Stories, poems, and a bit of fun!
Tales from the Stranger’s Room 3 Edited by David Ruffle
My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my advance copy of this book!
Let me just say that it is difficult to take this book seriously. The stories themselves run the usual gambit from excellent to so-so. No problems there. But the book is filled with original Sidney Pagent Holmes illustrations with “Captain Obvious” style captions. There are puzzles to solve and each author has their top ten Holmes Canon stories list.
That said, I do find the book enjoyable. “Terror of the Green Man” by Robert Perret gets a “Best in Book” award from me, with David Marcum’s “The Affair of the Mother’s Return” a close second. I liked all of the poems, but Geri Schear’s “The Man on the Tor” was fantastic!
The puzzles were quite good, and by “quite good” I mean “largely beyond my abilities to solve.” I did get a few right but they are extremely challenging.
There is a play in the book, but anyone who has read my reviews knows that I do not read plays. I could sit for hours watching a stage play but I cannot read them. I cannot read screenplays or radio plays either. I just cannot get the mental image of what is happening from a play’s instructions about where each character is, background details, sound bites of trumpets, etc. I can follow the dialog, but that’ it.
I will give the book three stars…
Quoth the Raven…