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Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This is a good mystery novel, but not a consistently authentic Holmes pastiche; there are a few little nuances to the portrayal of Holmes that don't ring true.
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These include Holmes merely smiling and pausing when a client interrupts his exposition with an emotional remark, Holmes being anxious to arrive at a garden party on time, adjourning for a game of croquet there after - crouquet? The story itself is pretty thrilling, it's a sort of sequel to The This is a good mystery novel, but not a consistently authentic Holmes pastiche; there are a few little nuances to the portrayal of Holmes that don't ring true. The story itself is pretty thrilling, it's a sort of sequel to The Hound Of The Baskerville and has Holmes engaging in some skillful deduction as well as a rousing battle scene towards the end.
Watson is kept in the dark throughout, although I was able to work out some of the answers to the mysteries being investigated before Holmes finally reveals them all to Watson at the end. The villains are a sinister lot and there are several moments of high melodrama, a note Doyle was not afraid strike from time to time. Not the most original Holmes pastiche I've read but a solid, well-constructed mystery with a few shortcomings that could be explained away as a difference between Boyer's vision of Holmes and mine.
View 1 comment. Apr 22, Stewart Sternberg rated it it was ok. This is the second book I've read that used a passing reference to "The Giant Rat of Sumatra " in one of Doyle's Sherlockian stories as a jumping off point for a pastiche of Sherlock Holmes.
The book could have been worthwhile, but halfway through the tale takes a turn, reminiscent of another Doyle book, and meanders into a melodramatic ending more penny dreadful than Sherlockian. It's Boyle' s attempt at cleverness that betrays him. Synopsis: Among all the tantalizing mysteris of Sherlock Holmes, none is more famous than the great untold story of The Giant Rat of Sumatra. A tale that according to Richard L. No wonder the Synopsis: Among all the tantalizing mysteris of Sherlock Holmes, none is more famous than the great untold story of The Giant Rat of Sumatra.
No wonder the great detective called this "a story for which the world is not yet prepared. Several authors have attempted to the tell the tale in both short story and novel-length versions. This is the third such that I have read. Boyer very nearly had me completely in this pastiche published in It's an interesting tale and Boyer most definitely knows his Holmes. The action is brisk and he has done a fairly good job in an attempt to mimic Doyle's style. The characters of Holmes, Watson and Lestrade are pretty solid and I was swept along, believing it all until Dr.
Watson, as narrator, started throwing way too many "my dear readers" at me. Watson seemed to have suddenly turned into a female protagonist in a Victorian melodramatic novel, rather than the bluff, stalwart companion I had known and loved. And then there's the grand finale Putting aside his identity which was a bit much for me in and of itself , the action seemed to put him on a par with Moriarty, not in scope--there is no large organization involved--but in range.
How this character amassed the wealth that must have been necessary is beyond me. In the end I find myself giving Boyer's effort three stars. This is a good, solid rendering of Holmes. I was interested in the mystery and enjoyed seeing how he pulled off the "giant rat. Richard L. The premise of a so called mythical creature being used to brutally kill invites obvious comparisons with The Hound of the Baskervilles. Often referred to throughout, it could have been a mistake to write a story so similar to The Hound of the Baskervilles, which is probably the most well-known Sherlock Holmes Richard L.
Often referred to throughout, it could have been a mistake to write a story so similar to The Hound of the Baskervilles, which is probably the most well-known Sherlock Holmes story, but Boyer just about pulls it off. The inclusion of a second seemingly unrelated mystery, to further complicate matters for Holmes and Watson, helps the story to still feel fresh and original. Everything that should be there is included. It is abundantly clear that Richard L. Boyer is a Sherlock Holmes fan first and foremost.
Feb 02, Mark Glover rated it it was amazing. I was uncertain about this, though coming across this relaunched series in the bargain bin I was convinced enough to take a gamble and was glad that I did. The book maintains the tone of your classic Sherlock Holmes story making the deliberate and wise in my opinion choice not to mess with the formula. Therefore we have the story told by Watson, a preface telling us that the story had been held aside until the people who were involved had passed, all played out in a tone almost indistinguishabl I was uncertain about this, though coming across this relaunched series in the bargain bin I was convinced enough to take a gamble and was glad that I did.
Therefore we have the story told by Watson, a preface telling us that the story had been held aside until the people who were involved had passed, all played out in a tone almost indistinguishable to the Conan Doyle originals. The story itself is well told and capture's the spirit of the originals though perhaps it is too similar in structure to another of the better known tales.
Given that the link is deliberate though, it is a forgivable plagiarism. All in all I liked the story and the mystery had me gripped to the last word. If there is any criticism I could offer it is that the resolution, more specifically the creature involved in the resolution seems somewhat unbelievable but again this is something that works to the plot and I can understand why the author chose to ask us to suspend belief in this manner. Overall a worthy addition to the canon and well worth reading.
Mar 03, M Christopher rated it liked it Shelves: mystery. Wish I could give this one a three and a half star rating. Liked it fairly well and may well read it again in the future. A pretty good example of the serious Holmes "pastiche" -- written with care by an award-winning mystery writer and a pretty good yarn. The plot is rather derivative, sort of a sequel to one of the canonical works, as the reader will discover. But an entertaining and Wish I could give this one a three and a half star rating.
But an entertaining and enjoyable way to soak up a couple of all too rare spare afternoons. Dyed-in-the-wool Holmesians or Sherlockians will likely enjoy it as will those with only a passing knowledge of the exploits of the "world's greatest detective. May 12, Mary rated it liked it. This was pretty good. My only complaint is that there was alot of wrapping up at the end where Sherlock has to explain what happened. Some of that is OK, but when the reader is kept in the dark to that extent, I think the author didn't quite do his job.
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Jun 19, Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it. Better than most other Sherlockian pastches, definitely the best one involving "THE" giant rat of Sumatra, involving the second-most nefarious and definitely most dangerous, but out-of-London, keeping Sebastian Moran's place intact villain in Sherlockiana. Recommended for its Victorian settings, gothic scenes, flawless language you almost believe that this is actually one of Doyle's better efforts and action-packed climax.
Apr 23, Amaya rated it it was amazing. I could hardly put it down! An intense, fast paced, compelling read, full of plot twists, challenges, and puzzles worthy of Conan Doyle himself! I highly recommend it! Sep 05, NC Weil rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-fiction , british-lit , sherlockiana. Boyer's telling of one of the unwritten episodes in the Holmes canon is in many ways a suitable homage. The writing is perfectly in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle, unhurried, full of details of English city and country life in the late 19th century.
And the Holmes and Watson our narrator he offers seem familiar to fans of the originals. Two stories intertwine: the kidnapping of a wealthy couple's daughter while she was traveling in Bombay; and the murder of a sailor evidently on hi Richard L. Two stories intertwine: the kidnapping of a wealthy couple's daughter while she was traveling in Bombay; and the murder of a sailor evidently on his way to visit Holmes.
We know the events are related long before Watson sees any connection, though Holmes as usual is alert to their points of intersection: travel in the Indian Ocean, an ordinary freighter accepting three odd passengers and some unidentified cargo, and behind those coincidences, a diabolical mind. The tale is in the main well-told, but the climax is so drawn-out as to become Gothic, with a touch of Hardy Boys as the villain explains to captive Watson and Holmes his methods and motives - knowing they will soon be dead, able to tell no one.
The creature, too monstrous for Conan Doyle to weave a story around, is indeed horrible - huge, lethal, crazed.
Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Rat of Sumatra
And it is real. The jarring aspect of this book for me is the deep-dyed racism: the villain's sidekick, a dark-skinned man wearing a filthy turban, is deformed, and not only cannot speak English, it appears he can barely speak any language. Reading the literature of another age, one often encounters such an unconscious racist attitude, but in this book it is played up out-of-proportion to the needs of the story - and for that, Boyer fails to earn that 3rd star. May 05, Roger rated it really liked it. Some background for the non-initiated: the original novels and short stories written about Sherlock Holmes by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, are typically referred to as " The Canon.
There have been innumerable books, television shows, and films about Holmes and his equally fictional chronicler Dr. John Watson, not to mention non-fiction analyzing every aspect of Holmes' life. In the co Some background for the non-initiated: the original novels and short stories written about Sherlock Holmes by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, are typically referred to as " The Canon. In the course of the Canon Dr. Watson mentions that there are certain of his friend's cases that are not for public consumption-they are deemed too sensitive or controversial or gruesome. This untold tale has been the grist for many a Holmesian mill.
As Conan Doyle never told the story himself it has been up to various others to fill in the blanks. Richard Boyer's The Giant Rat of Sumatra is by no means the only imagined version of this story that exists. I have read several everyone has a theory and they have typically been entertaining tales.
I really enjoyed Boyer's novel-he does a good job of writing both Holmes and Watson, and for those of us who love these characters that is half the battle won. There is a postscript that is really quite touching I'll say no more and it really does feature as advertised on the back cover the return of an old foe.
Boyer plays fair with the reader-the clues are all there to be had. This novel really does read almost as if Conan Doyle had written it himself, including the occasional totally bonzers plot twist. Good stuff. Jan 28, Sanjana Ghosh rated it it was ok. Of course attempting to carry on the stories of the legendary Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is no mean feat, I feel that this particular book came nowhere near to paying homage to him.
The Giant Rat of Sumatra was written along the lines of the Hound Of Baskerville a bit, and maybe that's why it turned a bit dreary. Two irrelevant mysteries: The mysterious giant rat and the abduction of Alice Allistair were brought at crossroads, and the common link to them was very disappointing. Th Of course attempting to carry on the stories of the legendary Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is no mean feat, I feel that this particular book came nowhere near to paying homage to him.
The thrill factor was also missing. I've read some other Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes before and this was I feel not up to the mark. Jan 20, Chris Wood rated it liked it. Mmmm So eventually i've read the adventure of the Giant Sumatran rat which i've wondered about since it was mentioned in the canon stories. Id love to say that it was everything I wanted it to be but sadly it fell short.
The story, the characters, the setting, everything was very average. Don't get me wrong the book isn't bad its just that the Giant rat adventure is a huge story for fans of the Holmes canon and this just doesn't capture that. Maybe it would always fall short because ACD mentions Mmmm So eventually i've read the adventure of the Giant Sumatran rat which i've wondered about since it was mentioned in the canon stories.
Maybe it would always fall short because ACD mentions it but failed to write it. Perhaps im being harsh but there you go, its how I feel. Feb 01, Calvin Daniels rated it really liked it Shelves: aa-holmes-have , sherlock-holmes. A full four. Very enjoyable with detailed plot logically made clear in the end. Dec 09, Richard Pett rated it really liked it. I am not sure why I continue to read stories about Sherlock Holmes!
This is not a bad take on Conan Doyle's style but sadly I did not find the story satisfying.