- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Posted January 29, 2007
Bland and blah
I will admit I'm not a fan of Mr. Carr. I forced myself to finish 'The Alienist' but I had high hopes with 'Italian Secretary.' Unfortunately, Carr's Watson drones on and on in narrative monologue, the dialogue is 19th century but not quite 'Holmes and Watson,' Caleb pulls a cheap, amateur-Sherlockian trick by sending our heroes out of London -- out of England! -- and (I know this is petty but please bear with) even the font size annoyed me. As an English instructor, I know 'font size padding' when I see it and this is it. Holmes's concluding remarks were disappointing in that they showed no Holmesian drive to solve the last little puzzle Holmes may wax philosophical from time to time but he always gets his mystery solved. The capper to this literary sedative was the afterward, in which it is speculated what would've happened if Watson had teamed up with Dr. Lazlo Kreizler instead of Sherlock Holmes. I found it to be simultaneously insulting to Watson's character and an annoying plug for Carr's original work. All in all, a waste of $7.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 6, 2005
Disappointment begins with an Anachronism
Just as disappointing as other reviewers imply - but the upset starts early, on page 9. Carr has Holmes use the term, 'electronic eavesdropping.' Way too early for this usage...check your OED. Carr or Editor Hale should have. It's all down hill from there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.