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The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
     

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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by John Joseph Adams (Editor)
 

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The game is afoot! Night Shade Books is proud to present the fantastic adventures of the world's greatest detective — mystery, fantasy, science fiction, horror, no genre can escape the esteemed detective's needle-sharp intellect and intuition.
This reprint anthology showcases the best Holmes short fiction from the last 25 years, featuring stories by such

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The game is afoot! Night Shade Books is proud to present the fantastic adventures of the world's greatest detective — mystery, fantasy, science fiction, horror, no genre can escape the esteemed detective's needle-sharp intellect and intuition.
This reprint anthology showcases the best Holmes short fiction from the last 25 years, featuring stories by such visionaries as Stephen King, Neil Gaimen, Laura King, and many others.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For the most part, this volume of short Sherlock Holmes pastiches—a mix of straightforward imitations and parodies—delivers on its goal of presenting the best of such work from the last 30 years. All but one of the 28 entries is a reprint, largely from such recent anthologies as Gaslight Grimoire and Shadows Over Baker Street, and many introduce the supernatural into the rational sleuth's world. Stephen King does a solid job of giving Dr. Watson a chance to show his own detective skills in “The Good Doctor.” Barbara Roden's “The Things That Shall Come Upon Them” riffs cleverly on M.R. James's “Casting the Runes.” Perhaps the highlight is Peter Tremayne's “The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey,” which offers a plausible explanation for a classic untold tale in which a man disappears from the face of the earth after returning home to fetch an umbrella. Holmes authority Christopher Roden provides an introduction. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Adult/High School—These 28 short stories are impressive in their variety and quality, as well as in the inclusion of authors with established young adult appeal such as Stephen King, Tanith Lee, and Neil Gaiman. Adams's goal was to highlight the best Sherlock Holmes stories of the last 30 years, emphasizing those that feature the fantastic. Readers may begin with a refresher course on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's world in Christopher Roden's "A Sherlockiana Primer." The mysteries themselves range from supernatural to political to domestic. They feature pirates, aliens, dinosaurs, and H. P. Lovecraft's horrific creatures. Readers meet H. G. Wells, Lewis Carroll, and Jack the Ripper, and will enjoy a story told by Laurie King's Mary Russell. Of course, most of the tales are narrated by Dr. Watson, and Mrs. Hudson, Inspector Lestrade, Mycroft, Irene Adler, and James Moriarty (who turns up in several cases) are all here. Entries not to be missed include Naomi Novik's moving, personal "Commonplaces," Peter Tremayne's chilling Moriarty story, the unexpected twist in Sharyn McCrumb's "The Vale of the White Horse," and the outrageous silliness of Dominic Green's "The Adventure of the Lost World." The final story, by Robert J. Sawyer, gives Holmes and his popularity among the reading public a truly universal significance. This is a substantial collection that will entertain teen fans for hours, and may well seduce them to seek out the original.—Angela Carstensen, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597801607
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
396,351
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

John Joseph Adams is the editor of the anthologies By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Living Dead, Seeds of Change, and Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. He is also the assistant editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. His non-fiction has also appeared in: Amazing Stories, The Internet Review of Science Fiction, Locus Magazine, Novel & Short Story Writers Market, Science Fiction Weekly, SCI FI Wire, Shimmer, Strange Horizons, Subterranean Magazine, and Writer s Digest. He currently lives in New Jersey.

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Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear Night Shade Books: Can you please fix this? Thank you. There are something like 28 stories in this ebook yet the publisher did not bother to create a linked Table of Contents. Good luck scrolling through this and trying to figure out where you are and where you want to get to....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a modern inclination by some writers to remove Holmes from his environment, where reason trumps superstition, and place him in outrageous situations (e.g., Holmes vs. Dracula), but ultimately, as entertaining as that can be, it denies Holmes' very nature. The stories in this collection (except for a couple of significant exceptions) by and large respect the traditions -- skirting close to the line but never really crossing it. If you are looking for the Great Detective to battle legions of zombies, werewolves, vampires, and aliens, this is probably not the collection for you. If you prefer your mysteries rational if somewhat skewed, this is an excellent book and highly entertaining.
luribe More than 1 year ago
This are very nice additions to the Holmes saga. The stories vary in style so they may not be to everyone's taste but they're just going to have to deal. All the stories are well written and provide interesting takes on aspects not covered by Doyle. The stories fill in some of the missing pieces in the original such as a nice expansion on the "giant rat of Sumatra" to which Holmes alludes to in Sussex Vampire. Again, while the style may vary the quality of writing is there in all the stories. Truly a treat for Sherlockians.
FroggyBella 7 months ago
I love anthologies and stories about Sherlock Holmes. This one was really unique and I enjoyed it immensely because of that. The stories were from several different genres, some that you wouldn't possibly think would work with a Sherlock Holmes story, but they did. I didn't love all the stories, but I think that's to be expected in an anthology. One of my favorities was The Adventure of the Other Detective by Bradley H. Sinor. Another of my favorites was The Things That Shall Come Upon Them by Barbara Roden. I highly recommend this book!
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I enjoyed the vast majority of these stories. I particularly loved Peter Tremayne's story, "The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey" (highly improbable) and a science-fiction improbability, "The Singular Habits of Wasps" by Geoffrey A. Landis. Also, the very enjoyable "The Adventure of the Lost World" by Dominic Green (Dinosaurs!) and "The Adventure of the Other Detective" by Bradley H. Sinor (Dimensional shifts). There are plenty of stories in this collection, ranging from the gothic to the ordinary featuring so many wonderful writers, including Stephen King, Laurie King, Tanith Lee & Neil Gaiman.
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CPUGuy1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy finding more stories written about Sherlock Holmes. Just reading Doyle's accounts does leave possibilities of other cases between the ones in his books. This book give a glimps at what could have happened between the important cases Dr. Watson had written, but hadn't published, yet.