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Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys Paperback – December 22, 2010


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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: 9 x 0.3 x 6 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: #1,769,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you enjoyed the wonderfulness of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies then I would I highly recommend this book.
Jenny Lawson
Chris Wood is a talented writer (and respected journalist) and he most assuredly has found a new niche in writing parody.
Grady Harp
I found this to be an excellent read with plenty of laugh out loud moments, great gags and all round general silliness.
Don D

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 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 Magic Lemur on February 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
They say never judge a book by a cover, and I was certainly wary of this one, thinking that it might make a good shelf-filler but little more.
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.
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