As a part of the Baker Street Babes, I recently had a chance to write a review for the superb new Holmes anthology A Study in Sherlock.
A Study in Sherlock, an anthology of twenty original short stories related to Sherlock Holmes, is both a part of the pastiche tradition and a departure from it at the same time. Instead of the usual canon-derived inventions of Holmes devotees, this collection is unique because it is filled with stories by writers who do not normally take Holmes as a subject.The resulting book is wildly varied—containing everything from direct pastiches to modernizations, fantasies, and even one story told in graphics. Some stories take Holmes as a character inspiration; others seem inspired only by his methods; still others tackle the idea of Holmes fandom itself. The experience of reading is enhanced by short author bios that detail each author’s connection (or lack thereof) to the Conan Doyle stories.
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