs, George Mann, Stuart Douglas, Eric Brown, Richard Dinnick, Kelly Hale, Steve Lockley, Mark Wright, David Barnett and James Lovegrove
Edited By George Mann

Genre
Crime, Thriller, Steampunk

Synopsis

A brand-new collection of Sherlock Holmes stories from a variety of exciting voices in modern horror and steampunk, including James Lovegrove, Paul Magrs and Mark Hodder. Edited by respected anthologist George Mann, and including a story by Mann himself.

Review

There have been many Sherlock Holmes anthologies over the years.  Obviously you have the originals by the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle then over the years you have had many by various authors.  Some of these have been absolutely brilliant and others, well others have been a bit rubbish if we're going to be completely honest.

Which one does this new collection edited by George Mann come under?  It definitely falls under the brilliant heading as there is truly a story in this collection for absolutely every kind of Sherlock Holmes fan.

Do you want one that combines Holmes with dark Gothic horror?  Check.  Do you want Holmes but with a more steampunk style edge?  Check.  Do you want a story told from Mrs Hudson's point of view?  You even have had.

There are some truly brilliant stories in this collection.  While not all the stories are brilliant, not one falls below being good and for a short story collection that is a very good thing.

Personally my favourites out of the entire collection were 'The Loss of Chapter 21' by Mark Hodder, 'The Post-Modern Prometheus' by Nick Kyme and 'The Adventure of the Locked Carriage' by Stuart Douglas but there is one story that absolutely rules above them all.

'The Case of the Nightcrawler' by George Mann is absolutely superb and if I'm honest, it wouldn't be at all out of place in a Doyle collection.  I won't give too much away about the story but Mann combines his own creations of 'Newbury and Hobbes' with Sherlock Holmes as they join forces to solve a crime.  Now I don't want to give too much more away than that because you are definitely in for a treat when you read this one.

All in all, this is a absolutely fantastic anthology of riveting short stories starring the worlds most famous detective.  George Mann has done a marvellous job of choosing some brilliant stories by some superb authors.  Although I do have one bone to pick with this collection.  It's cost me a fair of money now as I've been going online to find more books by the people involved in this collection.

Definitely worth picking up.

Story 4.5/5
Characters 4.5/5
Recommended 4/5
Overall 13/15

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