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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: LDB Publishing (December 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906669023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906669027
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The result is a combination of wit and gore that will appeal to both Sherlock Holmes fans and zombie fans.
monicalibrarian
Add in some of the original illustrations with new and hilarious captions and you have all the ingredients for an extremely entertaining read.
D.G.
Chris Wood is a talented writer (and respected journalist) and he most assuredly has found a new niche in writing parody.
Grady Harp

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Chris Wood writes so well that the reader must seek information before beginning his books to realize that he is a humorist of the highest order: his Sherlock Holmes series (this is his second after SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE UNDERPANTS OF DEATH) is a parody not only of the quintessential detective and his partner Dr. Watson, but also a roasting of Victorian conventions and even current UK government and present social mores.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By trashcanman VINE VOICE on February 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
"The rule of our country now given over to resurrected, brain chewing, flying apes" observers the ever perceptive master of mystery in this little slice of literary parody. "I wonder if anyone will notice?" answers the ever-present and long-suffering sidekick and Sherlock Holmes biographer, Dr. Watson. "Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys" delivers on it's promise of undead airborne simian brain munchery and provides plenty more to laugh at aside from the alarmingly pleasing mental image of British Parliament (you can imagine it as Congress if you like) being torn limb from limb and devoured by feces-throwing apes. Be it fighting over who had the potential romance of a woman only seconds-ago ripped apart in truly gruesome form, or simply going with the flow of planted clues to stumble onto the cause of one of the four mysteries presented in this brief anthology of Holmes's lesser known escapades, this book is a guaranteed good time.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By monicalibrarian on January 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
A gruesome tale -- that grew some more -- this book drips with simian zombies running amok in Victorian England.

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."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo on April 16, 2012
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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. Holmes is often seen as a blow-hard who gets lucky, and Watson as the more competent of the pair. It is an excellent book, and great fun. The justification for four stars rather than five is that I reserve fives for the classics. This is an excellent effort and wonderfully fun read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mango™ on July 1, 2011
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I've gotta admit, I have a very serious silly streak. This book, unfortunately, exacerbated my condition. It is truly silly. Clever AND silly. The silliest part of it was the title.

There were a lot of editing errors, approximately one per page. This was annoying and interrupted the flow of silliness. But it wasn't a deal breaker. There were black and white illustrations, done in Victorian style art, which were quaint. However, they were interspersed throughout the book, and had absolutely nothing to do with the characters and/or plot. They appeared to have been "lifted" from other books. There were captions accompanying these illustrations, which, again, had nothing to do with the plot or text.

The plots were silly, the dialogue was witty, and the flying zombie death monkeys took over Parliament. I had quite a few chuckles while reading it. (Not the candies; I was amused) If you enjoy crass, irreverent slapstick, you'll probably like this.
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