- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books (May 17, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1783299711
- ISBN-13: 978-1783299713
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Warlock Holmes - A Study in Brimstone Paperback – May 17, 2016
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“A funny paranormal adaptation of the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries. And when I say funny, I mean I actually laughed out loud on several occasions.” - Newbery and Beyond
"While cast and settings are faithful to the original stories, Denning upends the narrative with a host of paranormal turns that range from the irreverent to the gruesome. Mashup fans will be eagerly awaiting more of this obvious match for fans of Seth Grahame-Smith." - Booklist
“Damn you, G.S. Denning! Damn you, sir, for tainting the Great Detective with your parodic fripperies and your supernatural folderols! There is a special place in Holmesian hell reserved for impudent whelps such as yourself - and I shall languish there alongside you for the sin of having read your book and laughed like a loon throughout.” - James Lovegrove, New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Odin
“What if Sherlock Holmes wasn't a brilliant detective, but an awkward magician with prophetic fits? What if Scotland Yard was staffed by vampires and ogres? And above all, what if it was funny? Warlock Holmes should have you from the title alone, but if it doesn't, know that it's full of charm, humor and demons. Lots of demons.” - Robert Brockway, author of The Unnoticeables
"Irreverent, hilarious and a ripping good yarn to boot. A must for all those who like their Holmes on the wilder side." - George Mann, author of Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box
"With more twists than a Victorian corset, this is Sherlock for the mash-up generation. Tongue-in-cheek, knowing tales, with dollops of Penny Dreadful and a side salad of Atlantis.” - William Sutton, author of Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square
“Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone is charming and excellent entertainment! It's a deliciously entertaining reading experience.” - Rising Shadow
“A good classic read filled with quirky characters, a supernatural touch, and a dash of mysterious murders and peculiar instances.” - Gamers Sphere
“Adapts classic Sherlock Holmes tales in a way that stays true to the source, but also enjoys itself the whole time” - Hey Poor Player
“The illustrations by Sean Patella-Buckley throughout the novel were epic...If you are looking for a hilarious collection of magical and adventurous mysteries, then this is the novel for you.” - Geek Hard
“In the age of mash-ups, I found this book to be so much fun and reminded me just why I love reading so much.” - From Girlie to Nerdy
“Quirky, funny, and clever” - Vivacious Hobo
All in all, I had a wonderful time with this book, and boy am I glad to have the sequel Warlock Holmes: The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles already on hand because I’m really looking forward to continuing this series. 4.5/5 - Biblio Sanctum
“The hijinks feel refreshed and the references renew my interest in reading the originals, which is some of the highest praise I can give to any homage” The Frumious Consortium
“Denning peppers his hilarious stories with plenty of Holmesian callbacks and Douglas Adams-worthy puns...It’s charming and well-imagined and rewards longtime fans with plenty of great details.” - Barnes & Noble SFF Blog
About the Author
G.S. Denning was born in Seattle, Washington. He has published articles for games company Wizards of the Coast, worked as an editor, written a video-game script for Nintendo, and written and performed shows at the Epcot Center, Walt Disney World. With a background in improv, Gabe has performed with Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady, and he currently has a play running in Seattle. He now lives in Las Vegas with his wife and two children.
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It's quite funny (both with some obvious jokes and also subtle or dry humor), the story is entertaining and kept me interested (and up too late on occasion), and it's got pretty pictures spattered throughout.
The author has an amazing ability to write in the style of Sherlock Holmes stories, but keeping it light, readable, and enjoyable. It's an amazing touch on the genre and while I've read only a few of the original Sherlock stories, I appreciate the style.
Okay, between you and me, the entire internet, I am not even sure I have read any Sherlock Holmes stories and if I did it was long ago. But still, I enjoyed this, and it read like what I assume a Sherlock story reads like. I'm sorry I lied to you before.
I'm reading this on the Kindle edition and the occasional picture shows up pretty well on my Kindle reader (some books have illustrations that don't). The words show up nicely too, which is important.
It had a very interesting start, with Watson the normal human meeting Warlock Holmes and ending up rooming with him out of necessity. And the prediction of doom promised something interesting going on.
But after a while it just seemed to have no real point to it. It was more silly than funny, and after a while the oddness just got old. It seemed that it tried too hard to put a twist to -everything- in the Holmes universe, thus making it feel more like reading a kids comic book rather than reading a story. It became a one-trick pony pretty quickly.
I think it would have done a lot better as a short story, one case, and only picked a few things to twist up. There just wasn't enough to keep it going for me after a certain point.