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DOWNLOAD Á Shadows Over Baker Street ⛓ Sherlock Holmes enters the nightmare world of HP LovecraftNew Tales of Terror What would happen if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s peerless detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his allies were to find themselves faced with Lovecraftian mysteries whose solutions lay not only beyond the grasp of logic, but beyond sanity itself In this collection of original tales, twenty of today s cutting edge writers provide answers to that burning questionContributors include Neil Gaiman, Brian Stableford, Poppy Z Bright, Barbara Hambly, Steve Perry, and Caitlin R Kierman These and other masters of horror, mystery, fantasy and science fiction spin dark tales within a terrifyingly surreal universeIncludes the Hugo Award winning story A Study in Emerald by Neil GaimanCover design David StevensonCover Illustration John Jude Palencar After starting out brilliantly, this turned intoandof an endless slog, like I was trapped in a wicked artifact from a Lovecraftian story a neverending volume that steadily sucks the reader s soul dry That s not to say that it s uniformly awful, but many of the stories have an intriguing build up that is quickly rushed when the author realizes they re running out of space Writing action driven short stories well takes a specific set of skills, and this collection throws Lovecraft a After starting out brilliantly, this turned intoandof an endless slog, like I was trapped in a wicked artifact from a Lovecraftian story a neverending volume that steadily sucks the reader s soul dry That s not to say that it s uniformly awful, but many of the stories have an intriguing build up that is quickly rushed when the author realizes they re running out of space Writing action driven short stories well takes a specific set of skills, and this collection throws Lovecraft and Conan Doyle s rare talent for doing so into sharp relief.The main exception is A Study in Emerald I m not a fan of Neil Gaiman American Gods is probably the most pretentious piece of drivel I ve ever read , but this story is truly brilliant and deserves five stars on its own A Study in Emerald is really the only must read story, but if you really find the theme intriguing, I recommend the following stories A Case of Royal BloodThe Adventure of the Antiquarian s NieceThe Horror of the Many FacesA Case of InsomniaThe Adventure of the Voorish SignGive all the others a miss, and definitely don t waste your money buying the book You can find A Study in Emerald on Neil Gaiman s website with even prettier formatting Doyle s Sherlock Holmes canon and Lovecraft s Cthulhu Mythos have both long been favorite subjects for pastiches and given the number of contemporary writers who are fans of both, it s not surprising to find an anthology bringing them together The antithetical character of the juxtaposition isapparent than real Doyle eschewed the supernatural in his Holmes stories but as Holmes observes in one of the stories here, we re dealing here with science, not magic and Doyle s own Holmes sto Doyle s Sherlock Holmes canon and Lovecraft s Cthulhu Mythos have both long been favorite subjects for pastiches and given the number of contemporary writers who are fans of both, it s not surprising to find an anthology bringing them together The antithetical character of the juxtaposition isapparent than real Doyle eschewed the supernatural in his Holmes stories but as Holmes observes in one of the stories here, we re dealing here with science, not magic and Doyle s own Holmes stories sometimes find the great detective dealing with matters science fictional Most of the 18 stories here by 20 writers two are joint efforts utilize Watson as a narrator, and all but one include Holmes as a character Irene Adler, Professor Moriarty, and Mycroft Holmes also appear, and some stories also incorporate real life persons or fictional characters literary references from Holmes era, such as H G Wells and William Hope Hodgson s Carnacki, the Ghost Finder Some of the stories make a passable imitation of Doyle s narrative style, and some employ a suggestion of Lovecraft s purple prose in describing the Cthulhu like phenomena but mostly the similarities are of characterizations and concepts, not actual style A few stories here draw directly on specific Lovecraft originals, but most do not, and the majority of the writers though not all of them refrain from existential pessimist sermonizing which was not always explicit in Lovecraft s own writings, either All of the stories are shorter than the typical Lovecraft work, and hence aren t developed to the same degree and compared to the original Holmes canon, Sherlock is actually not called on to do much deducting here most of the authors simply conveniently assume a prior acquaintance on his part with the Necronomicon As is usually the case in multi author anthologies, the quality of the work is uneven John Pelan s The Mystery of the Worm, IMO, is the weakest entry, and the one reflecting the least flavor of the originals.In the main, though, these stories succeed well on their own terms, as well written works of horrific sci fi with a Victorian ambience best appreciated by Lovecraft and Doyle fans who recognize familiar characters and premises While Lovecraft concentrated almost entirely on male characters, some of the writers here, happily, do not Irene Adler is a major figure in Elizabeth Bear s Tiger Tiger and Barbara Hambly and Steve Perry also create strong female characters who can handle anything the Great Old Ones can throw at them these stories are some of the best in the collection My favorite like that of some of the other reviewers below is Neil Gaimann s brilliant alternate world yarn, A Study in Emerald But besides the ones already mentioned several others are standouts as well, including Brian Stableford s Art in the Blood, Richard A Lupoff s The Adventure of the Voorish Sign, and James Lowder s The Weeping Masks In the introduction to one of his Best New Horror guides, Stephen Jones writes that the premise of this book Sherlock Holmes meets H.P.Lovecraft is one of the silliest in recent times I disagree I think the idea of taking the character who believes When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, nust be the truth to the world of Cthulhu is one filled with possibilities.The style of the stories owesto Conan Doyle than to Lovecraft, and only some of t In the introduction to one of his Best New Horror guides, Stephen Jones writes that the premise of this book Sherlock Holmes meets H.P.Lovecraft is one of the silliest in recent times I disagree I think the idea of taking the character who believes When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, nust be the truth to the world of Cthulhu is one filled with possibilities.The style of the stories owesto Conan Doyle than to Lovecraft, and only some of them are as good as I d want them to be Barbara Hambly s The Adventure of The Antiquarian s Niece which also features Carnacki and John P Vourlis s A Case of Insomnia are both gripping tales But the real star of the show is Neil Gaiman s A Study In Emerald.Definitely worthwhile getting hold of if you re ever liked Holmes or Lovecraft How could this book possibly go wrong Cthulhu is awesome Sherlock Holmes is awesome Put them together, and you ought to get double the awesome And yet, only a few of the stories managed to strike a balance between the two worlds that actually works A Study In Emerald, by Neil Gaiman, is by far the best story in the collection and reason enough to buy the book all on its own.Though the other stories tend to pale in comparison, there are a handfulthat are worth reading, and a couple tha How could this book possibly go wrong Cthulhu is awesome Sherlock Holmes is awesome Put them together, and you ought to get double the awesome And yet, only a few of the stories managed to strike a balance between the two worlds that actually works A Study In Emerald, by Neil Gaiman, is by far the best story in the collection and reason enough to buy the book all on its own.Though the other stories tend to pale in comparison, there are a handfulthat are worth reading, and a couple that are so horrible that they aren t worth the paper they re printed on But the good outweigh the bad, and it s a bizarre enough concept that it s worth owning a book devoted to it