کتاب شرلوک هولمز علیه دراکولا

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First published on Radiant Attack - Sci Fi, Fantasy, Weird and Big Freakin Squid

Sherlock Holmes and Dracula are two of the greatest fictional characters ever created. No other characters have lived for so long in the popular imagination. So it wasn’t unexpected that eventually someone would pair the brilliant detective and nefarious vampire together. Enter Loren D. Estleman’s Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula. The newly released book is a reprint of the 1978 version of the same name.

After the dramatic crash of a ship at Whitby, Sherlock Holmes is asked to investigate. He and his constant partner Dr Watson uncover an almost unbelievable truth: vampires do exist, and one has come to England. And not just any vampire. Holmes must face Count Dracula himself. In the immortal words of Holmes, “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

Usually I’m a little suspicious of gimmicky crossover stories. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies didn’t really carry the same flair for me as Austen’s original novel. But Estleman skillfully nails the voice of Dr Watson, setting the premise through a lost set of manuscripts in an estate auction. The author is clearly a devotee of Holmes, setting a brisk pace for the “game afoot”. I was very impressed by his grasp of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s writing style. Estleman himself is an award winning crime writer, having written both contemporary and historical crime novels.

On the other hand, I am a Dracula devotee; I felt that while the Holmesian aspects of the novel were fairly authentic, the Dracula character was a little one-dimensional. The notion of Dracula has developed beyond that of staring red eyes and sweeping capes. Of course, being a blood sucking vampire intent on taking over Britain may be a one-dimensional career. He really should get into plasma donation.

It’s a quick and easy read and includes all the markers of a Holmes mystery. There are the Baker Street Irregulars, a colourful coach driver and a dashing bloodhound. At 200 pages you’ll breeze through the book, which makes it ideal for holiday reading. On another note, I love the cover redesign Titan Books have done for the re-released Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Despite my leanings towards Team Dracula, it seems he’s met his match in the indomitable Sherlock Holmes. Yet Holmes will need a lot more than the Reichenbach Falls to kill the vampire king. Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula is an entertaining tome, which will appease fans of both hero and villain alike.

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Con fanfiction crossover si intende quella fanfiction, cioè una storia creata da un fan, che unisce due o più serie.
Ecco quello che mi è sembrato questo libro: una fanfiction, scritta da un grande fan di Holmes, in cui fa scontrare il detective con Dracula.
Le mie aspettative per questo libro erano altissime, erano mesi che lo conservavo con cura nella libreria, in attesa di essere letto.
Mi aspettavo il grande Sherlock Holmes collaborare con Van Helsing per sconfiggere il malefico vampiro, Watson che racconta le vicende assieme a Jonathan Harker, aiutati dalle rispettive mogli.
Sbagliato!!
Iniziamo con due pecche: troppe introduzioni, prefazioni e note finali ecc. e le note del testo spiegate a fine volume. Io odio dover continuamente andare a fine volume per leggere le note, alcune delle quali veramente stupide. Un esempio su tutti: dopo averci ripetuto migliaia di volte che Mary è la moglie di Watson, ecco una nota in cui ci viene ribadito il concetto.
Lo sappiamo già, molte grazie.
31 pagine di spiegazioni su quanto sia stato bravo lautore a studiare e mettere insieme le trame, banalità in cui ci viene a dire che a lui Gary Oldman non piace (fatti tuoi) e invenzioni come lasta dei beni dellultimo parente di Holmes.
Aha. Divertente.
Passando al romanzo: innanzitutto per leggerlo bisogna, ovviamente, aver letto sia Dracula sia almeno i 4 romanzi principali di Sherlock, altrimenti non si capisce niente.
La storia poi, come ci spiega Estleman, è @quello che nel romanzo di Stoker non viene raccontato: cioè cosa fa Dracula mentre non compare nel [email protected] E cosa fa Dracula nel tempo libero?
Semplice, scappa da Holmes.
Scappa e ci chiacchiera insieme.
Oh, che cattivone!
Aspettavo con ansia lincontro tra Van Helsing e il detective, ma nonostante sia una scena ben fatta e con della tensione, rimane una sola scena e basta, poi Holmes viene liquidato dal Professore.
Ci sono delle scene di azione, ma molte sono copiate dai racconti di Conan Doyle, come linseguimento in barca, e le scene di scontro con Dracula sono piuttosto ridicole.
E non fa per nulla paura, anche se il curatore dellintroduzione ci suggerisce di non leggerlo col buio.
Sicuramente è scritto bene, in stile con lepoca e con lautore originale, ma mi ha deluso moltissimo.
Troppo breve, troppo superficiale, per niente coinvolgente.
Il finale non lo svelo, ma chi conosce il Dracula lo conosce già, anche perchè qui la storia finisce prima, perchè ovviamente Holmes non va in Transilvania.
Per me è bocciato, e di sicuro non leggerò @Lo strano caso del Dottor Jeckyll e di Mr [email protected] dello stesso autore.
Non voglio farmi rovinare anche Stevenson.


مشاهده لینک اصلی
Whitby Harbor, England. October 1890

In the middle of a sudden and fierce storm, the Russian schooner Demeter runs aground in Whitby Harbor, England. Immediately after, witnesses state that a large black dog had leapt from the boat and run off into the darkness. The Demeters dead captain was found with his wrists bound at the wheel beside a set of rosary beads. Two small puncture wounds, nearly an inch apart, were found on his neck.

Such were the facts presented to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson by a local reporter. Intrigued, the pair set off from London to Whitby where they find themselves confronted by the ghostly form of Lucy Westenra, now a vampire, adbucting children and draining them of blood. Holmes and Watson attempt to trap her late one night but she escapes back to her crypt--only to be killed by a stake driven through the heart. The trap had been set by four men including Professor Abraham Van Helsing,

After an exchange of information with Holmes, Van Helsing warns the famous detective to keep out of his way and do not interfere with his pursuit of Dracula. For it was the Count himself that had fled the Demeter in the form of a wolf.

While Watson is blatantly dismissive of such ludicrous claims, Holmes is suprisingly receptive. The detective even goes so far as to buy a book on vampires, to the good doctors chagrin. A series of confrontations with Dracula follows, including one resulting from his abduction of Watsons wife.

Loren Estleman does an admirable job presenting the tale in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As with all Sherlock Holmes stories, they are told from first person perspective of Dr. Watson. This time, Watson @[email protected] an introdcution in which he claims that Bram Stoker completely ignored the facts of the case when he deliberately failed to mention Holmes or Watson in his novel.

There are one or two weak chapters in the middle but they provide the service of leading up to a suspenseful climax aboard an American ship, the Baltimore. Van Helsing and the other characters from Bram Stokers Dracula made cameo appearances for the sole sake of explaining much of Draculas history and to warn off Holmes. I had hoped for teamwork between Van Helsing and Holmes and was disappointed when the vampire hunter never returned to the story.

All told, however, it was a quick and enjoyable adventure but one that had potential to be much more.



مشاهده لینک اصلی
** spoiler alert ** Stuff I Read – Dracula Versus Sherlock Holmes

So this does exist. I picked it up somewhere for the title alone, for the hilarity of it, the novelty of a story that sees Dracula and Holmes together. I myself would never have thought of such a pairing, I admit that historically both are set during the same times, and as such the author does a fairly good job of crossing these two literary sources.

And I say author despite the claims by the author, who I can only assume meant to mimic the style of Stoker’s Dracula by revealing how the story was “found” and not written by him at all. This attempt to add credulity to the story, while a nice borrowing of style, ended up being the first obstacle to getting into the story itself, because I knew it was fiction and was kind of put off by the obvious deception. It was written in the 1970’s, for God’s sake. This accounting of how the story was found relies on a historical Holmes, a premise that I cannot accept given my Twenty-first Century sensibilities.

Once one moves on and accepts the work as an imitation, an homage, then it falls in rather nicely as a narrative about Dracula encountering Holmes and Watson, and does not attempt to alter Stoker’s story save in two instances of characters meeting. Other than that this new work takes place between the pages of Dracula, and shows how Holmes and Watson could have figured into the drama. This is almost entirely a Sherlock Holmes story, after all, being presented as another account by Watson, and how they interact with the Vampire Lord.

And as such it is fairly entertaining, and stays faithful to both sources it seeks to imitate. Only off is the character of Dracula himself, who came off much more as the movie villain, the completely diabolical foreigner that more modern adapters have shown him as. He is not a seducer here but a thug, a brute; not so much a moral or sexual threat as a merely physical one. In Dracula the vampire is sensual, not just to females but to males as well and that is completely dropped in favor of an action story.

Which is fine, but only as a pleasure read. There is nothing deeper here. It was fun while it lasted but stirred nothing further than a thought that the author really found it cool that Holmes could be pitted against Dracula. Not that he was wrong, but it only manages a 6.5/10.


مشاهده لینک اصلی
Loren D. Estleman in his book, “Sherlock Holmes Vs. Dracula” a Book in the The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series published by Titan Books brings us the previously untold adventures of Sherlock Holmes versus the original Dracula.

From the Back Cover: Holmes among the undead

After a mysterious schooner runs aground in an English harbor with no human passengers — only the dead captain, drained of blood — a series of bizarre nocturnal crimes takes place in London. It can only be the work of Count Dracula, and only one man can save the city: the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker wrote about the same time when they created their immortal characters: Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. Loren D. Estleman, clearly, is a fan of both these men and he came up with the brilliant idea of having these two characters clash in England. Holmes is the only man who can save the Empire as the cast from both books join forces in a terrific adventure. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes you will certainly enjoy this adventure. Mr. Estleman does a superb job of writing in the voice of Dr. Watson as he narrates this story. Mr. Estleman has given us a clever joining of the two literary creations and has done both of them a real service while giving us a real treat.

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