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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908218258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908218254
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,518,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Florida native, Tracy J. Revels has a passionate love for the history and culture of the Sunshine State. She received her PHD from Florida State University in 1990, where she studied Southern history. Along with articles and reviews, her published works include Watery Eden: A History of Wakulla Springs, Grander in Her Daughters: Florida's Women During the Civil War, and Sunshine Paradise: A History of Florida Tourism. In 2005 the Florida Historical Society awarded Grander in Her Daughters the Rembert Patrick Prize for the best academic work in Florida history.

Revels describes herself as a historical tourist who loves to travel in both the present and the past. Her most recent work, Sunshine Paradise, was inspired by a quest for the origins of Florida's identity as a tourist haven and national playground. The work explores the changing identity of Florida's travelers from the tuberculosis sufferers of the 1820s to the Gen-X adventurers of the twenty-first century.

Revels is currently Professor of History at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Along with her teaching interests in Southern History, Revels also offers classes in the Sherlock Holmes canon and is a member of The Survivors of the Gloria Scott, a Sherlockian scion society.

Revels has also just published her first novel. A Sherlockian pastiche, it takes Holmes on a supernatural journey and pits him against some legendary villains, including Spring Heeled Jack and the Voodoo queen Marie Leveau!



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Revels's story is carefully and artfully constructed.
Jaime N. Mahoney
I felt that if Holmes was not freaked out by what happens, not really worried or overly concerned, then how bad can it really be?
DRRD
Dr. Revels creates the perfect mix of fantasy and classic Sherlock Holmes.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DRRD on April 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's been a long while since I read the whole collection of Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, and just recently re-read "A Study in Scarlet" again. So it's been a while since I've gotten a good taste of Doyle's style. I do think the author kept close to Doyle's style, and it did seem to work for me in that regard.

As a whole I found it an enjoyable, but quick, read. Fitting Sherlock Holmes in with a supernatural twist is not new a new idea for me, so I was pretty much open to where ever the author decided to take it. The pace was quick, and didn't seem to lag anywhere, and it kept me turning the page just to see what would happen next.

But while I enjoyed the story, I can't say it was very scary, shocking, nor spell-binding. While Watson had his hands full adjusting to a new way of seeing the world, I think Holmes was just a bit too calm and collected through the story to really project how serious the situation was. I felt that if Holmes was not freaked out by what happens, not really worried or overly concerned, then how bad can it really be? I'm afraid I wasn't getting the emotional impact that the story could have provided if it'd been presented with a much darker mood. I never really got pulled into the dark promise of the plot summary.

Interesting take, but not quite the wallow in fear I was hoping for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip K. Jones on June 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a first Novel by Ms. Revels. She has previously confined her Sherlockian efforts to a series of parodies, many in the form of radio scripts, which were recently published as "Sherlock Holmes: Mostly Parodies." She has a patently wicked sense of humor and is a great favorite among the readers of "The Gaslight Gazette."

This novel begins with Dr. Watson unexpectedly walking in on Holmes while he is being solicited for help by Titania, the queen of The Sidhe. The fact that Titania is beautiful, nude and fully winged adds to Watson's surprise. From that point on, the book varies sharply for the commonplace world of Victorian London. It is full of lively, entertaining, fearsome and frantic characters. In fact, the `feeling' of the book is very much that of "The Sign of Four." Odd persons wander in and out of the tale, mysteries abound but Holmes always seems to know what he is doing.

There are at least four characters drawn directly from traditional accounts who dominate the action of the book. Each has individuality and oddities of nature and each was pivotal in their own time and place. Further, the fantastic nature of the events and subject matter do not really penetrate the reader's sense of time and place for some while. These odd events are happening in the familiar London of the Canon; foggy streets, seedy theatres, steel rimmed carriage wheels and all. Inspectors Lestrade and Gregson are preempted by The Government and Holmes and Watson are summoned to Windsor castle by a faithful retainer to receive their orders.

It is only in the late chapters that the oddities at last become overwhelming. Until the final scenes begin to unfold, we could be in the midst of any Canonical adventure except for the occasional oddity along the way.
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I almost put this book down after reading this first chapter. Unfortunately, I didn't.

This book offers a rather unique look at the origins of Holmes. While I am open to new ideas about the detective, this book went from strange to bizarre to outright ridiculous, speeding from conclusion to awkward conclusion with none of the logic that more traditional Holmes pastiches offer.

I DO NOT recommend wasting time with this one.

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Tracy Revels has a clever and delicious way with words, and the world of Shadowfall is fully formed and beautifully imagined--from the dazzling and terrifying Queen Titania who steals Watson's soul, to Holmes's tiny and ethereal honeybee familiar. Revels's story is carefully and artfully constructed. It would be easy for an author to merely transpose the Detective's deductive methods for supernatural ones, thereby explaining away Holmes's sometimes inhuman ability to know "by a man's finger-nails, by his coat-sleeve, by his boots, by his trouser-knees, by the callosities of his forefinger and thumb, by his expression, by his shirt-cuffs--by each of these things a man's calling is plainly revealed" (STUD). But by incorporating and combining both the canonical aspects of Sherlock Holmes's character, and her fresh perspective, Tracy Revels has written a cerebral pastiche, one that speaks to both focus and fantasy.
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