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The Game Is Afoot: Parodies, Pastiches and Ponderings of Sherlock Holmes

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This long awaited volume finally brings to light several cases of the world's most renowned detective originally suppressed to avoid causing scandal and embarrassment to the Crown, to public figures, or to Sherlock Holmes himself. Now, finally, the truth is revealed about Holmes' exploits involving such figures as Ida Tarbell, Consuelo Vanderbilt, P.G. Wodehouse, and James ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published February 15th 1995 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1994)
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4) Mr. Sherlock Holmes; Bell, Dr. Joseph
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6) The Adventure of the Two Collaborators; Barrie, James M.
7) The Mystery of Pinkham's Diamond Stud; Bangs, John Kendrick
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Jennifer Petkus
Jul 03, 2013 Jennifer Petkus rated it it was amazing
It’s hard to relate how much I enjoyed The Game is Afoot: Parodies, Pastiches and Ponderings of Sherlock Holmes, edited by Marvin Kaye. This 1994 anthology is packed with Holmes pastiches and analyses that I have to imagine was well received when it was released in the early days of the world wide web.

Back in those stone tablet days, it might be difficult, unless you were a Baker Street Irregular or belonged to a scion society or subscribed to the Baker Street Journal, to find all the obscure pa
Jul 17, 2013 Greg rated it it was amazing
I am, admittedly, a geek. I have quite a few geek tendencies buried within. Some people see more of them than others. This book, however, make me feel even geekier than I actually am. And here's the secret - I loved every minute of it! I have read all of Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes stories and enjoyed them. I'm absolutely in love with the new BBC series. I do not know all the detailed trivia and don't catch every reference in popular culture but I have probably a greater interest than some. Read ...more
Aug 13, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it
This is fascinating book. I stumbled across this book not really knowing what it was. However as soon as I picked it up and read the back I knew I had found something different. This book is a collection of, as the title says "parodies, pastiches and pondering" but what it really means are, facts and comments as well as works of fiction by and about Conan Doyle and his creation Sherlock Holmes.
The book takes you on a varied route through the life and times of both the author and the character al
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Sep 10, 2014 Rena Sherwood rated it it was ok
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Editor Marvin Kaye writes in The Game is Afoot that he thinks Jeremy Brett's interpretation of Sherlock Holmes is "an outrage and an abomination." Well, I think The Game is Afoot is an outrage and an abomination to Sherlock Holmes fans -- and not just because of the unprovoked slight on Brett.


The book is 512 pages long with only about 50 pages worth the read. The rest is just noise. The book is in tiny print (ouch) and grouped oddly. Stories with the same plots are placed one right after the ot
Oct 12, 2014 Leelan rated it liked it
Only OK. The parodies were the worst part. This book is really for the SUPER-SERIOUS Sherlock homes fan. Which I am not. I enjoy the books and I enjoy the movies and TV shows. But I am not really so concerned with the minutia that seems to fascinate the author and editor here. BUt is all of that stuff floats your boat? This is definitely the book for you.
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Jul 14, 2009 Amy Craddock rated it really liked it
A couple of bizarre stories but the one by Basil Rathbone is worth the price of the book!
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MARVIN KAYE is the author of sixteen novels, including his Dickensian pastiche, The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge, now optioned to be made into a feature film, and his just-completed sequel to Frankenstein, as well as the terrifying Fantastique and Ghosts of Night and Morning; the SF cult classics, The Incredible Umbrella and (coauthored with Parke Godwin) The Masters of Solitude, and the cri ...more
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