Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone (Warlock Holmes #1) by G S Denning
Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius. Warlock Holmes is an idiot. A font of arcane power, certainly. But he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart companion. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety… and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.
Starring: Warlock Holmes, Incompetent Detective
Vladislav Lestrade, Nihilist Vampire
Tor Grogsson, House-Proud Ogre
Dr. John H. Watson, Terrified
This book. I think it cast an arcane spell on me. I was a bookstore (risky endeavor, I will admit), minding my own business, looking for my book club selection. But then I saw this series. “Warlock Holmes.” And just like that, I was hooked.
I am such a sucker for these kinds of books. Pastisches, mash-ups, redos, or even just fan fiction, I love it when someone takes a familiar story and makes it new and fresh again. Whether it’s Austen, Doyle, Shakespeare, Bronte or even a fairy tale, a new twist just grabs my attention, especially if it’s two things that seem contradictory. I’ve read and loved Sherlock in space, Cinderella as a cyborg, Jane Austen as a vampire. I am absolutely the ideal target audience for this book.
It’s hard to tell too much about the story because half the fun is in watching Dr. Watson react to these outlandish revelations about Holmes. The truth behind his new living situation dawns gradually, but Watson is up to the task. Like the first volume of the canon Holmes, this is a collection of short stories, each one revealing more about how Holmes came to be the well, person, he is now. I found it very entertaining. It reminded me a lot of this movie:
Now THAT is a funny movie. Watching Michael Caine as a bumbling idiot is just falling down funny. Anyway, I would recommend this book, but I will admit that I’m not sure I’ll buy the next one. I mean, I got the joke and it was funny, but I don’t know that I need more. Not sure if that makes sense, but it was still a fun book. What are you reading? Let me know! Happy reading!