- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Titan Books (4. Oktober 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0857682830
- ISBN-13: 978-0857682833
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 3,2 x 20,2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 14.332 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles (Professor Moriarty Novels) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Oktober 2011
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"A candle burner, you’ll have a very hard time putting it down from start to finish... quite likely my favorite release of the year." - Fandomania
"One of my favorite books this year...a wonderful way to revisit the world of Sherlock Holmes from a new perspective... pure fun." - Hitfix
Praise for Kim Newman:
Compulsory reading, commentary, and mindgame: glorious." - Neil Gaiman
Newman's prose is a delight, his attention to detail is spellbinding." - Time Out
“Powerful... compelling entertainment... a fiendishly clever banquet of dark treats.” - San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the most creative novels of the year.” - Seattle Times
“Moran is playing Watson To Moriarty and these stories are just a lot of fun. Mr. Newman knows how to tell tales and these stories are exciting as well as funny. If you like Sherlock Holmes then you are just going to enjoy the stories here.” – Vic’s Media Room
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Kim Newman is a well known and highly acclaimed author. He has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, International Horror Guild and World Fantasy Awards.
He is also the author of the Anno Dracula series from Titan Books.
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As with Newman's previous works, I immediately found myself immersed in the Victorian age, surrounded by a colorful and entertaining cast I would not dare turn my back on...nor would I want to. Sometimes there's good to be found in evil...also friendship, and sadness, and even a strange sort of honor. I tore right through this book and found myself wanting more.
(*) Preface: the incidents that allow the unearthing of the manuscript, after the collapse of the "Box Brothers" where it had been kept.
1) Chapter One: A Volume in Vermilion: induction of Moran in Moriarty's orbit, and the prequel to "A Study in Scarlet".
2) Chapter Two: A Shambles In Belgravia: Irene Adler had not rubbed only ONE mastermind the wrong way, as you would know after reading this piece.
3) Chapter Three: The Red Planet League: Moriarty getting one over his arch-nemesis (no, NOT Holmes).
4) Chapter Four: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles: the most gothic & chilling story in this collection.
5) Chapter Five: The Adventure of the Six Maledictions: an one-line summary would be insulting for a story of this complexity, and yet so enjoyable. You better leave this story for a slow and relaxed reading, just to appreciate it over a long time.
6) Chapter Six: The Greek Invertebrate: a Moriarty family reunion, our first introduction to several enigmatic charatcers mentioned in other most memorable adventures (NO, I am NOT going to list them here, but this adventure also deserves your utmost attention), and our only look into Moriarty's childhood. And YES, THAT is utterly terrifying.
7) Chapter Seven: The Problem of the Final Adventure: a neat clearing-up of the mess created by "The Final Problem", "The Empty House" and the interpretations proposed by all & sundry, with an unexpected degree of seriousness, and the right amount of ambiguity at the last line, allowing us to draw our conclusion.
This book does not present Moriarty as a likeable fellow, going against Michael Kurland's conception. But it portrays a neglected and foot-noted character in brilliant & vivid shades: Colonel Moran himself. I can only pray that Da Man feels inspired enough to conjure a few more anecdotes from the pool of this narrator's memory, in whose presence all other narrators of Sherlockiana (& Moriartiana??) are bound to appear colourless. Highly recommended would be a huge understatement. Go, get the book!
On it's surface, Moriarty is the flip side of the coin: Many of the stories serve as mirror images of Sherlock stories, told from a darker point of view and by a different hand. There are obvious examples of reflections: Moriarty and Sherlock (the eccentric masters of their field), Watson and Moran (the injured soldiers and biographers), Mrs. Hudson and Mrs. H (the kidnly land lady and the landlady...who runs a brothel), and even minor characters, like Stamford (Watson's boyhood friend and the criminal Moran knows and dislikes, both of whom introduce the pairs).
But there is more to it than that when it comes to the reflections and different outlooks. While Watson sought to bring out the best in people, Moran brings out the worst, focusing on their faults. For example, while Watson writes that Irene Adler was a cunning woman and an accomplished singer, Moran reveals she sang very poorly, was kicked out of her theater troupe, purposely used her...assets...for her gain...and most amusing, actually had a 'Noo Joosey' accent (and not the proper English accent Watson seemingly gives her).
And that is where the second layer comes in.
This book will force the reader to ask themselves a simple, yet complex, question: Who was being honest? Whose word should we take as truth?
Could it be that Moran is the honest writer, not having to alter characters like Watson does (and admits too)? Where Watson creates a world where even murder was a gentlemen affair settled in parlors with smoking jackets, Moran presents a more realistic, more truthful view of the world, making us question everything Watson writes.
And yet, Moran is a killer, a cutthroat willing to murder a feeble minded teen and idly comments that if he forced himself on Irene when he first met her, she would have been broken like a horse and come to heel. Can we honestly believe a word a man who looks at the world so darkly says?
That is where the fun of this book is revealed. You will find yourself flipping back through the famous Sherlock stories, wondering just whose side to believe, how much each is hiding and just what the truth might me.
The book itself is divided into several stories, some of them based clearly off Victorian-era literature, others just incorporating a great deal of Victoriania. Moriarty is portrayed as evil, but fallible---he's quite vain of his accomplishments, and will often suffer great losses to recoup his self-esteem. Moran himself comes across as a more evil version of Fraser's Harry Flashman.
This book is quite entertaining, but it does help if the reader's reasonably familiar with Victorian England and Victorian literature.
Unfortunately, Newman does at times fall under a very Holmesian flaw, in that he seems to value his own cleverness over the humanity of what he is writing. Similar in aspect to his Anno Dracula series, Newman operates under the ideas inspired by Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton universe, freely connecting all the various characters of Victorian fiction into one cohesive universe. Though it is at times interesting to see Professor Moriarty and Fu Manchu paired up in the same story, Newman seems to get carried away later in the book, and tosses about reference after reference, some plain to see, others far more obscure. While these Easter eggs may be a delight to aficionados of Victorian literature, it felt at times that Newman was so intent on making them and being clever about it that he momentarily forgot his actual story and characters. His longer, more complex stories in the collection particularly suffer for this, and can at times be confusing or meandering.
However, despite its faults, this book is a real entertainment, and a must read for any fan of Victorian adventure or crime fiction in general.