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Warlock Holmes - My Grave Ritual Paperback – Illustrated, May 15, 2018
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 12.9 ounces
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1783299754
- ISBN-13 : 978-1783299751
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Titan Books; Illustrated edition (May 15, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #660,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maybe it should have been two stars, but my love for the author's overall body of work and a 4th Warlock Holmes book to read give me pause...
If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan and also happen to like sorcerers and humor, read this. It's perfect for people like us.
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Or rather, the putative grave of Dr Watson, which he hopes one day to be worthy enough to achieve. I admit, I teared up a little when Watson was so full of doubt about how he could possibly deserve a reward for being brave, faithful, loyal and self-sacrificing.
I really love Watson, in case you hadn't worked it out by now; I've always liked and appreciated Dr Watson from the canonical ACD stories, but this Watson is marvellous and I love him to bits.
Warlock is the same as ever he was, but we get a very enlightening glimpse into his mind and the way he thinks, which helps us realise why he sometime seems to be so shockingly lacking in common sense. When we remember that he's at least two hundred and fifty years old, is stuffed as full of demons and otherworldly entities voices in his head as a Christmas pudding is full of currants, and has spent the majority of his life around magicians, wizards, and the magical world, then what for him is "normal, unremarkable, doesn't bear mentioning" suddenly takes on a whole new meaning - of course he's not going to mention that a portrait has literally burning eyes, for him this is "doesn't every picture have that?"
The fact that we are also teased with the delayed apocalypse (yes, Watson mentions it and drops even more dire hints once more, no it hasn't happened yet) is not even off-putting, because although I for one am eager to know what is going to happen when it happens, I am enjoying the excursions into new takes on the old tales so much I am in no hurry to get to the End of the World As We Know It.
Another wonderful, faithful and funny entry in the series that turns all the ACD stories on their heads while managing to provide reasonable (for a certain value of "reasonable") alternate magical explanations that fit the originals. I am both intrigued and very concerned about the burgeoning romance between Watson and The Woman; I love canonical Irene and feel that many adaptations don't understand her character and reduce her to a mere adventuress, but I am so protective of this Watson that I do feel like warning this Irene "don't hurt a hair on his head, never mind break his heart, or else!"
I also think in one of the stories there may be a reference to Gaiman's mash-up of the Lovecraft and Holmes universes which, again, is very clever and very funny. To sum up, an excellent, funny yet faithful to the originals addition to the Warlock Holmes series which is not a mere pastiche but a new creation in its own right and very much recommended!