Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning (#1)
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
The fundemental basis of scientific thought is that an unobserved truth that undermines one’s understanding is yet the truth. If the observation is not flawed, one’s previous understanding must be. To the open mind, this is not a crisis: it is an oppurtunity to form a new, more perfect understanding of the world. Did I ever abandon science for a belief in magic as some people accuse? Never. Rather, I included magic in my understanding of the physical phenomena that shape our world. Science is a path to knowledge- one that must include and explain every observable fact, embracing and rejecting none.
As most of you know, I am a raging Sherlock/Doyle fan girl. Sherlock Holmes was my Mr. Darcy growing up. It made for quite a few cold winter nights being swept away into the fantastic mind of one Sherlock Holmes. I came across this at random and am glad that I did.
Warlock Holmes is and idiot with supernatural ability. Doctor John H. Watson, fresh from being wounded in the Afghan war, uses his power of deduction and common sense to help Warlock with mysterious, supernatural cases. Assisted by Lestrade, a tiny brooding Romanian vampire and Throg, a troll like ogre, the game is afoot. Kinda. If only Moriarty would stop possessing Warlock to interject random soothsaying. Or if Watson can find where Warlock hid the piece of his gun.
This book was right up my alley. It was brilliant and fun and written in the tone of classic Doyle, but with supernatural bits and having the unexplainable explained. I truly enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next. It was built by a series of cases (per tradition) vs being one big story and many of the cases were familiar but used alternate means for the who-dun-it bit. And Watson was a strong lead which is unusual in these spin off tropes.
Highly recommend this book. Especially if you need a laugh.