Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Peerless Peer (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Paperback)) Paperback – June 21, 2011
Discover Memorable Fiction Books
AbeBooks.com, an Amazon Company, recommends a unique list of must-read books. Learn More on AbeBooks.com.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“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.
Top customer reviews
Throughout the story the author pokes a little fun at Edgar Rice Burroughs and the three protagonist. Die-hard fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and Burroughs' Tarzan adventures might not like some of the liberties Farmer takes with the iconic characters but I found the book to be an enjoyable romp that proved to be both a good story and a gentle satire.
The Adventure of the Peerless Peer is a lot of fun, and is written in a tongue and cheek style by Philip Jose Farmer. I would put the tone at somewhere between his stories in Weird Heroes (Great-Heart Silver and Savage Shadow) and his authorized Tarzan and Doc Savage novels, The Dark Heart of Time and Escape From Loki respectively.
Farmer has a lot of fun, especially when the pair end up in Africa, face to face with the legendary Ape Man. Together the three of them visit a lost land that H. Rider Haggard wrote about.
I think the tongue in cheek style Farmer employed, adds to the fun of the story. He kind of lets that slip a bit once they reach Africa and encounter Tarzan. Once Tarzan shows up the story gets closer to the tone of serious pastiche.
Highly recommended for fans of Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Wold Newton, and of course Philip Jose Farmer.
Definitely not a book for everyone.