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Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  2,507 Ratings  ·  216 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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Rolls Eyes What a good question: To me, Moriarty's infamy is only bolstered because of the way that Holmes cautiously admired and respected him in the ACD…moreWhat a good question: To me, Moriarty's infamy is only bolstered because of the way that Holmes cautiously admired and respected him in the ACD novels, however brief the references or appearances by the arch criminal throughout the series of adventures. But I don't believe him to be any more than a facet of Holme's character, a thread in his fabric, a face in his mirror.

Moriarty is never as fleshed out in the books as you wish him to be -- that's where the films come in (be them Rathbone, Downey Jnr et al). I suspect that a lot of his status is from the film side of his 'life', rather than the written one.

I think he's always made a more substantial / evil genius film villain than a literary one. (less)

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Oct 12, 2016 David rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 12, 2014 Kristen rated it did not like it
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
Dec 25, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 30, 2013 Margaret rated it it was amazing
“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
Dec 25, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Walt O'Hara
Dec 25, 2013 Walt O'Hara rated it really liked it
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
Vaughn Entwistle
Dec 26, 2013 Vaughn Entwistle rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 07, 2015 Els rated it it was ok
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
Dec 25, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Bee rated it it was ok
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
Anna Kļaviņa
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.
May 19, 2015 Quirkyreader rated it it was amazing
This story is a very imaginative story from the what if genere. Read my complete review on my book blog:
This is a collection of short stories that provide a twisted, distorted, and villainous parallel to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Sebastian Moran, who is gloating, lewd, and everything John Watson is not, narrates his adventures with Professor Moriarty, as they commit crimes and make trouble. The stories often overlaps and/or heavily reference the Holmes canon, as well as other famous works of fiction. Although Moran’s writing lacks the finesse that Watson’s has, it seems very appropriate and ...more
Oct 11, 2011 Wolf rated it it was amazing
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,
Victor Bruneski
Oct 01, 2014 Victor Bruneski rated it really liked it
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,
Lady Entropy
Jan 19, 2012 Lady Entropy rated it it was amazing
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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
Jun 08, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2013 Devon rated it it was amazing
I finished reading this book after months of going at it (because I was lazy, not because it wasn't interesting. It was lovely!)

Some of the complaints I've seen on here include that this book has too many references and too many Victorian characters that make it hard to grasp for those not familiar. Know what I say to that--wah! Do you know how exciting it is to see characters that you know and love interacting and perhaps interfering with Messrs M & M? Especially some characters that are no
May 28, 2016 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An alternative to the Sherlock Holmes stores from the point of view of Moriarty. I was a little disappointed in that Mr Holmes is hardly mentioned and then not as a serious rival but more of a bumbling pawn in Moriarty's final story.

The book is written as a memoir from the point of view of Colonel 'Basher' Moran, Moriarty's equivalent of Dr Watson. As you would expect he's not a very nice person and along with the emotionless Moriarty this is not a book for those who enjoy engaging characters. H
R Moriarty
Aug 12, 2016 R Moriarty rated it liked it
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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 ...more
Jan 10, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
Very clever and entertaining, especially for those familiar with the original Sherlock Holmes stories. The language, however, was a bit disconcerting: Moran talks more like a 21st century rapper than a 19th century villain. There were also several typos in this book, which threw off the flow of the story. Overall, very amusing and a great summer read.
Aug 13, 2016 Stancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C'était chouette, j'ai bien aimé. L'histoire est intéressante, les personnages sont bien travaillés.
Seul bémol, parfois c'est dur de tout comprendre et de tout suivre tellement il y a d'histoires et de personnages.
Si vous aimez les histoires de criminels, les crimes parfaits chez les dandys ce livre est pour vous !
Jun 30, 2012 Ananda rated it really liked it
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.
May 04, 2012 Travis rated it really liked it
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.
Lauren Sidwell
Jan 18, 2015 Lauren Sidwell rated it it was amazing
Mark Frampton
Nov 13, 2016 Mark Frampton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clever mirror of the Holmes and Watson stories, with Moriarty and Moran being the main characters, as we follow their various nefarious adventures. A lot of humour, and fun spotting the different cameos from other Victorian pieces of literature dotted throughout the stories. Good fun.
Nov 06, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok
Just too many things, can't quite put it at a 3, though well written!
May 22, 2016 Bruce rated it really liked it
This was an odd one. Being a fan of Kim Newman's Anno Dracula series, I more or less knew what to expect here. The premise of following Moriarty's exploits from the perspective of his number two man Colonel Moran is pretty killer as is, even without Newman's signature literary crossovers. The characterizations of those two alone carry the entire book very well, with Moran making for a gleefully obscene and politically incorrect narrator who never fails to be entertaining or darkly funny, and Mor ...more
Drunkenness Books
Jul 22, 2016 Drunkenness Books rated it really liked it
En achetant ce livre, je plaçais la barre assez haut. J'ai beaucoup apprécié Anno Dracula et Le Baron Rouge Sang du même auteur. J'espérais donc être conquise par ce nouveau roman, Moriarty.

L'idée est originale : raconter les exploits de Moriarty, professeur, génie du crime et accessoirement ennemi juré du brillant Sherlock Holmes. Mais attention, on ne s'y prend pas n'importe comment pour raconter les péripéties d'un homme comme Moriarty. Si c'est le Docteur Watson qui relate les aventures du c
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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
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“Moriarty smiled his adder’s smile.

And I relaxed. I knew. My destiny and his wound together. It was a sensation I’d never got before upon meeting a man. When I’d had it from women, the upshot ranged from disappointment to attempted murder. Understand me, Professor James Moriarty was a hateful man, the most hateful, hateable, creature I have ever known, not excluding Sir Augustus and Kali’s Kitten and the Abominable Bloody Snow-Bastard and the Reverend Henry James Prince. He was something man-shaped that had crawled out from under a rock and moved into the manor house. But, at that moment, I was his, and I remain his forever. If I am remembered, it will be because I knew him. From that day on, he was my father, my commanding officer, my heathen idol, my fortune and terror and rapture.”
“Dullards would have you believe that once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth... but to a mathematical mind, the impossible is simply a theorem yet to be solved. We must not eliminate the impossible, we must conquer it, suborn it to our purpose.” 9 likes
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