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Product Details

  • Series: Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Paperback: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857681206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857681201
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Phil Farmer has the ability to look a reader straight in the eye, tongue in cheek, and outrageously pull that reader's leg out of true. And here he is doing it again with THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEERLESS PEER, in which he brings back the retired Sherlock Holmes and chronicler Dr. Watson in service to His Majesty's government during the first World War.” — Science Fiction Review


“A glorious pastiche involving Holmes, Watson, Tarzan, Dr. Fell, Henry Merriville, and dozens of others.” — Locus 


“...one of the wildest and funniest burlesques published in the 1970s.” —The El Paso Sunday Times

About the Author

Philip José Farmer was a multiple award-winning science fiction writer of 75 novels. He is best-known for his Wold Newton and Riverwold series. In 2001 he was awarded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America grand master prize and a World Fantasy lifetime achievement award. He passed away in 2009.

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Sherlock Holmes with Tarzan, and the Shadow!
Peterack
I felt a bit cheated to get to the end of the "book" just a little over half way through it.
Angela
As I mentioned above, this book is certainly supposed to be lighthearted - not serious.
Sand under foot

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brad mengel on August 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
One of the factors that lead to the rise of the Serial Vigilante in the 1970s and 80s was the revival and renewed interest in their literary "parents" the Pulp Heroes at the same time. I could give many examples the Doc Savage reprints by Bantam Books, The Green Hornet TV Show, Roger Moore as The Saint, reprints of Tarzan to name a few.

But some of the most interesting developments of this pulp revival came from the imagination and pen of Philip Jose Farmer. His biographies Tarzan Alive and Doc Savage: His Apocalytic Life, were an inspired overview of two of the pulps biggest heroes and his family trees in the back allowed Farmer to interelate many other characters from detective and adventure fiction. Farmer then allowed these associations to become the basis of some of his novels and short stories.

The most difficult of these to obtain was The Adventure of The Peerless Peer where Sherlock Holmes encounters the Lord of the Jungle as Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc tried to suppress the Dell mass market printing in 1976. (in fact a later reprint retitled The Adventure of the Three Madmen replaces Lord Greystoke with Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli).

Let's look at the story itself. Peerless Peer is a fine Sherlock Holmes story, it has the editor's forward explaining just how the manuscript came into the possession of the editor. The tale is a sequel to Conan Doyle's His Last Bow, with German spy Von Bork causing trouble for the Allies in Cairo and Holmes again pressed into service to battle him again.

As Holmes and Watson are flown to Cairo by two of the best pilots in the Allied forces, the Germans have flown Von Bork out.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 14, 2012
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When I found out that The Adventure of the Peerless Peer was being released by Titan Books it cemented my love for that publisher. Specifically, because the Peerless Peer had been out-of-print for a number of years by this time. To say that I enjoyed this book would be a monumental understatement. I absolutely loved it. Especially, the way that Philip Jose Farmer characterized Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, John Watson, Lord Greystoke, and two deliberately disguised characters by the names, Wentworth and Kentov. For any fan of The Spider and/or The Shadow, the cameos by these two men will be an absolute treat, as well as their interactions with Holmes and Watson during a mission to stop a German agent and mastermind from doing severe damage to the Allies' war effort during World War I. I was nearly in stitches, laughing many times during the aerial trips made by Holmes and Watson with the aid of the aforementioned gentlemen. To speak about it would give it away. Let's just say that Farmer is my kind of comedic writer, and his timing is flawless. If there was one thing I wish Farmer could have changed, it would have to be the length. The book was too short, in my opinion. I finished the novel wanting more, to be honest. It was that good. Maybe, one day, someone will follow up with a sequel to the Peerless Peer. I have a feeling that Holmes and Watson met Lord Greystoke a few more times between the First and Second World Wars. And to see an uneasy reunion of sorts between Holmes, Watson, Wentworth, and Kentov would be a dream come true for this fan. Titan Books' The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Peerless Peer is a fast paced, rip-roaring novel that explores the lives and settings of the Wold Newton Family and Universe during World War I. For any fan of crossover fiction, Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Allan Quatermain, The Spider, and The Shadow, this book is for you.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sand under foot on July 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
In the middle of the first World War, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are asked by Her Majesty's government to journey to Africa to stop the German agent, Von Bork who holds a deadly formula which could be used against the British. Flying by airplane, Holmes and Watson are assaulted mid-flight by the German's zeppelin, taken prisoner, and then escape, parachuting into the dense jungles of African, where they encounter Greystoke, the king of the jungle, and the inspiration for Tarzan.

For Sherlock Holmes purists, this may not necessarily be the book for you. Philip Jose Farmer, the book's author, takes a lighthearted approach to a Sherlock Holmes exploit, which in it's self is fine. The whole story is tongue-in-check with Holmes being airsick throughout much of the book's first half as he and Watson fly to Africa. Holmes is not presented here as a dark and complex mind, but as and elderly man who made a living on solving puzzles. Farmer does portray Watson rather well, which is a plus to this novel. Often times, Sherlock Holmes pastiches suffer from the attempts the author makes at replicating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writing style. The sequences in the jungle with Holmes and Watson as well as "Greystoke" are interesting as well, and make for an interesting read. And, yes, this book is mainly an action-driven plot, but what would a Sherlock Holmes novel be without a little bit of mystery, and Holmes is able to make a few deductions.

As I mentioned above, this book is certainly supposed to be lighthearted - not serious. There are plenty of other very serious Sherlock Holmes novels, so a change in style was a bit welcome.
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