Mori, Miss James Moriarty, is sent to retrieve Sherlock Holmes from his basement "lair" because the school fire alarm has gone off. She is intrigued aMori, Miss James Moriarty, is sent to retrieve Sherlock Holmes from his basement "lair" because the school fire alarm has gone off. She is intrigued and he is impressed, not an easy feat. Hence begins a friendship, a love affair a crime fighting partnership and ultimately one of the greatest rivalries in literary history. You know them as enemies; masterminds working to outwit one another and ultimately, presumably, dying together. Now get to know them as teens.
I had not actually read any of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories when I picked this up. So, I am not a purist. I suspect this is why this book did not bother me as much as it did the many haters out there. Petty writes an interestingly complicated mystery. She develops two characters not reminiscent of who they will become as adults. And, she creates a love affair between the two. I found it an interesting twist on old classic. I would recommend it to mystery lovers, but not die-hard Sherlock Holmes fans. I was able to enjoy it because I had no pre-concieved expectations. Reviews indicate that Sherlock lovers did not enjoy this book....more
Young Sherlock Holmes is sent to the country for school vacation because his father has gone to war and his mother's health is fragile. Staying in a cYoung Sherlock Holmes is sent to the country for school vacation because his father has gone to war and his mother's health is fragile. Staying in a castle with a disconnected uncle, a crazy aunt and a frightening housekeeper, he befriends the "hooligan" Mattie and his tutor, Amyus Crowe. When Sherlock and Mattie stumble upon a mysterious "cloud" leaving the scene of multiple crimes, they invoke the ire of the mysterious Baron Maupertuis. What is the cloud, what is the baron hiding and what can young Sherlock do about the weird feeling invoked by Ms. Virgina Crowe?
After a somewhat slow start this mystery takes many interesting twists and turns. I enjoyed meeting each of the characters. The Baron's plot is so masterful and simple it is both wonderful and effective. The only negative is the final fight scene which I found unrealistic and ridiculous....more
This is a very long, but very good, book. In its own version of a zombie apocalypse, a spore is released that basically makes people start to smolderThis is a very long, but very good, book. In its own version of a zombie apocalypse, a spore is released that basically makes people start to smolder and eventually burst into spontaneous combustion. A group of people have learned how to control the burning after most of the country is wiped out in fires and they are living in hiding for their own safety.
Cult-like similarities and violence ensues while some of the survivors start to band together to escape. Relationships are built and destroyed while the human race fights to survive. Some of the science behind it seems to make sense, but Hill has no problem stating in the afterword that he manipulated what he needed to in order to make the story work. Overall a solid and entertaining read....more
I picked up this book knowing nothing about it, except that it came after Fangirl, which I did not read. It took me the first half of the book to seeI picked up this book knowing nothing about it, except that it came after Fangirl, which I did not read. It took me the first half of the book to see past Harry Potter and read this it's own story. I had not idea it was a GLBSTQ novel.
I did end up enjoying the story. I was surprised at who turned out to be the good guys and who were the bad, which is sometimes hard to do. But, I'm still not sure why Lucy came through looking for Baz instead of Simon. And, is the "Rosebud Boy" reference supposed to hark back to Citizen Kan? I'm confused.
I would call this an average read. However, it was entertaining, had a good wrap up and did deviate into it's own direction a bit. I would definitely give it to Harry Potter fans looking for something "lighter". ...more