The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : War of the Worlds Paperback
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's timeless creation returns in a new series of handsomely designed, long out-of-print detective stories.
From the earliest days of Holmes' career to his astonishing encounters with Martian invaders, the "Further Adventures" series encapsulates the most varied and thrilling cases of the worlds' greatest detective.
Sherlock Holmes, Professor Challenger and Dr. Watson meet their match when the streets of London are left decimated by a prolonged alien attack.
Who could be responsible for such destruction? Sherlock Holmes is about to find out...Manly and Wade Wellman's novel takes H.G.
Well's classic story and throws Holmes into the mix, with surprising and unexpected results.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 23/10/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781848564916
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Review by craso
While investigating the theft of a priceless ring Sherlock Holmes buys a crystal egg in a curios shop. While examining it he discovers a view of an alien landscape. He brings the egg to his associate Professor Challenge who also sees a foreign panorama. A few days later they read in the newspaper that astronomers have noticed gaseous explosions on Mars. The view in the crystal egg has changed to aliens in a cylindrical room. Holmes and Challenger are witnessing an alien invasion. Can these two great minds save England from hostile visitors from another world?This is a retelling of H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” through the eyes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters; Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger. Sherlock spends the invasion quietly observing while Challenger bulls his way through war torn England almost getting abducted by the aliens in the process. Sherlock is the first one to realize that the invaders consider humans to be below them on the evolutionary scale and there for edible. He also discovers that they are not immune to human bacterial disease. Challenger believes they are not from Mars, but used Mars as a jumping off point for invading Earth which contradicts H. G. Wells’ account. In fact John Watson, who takes turns writing the story along with Challenger’s journalist friend Edward Dunn Malone, dislikes Wells and writes him a letter printed at the end of the novel calling him out on his “fabrications.”I read the Professor Challenger stories last year and that helped me to appreciate this novel. It’s funny to have these two characters together because it accentuates their differences. The authors did a very good job writing in the style of Conan Doyle. I have not read “The War of the Worlds”, but I was still able to enjoy this book. I do suggest that you be familiar with one of the plot elements: Sherlock, Challenger or Wells, before reading it.
Review by MikeRhode
I'm a big fan of Manly Wade Wellman, but this pastiche is lifeless. I read it when it came out 30 years ago, and didn't remember it so I tried it again. It's only for a completist.
Review by RobertMosher
A well crafted tale bringing together Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Professor Challenger and some daring Martians (and, oh, yes, Mr. H G Wells) - and Mrs. Hudson keeping hearth and home together. 221B sees some of its strangest callers as the authors recount the involvement of our heroes and Professor Challenger as Earth is invaded by creatures from Mars. Presented in five parts contributed by Dr. Watson, Professor Challenger, and Edward Dunn Malone (a narrative format decision explained well in the authors' notes). Great fun.