why would such a brilliant premise, such a promising partnership be led to such waste? thats all i can think at the end of this novelwhy! why why why!
why would such a brilliant premise, such a promising partnership be led to such waste? thats all i can think at the end of this novel!
While the writing in itself is fluid and the plot fast enough to keep your interest, this is no longer a Holmes novel - it is no different from a 1000 other thrillers around.
Instead of treating us to superior deductive logic, all we r treated to are endless chases, tomfoolery with disguises and mortal danger to the protagonists. Not an inch of a mystery.
And then u hv a lot of soul searching thrown in on the the part of Mary Russell. Yes we know she is Human, Laurie and so is holmes. But y we hv loved Holmes like no other is because he never acted like one. We are not interested in looking inside their, just the brains! is it so difficult to understand.
Anyways, I hv given it 3 starts bcs of its quality as a general read. But am not reading any more of this series. ...more
Not classical Holmes, but Magnificent nonetheless!
Ever since i was allowed to buy the complete Sherlock Holmes when i was in class 8th, i hv been hookNot classical Holmes, but Magnificent nonetheless!
Ever since i was allowed to buy the complete Sherlock Holmes when i was in class 8th, i hv been hooked on the cold genius of the eccentric Baker Street Detective. I dont know how many times i hv read the whole volume, hiding it in my room during the 10th boards, so that i can read while pretending to the world i was studying hard, till i knew most of the stories by heart and i could read them as often with my eyes closed as open.
I heard of Laurie's Mary Russel first in 2004, but the idea of an apprentice to holmes didnt sound just right to me and i dithered in buying the book. Perhaps i was afraid to be let down, and mar my memory of the Holmes i knew and grew up with.
However, i came across this book again, and seeing the high feedback it has got, i decided to take the plunge finally. And Boy, was i in for a treat!
I found myself gliding through the first 50 pages almost like one would in a Jeffrey Archer best, and before i knew, i was enchanted by the strange bond our 2 protagonists develop. And the dialogue and the wit just sparkled thru!
The book has got 2-3 small mysteries and culminates with 1 large one, and the suspense is decent. I found it predictable, but then i hv read too much holmes.
I also felt that thr is too much of disguising and not enuf of deducting. The element of surprise that Doyle used to come up with is missing. Here we r shown the clues and the deductions r shown just after that. I found that a tad disappointing.
In short, this is a crackling read with enuf Elementary deduction stuff to satisfy Hard nosed Holmes buffs like me. It may not be classic Holmes, but then its not meant to be, Its meant to be Mary Russell now.
While it is a definitive account of the SEAL operation that killed OBL, and it does get ur blood going whFrankly, i found this book a bit of a bore...
While it is a definitive account of the SEAL operation that killed OBL, and it does get ur blood going when the moment is on hand, the problem is that it is v one sided. its all action and no intel. We do not get any idea of how OBL was traced, what kind of efforts were put in and what ultimately followed his death.
I am also not v enthused by the explanation of how he actually decided to quit and write a book.
Anyways, i ges u can read it if ur v interested in the subject, but personally i wud want to wait for the book by that CIA analyst who actually traced OBL. `...more