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Product Details

  • Series: The 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,186 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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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 24, 2012
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3.5 out of 5 stars for this one. But first, a bit of background: Hugo Award winning fantasy/sci-fi author Philip Jose Farmer had long been keen on heroic literary figures and, specifically, on pulp heroes. To satisfy this fascination, he imagined the Wold Newton universe, in which he hypothesized that the meteorite which crashed into Wold Newton, England in 1795 was the source of the family-tree of "supermen" whose feats have since then been fictionalized in books. Two members of this extended family are Sherlock Holmes and Tarzan of the Apes. In 1974, Farmer "edited" John Watson's THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEERLESS PEER, which chronicled the fateful encounter between the Great Detective and the Jungle Lord.

In 1916, set in the throes of the first World War, Mycroft Holmes of the British Front Office dispatches his brother Sherlock and Dr. Watson on a perilous mission to regain a stolen formula. Their adversary is the dangerous German agent Von Bork whose criminal exploits Watson had previously chronicled in "His Last Bow" (His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes). But inclement weather and the whims of their mad pilot cause Holmes and Watson to be captured by a zeppelin. However, this German aircraft is itself rendered so structurally damaged that its crew and captives are forced to abandon ship. They parachute down into the dark African jungles, and, this is, naturally, where Tarzan of the Apes makes his appearance.

THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEERLESS PEER, at 127 pages, is more novella than novel. It's a brisk and fun read, but it isn't for everyone, definitely not for the Sherlock Holmes purist. So read this with a grain of salt, maybe two grains.
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