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Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys Paperback – December 22, 2010
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While Watson often points out his renowned partner's "eccentricities" (or has it is put here, "what a tw@+ Holmes is") at the start of a tale, in these dregs of the great detective's adventures, Watson's observations have devolved into outright loathing as he perceives Holmes to be a bumbling, greedy buffoon. His evidence seems rather airtight in this case. Thankfully, it turns out there are few problems that can't be solved with a well-placed bullet.Read more ›
The book contains four stories or novellas, the title of the book SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE FLYING ZOMBIE DEATH MONKEYS is the leading and most hilarious of the group. In addition to the title story the book contains A SCANDAL IN BURNLEY, THE PAIN OF THE PIANOFORTED PARTS, and THE MYSTERY OF THE SPECKLED WANG. Wood places Dr. Watson as the narrator and Wood's Watson is not always that respectful of his colleague! The title story finds Holmes and Watson led to the underground area of Parliament (where above them the politicians are described as 'The regular drone of issues being discussed was interrupted only by the steady hum of snoring and the occasional splutter of someone dying in their sleep.....I sat in the viewing gallery, overlooking the majesty of debate, taking in the finery of the scene. The grand robe sat well on many a distinguished shoulder, as the greatly advanced in years sat with senile precision on the issues of the day. This, I thought, is how weighty matters should be resolved - by ancient men far removed from the common folk, a majority of nearly one thousand ruling over our serene nation by dint of birth.' and meanwhile the underpinnings of the Parliament become ridden with zombies who fly about and feast on the brains of any available human and it is up to Holmes (and Watson) to squelch the horror and return peace to London.Read more ›
In this, his second Sherlock Holmes parody, Wood uses his satirical, scatalogical talents to Monkey with the Undead. The result is a combination of wit and gore that will appeal to both Sherlock Holmes fans and zombie fans. Interestingly, although the book is heavy on graphic images, the accompanying black-and-white illustrations are conservatively Victorian. I suppose this echoes the book's style: Formal Victorian manners meet gutterspeak. "I eyed him with a modicum of pity, for those in direst need who rely on Holmes for assistance are, generally speaking, screwed."
I'm happy to report that this is in fact a very well written pastiche of Sherlock Holmes, with a laugh on every page and the authentic feel of the real thing.
The central plot is based (somewhat obviously) around 'Flying Zombie Death Monkeys' (who act like conventional Zombies only they transmogrify their victims into creatures like themselves). In the title story, the monkeys take over first the House of Lords and then all Parliament, making them rulers of the UK (after which the notoriously biased media produce headlines such as "Our wonderful chimp rulers wisely eat 15 in Catford. A nation rejoices!")
Naturally, Holmes discovers the evil genius behind the monkeys, but is unable to get rid of the Zombie monkeys. They then proceed to crop up throughout the other stories in the book, like some minor subplot of a normal Holmes story with the ironic exception that they normally slaughter most of the charactors bar Holmes & Watson!
Aside from the first story and main theme, there are also three other stories, which are:
'A Scandal in Burnley' - A story involving a chubby member of the Bavarian royal family who is bothered by a scandalous mistress (all the while oblivious to the apocalyptic Flying monkeys slaying of random people!),
'The Pain of the Pianoforted Parts' - A prodigious talent (who can play the piano with nuts) is brought to an untimely demise...
And 'The Mystery of the Speckled Wang' - Holmes unmasks the man behind the monkeys.
Within each story, there are also seemingly appropriate pictures, with ironic captions (e.g.Read more ›
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I bought this as a gift for a sixteen-year-old boy. It sounded appropriate, full of fart jokes, etc. Happily, I read it before giving it to him and decided not to. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Patricia
A mixture of loony Goonery, Monty Pythonesque stances and stiff-upper-lip caricatures, Douglas Adam's wonderful "Hitchhiker" setups (but more akin to Dirk Gentley novel... Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by D.N.Wijewardane
I reviewed this a while back and still remember how enjoyable it is. I compare it favorably to Gideon Defoe's "The Pirates..." books in comedic style, though it is not a pastiche. Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by Lorenzo
I've gotta admit, I have a very serious silly streak. This book, unfortunately, exacerbated my condition. It is truly silly. Clever AND silly. Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by mango
I was all set for a Sherlock Holmes type of story when I saw this book. I realized it wouldn't be a true Holmes story as it wasn't written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but thought... Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by BarbaraLyn
"Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys" by Chris Wood can be a lot of things. Is it a novel with 4 chapters? Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by Jym Cherry
This book tries to be two things at once.
The first is a parody. In Mr. Wood's rendition of Holmes, the detective is an idiot that Watson barely tolerates. Read more
Have you ever watched "Airplane"? If you have, you know what slapstick is, which is similar to the type of humor primarily used in this parody of Sherlock Holmes stories. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by Misanthrope™