Over the last year, I have developed a Sherlock love. Although I’ve not read the original stories, I am slightly obsessed with the BBC series. I don’t even think I’ve seen the movies for that matter, but the TV series has me head over heels for both Sherlock and Dr. Watson. The banter, the wit, and of course the mysteries are what make Sherlock so enjoyable. I was recently tipped off to a spinoff book of Sherlock called Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning. Thanks to some warlock-like forces (aka the power of email), I got a copy to read and to share my thoughts with all of you.
Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone Review
Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius. Warlock Holmes is an idiot. A font of arcane power, certainly. But he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart companion. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety… and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.
I really and truly love anything supernatural. When I heard the premise of the book, I simply knew I had to read it. Instead of our brilliant Sherlock and his powers of observation, we have Warlock Holmes and his ability to use his magical powers (and by summoning some demons) to solve crimes. He befriends the always entertaining Dr. Watson, who is really the true observer of the story. Together, and occasionally with their other supernatural friends, they solve some interesting crimes all while remaining true to their witty style.
I genuinely enjoyed reading this book. G.S. Dennings writing style for Warlock Holmes felt true to the Sherlock I currently know and love, yet with an entertaining paranormal twist. This book is a light, funny read. Warlock Holmes is broken into down six different cases, but still felt impossible to put down. I just couldn’t stop reading. In the age of mash-ups, I found this book to be so much fun and reminded me just why I love reading so much. Best of all, there’s even going to be a follow up! Let’s just say book lovers and Sherlock fans can rejoice over this silly, supernatural tale.
Are you a Sherlock fan? Have you read any other classic character mashups?