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Firefly: Ein verdammter Held

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Sherlock Holmes - The Devil's Dust

Sherlock Holmes - The Devil's Dust

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Erschienen am 24.07.2018
Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War

Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War

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Erschienen am 10.06.2014
Sherlock Holmes - The Labyrinth of Death

Sherlock Holmes - The Labyrinth of Death

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Erschienen am 06.06.2017
The Age of Ra

The Age of Ra

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Erschienen am 28.07.2009
Sherlock Holmes - The Thinking Engine

Sherlock Holmes - The Thinking Engine

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Erschienen am 28.08.2015
The Web 2: Computopia (Web Series 2)

The Web 2: Computopia (Web Series 2)

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Erschienen am 14.12.1998
The Age of Odin

The Age of Odin

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Erschienen am 28.12.2010

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Rezension zu "Sherlock Holmes - The Devil's Dust" von James Lovegrove

Sherlock Holmes meets Allan Quatermain
TheRavenkingvor 4 Monaten

It is 1884, and when a fellow landlady finds her lodger poisoned, Mrs Hudson turns to Sherlock Holmes.

The police suspect the landlady of murder, but Mrs Hudson insists that her friend is innocent. Upon investigating, the companions discover that the lodger, a civil servant recently returned from India, was living in almost complete seclusion, and that his last act was to scrawl a mysterious message on a scrap of paper. The riddles pile up as aged big game hunter Allan Quatermain is spotted at the scene of the crime when Holmes and Watson investigate. The famous man of mind and the legendary man of action will make an unlikely team in a case of corruption, revenge, and what can only be described as magic...

Teaming up Sherlock Holmes with famous fictional or real-life characters has been one of the favourite pastimes of pasticheurs ever since the world’s first consulting detective came to fame.

Allan Quatermain was a Victorian man of adventure, a big game hunter, an explorer of the African wilderness.

Today one is likely to find more people who know him from Alan Moore’s marvellous send-up of classic British genre fiction The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen than from the original stories written by Victorian adventure novelist H. Rider Haggard.

Holmes is a man of ratiocination, Quatermain a man of action. Lovergrove’s novel plays on this contrast. At first the two men behave as rivals, but in the course of the story they become allies.

While the first half of the book is a fun Sherlockian story, later the plot starts resembling an adventure story rather than a Holmes tale.

Those who have already read works by Lovegrove know that he is an excellent story-teller, his characters leap off the page and there is also a pleasing sense of humour to the proceedings.

The plot though is not particularly great. The murder mystery starts out as if it could be a locked room problem, but is cleared up in an all too simple manner at the end.

Still a good, fun read, just don’t expect a great detective story.

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Rezension zu "Sherlock Holmes - The Labyrinth of Death" von James Lovegrove

Sherlock Holmes - The Labyrinth Of Death
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It is 1895, and Sherlock Holmes’s new client is a High Court judge, whose free-spirited daughter has disappeared without a trace.
 
Holmes and Watson discover that the missing woman—Hannah Woolfson—was herself on the trail of a missing person, her close friend Sophia. Sophia was recruited to a group known as the Elysians, a quasi-religious sect obsessed with Ancient Greek myths and rituals, run by the charismatic Sir Philip Buchanan. Hannah has joined the Elysians under an assumed name, convinced that her friend has been murdered. Holmes agrees that she should continue as his agent within the secretive yet seemingly harmless cult, yet Watson is convinced Hannah is in terrible danger. For Sir Philip has dreams of improving humanity through classical ideals, and at any cost…

This was my third Holmes-pastiche from James Lovegrove after Gods Of War and The Thinking Machine two books which had several strong individual parts but these did not come together satisfyingly to form a great novel. So, let’s see whether The Labyrinth Of Death is more successful in this regard!

Hannah Woolfson, a young woman of independent spirit and great intelligence has disappeared. The trail leads Holmes and Watson to a bizarre cult-like group obsessed with ancient Greek culture and mythology. Are they just a harmless bunch of nutters? Or have they taken the more bloodthirsty rituals and myths too seriously?

The first few chapters move rather slowly. But once Holmes and Watson arrive at the headquarters of the mysterious sect things start to get exciting.

Lovegrove’s strength lies in his great ability to bring these classic characters to life. These are the Holmes and Watson we know and love, behaving like they would in the original stories. There is also some wonderfully witty banter between the two friends as in the following passages:

“I know you would prefer me to represent your investigations as if they were treatises, Holmes, with a premise, an explanation and a conclusion. But what would be the point in that? Who would read them bar a handful of academics and intellectual snobs?”

“They would at least have the virtue of serious and lasting scientific value. Thanks to you, I strongly doubt that my achievements will be heralded in the future. Whereas a more sober, factual record of my deeds would live on indefinitely in scholarly libraries, adding to the sum total of mankind’s wisdom and benefiting the student of crime for generations to come.”

He was being ironic. At least, I like to think he was.

“Holmes,” I said, “it is not up to me, or to you, what of us lives on past our deaths and what does not. A higher power determines that.”

“God?”

“Posterity.”

My companion grinned. “Then let us hope that posterity is kind to me and you. Perhaps you are right. Perhaps a century from now or more, my renown will persist through your jottings. Who knows? Other authors might even pick up where you leave off and invent chronicles of their own about me. Since you fictionalise my doings, Watson, who is to say I will not in the end come to be considered completely fictitious, a figment of the imagination, and therefore air game for pasticheurs and homageurs and similar such mountebanks bereft of originality?”

He seemed tickled by the prospect.

“An afterlife as the hero of literary works by diverse hands”, he mused. “A very specific Valhalla. My own private Elysium. Ha!”

The story reads like a mixture between Donna Tartt's The Secret History and an Indiana Jones adventure. Lovegrove creates some atmospheric scenes and presents the reader with enough shifty characters to keep us guessing who is friend or foe. Alas, just like its predecessors The Labyrinth Of Death stumbles at the finish line. The identity of the culprit is anything but a huge surprise, and once the mystery plot has been solved the entire last act is taken up by our two protagonists trapped in the titular labyrinth having to escape several death traps. This part feels almost like an overlong Sudoku-puzzle or the ending of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade stretched out over 60 minutes. Admittedly Lovegrove is very good at setting up these riddles which are all based in ancient Greek mythology. But once we arrive at this part of the story the big bad has already been unmasked and his rather mundane motives have been explained. The result is a lack of tension. It's a shame, really, because there were parts where I thought that this would end up being a winner. Ultimately though it's just a solid but also slightly underwhelming example of a Holmes pastiche.

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Rezension zu "The Age of Ra" von James Lovegrove

Rezension zu "The Age of Ra" von James Lovegrove
Twisted Fatevor 9 Jahren

"Was wäre, wenn...?" - Diese Frage stelle ich mir im Leben häufiger. Herr Lovegroves Gedanken sind mir dabei allerdings beim besten Willen noch nicht gekommen.
Was wäre also, wenn die heutige Welt statt der christlichen Religion von der alten ägyptischen geprägt wäre?
Genau, darum dreht sich die Handlung in diesem Buch. Die ägyptischen Götter haben alle anderen Gottheiten schon länger "besiegt" und regieren nun die Erde - das Zeitalter Ra's. Die Welt ist - wer erkennt die Ähnlichkeit? - unter der Göttern aufgeteilt. Jegliche Emotionen im ägyptischen Himmel (?) haben Auswirkungen auf die Erde. Die Geschichte wird anhand von zwei Menschen erzählt, die sich unter ungewöhnlichen Umständen in Ägypten, dem einzigen nicht von einem Gott besetzten Land wiederfinden und dabei das unmögliche wagen - einen Krieg gegen die Götter.

Was gibt es also:
- ägyptische Gottheiten
- die durchaus menschliche Züge aufweisen und auch in die Handlung eingreifen
- die am Anfang sehr simple Geschichte nimmt einige überraschende Wendungen an
- ägyptische Religion&Kultur&Militär (mit göttlicher Energie gefüllte Waffen z.B.)
- einige Kämpfe&Schlachten
- aber keine epischen Kämpfe erwarten (eher Randhandlung)
- nicht komplett einseitige Charaktere (aber manche bleiben etwas blaß)
- aber an bestimmte Punkten kurz etwas "langatmig/einfallslos"
- Handlung dreht sich um Menschen (drei Protagoniste) und Götter
- gelungenes Ende (kennt man evtl. aus anderen Büchern, trotzdem toll)
- Kreativitätsbonus

Fazit: Teilweise actionreich, teilweise nachdenklich, teilweise langatimges Buch, was sich relativ zügig lesen lest und eine schon bekannte Botschaft, anhand einer interessanten Geschichte in einem neuen Gewand erscheinen lässt.

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