- File Size: 2533 KB
- Print Length: 79 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: John Pirillo (June 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071WQZ34X
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Sherlock Holmes Dracula Kindle Edition
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John Pirillo has created a world where literary figures, their authors, and other famous historical figures all live together in the same time. It is an appealing concept but doesn't totally work. For example, one reason Leonardo da Vinci was so amazing was because he developed his theories so far ahead of his times. Putting him with all of these others diminishes his work in a way. Also many of the literary figures that he features were very complex with both noble traits and often tragic flaws. In making them all heroes (and friends), the author has removed much of their negative features and thereby reduced their character a bit.
The story itself was fairly weak. It was more a series of loosely connected scenes featuring one or more of the characters having a bit of excitement and then suddenly having the bad guy caught without any real effort on their part. Also, the creature described as being responsible at the beginning seems to be utterly forgotten in the reveal.
The story needs a thorough editing. Verb tense errors, sentence fragments, run on sentences, and other grammatical errors occur throughout the story. There are also some strange timing issues. One example is Dracula visits Holmes at a crime scene in the morning. Several pages later as Dracula returns home at night, it is revealed vampires can go out during the day. This should have been stated when he was in the daylight and not during a scene taking place on a foggy night.
If I could offer advice to Mr. Pirrilo, it would be the following. Pull back on the scope of his world. Allow some of the characters to exist at different times so it seems it has a history. Get some proofreading. Whether it is a professional or just a beta group of readers, they should be to eliminate many errors and other awkward bits. Expand the story. Show the characters actually planning and working towards the goal. Try to eliminate the feeling that you are just showing the highlights.
I have only read a couple of stories by the author (and one of his books of fractal photographs). At the end of both stories, the author uses the exact same afterword. These seems lazy to me. Make the afterword fit or don't bother including it.
I realize that the author already has many stories out there so he obviously
has the drive. But right now they are reading more like fan fiction than professional writing. Go for quality over quantity.
I rate this as 2.5 stars.
Count Dracula begins the narrative after an especially grisly murder as he is fleeing through (sort of) Victorian London. He spends a couple of chapters explaining why everything you thought you knew about vampires is wrong and they are really misunderstood.He enlists the aid of the Invisible Man and other alternative universe characters to find the real murderer and clear his (and other vampires') names.
The book is a fun read and fairly light without the excessive gore in some of Pirillo's Holmes stories.
There is an for me change of perspective as Dracula shifts from the narrator to a participant. His role seems to diminish as the story progresses.
The book is relatively new, released in 2017.
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