Review of WARLOCK HOLMES: A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE

WARLOCK HOLMES: A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE G.S. Denning May 2016 TitanBooks Yes, this is yet another re-working of Sherlock Holmes. As someone who has read many and been disappointed in most, this one charmed me. It stays true to the source material yet massages and prods it at the same time. In this version, Sherlock isn’t Sherlock. And he isn’t quite human, either. Oh, and he isn’t always terribly bright. He is a “consulting magician.” A walking, talking tome of the esoteric. But not what one would call observant. Not one to deduct. For tried and true fans, Dr. John Watson is still at Holmes’ side after his return from the Afghan War. He’s just...

Not Just a Man in a Bat Costume

The day came when I refused to go back to CCD classes. I knew every Sunday when I learned about how mad God was at me my sister was home watching Batman. The unfairness rankled. I put my tiny foot down (I was a truly small, itty kid) and my mom shocked my by agreeing. Joy! The day I asked her why the bad guys didn’t just shoot Batman instead of coming up with all of these bizarre contraptions, I learned an important life lesson. “Because,” she answered patiently, “then the show would be over.” My life long love of all things Bat had began. An older still not tall me was hand fed comics by the not quite as patient but still rather wise...

ALEX by Pierre Lemaitre

ALEX Pierre Lemaitre (translated from French by Frank Wynne) 2013 Quercus ALEX, by Pierre Lemaitre, is the first title brought to us by Quercus’s Maclehose Press imprint – translated lit and crime fiction. Quercus, a UK publishing company, has reached across the ocean to release books here in the United States. Though it’s actually the second book in the Verhoeven trilogy, ALEX (Lemaitre the CWA International Dagger award) is the first of Lemaitre’s works to be translated. I don’t want to die not now. Alex Prévost recognizes a man that had been following her around Paris all day before she he hits her, hard, and...

SHOVEL READY by Adam Sternbergh

SHOVEL READY by Adam Sternbergh January 2014 Crown This book is: Noir/hard-boiled. Post-apocalyptic. Dystopian. Palahniuk-ian. Darkly noble. Our reluctant, angry, terse antihero is Spademan. His days of collecting trash on the streets of bustling Manhattan came to an end with the dirty bomb that hit Time Square. He lost his wife. He lost his city, or what it used to be. And he lost himself. Now he collects human refuse with a caveat – no children. And when you call, please, don’t tell him the why of it. Just who it is and where they’ll be. Think of me more like a bullet. Just point. His tool of choice is a box-cutter. Spademan lives in a...

ALEX by Pierre Lemaitre

ALEX Pierre Lemaitre (translated from French by Frank Wynne) 2013 Quercus   ALEX, by Pierre Lemaitre, is the first title brought to us by Quercus’s Maclehose Press imprint – translated lit and crime fiction. Quercus, a UK publishing company, has reached across the ocean to release books here in the United States. Though it’s actually the second book in the Verhoeven trilogy, Alex (Lemaitre the CWA International Dagger award) is the first of Lemaitre’s works to be translated. I don’t want to die not now. Alex Prévost recognizes a man that had been following her around Paris all day before she he hits her, hard,...