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The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Peerless Peer (Wold Newton #3)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  207 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Holmes and Watson take to the skies in the quest of the nefarious Von Bork and his weapon of dread... A night sky aerial engagement with the deadly Fokker nearly claims three brilliant lives... And an historic alliance is formed, whereby Baker Street’s enigmatic mystery-solver and Greystoke, the noble savage, peer of the realm and lord of the jungle, team up to bring down ...more
Kindle Edition, 140 pages
Published 2011 (first published January 1st 1974)
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Holmes & Watson meet Tarzan aka Lord Greystoke.

"Lord Greystoke is living with an ape?" I said. "A female ape, I trust."

"Oh yes." Mycroft said. "There's nothing queer about Greystoke, you know."

I am afraid Philip Jose Farmer couldn't resist hauling out that old joke. 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. Farmer's Holmes seems a bit more of a bungler than I'm used to but
From the beginning of Titan Books' series of reissues of classic Holmes pastiches and crossovers, I'd been wondering if they would manage to secure the rights to finally reprint Farmer's 1974 classic teaming Holmes and Tarzan. Granted, the original story penned by Farmer is relatively slim at 128 pages. As compared to most of Titans' reissues it's more novella than novel. Still, it's good to see the story back in print in a widely-available format that doesn't require fans to scour used bookstor ...more
Andy Blundell
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. 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. On arrival they encounter the semi- savage Lord Greystoke who is pursuing any Germans he can fin ...more
This is a challenging book - not because it is difficult to read or the style impenetrable, nor is it that the subject is too vague or abhorrent - no this book at one point reads like a celebrity whose who - name dropping famous pulp fiction classics from nearly all the stock stories of the era. At one point it is fascinating how they are brought together - and the next tiring as yet another is brought in from the wings. The story does read like a set of memoirs which have their own issues but h ...more
I was a bit disappointed because I had read so many good critics of this pastiche and the combination Tarzan /Sherlock Holmes sounded so promising (besides, my brother has always been a huge Farmer fan, so I expected something better from him) The fact is the book is good and entertaining, and action-packed, but the characters are not that well developed and it's hard to relate to them. Anyway, a good action and adventure book.
Riju Ganguly
An immensely enjoyable read that is bound to infuriate Sherlockians & Tarzanians (I don't know whether there exists any such group, but you get the meaning) alike, and (while achieving this seemingly impossible feat) provide lovers of adventures a nice & cozy time, full o chuckles, punctuated by occasional google-search for various pulp characters referred-to in this book. Recommended.
As a straight-forward adventure story, this book held up fairly well, but as an avid Sherlock Holmes fan I was extremely disappointed. Holmes's distinct character didn't show through, and by the end I was left wondering if there was any point in including him at all, except to ride on the back of his character's established success. In the original books, Holmes's personality and unique powers of deduction and observation are really the focus of the book, whereas in this they seem to play no par ...more
The most surprising thing about this book: It was extremely short! There were around one half of total pages left when the story ended. The rest of the pages included excerpts from and other ads on the other related titles.

The story itself was interesting. It was written so that it seemed like a document. There were loads of footnotes, for example. Maybe this was written for intellectuals, since enjoying this thoroughly would (I think) require a thorough knowledge of literature of the same era,
*** Contains spoilers... ***

Hmmm, maybe it's a bad idea to re-read as an adult something you loved as a child.

I love Holmes and Tarzan, but this was just so silly at times.

A bacteria that will wipe out a food source? So, let's use it on the Germans and target sauerkraut. Like without sauerkraut they'd all starve.

Holmes getting his Winnie the Pooh on. Painting himself to look like a bee and "talk" to them.

Even with all of that, I would have given it a pass if there had been more of a story.
Fun pastiche. I did feel a little cheated by the length - it's more a short story than an entire novel; and Holmes, Watson and Greystoke are all caricatures - this is not a story that seeks to be taken seriously as part of the canon. Still, an enjoyable piece of frivolity with which to pass some time.
Vicky Sharratt
A cool, if rather contrived, Sherlock story with a sense of humour. Definitely part of the Game, though the afterword was rather pompous for my personal liking. One I'd buy second hand for my Sherlock collection, not full priced.
Cory Howell
Really pretty awful... Not a very good pastiche of either Holmes or Tarzan. The portrayal of Holmes is particularly weak. Not recommended.
Michael Thompson
This book was either humor over my head, satire beyond my ken, or a failure at both.
James Bojaciuk
If it weren't for the parodic elements, this would have scored much, much higher.
Sherlock Holmes meets Tarzan.

What's not to like?
Kevin Mealey
This was a very disappointing read...
ChJ Loveall
Do not like the author!
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Philip José Farmer was an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but spent much of his life in Peoria, Illinois.

Farmer is best known for his Riverworld series and the earlier World of Tiers series. He is noted for his use of sexual and religious themes in his work, his fascination for and reworking of th
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