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Flashman And The Tiger And Other Extracts From The Flashman Papers (Flashman Papers #11)

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It’s 1868 and Sir Harry Flashman, V.C., arch-cad, amorist, cold-headed soldier, and reluctant hero, is back! Fleeing a chain of vengeful pursuers that includes Mexican bandits, the French Foreign Legion, and the relatives of an infatuated Austrian beauty, Flashy is desperate for somewhere to take cover. So desperate, in fact, that he embarks on a perilous secret intelligen ...more
Published December 31st 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1999)
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May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of the intrepid poltroon, Sir Harry Flashman, will need no introduction to the scandal and intrigue laced comedies of the late George MacDonald Fraser. Fraser was an advocate who contended that even Hollywood history with its inevitable bowdlerizing (or scandalizing, depending on the director/studio), synthesizing, and mythologizing for purposes of box office formula was better than no history at all (see The Hollywood History of the World: From One Million Years B.C. to Apocalypse Now). Th ...more
Ian Mapp
Law if diminishing returns continues in this, the penultimate title in the series. Just the one to go for me.

Here we have a novella and two short stories. The first probably would have been enough.

Dealing with Harry in his later years - he hasn't changed much. There is involvement in a Austro/Hungarian assassination attempt that could have started WWI twenty years earlier. There is a dull story about the Prince of Wales cheating at cards (although it's always good to hear Elspeth having a voice)
Stephen Richter
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The next to last book has a novelette and two short stories, but the main theme of these story is revenge. George MacDonald uses real events, real and fictitious personage and Harry Flashman to interact with it all. The book end on a nice note as the disguised Flashman is analyzed by Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic, adventure
Normally you'd have to force me to spend any amount of time with a man who is a coward, bully, misogynist and has, by modern standards, rather unthinkable opinions on race but by God I'm sad now my time with Flashman is up.
This was my last Flashman book, I've read the lot and a more entertaining world it's rarely been my pleasure to enter.
I never cease to be amazed by the ability George MacDonald Fraser had for weaving Flashy into actual events so seamlessly. Sometimes I begin to think that Flas
Rick Brindle
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The twelfth book in the series, giving three short stories, not related though, as opposed to Flashman and the Redskins. The first story concerns a plot to bring World Ward One forward by thirty years, second one involves a gambling scandal, and the third, involving the title, tells us about Flashy's experiences in the Zulu wars.
There are the usual plot points where Flash gets dragged in on account of his inability to keep away from a beautiful woman. First and third installments have the usual
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike most of the rest of the series, which are novels, this book includes a novella and two short stories. In each, Flashman is inserted into events the author did not devise, although the last of these is not a historical event, but a short story of Conan Doyle.

The novella, The Road to Charing Cross, covers a now-obscure attempted assassination of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria in 1880. Of course, Flashman blunders into the plot and foils it, thereby delaying the start of WWI by almost 35 yea
Edward Erdelac
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one up specifically for the titular Zulu Wars/Sherlock Holmes crossover story after having read the first Flashman.

I was blown away. I love history and I love the idea of fictional (or fictionalized) minor characters moving behind the scenes of greater recorded events and affecting them somehow.


This was even better as it took the actual events of Isandlwanda (sp?) and Roark's Drift, injected the minor Holmesian villain Tiger Jack Moran, ADDED Flashman to that, RETCONNED Ti
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is a novella and three short stories. The novella is GREAT, a typical Flashman romp. The other two were a little harder to get into, they didn't have the framework of history to add interest, they were just personality. And while the personalities are always fun, they aren't really very different from story to story so .... there wasn't much value-added. But certainly the novella is worth reading.
Jul 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten about Flashman. I read this one, just about died laughing, and had such a hard time finding other editions to the series I gave up. Great reading.
Some aspects of this one were just hilarious (e.g. the wonderful Holmes parody..), but unfortunately the reference/note-function was incorrectly set up in this particular kindle version of the book, which meant that it was in most cases not possible to 'jump' directly from the text to the (often very funny) references. I was unfortunately more bothered by this than I'd have thought I'd be. But this one is, despite the fact that it's a slightly non-standard Flashman book, definitely not to be mis ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Series - not for the easily offended.
Michael G
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only bad thing about this book is that there is only one more to read in this 12 book series.
Ruediger Landmann
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Flashman and the Tiger isn’t a novel: it’s a novella followed by two (mostly) unrelated short stories. Between them, they provide a variety of contrasting approaches to telling a Flashman tale.

The novella, (“The Road to Charing Cross”) sticks fairly close to the formula that emerged in the middle of the run of novels, with the slight deviation that (view spoiler). Another atypical feature is that the events that form the backdrop to this sto
Muthuprakash Ravindran
It is with a mixed feeling that I took up this one. This is the last of the Flashman for me. Letting Flashman go away is like having a fun part of life come to an end.

I started the series without much expectation thinking of it to be a period romance. So the non-conventional story telling of Fraser was a surprise, a pleasant one though. Every book had its quirk and watched the movie adaptation of the one book, it was like I was not getting enough of Flashman.

So it was with a bit of sadness that
Greg Deane
I found Flashman and the Tiger a senescent disappointment, with about 40% of it devoted GM Fraser revelling in vicarious prurience, Harry Flashman being close to the author's age in this ultimate novel of three adventures. When Flashman isn't rogering fillies, he's going into detail about his cowardice, much of which is cut and pasted from other Flashman novels: his blunt self-appraisal is superfluous well beyond any point jocularity.

Apart from these predictable shortcomings, the book offers li
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stories in this book of Flashman reminiscing in his later years. This is a self-proclaimed poltroon and coward, and inveterate shirt-chaser in an upper crust society that practices this game as a matter of course. Is there anything that Flashman can't do, anything that he hasn't been involved in during the Victorian Age? Not only does he find himself in every great battle of the late Empire whether it happens in the Middle East, Africa, the Far East, or Central Europe, he also manages to t ...more
A bit of a catch-all Flashman, as this title contains three novelettes, two of them ostensibly penned in Flashman's later years. In the first, "The Road to Charing Cross," Flashman helps save Emperor Franz Josef of Austria; the second escapade deals with the Tanby Croft scandal, and in the last story Flashman meets up with his nemesis, Tiger Jack Moran. The third tale is a bit of a detour as the nemesis in question is not a historical personage but a fictional one. Tiger Jack Moran, it turns out ...more
Flashman and the Tiger, by G.M. Fraser, finds Flashy in old age. Though enjoyable, Harry Flashman doesn't quite pull off old age, but it is a revealing look at the anti-hero's later years, and for this reason alone the book is worth the effort.

Readers should note this is not a novel but a collection of three novellas.

Flashman and the Tiger is the penultimate volume in the series and it appears the author was attempting to hurry the series to a conclusion with it. In some ways the stories feel
R. Michael Litchfield
Collection of 3 short stories (well a novella and 2 stories) all above the average even for Flashman stories (meaning very good indeed), The first is a story of an attempted assassination of the emperor of austria and involves baltic princesses, the son of Rudy Starnberg and the typical (what is the opposite of "daring do" appropriate for Flashman behavior? "cowardly do"?). Just a touch long but very fun.

The second story is a lovely little bit about a Tranby Croft gambling scandal of Prince Albe
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gerry Germond
Vintage Flashman, in three short stories about situations not of his devising. There is, as usual, great history, much of it probably new to the reader. In the first story, “The Road to Charing Cross,” there is the usual stuff in Flashman tales: his reluctant participation in great events through blackmail, sex, and his coming out smelling like a rose. It’s a sequel of sorts to Royal Flash, which was the second book in the series. The Subtleties of Baccarat” has an interesting ending involving E ...more
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, historical
Three unconnected stories: the first relating how Flashman is dragooned into preventing the assassination of Franz-Josef and preventing (well, postponing) WWII; the second revealing the truth about the Tranby Croft affair (which I've never heard of; a noble was caught cheating at cards); and the third, unusually, plunges Flashman into the world of Sherlock Holmes as he attempts to kill the best shot in India, Tiger Jack Moran.

It has all the usual ingenious weaving of fictional drama using real h
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a long time people had expounded the brilliance of the flashman and the books are damn fine to read, i don't think it needs me or anyone else to write a review saying about the high quality of the writing and characters... but for me the real brilliance comes to the fore when the book is read by the likes of Rupert Penry-Jones or Toby Stephens or Jonathan Keeble.
I love to listen to the Flashman books on audio format when im on holiday, the only issue i have is to make sure i dont start talki
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the other Flashman books, Flashman and the Tiger, is a collection of 3 stories. The first sees Flashman put in the middle of European intrigue that could ultimately lead to a war like the world has never witnessed before. The second story sees Flashman in the middle of a royal scandal. The third and final story was my favorite (Although, all of the stories were quite good). The last story pits aging General Flashman against the dastardly Colonel Moran. Although never mentioned by name, Sh ...more
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I enjoyed this set of Flashman stories - they were amusing, as usual but there was something lacking. I wonder if it was the fact that the stories were less "historical" than others in the series. They were still, largely, based on true incidents and/or characters but most of these were minor incidents or even (in one case) fictitious! Flashman is seen, in these stories, as an aged figure, not yet doddering but certainly well out of his prime. He still gets embroiled in strange adventures, often ...more
Satish Terala
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-acad
This probably is where it starts to get formulaic, not that earlier flashman novels were not similar in structure. This book is a collection of three stories where Flashman ends up in Germany in once again in a face off with his arch nemesis Bismarck, in the second he is embroiled in a gambling controversy close home and in the third one Flashman almost pulls off a murder if not for his cowardice that overtakes him at the last minute. While his German adventure measures up in structure,detail an ...more
Apr 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a rather older Flashman who stars in these three short stories. He's in his sixties in the traditional Flashman tale 'The Road to Charing Cross'; knocking on 70 in the almost locked door mystery of 'The Subtleties of Baccarat' and older again in 'Flashman and the Tiger' (where he has a very amusing encounter with Holmes and Watson.)

His age means that - after the first story - there is a different, more elgiac pace to proceedings. And while for a fan it is interesting to see the character af
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a shame. The rest of the books in this series could have easily scored 5 stars each. GMF's art is to make history interesting, telling the story by placing a great character at the scene. His historical facts and when called for presumptions make for superb plots. Flashy is thrown from pillar to post after his own ego, skin and a bit of skirt.

However this last book is just not that. It has been reversed and concentrates on Flashy. The plots are secondary and not of the same quality as the p
David Parish-Whittaker
Ah, Flashy, older but hardly doddering. A bit less of the rakehell, as well (but only by comparison to his earlier years). Three novellas done with Fraser's typical attention to history. Flashy up against the son of his old enemy Rudy von is particularly fun, but the others are certainly worth an afternoon read.

Is it the best of Flashman? No, but that still means it's a rollicking good time. Fans of the series won't want to skip it, and if you're not a fan, go read the earlier stuff and report b
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flashman #11. A review? It's the 11th book. What do you think I thought? If I'm this far into the series, clearly I'm into Flashman. Reading a review of book 11 is not going to swing you if you're on the fence. If you are already a Flashman fan, I'll say this: three stories you get in this book. One somewhat shorter-than-standard, and two quickies, including a brush with (a gloriously pompous - and wrong) Sherlock Holmes.
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