The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Review

Posted by Grey Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Published timely to catch up with the current Sherlock Holmes craze, what with the Guy Ritchie film, and the legions of comics churning out (previously posted, here and here), this is one improbable collection you might want to get your hands on right after going through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original classics.

An anthology series covering the, more improbable misadventures of good old Holmes, by an almost improbable all-star cast of authors extraordinaire, thrusting the Great Detective and his cast of rivals, loathers, and femme fatale into many a truly, different worlds, indeed. Oversaw by editor John Joseph Adams, this anthology of twenty-eight genre-twisting tales involves, yes, the undead, demons, aliens, dinosaurs, pirates, mad science and many other oddities you can think of, or not.

Just take a look at the complete Table of Contents.

* The Doctor’s Case — Stephen King
* The Horror of the Many Faces — Tim Lebbon
* The Case of the Bloodless Sock — Anne Perry
* The Adventure of the Other Detective — Bradley H. Sinor
* A Scandal in Montreal — Edward Hoch
* The Adventure of the Field Theorems — Vonda N. McIntyre
* The Adventure of the Death-Fetch — Darrell Schweitzer
* The Shocking Affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland — Mary Robinette Kowal
* The Adventure of the Mummy’s Curse — H. Paul Jeffers
* The Things That Shall Come Upon Them — Barbara Roden
* Murder to Music — Anthony Burgess
* The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor — Stephen Baxter
* Mrs Hudson’s Case — Laurie R. King
* The Singular Habits of Wasps — Geoffrey Landis
* The Affair of the Forty-Sixth Birthday — Amy Myers
* The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey — Peter Tremayne
* The Vale of the White Horse — Sharyn McCrumb
* The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger — Michael Moorcock
* The Adventure of the Lost World — Dominic Green
* The Adventure of the Antiquarian’s Niece — Barbara Hambly
* Dynamics of a Hanging — Tony Pi
* Merridew of Abominable Memory — Chris Roberson
* Commonplaces — Naomi Novik
* The Adventure of the Pirates of Devil’s Cape — Rob Rogers
* The Adventure of the Green Skull — Mark Valentine
* The Human Mystery — Tanith Lee
* A Study in Emerald — Neil Gaiman
* You See But You Do Not Observe — Robert J. Sawyer

Matching wits with rivals as diverse from the Great Old Ones (from the pages of H.P. Lovecraft) in Neil Gaiman's masterful "A Study In Emerald", to H.G. Wells in Stephen Baxter’s “The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor,” and to Mummies in H. Paul Jeffers’ “The Adventures of the Mummy’s Curse", this is Holmes pastiches at its best. And it doesn't just achieve the usual crossover needs by hopping genres as Irene Adler herself, shows up in more than a few tales to corner Holmes yet again.

Perhaps what's more significant for the Baker Streets Irregulars, is the fact that regardless the genre, these writers managed to grasp the distinctly style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Great Detective, be it in the face of Cthulhu or full frontal aliens invasion. A must-read for the Irregulars and a great read for quite simply everyone.

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