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Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,638 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Imagine the twisted evil twins of Holmes and Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Prof. James Moriarty - wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian 'Basher' Moran - violent,politically incorrect, debauched.Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. Unravelling mysteries -- all for their own gain.

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Paperback, 476 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Titan Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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David
Dec 25, 2013 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Baker Street Irregulars, your sons to exile, that bitch

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
You really are a heel.
You're as cuddly as a cactus,
You're as charming as an eel,
Mr. Grinch.


I discovered Sherlock Holmes at about age 12, when I read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's entire collected Holmes stories. Brilliant gems of Victorian literature, and fortunately for Hollywood and Kim Newman, now long in the public domain, Sherlock Holmes occupies a place in modern Western mythology not far below Santa Claus, and probably above Uncle Sam and Ronald McDonald.

There hav...more
Kristen
I thought this sounded quite interesting - an opportunity for a Sherlock Holmes fan to find out more about the nefarious Professor Moriarty. I had high hopes for the book, but found it very disappointing.

First off the book is written - in style similar to the Holmes stories - by Moriarty's version of Watson. Colonel Sebastien "Basher" Moran is a former soldier turned hired assassin, who's become Moriarty's second in command in the Professor's criminal corporation. Moran is a singularly rude, vio...more
James
I'd put off reading this one for a while, faced with the obvious fact that no book could ever live up to a title like Hound of the D'Urbervilles, but of course I am now filled with chagrin for underestimating Newman's literary skill. The underlying concept (what if Professor Moriarty had had his own Watson, a rough second back from the wars and given sometimes to scribbling accounts of his boss's similar and often-in-fact-analogous clever exploits) never descends into any rote formula. Newman's...more
Walt O'Hara
Initial response: So far, pretty darned funny. Like a Holmes and Watson through the looking glass, with a sprinkling of Flashman for fun!

Final Review:

Professor Moriarity: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles is a collection of short stories by Kim Newman, the author of the Anno Dracula novels. The collection features a series of tales recounting the memoirs of Colonel Sebastian Moran, being written or dictated in some remote spot, long after retiring. The seven stories and introductory material recou...more
Vaughn Entwistle
More than just a spoof of Sherlock Holmes stories. in in this inverted tale told from the criminal point of view, Professor Moriarty is the hero with the "thin man" Sherlock Holmes more nuisance than Nemesis of the Napoleon of crime. Colonel Moran, the crackshot criminal who brought back Sherlock Holmes from the presumed dead in the in "The Adventure of the Empty House" plays a meaner, deadlier Watson to Moriart's "consulting criminal." Author Kim Newton's novel is a hilarious mash up of victori...more
Natalie
There are books that you just EXPECT to love. For me this is one of those. The narrative itself mirrors the basic line of the infamous Watson/Holmes stories.. but with a intriguingly different slant. Instead of the familiar John Watson - a wounded soldier presenting us with stories of his adventures with Sherlock Holmes - we have Colonel Sebastian 'Basher' Moran - a wounded soldier presenting us with stories of his adventures with Professor James Moriarty. And, honestly, it's an angle I just cou...more
Daniel Cann
This new and completely original Holmes Universe novel, from acclaimed author Kim Newman, shows once again his flair and talent for mixing characters from fiction and placing them together in thrilling and unexpected adventures together.

After reading this, I could not believe that there have not been other Moriarty and Moran adventures. John Gardner, perhaps more famous for writing the James Bond continuation novels in the 1980s and 90s, wrote three Moriarty novels, but no one has actually writt...more
Els
My overall impression with Newman's novel is mostly "meh" but also a lot of eye-rolling. I found that I was initially excited for Moran's viewpoint and then everything sort of fell flat. From the forced slang, to the descriptions of, "Look how bad I am, I'm so bad I drown puppies," to the weird reptilian thing Moriarty had going on.

Oscillation is not a word you use or read that often but the number of times I read that word in reference to Moriarty probably filled my quota of how many times I n...more
Margaret
“The Hound of the d’Urbervilles” is a wonderful novel by Kim Newman set (more or less) in Conan Doyle’s world of Holmes and Watson, but follows the exploits of Professor James Moriarty, as seen through the eyes of his Number 2 – Colonel Sebastian ‘Basher’ Moran.

The book is several novellas linked together to make a novel. I originally came across two of the stories in Charles Prepolic’s “Gaslight” anthologies and fell in love with Kim’s Sebastian Moran. An utter rogue who would make a good runni...more
Elizabeth
If you love Holmes, you really must get Newman's latest. Colonel "Tiger" Moran, aka "Basher" Moran to the ladies, tells his side of the Moriarty story. As always, Newman is extremely erudite (the footnotes alone are worth the price of the book) and, compared to Professor Moriarty' evil ways, Moran is patriot and a saint. Hound of the D'urbervilles bears more than a passing relationship to the Flashman novels (in at least one of which, Flashman and the Tiger, Moran makes an appearance). So be war...more
Bee
For me, it was hard to get into. Once you get into it more, Basher Moran does become a good way in to the story, but overall, I felt the stories dragged on and there wasn’t much of a reward for getting to the end of each story. Certain stories were boring and definitely made me lose interest (to the point where I wanted to stop reading) but I must admit, I really liked the Hound of the D’Ubervilles story and the Problem of the Final Adventure. So it was a bit of a mixed bag in my opinion, though...more
Kate
I picked up this book on the advice of a friend. That's always something of a dicey bargain; a common amity is no guarantee of common taste, and then you're left carefully avoiding the subject with a cough and an intent look out the window.

This time, that bet that paid off. Newman maintains an over-the-top, humorous sensibility that lends an engaging voice to an otherwise familiar cast of characters. There are few mustache-twirling villains less sympathetic than the Moriarty/Moran duo, but their...more
Anna  Matsuyama
Extremely disappointing. Characters are bland, stories meh and I didn't like the tone of the book.
After I noticed how similar Dr Temple and Moran's voices are I shouldn't have accepted it to be enjoyable read.
Victor Bruneski
It's amazing how some characters really catch on with the public, spawning fans, fan fiction and the like, when in the original work they play only a minor role. Boba Fett is a prime example of this.

I would have to lump Professor Moriarty into this group. Moriarty is the arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, the sleuth gone bad. When you see work done about Sherlock now, it is only a matter of time until the Professor makes an appearance. But he only appears in the original stories a couple of times,...more
Wolf
You don't need to be a fan of Sherlock Holmes to know of Professor Moriaty, the original arch-villain, the Napoleon of Crime. Of course, he has always had to play second fiddle to the Great Detective. `Professor Moriaty: The Hound of the d'Urbervilles' sets out to give us his story - Moriaty's adventures beyond the Reichenbach Falls. Newman gives us a witty, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable inversion of the Holmes cannon.

Although a novel, the book appears to be collection of short stories,...more
Lady Entropy
Acabei de ler o "Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'ubbervilles" de Kim Newman.

E tenho que afirmar que a minha adoração pelo cavalheiro em nada diminuiu, ainda que este livro não fosse fantasia urbana. Desta feita, leva-nos ao mundo do Sherlock Holmes, visto por um espelho reverso - aqui são contadas as aventuras do némesis do Holmes, o Professor Moriarty - pela pena do seu segundo, Sebastian "Basher" Moran, um reflexo negro do fiel Watson.

Imitando os mais famosos livros do Detective, são 7...more
Cathy
Did you ever imagined the story of Professor. James Moriarty, Holmes arch nemesis? So now you can do more than imagine. You can read abou the stories this first class criminal intelligence. But...who is going to tell this story? Holmes had Watson to write everything and to make him memorable. Professor Moriarty's sidekick is Colonel Sebastian 'Basher' Moran. This man with no morals whatsoever and that disregards every human being, is a twisted humorous and ironic narrator. I couldn't stop laughi...more
Stuart Douglas
George MacDonald Fraser's "Flashman" series casts the longest of shadows over Kim Newman's new novel, "The Hound of the D'Urbevilles". It could hardly be otherwise, as Newman takes a secondary character from one of the great fictional achievements of the 19th century (and, incidentally, a character who appeared in two Flashman novels), and then drops him into the 'real' world. Other attempts to do a Flashman have foundered before, with even the very best ("Space Captain Smith", say) weakih imper...more
Natalia Jagielska
This is as close as you can get to a good book written about Professor Jimmy Bleedin' Moriarty.

With not much reference material, the author uses not only canon to create this villainous persona- books, TV and movies, plus spice of imagination and sheer originality had contribution to this piece, if you like any novel or work regarding the sleuth, this book will suit you (I recommend trying to fish out the hidden references)!
The story is like cracked mirror of Sherlock Holmes, everything is...more
Davidg
A good fun read.

Having first read Sherlock Holmes at the age of 10 or so, he has been around most of my life and I know the stories backwards. Although Morarty is a minor character in Conan Doyle's stories, only appearing in a couple, he is seen as the criminal opposite to the great detective. And so we have the world from his point of view. Newman provides a twist by making Moran the Watson to Moriarty's Holmes. Then he adds to the fun by bringing in other fictional characters from the period a...more
Wintermute ~glows in the dark~
It's good to be bad: Kim Newman introduces us to the evil twins of Holmes and Watson, Sebastian „Basher“ Moran and the notorious Prof. James Moriarty. Moran takes on Watsons part as narrator of some hilarious adventures, reaching from clever heists to steampunky-ish spook-stories and the classic victorian „ghost“ story.
A warning beforehand: If you're expecting something like Conan Doyle here, beware: It's not. It's twisted. Morans and Moriartys stories parallel Holmes and Watsons adventures, so...more
Kristin
Writing: 4
Story: 3
Satisfaction: 3

This book was really entertaining and Newman clearly did her research well but from the premise and the amount of thought that obviously went into this book, I just wanted MORE from it.

The stories are framed as Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories are. There are six short episodes written by a "Colonel Moran," who plays the Watson to Moriarty's Sherlock in this version of the story. There's a short pre-story on how the manuscript came to life and the fiction au...more
Lillian Carl
I stumbled over this book in the library. The premise is both amusing and intriguing---
instead of Watson writing about Holmes's cases we have Sebastian Moran writing about
Moriarty's---well, crimes. What I enjoyed most about the linked short stories that make
up the book were the very clever plays on the original Holmes stories, such as the
mingling of Hound of the Baskervilles and Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles in the
title story.

Moran's voice is strong and brisk and often very amusing...more
bkwurm
The concept was promising and the book was entertaining enough but it read like a Sherlock-Watson story only with Moriarty solving the mystery/problem while a baffled Moran looked on. I would have much preferred stories about the actual crimes that Moriarty planned and carried out and those stories where this was featured, espcially the ones involving other lords of crime, were, in my opinion, the best.

I did, however, like the explanation offered for why Moriarty's brother inexplicably had the s...more
Ananda
Fun Flashman style take on the Big Bads of the Sherlock Holmes universe (and a few others, apparently; there's a whiff of Lovecraft, some Extraordinary Gentlemen, and even the Phantom of the Opera). I enjoyed it.
Travis
Typically enjoyable romp through Vicotoriana - both literary and historical - by Newman. Owes a serious tip of the hat to the Flashman novels, but that just makes it even more fun.
Katy
Definitely weird. Moriarty and Colonel Sebastian "Basher" Moran are described as the 'twisted evil twins' of Holmes and Watson. This is a book about their crime ring, complete with more references to books set in the C19th than I can even name, told in the format of Basher's memoirs, discovered in a bank vault when the bank manager is arrested in 2008 for being a crook, and calls in a historian from their cell to edit and publish the material under threat of pet-maiming. Honestly, there is no wa...more
Brianna
I loved this book before I'd even read it, just because of how beautifully it extends the canon of the Holmes universe. However, while I really did enjoy reading it, it was almost as if I enjoyed reading simply because of the information I knew it would give me. There were times when I got lost in it, but it was a bit hard to get through, and it went a bit slow (probably due to its size, though; I have a hard time estimating correctly how long something will take to get through.) Sometimes I wou...more
R Moriarty
This book was very enjoyable, much more so that I could finish it without being chased out of my car by a bunch of bratty church children. I mention this because certain books contain certain memories, a good deal of them pleasant...minus this one. But I finally picked it back up and read it from start to finish. Though the last two stories of the Greek Invertebrate (I think thats the title) and the Problem of the Final Adventure were a bit confusing, all of it was delightfully funny, owing to S...more
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Note: This author also writes under the pseudonym of Jack Yeovil.
An expert on horror and sci-fi cinema (his books of film criticism include Nightmare Movies and Millennium Movies), Kim Newman's novels draw promiscuously on the tropes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. He is complexly and irreverently referential; the Dracula sequence--Anno Dracula, The Bloody Red Baron and Dracula,Cha Cha Cha--not onl...more
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