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The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club (The Diogenes Club #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  210 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
From the 1860s to the present, these are the accounts of the Diogenes Club, whose agents solve crimes too strange for Britain's police, protecting the realm and this entire plane of existence from occult menaces, threats born in other dimensions, magical perfidy and the Deep Dark Deadly Ones. Kim Newman continues the series began in The Man From the Diogenes Club, revealin ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 17th 2007 by MonkeyBrain
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
3 1/2 overall

A collection of Secret History stories by Kim Newman, the author of one of my favorite vampire novels ever (which is also an historical fiction): Anno Dracula.

This story takes us through the files of the Diogenes Club, the club founded by Sherlock's cleverer brother Mycroft. In the Sherlock Holmes stories, Mycroft is clever, but lazy. In these stories, Mycroft merely wishes to remain out of the public spotlight, since his Club deals with mysteries of a more occult nature - thus, the
Dan O'Hare
May 11, 2009 Dan O'Hare rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, though I didn't think I would. Newman did a good job of pulling me into the world of these characters, spanning nearly a century easily, something I generally don't like. I'm not sure what kind of book this is, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, something in-between, but I would recomend it to anyone looking for something a little off the beaten path.
Apr 28, 2008 Mercurybard rated it really liked it
A short story collection about London's least-known intelligence service. I'm not done with it yet, but so far, we've dealt with faeries and changelings, a merman imprisoned by religious fanatics, Charles Manson, and some nightmares from the Lovecraft mythos. I'm usually not a fan of short stories, but this collection intrigued me.
Mar 20, 2009 Frankie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I picked this book up based on reading another short story by Kim Newman (also about the Diogenes Club). This book follows an interesting set of characters with different (paranormal) powers, and kind of gives the background to the story I had originally read.
Nancy Oakes
Sep 02, 2015 Nancy Oakes added it
Shelves: fantasy
More later.

For now, I read this book yesterday as part of a general mental health day. It is not great literature, but rather the book equivalent of comfort food.
Feb 11, 2012 Morgan rated it it was amazing
I believe there are two ways of successfully writing genre fiction in this day and age, you either write for your world and put blinders on trying to block out anything that has come before, or you openly embrace the history and give the fans exactly what they want. The danger of the second strategy is that an author can come away looking like they are writing fanfic, their self-conscious quality can interfere with good storytelling, or the placating fan service yields a lazy dependence on trope ...more
Riju Ganguly
Jun 24, 2011 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing
This is the time when Kim Newman fans have their time under the sun/moon, as Da Man's new book becomes available, allowing us to read atleast one new story. In this collection we get the opprtunity to read total seven stories, which are:

1. "Gypsies in the Wood", a perfectly creepy novella that re-introduces us to Charles Beauregard and Katherine Reed.
2. "Richard Riddle, Boy Detective", a horror story told in Enid-Blyton's style, complete with ciphers (used in the cover of the book, as well).
Oct 01, 2011 Tarl rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
There is one thing I love about Kim's work, it's that he always adds in little easter eggs into it. Be it references to other works or his own (though in a different timeline, etc), it always is interesting to see the connection. In this series of stories he added a character from the Warhammer series about a vampire, which I thought was too cool.

Anyway, onto the book itself. Much like the book before this, this one collects a rather entertaining series of stories together. I enjoyed them all to
Chris Cangiano
Jul 07, 2015 Chris Cangiano rated it really liked it
Set in an alternative Earth different from our own and from Newman's Anno Dracula world, Newman crates a world where Lovecraftian horrors, egomaniacal super-powered individuals, and invaders from the world of the Fae seek to conquer or destroy the humanity, and only one group stands in the way of this cosmic jiggery-pokery, the Diogenes Club. Once led by the inimitable Mycroft Holmes, the Club, reputed to be filled with the most unclubbable men in all of England, stands ready to fight the good f ...more
Nov 23, 2012 Pól rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough about Newman's stuff, especially the Diogenes Club stories. Wonderful Wold Newton style use of historical and literary characters in some really fun pastiches. Definitely hits me where I live.
James Debruicker
Dec 04, 2010 James Debruicker rated it really liked it
See my other Diogenes Club review. This collection spans a greater period of time, and he has a Dramatis Personae and glossary in the back to make Spot The Reference easier. Still great, though.
Loved this book and the series it falls into from Kim Newman. I will happily buy any book Newman puts out because it always turns out to be worth my time.
Jeremiah Genest
Nov 06, 2007 Jeremiah Genest rated it really liked it
I have a fond spot in my heart for the stories of the Diogenes club, which I think is amongst Newman's best work. This volume, about 2/3rds I'd read ebfore, certainly didn't disappoint.
Mar 13, 2009 Fil rated it liked it
This book only gets better as you get into it though the first story was a tough read to get through.
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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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The Diogenes Club (3 books)
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