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Alluding to both the Sherlock Holmes canon and the Old Ones of the Cthulhu Mythos, this Hugo Award-winning short story will delight fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. P. Lovecraft, and of course, Neil Gaiman.

A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble...more
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Published December 3rd 2007 by Harper Audio (first published 2003)
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mark monday
A Study in Emerald Study Guide

>What is A Study in Emerald?
1) A pastiche
2) A parody
3) A trifle
4) A tisket
5) A tasket
6) A green and yellow basket

>What is "A Study in Emerald"?
1) A reference to a classic Sherlock Holmes story
2) A disgusting green mess of bile that is sprayed all over the place after a disgusting un-man has been slain

>Who is the protagonist of A Study in Emerald?
1) Sherlock Holmes
2) Professor James Moriarty
3) Cthulhu
4) Queen Victoria
5) Neil Gaiman

>Why did A Study in Emer...more
Jonathan

This short story can be read here in a rather unique and interesting 'periodical' form.

What is A Study in Emerald? It is a mixture of two different worlds (view spoiler) Clearly from the title one can see that it is a reference to the notable classic A Study in Scarlet. In fact the very first page or so seems to almost copy that Sherlock tale word-for-word. Which leads me to question plagiarism in connection to stories li...more
Anthony Chavez
"A Study in Emerald" is a blend of the world of Sherlock Holmes with that of H.P. Lovecraft, and the writing style is a homage to both Lovecraft and Doyle. For being a Sherlock Holmes story, the name Sherlock Holmes never appears in the prose. While Gaiman does not seem to have the consistent mastery of the short story that he does of comic and novel format, when he gets it right, he gets it very right. The tale is impossible to predict from start to finish. It is, as Gaiman explains in the intr...more
Kat  Hooper
3.5 Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

A Study in Emerald is a Hugo and Locus Award winning short story by Neil Gaiman in which he pays tribute to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.

At first Gaiman’s story appears to be a straight Sherlock Holmes pastiche as a man who appears to be Watson relates how his new friend, a consulting detective who appears to be Holmes, is being asked by Inspector Lestrade to help solve a murder mystery. In fact, it compl...more
Eric
Jan 09, 2012 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Neil Gaiman/Sherlock Holmes/Cthulu fans
This the perfect short story for anyone into Neil Gaiman, Sherlock Holmes and the Cthulu mythos, and it can be read, for free, as a beautiful mock newspaper pdf file on Neil Gaiman's website. It is no surprise to me this won the Hugo award. As soon as I finished reading it, I downloaded the audio book on Audible so I can experience it again, as read by Neil Gaiman himself.
Prashant
See... I always said that I should read Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. My age and mindset won't matter. Anyone, just anyone, can have a connection with Sherlock and his precocious skills.


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Mind it, if I hadn't read A Study in Scarlet, I wouldn't be able to enjoy this witty, cleaver than ever and it-hurts-you-because-you-are-obsessed-with-sherlock kind of story.

Hey, Gaiman, was that reference to Charing Cross Road in the story just a gimmick to rattle the fans of 84 Charing Cross Road? Damn you SOB! Yo...more
Claude
A Study in Emerald is a darkly beautiful pastiche, combining Sherlock Holmes and the Ctulhu Mythos.

Although it draws inspiration from A Study in Scarlet, the mystery is unique. It's interesting, and solved with that familiar arrogance and cleverness. If it weren't for the tentacles, it would feel at home in an the Strand.

The world is achingly rendered. It's Victorian London, but sickened, like a fruit rotting from the inside.

It's real strength, however, is in the characters. They're familiar...more
Amanda
I got this tiny audiobook (only 48 minutes) and listened to it in it's entirety on my drive home from work. I really love when Neil does his own voice work.

This is a short story based on Sherlock Holmes mysteries. We have unnamed characters, one having been tortured in the war in Afghanistan against the "gods and men", and one being a consulting detective for the police. Rooming together, the veteran notices odd comings and goings from the detective but never inquires about any of it, instead qu...more
Thomas
Neil Gaiman shows off his writing in his short story A Study in Emerald. A pastiche of Sherlock Holmes, its deft writing and clever ending will appeal to fans of Gaiman and of Holmes. Though I do not have much knowledge about the mystery genre, I enjoyed reading and discussing A Study in Emerald - I look forward to reading one of Neil Gaiman's novels even more now.
Tina
The beginning pulled me in with equal parts Doyle and Gaiman, and Lord knows I've read both authors to bits. The short story is skillfully crafted, although it is not among my many, many Gaiman favorites.

I thoroughly enjoyed the faux newspaper layout and the stylish advertisements of the free PDF. Unfortunately, I fear I might be one of them who was so imprinted by Gaiman's Sandman graphic novel suite in the 90's, that I always sense a dimension is amiss when there is no art work to accompany th...more
Alan
When I first heard of this, a Holmes/Lovecraft mash-up by Neil Gaiman, I had to read it. I was not let down. While not a stupendous read, it was well worth the 15 minutes it took to finish. A fun read for fans of Holmes, Cthulhu or Mr. Gaiman.
Paul
Being a new reader/viewer/listener of Sherlock Holmes stories, I am completely intrigued by the concept of reinterpretations of those stories. Reading this engaged me with the familiarity of "A Study in Scarlet," the addition of mythical gore, and the mystery of narrator.

It's a quick & entertaining read, and I loved to newspaper-style of the PDF version found online. Not only did the newspaper-style pull me into the setting, but entertained me with the advertisements calling on the character...more
Amy Sturgis
This is my very favorite short story for good reason. With references to a number of classic Gothic texts (including Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, among others), Gaiman revisits Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (his "A Study in Scarlet," in particular) relocating it to the dark world of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. This is a haunting and poignant delight for any lover of Lovecraft, Conan Doyle, Victoriana, and/or the Gothic. The final, elegant twists are the...more
Suz
HP Lovecraft + Sir Arthur Conan Doyle + Written & Narrated by Neil Gaiman = WIN.

This is a short story (from Fragile Things if the reviews I've read are correct) offered as a freebie by Audible and it's written by Neil Gaiman. If you are a fan of Lovecraft and the Cthulhu mythos and/or Sherlock Holmes, this short story (seriously, 48 min) is awesome. Neil Gaiman is also a fantastic narrator, so this is a win all-round.
Kat
Read this story in the Shadows Over Baker Street collection. It was undoubtedly the best story in the whole volume, and turns the traditional Sherlock Holmes story formula on its ear in a delightful way, while also incorporating Lovecraftian myth. Awesome.
Kiril Kirilov
The best short story I've read this millennium.
Shayla
The idea of putting a science fiction twist on the Victorian mysteries of Sherlock Holmes might sound like polar opposites but Neil Gaiman has crafted one of the coolest short stories I have ever read. He combines the Cthulhu Mythos universe of H. P. Lovecraft with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Study in Scarlet.” Without giving too much of the twist way, Gaiman uses careful phrasing and plays on what we know about the famous consulting detective and his doctor companion to keep you fooled until th...more
Juan
Neil Gaiman reinterpreta A Study in Scarlet, la primera aventura de Sherlock holmes, incorporando elementos del panteón de dioses antiguos de H.P. Lovecraft e intercambiando el papel protagónico de Holmes a su némesis, el profesor Moriarty.

Aunque es un trabajo derivado de la obra de otro autor, A Study in Emerald logra combinar los elementos novedosos aportados por Gaiman en una historia que dibuja un mundo alterno donde los dioses antiguos, con sus formas y apetitos monstruosos, son quienes dir...more
John
Having read the entire Holmesian canon, and much of H.P.Lovecraft, this was a fantastic (in the original sense of the word) reimaging of "A Study in Scarlett" in a world where things aren't quite what we expect.

Don't open my spoiler here if you intend to read the story...
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Chad
This is a short story by Neil Gaiman set in an alternate Victorian London. The story follows a Sherlock-like character through the perspective of a Watson-like character as they investigate a murder similar to a Study in Scarlet. One other important note - the Elder Gods (H.P. Lovecraft) rule in this alternate London.

This short story was well written and had a clearly Sherlock Holmes mystery feel, but mixing in the Cthulhu mythos. As always, Gaiman does an excellent job developing the characters...more
Phae O'Brien
Hard not to like something Neil Gaiman has written, but I was never a massive fan of Cthulhu.

The short story is adequate, but to me it felt as if it needed more. Maybe a couple of pages more, I don't know, but the ending was abrupt and it kind of felt like hanging. Then again, many Cthulhu stories are of a similar formula, dark and partially mysterious.

Can't say I enjoyed it really, but that's just me and my opinion.
Fantasy Literature
A Study in Emerald is a Hugo and Locus Award winning short story by Neil Gaiman in which he pays tribute to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.

At first Gaiman’s story appears to be a straight Sherlock Holmes pastiche as a man who appears to be Watson relates how his new friend, a consulting detective who appears to be Holmes, is being asked by Inspector Lestrade to help solve a murder mystery. In fact, it completely parallels Doyle’s first Sherlock Holme...more
Stephanie
I read this story instead of listening to it, but goodreads doesn't have the edition I read, so I put my review here. I read the free version that's available online.

It looks like a Victorian periodical, complete with fake advertisements for products like Vlad Tepes professional exsanguination. It's pretty awesome looking, actually.

To get this version go to Neil Gaiman's website here: http://www.neilgaiman.com/mediafiles/...

The story itself was very good. I'm not really familiar with the Lovec...more
Corinne
I eagerly downloaded this for free from audible.com thinking "Neil Gaiman, yes please" and listened to it in no context whatsoever. Gaiman read it which was brilliant, so I hope I can find other books of his that he read as an audiobook.

A bit into it I was confused, this sounded eerily familiar to a Sherlock Holmes mystery I've read. For a few moments I actually thought I misread and it was Gaiman reading a Arthur Conan Doyle story. It definitely wasn't, and I wasn't sure what its purpose was....more
Kayleen
I was not expecting this, Neil Gaiman wrote a Sherlock Holmes short story!? I strange comination, still getting over the shock.
I wish it was better though, it just kind of fell flat. Pretty much the same story of the first episode of Sherlock BBC series (fucking love that series), so I thought that I was going to like his short story, but I don't think its my kind of thing. It would have been amazing if he could have added fantasy into the short story, there were a few things that kind of were,...more
Claire Gilligan
Oh my goodness! What a story! I missed the Lovecraft references (although I know Gaiman well enough by now to suspect that they were Lovecraft references), but the Doyle references are spectacular! The better you know Holmes et al, the more you will enjoy this stellar tale!

I didn't realize how much I'd been missing Gaiman's writing until this story. Wow!
Ben Vogel
A Study in Emerald is a quirky mix of Sherlock Holmes and HP Lovecraft (no, I'm not kidding) with an interesting alternate universe feel. I've not yet read much Sherlock Holmes and did not enjoy the brief attempts I have made at Lovecraft, but I thought the blending of those worlds worked better than I would have imagined. This book is very short and therefore forgivable for not developing a firm grasp on my attention. Gaiman is hit or miss for me. When he hits (Graveyard) it is pure magic. When...more
Mark Schlatter
A very clever little work mixing the worlds of Sherlock Holmes and Cthulhu. Makes me wish I was more cognizant of the Holmes canon --- I probably would have gotten even more out of it.
Jennifer
Oh my. This is a combination of tho epic tales, and it works out wonderfully. I can only hope that there will be more to follow after this one.
Richard
Neil Gaiman writes a Sherlock Holmes homage set in the Cthulhu Mythos. Keeps Conan Doyle's tone, not Lovecraft's.
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