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The Holmes-Dracula File by Fred Saberhagen
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Nov 22, 14

bookshelves: vampires, horror, mystery
Read from November 13 to 17, 2014

I wanted this to be good. After all, it's Sherlock Holmes meeting Count Dracula - quite possibly the best idea for a crossover of late Victorian characters. And yet, I was even more disappointed by this book than I was by the previous work in Saberhagen's series. There was some good at the start. The sections written from John Watson's point of view do a good job of capturing his style and character and don't fall prey to the all too common modern trope of Watson the bumbling fool. The portion from Dracula's viewpoint was aided by putting him into an amnesiac state at first, which reduced his frustratingly arrogant voice. Even once he regains his memories, he's less annoying to read than he was in the first novel. And the idea of exploring the Giant Rat of Sumatra case was entertaining, as was the concept of Sherlock Holmes coming face to face with the supernatural. However, by the end, everything more or less fell apart. The character assassination and strangeness that occurred in the first book persists by the introduction of some of the characters from the original Dracula. A series of ridiculous plot twists manage to ruin this version of Holmes, and the resolution of the plot is at least somewhat unsatisfying, especially in that the villain of the piece is never given a proper motivation. All in all, I'm sad I actually bothered to read this, as any idea I could have imagined simply based on the title would have been much better. I may take one more stab at this series, since I do happen to have the next book, but I'll admit that I'm really not expecting much.
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