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tag | The Enola Holmes Book Tag

I have watched the beautiful movie Enola Holmes on Netflix a little while ago and recommended it to everyone. It’s simple enough to day-watch, complex enough to keep you watching and is generally filled with good mood and interesting plot. So here’s my thanks to @bellerosereads for making a tag out of it!

Rules

  1. List the rules and the prompts of the tag in your post
  2. Thank the person who tagged you and pingback to their post
  3. Give credits to the creator of the tag, Bellerose Reads, and pingback to her post.
  4. Tag at least 5 people to do the tag.

Prompts

1. Enola Holmes – An independent and smart female protagonist

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While there’s many, I think I have to choose the first one that truly stuck out to me. The seemingly “dumb blonde waitress”, but in truth, an independent and smart woman who took no shit. Sookie Stackhouse from Charlaine Harris “True Blood series.

2. Sherlock Holmes – You’re favorite mystery/thriller book

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Hands down must be Roger Hobbs “Ghostman duology. It is told from the point view of a criminal and hooked me almost instantly. Sadly author died of an overdose and so we’ll never get any more of this greatness.

3. Eudoria Holmes – A character that defies the rules of their society

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Lucien Vaudrey fromA Charm of Magpies by my beloved K.J. Charles. Returned from Shanghai where he spent his teen years and then some, Lucien finds it a bit hard to deal with English stuck-up-ness.
(painting credit: myself)

4. Mycroft Holmes – The most annoying character you know

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There’s so many, I can’t even. The most recent ones I can name was the protagonist from Indebted” by J.L. Beck and Marcus from “How to Vex A Vampire” by Alice Winters.

5. Lord Tewksbury – A character you want to protect at all costs

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Rhy from Shades of Magic” by V.E. Schwab. These books reminded me how wonderful reading can be. And Rhy made me realize that not all characters in this genre must be the same. Some can absolutely think like adults and act with their brains, not just emotions.
(painting credit: myself)

6. Inspector Lestrade – A loyal side character

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Buttercup. Dandelion. Jaskier. Whatever name you know him by, the bard was by Geralt’s side when it mattered through whatever Witcher saga story by A. Sapkowski you’d pick up. I liked him in books, I enjoyed him in games, and I loved him in the series.

7. Miss Harrison – A book that aged like milk

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William Gibson’s “Blue Ant trilogy. And probably many more books. Many classics, in fact, aged and soured and are now nasty to look upon.

8. Linthorn – A book or character you hated from the very beginning

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Many of these too. But the one I can recall the best due to constant reminders left and right (often by poor judgement of first-book-only reads) would be Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas.

9. Edith – Your favorite book with Black rep

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This instant it would be A Song of Wraiths and Ruin” by Roseanne A. Brown. Amazing fantasy peace inspired by West Africa folklore. I can’t recommend it enough.

copy/paste:

1. Enola Holmes – An independent and smart female protagonist
2. Sherlock Holmes – You’re favorite mystery/thriller book
3. Eudoria Holmes – A character that defies the rules of their society
4. Mycroft Holmes – The most annoying character you know
5. Lord Tewksbury – A character you want to protect at all costs
6. Inspector Lestrade – A loyal side character
7. Miss Harrison – A book that aged like milk
8. Linthorn – A book or character you hated from the very beginning
9. Edith – Your favorite book with Black rep

If you read this far – YOU’RE TAGGED!

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book review | Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula by Christian Klaver | 1

christian klaver sherlock holmes count dracula book reviewAuthor: Christian Klaver
Title: Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula
Series: The Supernatural Case Files of Sherlock Holmes 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy; Mystery
Pages: 61
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula: The Adventure of the Solitary Grave” by Christian Klaver isn’t the first Sherlock meets Dracula book that I’ve read, but it’s definitely among the better ones.

About the Book: Someone has taken Mina and Count Dracula is prepared to tear London apart to get her back. Luckily, his first step was to visit the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Apparently the count and the detective have common enemies…

My Opinion: It’s a messy book. Tracks are easy to lose, others are purposefully hidden in not the best kind of way. But as I said many times before, a well written character can save it all. Dracula is strange and interesting, Mina – even more so. Sherlock and Watson are more or less fitting the appropriate characters from my point of view.

It’s short enough to take the risk. A wobbly 4 out of 5.

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Categories: 4-5, Books: Dracula, Books: Everything, Books: Fantasy, Books: Horror, Books: Other Fiction, Detective Books, Mystery Books, Nosferatu Books, urban fantasy, vampires | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Stephen Seitz – Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula

+sherlockholmesYes, it seems I’m pretty good with October spooky reads, but it’s an accident, mostly. “Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula” by Stephen Seitz (ISBN 1780921705; 204p.; Goodreads), as you might guess from that one word in the title, is not an accident tho. Sadly, it wasn’t really any good, so I can’t give myself any credit for this choice…

When Jonathan Harker disappears in Romania, with only a couple of cryptic letters to account for his final days, miss Mina Murray comes to Sherlock Holmes for help. Believing the worst, Sherlock and John Watson leave for Transylvania, in search of this suspicious count Dracula, and likely – Harker’s body. What they find instead is far more disturbing. A village bound in terror and superstitions, children disappearing, and no other than three vampire brides of Dracula roaming the castle. Is it all smoke, mirrors, and drugs, or can this possibly be real?

Soon after their return to England, mostly empty-handed, friends find out that the mysterious count and his crates of dirt are here too. Not only is count working with the criminal mastermind, he seems to be well able to put others under his vampiric spell too. As we know from Bram Stoker’s account, Dracula took the life of miss Lucy. What we didn’t know is that he was preying on Watson’s wife Mary also!

This book has a lot of nothing. Dracula appears, threatens, and disappears after Sherlock swears to get off his back. Watson spends his time at work, mourning his friends, and pondering vampirism, with nothing happening around. Plague of vampires, terror of Dracula? Nope, none of that. 2 out 5, I can’t give it more.

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Anthony Horowitz – Moriarty [2]

moriartyI am very happy I didn’t buy “Moriarty” by Anthony Horowitz (Sherlock Holmes 2; ISBN 00623717183; 285p.; Goodreads), but rather chose to borrow it first. The book was dull to say the least. And in shorts, it’s about a deluded fan of Sherlock Holmes who got used due to being deluded.

After the death of Crime Napoleon, professor Moriarty, there’s a vacancy to take that spot, and all the ruthless, best of the best in this black cream, are up to try their luck. And when one unlikely fella finally fills in the spot, and starts expanding – our fan of Sherlock Holmes decides it is time to investigate it all. Full with a friend at his side who can narrate us the greatness of his deduction skills, he’s out there, questioning the criminals, having dinners, and taking up leads for, well, whatever the hell it was he tried to solve before an actual bombing happened to warn him off this investigation.

When there’s no Moriarty in a book titled “Moriarty” – you end up suspecting things, much like you would if you saw a famous actor in a minor role at the start of the movie with an undercover superhero, or a serial killer. This is the case, suspect everyone, because that might just help you get through this book!

I really can’t figure so what this book was about. It was fully summarized in the final chapter, when we finally found the most important, but too late, thing in the book, so I can’t even tell you that, in case you actually want to read this. There’s really a lot of nothing here, accompanied by poorly written characters, and mediocre detective story that didn’t have a core (no, really, this all was done for a very small reason, and it made no sense to make it so grandiose). I can only give it 2 out of 5, and I apologize to the author, I’m sure they are talented and wonderful, but these books, his books, are not for me.

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Anthony Horowitz – The House of Silk [1]

11093329I’m not the biggest Sherlock fan, but I’m still a fan. And everywhere I turned in Lithuania, I kept seeing other book by Anthony Horowitz, second book to “The House of Silk” (Sherlock Holmes 1; ISBN 0316196991; 294p.; Goodreads), so I had to start from the start, before moving on to Moriarty. And I must say, I’m not very impressed…

Book is narrated by our one and only, John Watson. On his own request it is published after his death due to sensitive, and gruesome case that it is. And it all started like such an ordinary case. A man came to their, his and Sherlock’s, place, claiming a gang leader has followed him all the way from America, and will kill him to avenge his dead twin brother. But from the moment Sherlock started investigating the man’s family, everything started going down hill, fast.

Their mother died suffocated in her own room. His sister is getting weaker by the day, as if poisoned, even thou all her food is being tasted. And while the man himself keeps seeing his to-be murderer, here he is, alive, and well. What concerns Sherlock more, thus, is that one of his boys, a kid he hired off the street to help, has disappeared after, apparently, seeing the gang leader’s face. Later kid was found tortured to death, with a white silk ribbon tied around his wrist. What could possibly evoke such brutality? Was it truly the mere fact that the kid saw a face?

The book is fairly interesting, but much too simple. Author tried to make it up with shock-effect, but any reader will agree with me – that doesn’t help mediocre books. Even as a detective it was pretty weak. But. It was easy to read, and had the perfect Sherlock-y tone to it, so I can give it 3 out of 5 easily. It’s worth the while, even if it’s not the best detective novel you will ever encounter.

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Neil Gaiman – Trigger Warning

22522808  Short story collections are the most difficult when it comes to making a review. Even if you don’t like it whole, it’s just somehow tough to explain what was it. But “Trigger Warning” by Neil Gaiman (ISBN 0062330268; 310p.; Goodreads) wasn’t bad at all, and therefor got even harder when it came to me writing down the thoughts of so why did I like it.

Stories are very varied and I do believe everyone would find at least one they’d like among them. Simple ones, complex ones, disturbing ones, scary, fantastic, etc. One has Dr Who as main character, another – Mr Sherlock Holmes himself. That one is among the two favorites of mine. Sherlock is an old man, the beekeeper Mr Holmes. He travels out to far Asia in search of strong enough bees to withstand an ancient experiment… And the other one was The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury. Now this one hits home, for I felt like author described my very brain in it, with a hole in a shelf where a dictionary used to be, and another hole for a word that went missing, with only descriptions left of what that thing was.

All in all, I really did love this book, this collection. The fantasy stories were the best, in my opinion, so I’ll look into whether Neil Gaiman has more of that Tolkien-vibe filled works in his repertuare. The collection gets a firm 4 out of 5 from me. It missed just a little tiny something to be loved completely. Still, very recommendable.

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