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Sharp, witty and excellent modern British comic writings
on October 20, 2012
A mixture of loony Goonery, Monty Pythonesque stances and stiff-upper-lip caricatures, Douglas Adam's wonderful "Hitchhiker" setups (but more akin to Dirk Gentley novel situations), a healthy dash of Seth Grahame-Smith styled Zombie infusions (30%), Victorian sets and dark alleyways but with Sherlock Holmes and Watson in a tad futuristic language setting in passing but in unmistakable olde London...combined with a short, punchy and fast paced 'thriller' writing style, this is not a book to be read in public or planes for fear of ridicule as one is apt to snort sporadically in laughter. I thoroughly enjoyed it. In several sentences, one reads almost BBC Goons type radio script; the lovely Jane Austen language of "Pride and Prejudice, And Zombies" or "Sense and Sensibility, And Sea Monsters" is not there (but is not missed here) and the writer focuses on a good deal of 'character assassination' ie dwells on Holmes' idiosyncrasies nicely. The only change I would have preferred is the deletion of some (very few) #### swear words, wholly unnecessary and otherwise opening up for younger readers - even if it is the modern equivalent of "damn". The corny cover could have been done a bit less tackily and the book's production jazzed up a little, not that it is not worth every cent and much, much more than the $6 asked. Occasional extra silly sentences pop up but the book/s are unquestionably really enjoyable and takes one out of the mundane world. One of my favourites, so far, is "A Scandal in Burnley".
If you are familiar with the best of British comedy (not the dumbed-down UK slapstick that now emanates post glorious "Yes Prime Minister" and "Blackadder", great stuffs (sigh), or the silly run-of the-mill comedy in the USA where sharp dry surreal humour has little place for wont of inane and easy laugh-a-minute "Friends'" humour), then this is likely to have you guffawing, hopefully privately. Then again if you don't like British humour, well, hard cheese as they say. Wish there was more.