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Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles (Professor Moriarty Novels) by [Newman, Kim]
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Praise for Kim Newman:

Compulsory reading, commentary, and mindgame: glorious." - Neil Gaiman

Newman's prose is a delight, his attention to detail is spellbinding." - Time Out

“Powerful... compelling entertainment... a fiendishly clever banquet of dark treats.” - San Francisco Chronicle

"One of the most creative novels of the year.” - Seattle Times

About the Author

Kim Newman is a well known and highly acclaimed author. He has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, International Horror Guild and World Fantasy Awards

He is also the author of the Anno Dracula series from Titan Books. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1100 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857682830
  • Publisher: Titan Books (October 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004N636E4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By D. Fernandez on October 10, 2011
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Anyone who has ever read a story about the legendary Holmes and Watson has heard of Professor Moriarty and Sebastian Moran. But now Kim Newman sheds light on the secret history of "Basher" Moran and the "Napoleon of Crime" and how they came together to solve the unsolvable and even change the course of history itself...all in the name of profit and, sometimes, occasional sheer bloody-mindedness.

As with Newman's previous works, I immediately found myself immersed in the Victorian age, surrounded by a colorful and entertaining cast I would not dare turn my back on...nor would I want to. Sometimes there's good to be found in evil...also friendship, and sadness, and even a strange sort of honor. I tore right through this book and found myself wanting more.
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Wise men (and women) have considered literature as mirror of society. That presupposition inevitably leads to several pesky questions, one among of them being: "who is getting reflected into whom"? If the Victorian world seen through the eyes of that faithful Army Pensioner and highly respectable Dr. Watson of 221B Baker Street and presented as "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" is the 'real' thing, then the 'virtual' must be this book: the view from Conduit Street, as depicted by Colonel Sebastian 'Basher' Moran. In every imaginable (and unimaginable) manner, Kim Newman creates this unique 'inverted' world that is known (with tantalising glimpses of the 'real' world and comfortably known things mentioned in the said "Adventures" and numerous other exploits of heroes and anti-heroesand) yet unknown and horrifying, repelling and fascinating, 'fun' and sombre. But let me mention the "bad-ventures" included in this book, and check if the titles rattle a few tumblers in the safe of your mind:

(*) Preface: the incidents that allow the unearthing of the manuscript, after the collapse of the "Box Brothers" where it had been kept.

1) Chapter One: A Volume in Vermilion: induction of Moran in Moriarty's orbit, and the prequel to "A Study in Scarlet".
2) Chapter Two: A Shambles In Belgravia: Irene Adler had not rubbed only ONE mastermind the wrong way, as you would know after reading this piece.
3) Chapter Three: The Red Planet League: Moriarty getting one over his arch-nemesis (no, NOT Holmes).
4) Chapter Four: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles: the most gothic & chilling story in this collection.
5) Chapter Five: The Adventure of the Six Maledictions: an one-line summary would be insulting for a story of this complexity, and yet so enjoyable.
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Much as the character of Moriarty can be taken at face value as a mathematician by society and the Napoleon of Crime when one looks deeper, so does this book work on two levels that make it a good read not just once, but over and over again.

On it's surface, Moriarty is the flip side of the coin: Many of the stories serve as mirror images of Sherlock stories, told from a darker point of view and by a different hand. There are obvious examples of reflections: Moriarty and Sherlock (the eccentric masters of their field), Watson and Moran (the injured soldiers and biographers), Mrs. Hudson and Mrs. H (the kidnly land lady and the landlady...who runs a brothel), and even minor characters, like Stamford (Watson's boyhood friend and the criminal Moran knows and dislikes, both of whom introduce the pairs).

But there is more to it than that when it comes to the reflections and different outlooks. While Watson sought to bring out the best in people, Moran brings out the worst, focusing on their faults. For example, while Watson writes that Irene Adler was a cunning woman and an accomplished singer, Moran reveals she sang very poorly, was kicked out of her theater troupe, purposely used her...assets...for her gain...and most amusing, actually had a 'Noo Joosey' accent (and not the proper English accent Watson seemingly gives her).

And that is where the second layer comes in.

This book will force the reader to ask themselves a simple, yet complex, question: Who was being honest? Whose word should we take as truth?

Could it be that Moran is the honest writer, not having to alter characters like Watson does (and admits too)?
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If you are expecting a book where Moriarty pulls off some amazingly clever crimes and does battle with Sherlock Holmes, you are going to be disappointed. Newman writes this book as a pulpy action adventure with some hilarious jokes, tons of literary references, and entertaining prose, and succeeds most of the way through.

Hound of the D'Urbervilles follows Colonel Moran and his time working for professor James Moriarty. He's brash, witty, and even when the plot fails his writing keeps the story entertaining. There are seven stories of varying lenghts, each one parodying a different Holmes story. Unfortunately, two of the stories put this book dangerously close to 3-star territory. The Irene Adler story is just plain bad and nonsensical, and The Final Adventure ends the book in a fairly unsatisfying way. It could have been better, but this is still a fun read.
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