Aug. 30, 2018

A great mixture of Doyle and Wells!

Sherlock Holmes Adventures in the Realms of HG Wells Volume 1 edited by Derrick Belanger and C Edward Davis

My thanks go out to Derrick Belanger for my copy of this book. I appreciate his continued faith in my reviews.

Taken as a whole, this volume is fabulous! Each author has blended Well’s worlds into the world of Holmes like an expert bartender. They are excellent Holmes stories while remaining also fitting for the Time Traveler, Dr. Moreau, the Invisible Man, etc.

Now, let’s move on to the stories:

 “The Case of a Natural Solution by MM Elmendorf is a pleasant romp into The War of the Worlds. In a London ravaged by the Martians, Holmes is working on something to destroy their army…

 “The Pigeon’s Rest” by Emma Tompkins takes the reader into Holmes’ investigation into a jewel theft. He works the case for a rival detective named Asquith. I must confess that I liked this story the least. Unless I missed something, I had a difficult time with the link to HG Wells…

 “The Curious Case of the Sleeper” by Stephen Herczeg delves into a tale more reminiscent of Washington Irving than HG Wells. I did enjoy this story, bravo!

 “The Manor House Horror” by Michael Silverling ties for Best-in-book! It combines nuances of The War of the Worlds, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The Invisible Man! The flow is seamless and the action is superb! My hat is off to the author!

 “An Adventure in Darkness” by Daniel D Victor combines Holmes with “The Country of the Blind.” Holmes undertakes the case for a blind woman married to Juan Carlos Nuñez from that story…

 “The Adventure of the Traveler’s Bootstraps” by Campbell Powell has Holmes meet the Time Traveler. The twist in the tale is quite amazing!

 “The Mystery of the Last Martian” by GC Rosenquist takes place in a London ravaged by the tripods and heat rays of the invading Martians. Now, one has invaded 221B…

 “The Affair of the Red Opium” by John Linwood Grant deals with the fallout from The First Men in the Moon…

 “The Adventure of the Invisible Man” needs no explanation about its source material. The story goes somewhat further than Well’s story, and casts doubt upon the death of Griffin…

 “A Matter of Some Gravity” by Derrick Belanger is an excellent read! People and events from The First Men in the Moon weave in and out of the story. I’ve seldom seen the type of narration this story presents. Some people may accuse me of kissing up, but this story ties for best-in-book!

I couldn’t with a clean conscience give this exciting book anything less than five stars plus! It is a refreshing blend of Holmes and Wells!

Quoth the Raven…

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