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Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions

(Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu #1)

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  223 ratings  ·  48 reviews
A series of grisly murders rocks London. At each location, only a jumble of bones remains, along with a bizarre bone sphere covered in arcane symbols. The son of the latest victim seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, who discover a common thread that ties together the murders--and the persons responsible.
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Paperback, 437 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Titan Books (UK) (first published April 11th 2017)
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Stewart Tame
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting. A series of bizarre deaths draws Holmes and Watson into the case of a lifetime. Horribly mutilated bodies, stacks of bones arranged in bizarre figures, buildings and furniture constructed with unnatural angles and carved with strange symbols ... You know things are bad when a certain someone appeals to Holmes for help ... This is the first book of a projected trilogy, so don't start it expecting a nice, tidy resolution.

First of all, Cthulhu--though referred to--does not actually ap
Ryan Hixson
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: uno2019, titan-books
Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of Deadly Dimensions by Lois H. Gresh is the showdown that you never thought possible for a man like Sherlock Holmes who does not believe in the supernatural. Gresh has a really clever quote for this instance. "Superstition has no place in the world, Watson, only science. What we perceive today as otherworldly, we will know as science tomorrow. I am certain of it." This book mixes the writing of two literary masters Lovecraft and Cohan Doyle, and has jo ...more
Shabbeer Hassan
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, horror, fantasy
What happens when the king of logic, Sherlock meets the completely balmy world of Lovecraft filled with Elder Gods, frog-like humans and ample orgies?

We get a strange pastiche like this, of course! The writing is not that bad, but Lois Gresh forgot the old Sherlock quip: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” That's the reason we have a 300+ page book in which we the readers spend the majority of the time being more smarter than Sherl
David Neilsen
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a good book, a lot of fun to read, an interesting story with some fun details, and all in all a fine read.

But it has some problems.

The first and foremost is right there in the title. Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu. That absolutely sets the reader up to enjoy Holmes diving into the Lovecraftian Mythos. Cults. Elder Gods. Monsters beyond description. Supernatural nastiness. We know before we read page one that there are other worldly things at play here. Things beyond time and space. The titl
Morgan Scorpion
Oct 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish it, but may return to it one day. The style just wasn't my cup of tea, and also I did not find the characters of Holmes and Watson to be recognizable.
Yvonne Davies
I enjoy reading genre mash up featuring famous fictional characters. Holmes and Watson are asked to investigate a murder of a tram engineer, an easier case for the brains of Holmes or so it seems. However, they are thrown into a supernatural situation after bodies are turning up stripped of flesh with strange symbols are etched on the bones.
Whilst eventually Holmes may come across the Cthulhu, the title was a bit deceiving and I would have emphasized the sub title instead as that explained the s
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller-mystery
Started off really, really great. But Gresh screwed up in the end. The cultish nonsense gibberish kinda gets old after a couple of hundred pages.

If there's anything I can't stand, it's the complete lack of closure.
A thoroughly rolicing read as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson take on the Order of Dagon, which is masquerading as a Druidic religion.

Involving as it does Elder Gods, Druidic themes, opera, living machines, it is surprising just how well Ms Gresh has managed to meld the worlds of Doyle and Lovecraft.

Holmes first gets involved when a distraught man comes to him after the infernal machine that his father created killed his father. It becomes increasingly obivous to everyone except Holmes that the
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions" by Lois H. Gresh is the third Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu type of novel I've read. The first two were in the ongoing series (with the same general subject matter) by James Lovegrove.

If you're not familiar with the iconic characters of Sherlock Holmes or Dr. Watson--created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle--go familiarize yourself, and I'll wait here.

For the rest of us, this is the start of a trilogy where Holmes, a dogged devotee of
Aug 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because it's Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu. I mean, come on. That sounds like awesome in a bottle. It called to mind A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman, so I was extra excited to read it.

If you're looking for action, adventure, and a heaping helping of Lovecraftian horror, this is your book. That was what I wanted from it, and that's what it gave me. It doesn't shy away from gore, and the affliction of insanity and madness that's essential for a good Lovecraftian story affect
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This book has a very interesting concept… but it is not very well executed.

My main problem already starts with the title: Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu. First of all, Cthulhu does not appear in this book. It is maybe named twice. Of course this may be for the better (we have to draw this battle out for a whole trilogy, can’t have Sherlock die in book one already can we?), but still. Secondly, Sherlock Holmes himself is very poorly portrayed. Apart from the fact that he has the characteristic name,
Breakaway Reviewers
Holmes and Watson – as familiar as toast and jam!

This is the first in a trilogy of books by this author and is published by Titan Books in London, the proponents of all things 'Holmes'.

You would think that no-one could recreate Holmes a century later than Conan Doyle did, but Gresh has managed to get both Holmes and his 'assistant' Watson pegged; Holmes is, as always, selfish and overbearing, whilst Watson must be the wettest person ever to qualify for the medical profession. If I were ill I wou
Taz Mack
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
While I know of H P Lovecraft and his works I have to admit I haven’t yet read any of his books ( a compendium has decorated my bookshelves for years now but I suspect I bought it for the beautiful binding and cover…). Perhaps that was a disadvantage when reading this novel and I have to take responsibility for that.

However, there were other aspects of the book that I couldn’t quite get to terms with and principal amongst them was the inordinate amount of time given to Watson’s angst about his w
Nemo Erehwon
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it

I am lukewarm about this book.

As the title suggests, it is a mashup between the universes of A.C. Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu. This is difficult mashup, because Holmes represents the steady, rational, logically deductive mind, while Cthulhu conjures up visions of mind-numbing, other-worldly insanity.

This book does not display the Victorian jauntiness where science and the rational mind conquer all difficulties. At times it veers perilously close to "chick lit", especially
Jeremy Reaban
Two of my favorite things to read about are Sherlock Holmes and the Cthulhu mythos. This sort of crossover is surprisingly modern (given August Derleth who popularized the works of HPL also wrote a number of Holmes pastiches and never did a proper cross over) but increasingly common.

The catch with crossovers is you have to satisfy a number of conditions. Is it a good Sherlock Holmes pastiche? Is it a good mythos story? And lastly, is it a good book?

The best part of this novel is the mythos stuff
Greg Burton
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I definitely enjoy Sherlock-Cthulhu mashups - Neil Gaiman's short story "A Study in Emerald" is highly recommended as a masterpiece of the form. Gresh's full-length novel successfully drew me in and was suspenseful: I read the second half very quickly and stayed up late to finish it (to my regret). I can't say too much about what disappointed me in this book without spoilers, but you should know this. The Sherlock in this book has some of the familiar and beloved personality traits but very few ...more
Sean Sherman
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sherlock-holmes
The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions was very well done overall. I thought the essence of Holmes and Watson were captured well. I am particularly glad that the author had Holmes stick to his logic and reason when dealing with the unnatural and magical forces. Holmes would not embrace the supernatural as a reality just because he didn't understand the actual science involved. He continued his search for reason and sanity until the end. Just what I would expect someone like Holmes to do. The Myt ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this work, but I did not enjoy it nearly as much as I anticipated. First, Cthulhu is almost never mentioned in the work, so the title itself is misleading. Second, one of the key tensions in this side-genre is that knowledge is a dangerous thing. That your sanity may be the price you pay for stopping the Old Ones. In this work, Watson experiences some worrisome signs, but the heroes do not seem have any lasting effects. The third fault is that the working together of Holmes and Moriarty ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
After finishing this book and considering what I thought of it, I realized that I enjoyed* it. The asterisk representing that while I liked the merging of the Cthulhu mythos and Sherlock Holmes, I felt that something was missing. There weren't any surprises and the characters reacted how I would expect them to in these situations. I have a feeling that it has more to do with the actual interaction between Holmes and Cthulhu than something the writer did though. I'm not sure if expecting somethin ...more
Maciek Sokolewicz
Sep 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book has an interesting start. However, a hundred pages in it starts to become tedious. The story crawls to a halt, and the characters of Holmes and Wilson tend to be portraied in a very shallow way. Wilson isn't a character, but rather an annoying little crying toddler with little to say but annoying whining. Towards the end, the story finally speeds up a bit again, but doesn't really end. "oh, they died. I guess we're done then. " feels like you've read the entire book and learnt... nothin ...more
Meredith Miyake
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I did not have high expectations for the quality of the plot or the writing for this book. I was delightfully surprised and deeply creeped out! It gets a bit messy in its pacing and plot towards the end, maybe, but the writing styles and characterizations are remarkably on point for both ACD and Lovecraft. If you are a fan of eldritch horrors, this is absolutely a book for you!

Not a read for the squeamish, however. Seriously. It actually managed to squick me out a couple times.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It has much to recommend it: well written, feels very Sherlockian, liked the increased participation of Watson's family (and especially his inner concerns about them). But the menace doesn't come together like one would hope, more like a Call of Cthulhu adventure with different menaces about the place, and honestly, I was a bit disappointed when Sherlock called the outworldly menaces "impossible". It didn't seem like him to try and dismiss what his senses were telling him.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is a potboiler, and the best thing about it is probably the concept. The story is not satisfying as a Sherlock Holmes mystery in any way. In author Lois Gresh's hands, John Watson's narration is more concerned with John Watson than it is with Sherlock Holmes, making Holmes very removed from the reader. On the Lovecraft-ian side, the author fares no better, replacing Lovecraft's despair and hopelessness with scenes of gaudy gore and monster revelry.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Middling for a Holmesian mashup. The infamous detective bumbles along, the occasional added viewpoints don't really add much, and the story is the start if a trilogy and falls into the trap of not really resolving much of the central problem. I'll probably still read any others though, since I'm a sucker for both Lovecraft and Holmes adjacent stuff.
Mark Scrooby
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Chris Smrke
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is indeed a unique blending of genres and watching Sherlock try to navigate the world of the occult is probably akin to being Watson - sometimes frustrating and sometimes exhilarating. This is a good entry novel, and I hope that they continue to get better. Sherlock may not accept the occult, but he must somehow learn to fight it. An interesting dilemma, indeed.
Richard Mellon
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story

If you like Holmes and Watson and are familiar with Lovecraft's Cathulu and his Old Ones then you'll enjoy Holmes and Watson doing battle and the battle within themselves when logic and science don't seem to match what they see with their own eyes ...
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Another issue that bothers me about this novel is how the author has used the Mythos without questioning its racist and classist underpinnings. As I have mentioned in my other reviews, more and more authors are beginning to realise that the Mythos is not as uncomplicated creators used to assume (or wanted to assume), and therefore have begun to take steps towards addressing that, creating works that showcase the dark underbelly of Lovecraft’s politics, which are embedded throughout his work.

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LOIS H. GRESH is the New York Times Bestselling Author (6 times) and USA Today Bestselling Author (thrillers) of 30 books and more than 65 short stories. Look for SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. CTHULHU #1: THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEADLY DIMENSIONS (Titan Books, April 2017), the first in a new trilogy of Sherlock Holmes thrillers from England's premier publisher of all things Holmes, with Random House distributi ...more

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