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The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Seance for a Vampire: 8 Kindle Edition
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The writing is clear and direct, the plot moves along. Occasionally the narration, which switches between two narrators, is somewhat blurred - the characters do not speak with distinctive narrative voices. Watson to me had somewhat of a more modern diction than is perhaps ideal. In the Doyle versions, one needs a reference to understand all the obsolete terms; this just reads smoothly. The explanations and pointers to the rest of the Holmes canon are sometimes a bit too heavy-handed - there are explanations of characters, like Mycroft's haunts and habits, that would be well known to Holmes aficionados and seem included just to explain things to readers unfamiliar with the canon. Unfortunately, doing so disrupts the mood a bit. Some use of famous historical personages in ways that seem just a bit forced. Still, Saberhagen is always fun to read and has a gift for telling a story.
I can recommend my two favorite modern Holmes stories: Gaiman's Study in Emerald; and Chabon's Final Solution, for those interested in Holmes.
This edition is quite odd, in that it does not place the novel in context at all, in particular not discussing the publication history (first published in 1994) or that it was a follow up to an earlier version.
The ending felt a bit "rushed" to me. After many trials and tribulations, and a chase across continents, building up to a battle royal deep inside the enemy stronghold. Then it ended in a couple of pages -- no major conflict, no problem getting away. It seemed like a "And then he woke up" sort of an ending. But that might just be me. Read it for yourself and see. Even if you agree about the ending, the rest of the story is worth the time invested.
His Dracula is honorable and loyal, but hardly squeemish.
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