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    Default Sherlock Holmes Stories NOT Written by Arthur Conan Doyle

    There seems to be quite the little cottage industry of these books out there; I'm currently reading one entitled The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin. Does anybody else have any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennyK View Post
    There seems to be quite the little cottage industry of these books out there; I'm currently reading one entitled The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin. Does anybody else have any recommendations?
    Well, The Seven Percent Solution is the only one considered a classic by the general public.

    There have been to ''Official'' sequels commissioned by ACD's heirs after his death: The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes by his son Adrian Conan Doyle and his friend and Biographer John Dickson Carr and The more recent House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz.

    Sherlock Holmes and the Murder at Lodore Falls by Charlotte Smith Has been getting a lot of praise. It's author also has a blog were she reviews Sherlock Holmes books that you might want to check http://sherlockian-book-reviews.tumblr.com/

    It's an OGN but The Painful Predicament of Alice Faulkner by Bret M Herholz doesn't get enough praise.
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    Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald is magnificent. You gotta like Lovecraft, though.
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    Laurie King's Mary Russell series, starting with The Beekeeper's Apprentice. It gets a little fanfic-ish at times, but it's worth a look.
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    Dibdin's book is pretty divisive with it's portrayal of Holmes and Watson. I didn't hate it, but preferred Edward Hanna's The Whitechapel Horror(Also not without it's flaws).
    Lindsay Faye also recently did a Holmes/Ripper book, Dust and Shadow which I'd definitely recommend.

    Titan Books recently began reprinting a lot of these type of Holmes pastiche stories under a unified trade dress: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. These include some standouts like Philip Jose Farmer's The Peerless Peer and Estleman's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes

    While not strictly Holmes, I have to suggest you read Moriarty - The Hound of the D’Urbervilles by Kim Newman.

    There's a Father Brown/Holmes mashup that I've been meaning to read but I can never find a copy cheap enough when I'm thinking about it.

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    There is also an anthology book titled The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes that deal with a more fantasy side of Holmes. Along with the Gaiman story there are stories written by Anne Perry, Stephen King, Tanith Lee and Michael Moorcock. Only a few misses IMO but overall some good stories.
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    Laurie King's Mary Russell series, starting with The Beekeeper's Apprentice. It gets a little fanfic-ish at times, but it's worth a look.
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    Anthony Horowitz's The House of Silk. Brilliant novel. Although if it's been mentioned already I apologize.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vidocq View Post
    Well, The Seven Percent Solution is the only one considered a classic by the general public.

    There have been to ''Official'' sequels commissioned by ACD's heirs after his death: The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes by his son Adrian Conan Doyle and his friend and Biographer John Dickson Carr and The more recent House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz.

    Sherlock Holmes and the Murder at Lodore Falls by Charlotte Smith Has been getting a lot of praise. It's author also has a blog were she reviews Sherlock Holmes books that you might want to check http://sherlockian-book-reviews.tumblr.com/

    It's an OGN but The Painful Predicament of Alice Faulkner by Bret M Herholz doesn't get enough praise.
    Don't forget Michael Chabon's The Final Solution.

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    Not really Fiction but do yourselves a favor and read Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes. It's the best book about Sherlock Holmes that i've read.

    I usually loath this ''How To... like Sherlock Holmes'' books but I decided to pick this one up after hearing that was written by a psychologist, like myself, writer of both Literaly Psyched and Lessons learned from Sherlock Holmes for Scientific American and had two amazing interviews for both the Bakerstreet Babes and I Hear Of Sherlock, the two of which I advised you give it a listen because her view on Holmes and Watson is very insightful.
    The book itself it's pretty awesome, it completely destroys the idea that Holmes' observational skills are a Super-power and shows exactly how a person could realistically develop this skills, though not as well as Holmes', (mostly because Holmes had a head start over everybody) and explains, with real science how you could actually become more observant, more analyitic and overall better at your chosen profession.

    I seriously hope one of you guys reads it because I've been dying to discuss it with people and no one around me has read it yet!
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    If I can pick up where I left off seven post and some ten months ago, I finally found and read the other Loren D. Estleman novel mentioned above, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes. While I didnít like it as much as Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula, I still enjoyed it well enough. I think the difference between the two novels stems from the structure forced upon the author. You can pick up a confrontation with Dracula at just about any point that is convenient. Estleman had to fold the encounter with Jekyll and Hyde into the structure established by Stevenson. Tough to build suspense over the course of more than a year.

    Not that Iím complaining. As I said, I did enjoy the effort, and primarily because of something I mentioned above: Estlemanís ability to mimic Doyle. If not for the nature of the cases, I could read these books alongside the Holmes classics and not doubt (for the most part) that they were a part of the canon. On some level I had the sense I was reading an until-now unpublished original. (Which of course is the conceit of these books: recently-discovered manuscripts of Dr. John H. Watson.)

    My only real complaint is that on occasion Watson is made to appear a bungler. Considering how passionately Estleman railed against this type of characterization in his introduction to Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Stories and Novels, I have to wonder if it was editorially mandated. It was the only thing that did not ring true, speaking as a fan of both the Holmes and Estleman.

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    OMG....this thread has brought back memories of hassling my family members for a ride down to Long Beach California. There was a bookstore there called Sherlock's Home. It was made up to look like a room in a house, filled with mystery books. Between that and the large SF store some miles down the street that carried Doctor Who as well as Star Trek novelizations.....It was like visiting heaven for the day.

    Recall reading the Dracula and Dr. Jeckyll ones. Seven Percent Solution, naturally.

    Then family found religion and at the same time I got a job....

    *sigh*

    Never thought I'd say I missed the period where I was unemployed, but there were some good (book) times back then.

    Is there a list of all non-canonical Sherlock Holmes novels published in English?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyer View Post
    OMG....this thread has brought back memories of hassling my family members for a ride down to Long Beach California. There was a bookstore there called Sherlock's Home. It was made up to look like a room in a house, filled with mystery books. Between that and the large SF store some miles down the street that carried Doctor Who as well as Star Trek novelizations.....It was like visiting heaven for the day.

    Recall reading the Dracula and Dr. Jeckyll ones. Seven Percent Solution, naturally.

    Then family found religion and at the same time I got a job....

    *sigh*

    Never thought I'd say I missed the period where I was unemployed, but there were some good (book) times back then.

    Is there a list of all non-canonical Sherlock Holmes novels published in English?
    There are far to many to be listed. However, here are 176 of them.

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    I picked up a bunch of these books at a thrift store this weekend, starting out with John Gardner.

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    Strongly related to this topic is a series in which Holmes appeared at least once, though not as the star: Michael Kurland's revisionist Professor Moriarty series.

    I read just the first one, THE INFERNAL DEVICE, which I liked, and which was nominated for an Edgar award.

    Here's a loaded question: what's the first non-Doyle story to have him encounter something science-fictional or supernatural? I say "non-Doyle" since the "Creeping Man" story has a SF angle.
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