A Case Of Witchcraft - A Novel Of Sherlock Holmes

A Case Of Witchcraft - A Novel Of Sherlock Holmes

by Joe Revill

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ISBN-13: 9781780920092
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication date: 09/05/2011
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 901,504
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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A Case of Witchcraft - A Novel of Sherlock Holmes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JNMahoney More than 1 year ago
Joe Revill's Sherlock Holmes is a unique conglomeration pf the Great Detective that readers already know, and the man that they so desperately *want* to know, for that might mean. Despite what the novel's title may lead a reader to believe, there is nothing supernatural in this story, nothing paranormal or otherworldly. Just very human people, acting in very human ways, with very human consequences. And that applies to Sherlock Holmes, as well. Throughout the novel, Holmes appears to walk the fine line between man and machine, standing desperately on the outskirts of true human experiences. This novel deals largely with Holmes's views on religion and sexuality (his own and also in a more general sense), and such discussions might not be to everyone's taste. But in this novel, Sherlock Holmes is still, first and foremost, the detective that readers know and love, even if Revill keeps his more human characteristics partially shrouded in mist.
Always1895.net on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the 'Holmes Purist' spectrum (in regards to pastiches), many would place me extremely far on the 'As Close to the Canon as Possible' side; that is, I like my pastiches and AV adaptations as period perfect and canonically exact as possible. Rigid as this stance may seem, I do allow myself a modicum of flexibility which enables the occasional discovery and enjoyment of the rare gem of a book such as Joe Revill's 'A Case of Witchcraft'. This is not to say Revill's novel is period not-perfect or canonically not-exact; to the contrary, it's obvious a tremendous amount of time/place research went into the background writing. What I was initially alarmed about was the potential for, in my opinion, the number one Sherlock pastiche mistake: the use of the supernatural as a causal agent in the narrative; not a characters' belief in the supernatural per se, but the actual existence of the Supernatural as a force which interacts with the physical world. Thankfully, Revill's book completely avoids this mistake. So that leaves me worrying about a few important 'odds and ends': the treatment of Holmes' sexuality (manifesting either as a newly sexually liberated Holmes or a tabloid treatment of Holmes the deviant), extended use of philosophical/religious dialogues/diatribes (usually a reflection of the writer's personal opinions opposed to a canonically justified set of remarks Holmes 'might' offer) and/or the radical deviation from standard canonical practices (e.g. Watson replaced by a different companion). Without revealing any of the plot, it's exactly these 'odds and ends' which make 'A Case of Witchcraft' not only a successful novel, but somewhat unique in the vast library of Holmes pastiches.I'll let the other reviewers of 'A Case of Witchcraft' assure you that this is a well-written, fun to read, exciting, etc. novel. What I want to make clear to the potential reader - who like me may have some qualms about the 'odds and ends' contained within - is that Revill is not only aware of Holmes pastiche pitfalls but he assiduously avoids them. Revill maturely and respectfully explores the above odds and ends to the benefit of the narrative, all the while maintaining a canonical clarity which never forces the reader to question the authors' motivations for breaching canonically quasi-taboo subject matter. One of the most risk taking but erudite, challenging yet satisfying Holmes pastiches I have yet to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A disgrace to the Sherlock persona and avid Sherlockisns