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A Study in Brimstone

(Warlock Holmes #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,650 ratings  ·  500 reviews
Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes.

Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demon
ebook, 336 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Titan Books
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Sean Gibson
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sean by: Mir
I really enjoy dinosaurs, historic downtown areas, Slurpees, and Hanna-Barbera cartoons from the 1960s and 70s.

It stands to reason, then, that I would very much enjoy drinking a Coke Slurpee while watching Help!…It’s The Hair Bear Bunch with a velociraptor in scenic Colonial Williamsburg, right?

Wrong. Drinking a Slurpee in a historical setting just feels wrong (funny how we don’t have transcripts of fist fights erupting at Valley Forge due to arguments over whether wild cherry or blue raspberr
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
This was such a fun read, smart and hilarious. I was sorry when it was over.

I recommend it highly, but primarily for those who've read the original stories, as much of the amusement comes from how closely Denning keeps to the details, while really having something entirely different happen.

This is described as mash-up, but it's more like a re-write. The concept is that all the Holmes mysteries are really supernatural in nature, with the famous deductions being made up by Watson to hide the truth
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Any book that could make me laugh like a maniac deserves high marks from me. It’s been a while since I’ve read something so funny—and I do mean funny, as in exploding-in-uncontrollable-giggles-so-that-nearby-bystanders-are-staring-at-you-sidesways-and-backing-up-slowly funny. This was something I did not expect. When the Warlock Holmes series was pitched to me, I figured it would be your run-of-the-mill classic literatur
K.J. Charles
This was absolutely hilarious. I was on the sofa doing actual pterodactyl shrieking and bought #2 the second I'd finished #1. It's a rewriting of the Sherlock Holmes stories on the premise that Holmes is actually a demon-user intermittently possessed by spirits and doesn't have a clue about deduction. The real joy is in the closeness to the originals: the author uses the stories plus many specific exchanges and incidents from the books to his purpose. Thus when Watson meets Holmes he has indeed ...more
Chris Apolant
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Having delved into this as a Holmesian who is not generally a fan of urban fantasy, I must admit to being a mixed bag of feelings here. On one hand, I found it to be a light read whose humor I might have thought more entertaining if it verged less on Monty Python-esque slapstick and more on a drier brand of wit. That being said, there were quite a few tongue-firmly-in-cheek nods to Canon (that might very well go unnoticed and underappreciated by strangers to the original stories), and more than ...more
***The Summer of Sherlock 2019***

And now for something completely different. Here is a quick quiz to determine if you might enjoy Warlock Holmes:

Do you have some familiarity with Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective?
Are you partial to accordion music?
Do you believe that Mrs. Hudson could benefit from an interested in pornography?:
Do you feel that Dr. John Watson got the short end of the stick in Doyle’s version?
In your opinion, are there too few ogres and vampires in the original?
Are you a fan of
A supposedly funny take on Sherlock Holmes as a somewhat crazed warlock told by Dr. Watson. Lestrade is a vampire working for Scotland Yard. I got about 1/3 of the way through it, but it kept missing my funny bone. Well narrated & I kept trying since I though it might grow on me. Didn't though.

I just found it ridiculous or boring. Finally quit. May well be me. I never found Monty Python, Douglas Adams, or most Brit humor funny. I don't find a lot of modern US humor funny, either. Seinfeld leaves
Book Riot Community
Where’re my fellow Sherlockians at? If you love yourself some Sherlock Holmes adaptations, you need to read this book, stat. Denning’s take cleverly twists the original Conan Doyle stories so that Watson is the main detective and Holmes is… well, a warlock, who finds everyday social niceties even more befuddling than his non-magical counterpart. Fortunately, with the help of Watson he’s able to maintain his human facade (barely). The results are like Sherlock Holmes on amphetamines: crazy fast-p ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
So I read the second book in the series earlier this year on vacation because I saw it in a bookstore and thought it sounded hilarious. I had no idea this was a series, so unfortunately I already knew how this would end. Thankfully, it did not ruin my enjoyment of the first installment.

This is a hilarious new take on the Sherlock Holmes canon. I love the idea of Warlock as a slightly dim but hilariously eager accidental detective, Watson as the brilliant deductive genius who desperately tries to
Blodeuedd Finland
Truth be told...I have not read Sherlock Holmes, or watched any movies, or new adaptions. I did watch that movie where he was old. So I really can't say if the stories in this one are anything like the real ones. I mean the bones of them, since the rest is crazy.

I have no idea what Warlock Holmes really was, I have ideas, but I am all whaat? He is not really human. He knows magic, he sees a lot, he is strange. But then so is that person in that other reality too.

In comes Watson who needs a place
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, arcs, 2016-books
Totally, totally awesome. The prose was whip-smart and this was a fun, fresh take on Holmes and Watson. Even if you haven't read the old Holmes stories, these are every bit as fun and clever and quirky and nerdy. I loved the turnabout of having Watson as the brains behind the operation and Holmes only insightful because of magic. It was a great dynamic. Can't wait to read more from this author.
May 18, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I gotta admit I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan... and this ridiculous mash-up sounds amazing! Vampire Inspector Vladislav Lestrade? The OGRE Inspector Torg Grogsson? I must read this.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
What if the esteemed detective, Sherlock Holmes, was something completely different? What if he was a rather bumbling practitioner of the dark arts? What if he only ate toast and soup? What if the best thing that ever happened to him was getting a new roommate, that man being Dr. John Watson? What if Watson solved most of the crimes? What if Holmes had some "interesting" friends, such as a vampire and an ogre?

Well, my friends, you'd have this book. It was a very different, alternative version of
I've watched the Sherlock tv series. I've read (most) of the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Doyle. I've watched the movies. And here I sit completely blown away by this book. What if the world that contained the genius of Sherlock and the sense of Watson was also a world where there were vampires, trolls, and shape shifters?
I was hooked from the first page. Who doesn't like the first person, slightly self-deprecating journal entries of Watson and the adventures he never imagined himself ge
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A study in Brimstone brings together six reimagined stories from Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series into one novel. A study in Brimstone is the re-imagining of Conan Doyle's first Holmes book, A study in Scarlet which brings together Holmes and Watson for the first time alongside five different short sto
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite an enjoyable read, need to continue reading the series to understand Warlock better.
Jeff Harris
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, audible
This was a fun read. It was enjoyable throughout, no moment to overly dramatic and no joke poorly executed. The back and forth between Warlock and Dr. Watson was not what I expected, and it was wonderful. Warlock Holmes, like the traditional Sherlock Holmes, is great at solving the cases handed to him. The difference is how it gets done. Deduction is overrated when your name is Warlock Holmes. My hope is this book is just the beginning of a long series of adventures for Warlock and his trainer i ...more
Warlock Holmes is part parody/part fantasy rendering of Sherlock Holmes. Each chapter is based on a Holmes' adventure, and usually includes Watson doing some type of riff about a logical point or Victorian behavoir. (The whole discussion of the speckled ban is worth the cost of the book).

The difference is that Warlock Holmes is a man of unique talents and isn't quite normal. He might not be the brightest bulb in the bunch, but he is likable. His friends in Scotland Yard are also slightly differ
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the best. It's hilariously funny how he tries to stay as closely to the original story as he can.
I just love Watson, who is too terrified to leave Baker Street.
Warlock is just hilarious. He knows nothing^^ well apart from summoning demons :-D
Lestrade is great. I always love a good non-sparkling vampire in my stories.
And Torg is awesome. A troll who loves ballet? I mean, that' the cutest.
And last but not least Mrs Hudson. I actually prefer her sassiness in the modern BBC version b
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-books
I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When I was asked by the publisher Titan books, if I would like to review this book I simply couldn't refuse. I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and I was interested to see what twist G.S Denning could put on such an ironic character. The cover is beautiful and draws you into read the book. Also whilst reading I was surprised to find stunning illustrations that added an extra dimension to my reading experience.
I loved John W
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

I thought the premise of this story was interesting - after it was brought to my attention by a friend - so I decided to give it a Buddy Read.

I am glad I read it, because it's light and amusing enough. I am familiar enough with the original stories to recognize some of the references and shout outs, and I enjoyed the twists that the supernatural element was able to give to the stories.

However, while I appreciated that Warlock Holmes isn't one for deduction or logic, I didn't enjoy turning the
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, europe
Delightful & funny. It's a smart & amusing twist on Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson. For Sherlock lovers who don't mind a playful retake with supernatural tendencies, I think this one would definitely be recommended & fun for summer (or anytime) reading. ...more
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed at Thoughts Stained With Ink:

So, first things first: stop reading this review and go read Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone. Seriously, I really appreciate you stopping by. I am so grateful for my readers and love that you're reading my words right now, but my words aren't what you should be reading. Now, G.S. Denning's words? The author of Warlock Holmes? Now, his I can support and get on board with, considering all of the effects that linger after finishing said book thi
Ben De Bono
I was surprised by how much I wound up enjoying this. I expected it to be fun but not much more. Turns out it's both hilarious and one of the best non-ACD takes on the Holmes-mythos I've read. A big part of why it succeeds so much is that Denning understands not only the content of the Holmes stories but their form as well.

Denning's shows this understanding in how he structures the book. Rather than a novel this is a series of interconnected Holmes short stories. Most of us who have read the or
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a solid, fun, innovative retelling. Whether or not you are familiar with one of literature's greatest detectives, you will enjoy this slightly off-kilter look at how a demon gets a roommate, and attempts to become worthy of his reputation. Sherlockians, you will lose your mind.
Told from Watson's point of view, as are the originals, this is laugh-out-loud funny at times. Even when it isn't, those little quirks of our detective, aptly named Warlock Holmes here, are magnified and played ou
Riju Ganguly
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had dearly, one may say desperately wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
This book contains some of the adventures of Doctor John Watson and... Warlock Holmes. Accompanied by the vampire Lestrade (You do see where this is going, don't you?) and the ogre Groggson, they undertake some... cases. They are:
1. A Study in Brimstone
2. The Adventure of the Resident Sacrifice
3. The Case of the Cardboard... Case
4. The Adventure of the Yellow Bastard
5. The Adventure of the _ eckled
Intisar Khanani
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well written and highly humorous (if gory) "retelling" of the Sherlock Holmes stories. I only read the first "case" (if you can call it that) and I do keep meaning to read the rest of this book, but I have to be honest: I'm not deep into Sherlock Holmes. That said, I really enjoyed this read, and highly recommend it to the various Sherlock aficionados out there, of both the original stories and the TV series (though the original stories are paid some hilarious homage here, which you'll miss ou ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a fun retelling on Holmes and Watson. Warlock Holmes is a warlock who is not the brightest bulb, and Watson is the brains. They get into all sorts of supernatural-type scrapes, and it is fun listening how they come out. Robert Garson does a wonderful job of narrating the different personalities. This is the first of a series that I will look forward to continuing.
A delight! Can't wait for the next one
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Gabriel Denning was born and raised in Seattle. He has published articles for the popular games company Wizards of the Coast, worked as a editor, written a video-game script for Nintendo, and scripted and performed shows at the Epcot Center, Walt Disney World. He now lives in Las Vegas with his family.

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