Very Good: A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. The nemesis is a cartoon cliche. The tongue in cheek tone of pastiche conventions is utilised to make quiet subversive commentaries on heroic archetypes and the historical bigotries of the source material. Only saving grace on 127 pages of tripe to muddle through. Farmer is perhaps best known for his Riverworld books, a series whose plot has everyone who has ever lived being reborn together along the banks of a great river that stretches out across a whole world. A night sky aerial engagement with the deadly Fokker nearly claims three brilliant lives.
The author floors it and never lets up. I have a feeling that Holmes and Watson met Lord Greystoke a few more times between the First and Second World Wars. So there you have it: a rollickin' good adventure that doesn't take very long to read, and a great essay to follow it up? Although Holmes is clearly older and in a weaker physical condition than that which Arthur Conan Doyle established from him, it is still surprising that he spent so much of The Peerless Peer with his head in a bucket or down a toilet. There is no complex mystery at the heart of the story for one thing. And of course it is all these things. In this novelette, set during the First World War, an elderly Holmes and Watson set off for Africa in pursuit of the German spy, Von Bork who carries the secret of a particularly nasty, though ridiculously unbelievable, biological weapon. Farmer's Holmes seems a bit more of a bungler than I'm used to but the great detective is in his late sixties and not used to the new technology of World War I, especially airplanes.
Watson, join forces with the Lord of the Jungle in an adventure set during the First World War. On arrival they encounter the semi- savage Lord Greystoke who is pursuing any Germans he can find in revenge for the murder of his wife. Overall, it's pleasant fluff that should amuse the fans of both Sherlock Holmes and Tarzan. Just send us an and we'll put the best up on the site. Its hundred or so pages are artificially lengthened by lots of white pages in between the chapters.
Holmes and Watson take to the skies in the quest of the nefarious Von Bork and his weapon of dread. Yet The Adventure of the Peerless Peer is a clever and entertaining parody of the Holmes stories that has Holmes and Watson allying with the king of the jungle. The passengers included several married couples, with some of the women already being pregnant at the time. Holmes and Watson take to the skies in the quest of the nefarious Von Bork and his weapon of dread. There were loads of footnotes, for example.
As compared to most of Titans' reissues it's more novella than novel. Die-hard fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and Burroughs' Tarzan adventures might not like some of the liberties Farmer takes with the iconic characters but I found the book to be an enjoyable romp that proved to be both a good story and a gentle satire. . As all involved are long dead, the inheritor has agreed to the publication of a set of eight of the most interesting adventures. Overall, The Star of India is a perfectly sound and readable Holmes pastiche. When I found out that The Adventure of the Peerless Peer was being released by Titan Books it cemented my love for that publisher. The first of these is a hugely informative afterword by leading Wold Newton expert, Win Scott Eckert.
I'm sure that writing more like stories would have him hone his mystery skills. There were around one half of total pages left when the story ended. While on a mission for the crown, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Overall, it's pleasant fluff that should amuse the fans of both Sherlock Holmes and Tarzan. Farmer has also created an unusual interpretation of his central characters. Farmer was able to tie most of these different elements together in an enjoyable and readable book.
Powers' great essay reconciling the two stories. He is noted for his use of sexual and religious themes in his work, his fascination for and reworking of the lore of legendary pulp heroes, and occasional tongue-in-cheek pseudonymous works written as if by fictional characters. There are no long drawn-out descriptive passages except, curiously, when Watson is describing the aircraft they are riding in. True, Farmer can't write in echt Victorian English, but successfully explains why the duo sound more modern, up-to-date, slangy, and American. I'm sure I was supposed to laugh at Holmes' own cutting remarks spoken against Watson well, the detective is missing his shag but I didn't. He kind of lets that slip a bit once they reach Africa and encounter Tarzan. Though these two books are something of a mixed bag, the Titan series overall is a great attempt at resurrecting Holmes pastiches, and overall, gets a thumbs up from me.
Still, an enjoyable piece of frivolity with which to pass some time. This is part of the Word Newton series, a sort of mash-up cum homage in which Farmer posits a connection between literery figures as diverse as Mr Darcy and Batman. This beautifully produced paperback series offers an excellent introduction to classic Holmes pastiches, such as Edward B Hanna's The Whitechapel Horrors, David Stuart Davies' The Scroll Of The Dead and The Veiled Detective, or Richard L Boyer's The Giant Rat Of Sumatra. In 2001 he was awarded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America grand master prize and a World Fantasy lifetime achievement award. Due to the families becoming interconnected, they are referred to as one family, the Wold Newton Family.