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The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: War of the Worlds (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,537 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Sherlock Holmes, Professor Challenger and Dr. Watson meet their match when the streets of London are left decimated by a prolonged alien attack. Who could be responsible for such destruction? Sherlock Holmes is about to find out...

Manly Wade Wellman’s novel takes H.G. Wells's classic story of Martian invasion and throws Holmes into the mix, with surprising and unexpected r
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by Titan Books (first published 1975)
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Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book almost by chance and it has been a pleasant surprise.
The novel tell the events described in the book "The War of the Worlds" by HG Wells, experienced by two of the most famous characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger. It's interesting to see how these men, followers of logic and science, face a similar threat, although I'm convinced that Holmes's fans might turn up their noses. Indeed, there are some aspects in the personality of Holmes, bu
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised, was a pretty interesting read.
3.5 stars maybe 4.
Mar 09, 2013 rated it liked it
With his recent surge in local popular culture, Sherlock Holmes is bound to need some new challenges in his storied detective career. In The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: War of the Worlds, Manly and Wade Wellman take Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s popular character (as well as his Professor Challenger from The Lost World) into a battle for survival while E.T. reigns down destruction in London. The story follows a parallel story line to H.G. Wells’ classic novel but makes clear and distinctiv ...more
Charles  van Buren
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Not much for Holmes to do in this one

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I admire Manly Wade Wellman's stories of John the Balladeer aka Silver John (these can be found in the e-book version of MOUNTAIN MAGIC. The hard copy has different stories). However this Sherlock Holmes story just doesn't work. Perhaps the Wellmans were too constrained by the H. G
Amy Sturgis
This book traces the events described in H.G. Wells's brilliant The War of the Worlds and the related "The Crystal Egg" (both 1897) from the perspective (and involvement) of characters from Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger universes.

It unfolds as a series of stories told either by Edward Dunn Malone (the reporter for the London newspaper The Daily Globe who features in and sometimes narrates the Professor Challenger tales) or Dr. John H. Watson, Holmes's friend and b
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
What Holmes got up to when the Martians were invading.

A better premise for a steampunk novel simply cannot be imagined. Because the world of Sherlock Holmes is so familiar, the reader can experience some of the thrill in its destruction that the original readers of The War of the Worlds must have felt. The lesser known Professor Challenger is also bought into the mix and there is a wonderfully cheeky revelation about Holmes' private life.

The authors have t
Jul 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was really disappointed by this book for two textual reasons and a score of stylistic concerns. The first in my edition is on page 41 when Challenger refers to H.G. Wells as having "some rather sketchy scientific background, along with a bizarre imagination." The second is eight pages forward. Watson and Holmes are discussing H.G. Wells when Watson refers to him as "A sensation-mongering hack, suspiciously revolutionary in his notions..." These two instances marked for me the point of no retur ...more
Jan 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Wellmans combine the world's of Doyles' two main protagonists, Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger, with the England of H.G.Wells War of the Worlds (adding bits from Wells' short story, "The Crystal Egg"). An entertaining read, with some fun bits, but don't expect any revelations or major changes to the Wells story. Basically, this is an en bloc retelling of the original but through the eyes of Doyle's characters. For the picky Holmesian, the Sh.H. depiction is a little weak, but otherw ...more
Aug 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: so-bad-i-stopped
The mash-up idea of Sherlock Holmes and War of the Worlds (not too mention the inclusion of another Doyle character: Professor Challenger), has an immense amount of potential. Sadly the Wellmans achieve nothing even close to interesting, not even coming close to having a grasp of the essential character of Holmes (pairing him off romantically with the Landlady, let alone saying shit like he thinks of himself as a perfectionist kisser (!) is so contrary to the character and just a waster of pages ...more
Fred Hughes
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lots of deducting but not much action as Holmes and Watson face an invasion of London launched from the planet Mars. Holmes meets his equal in intelligence in Mr Challenger (nice twist on the name) who is the first to tell you how smart he is.

While there is investigation, the results on the invasion rest squarely with the invaders; and Holmes and Watson are merely bystanders.

Throw in H.G. Wells, which the author did, and you get an entertaining read
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very good, interesting story. I like that i uses HG Wells War of the Worlds and places Holmes and another Doyle character, Professor Challenger and incorporates them into the story. I like how Watson is upset that Wells has misrepresented the true facts of the invasion and left out key contributions of Challenger and Holmes. This one made me smile.
Kelsey Yost
Apr 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly boring, Watson is off somewhere else for most of the book, Mr Challenger is annoying and adds nothing, Mrs Hudson is moved from a background character to Holmes' lover (which I find disturbing and frankly gross). Not a fan at all of this story.
Jul 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
In short, with a premise like Sherlock Holmes and the War of the Worlds this book should have been fun. Instead it was boring and tedius and not at all engaging. A complete and utter disappointment. It soured me on reading any more of this range.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sarah Perchikoff
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
ok, not the best
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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Elwood D Pennypacker
How'sa bout this for what the kids would call one of those "mash-up"'s?

The title is a little misleading. Sherlock Holmes plays but only a partial role in the days of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds as imagined by this father/son author duo. The bulk of the work belongs to another Doyle creation, a pleasantly plump genius/pompous ass named Professor Challenger. For much of the Martian attack, the Watson-less travails of Holmes and Challenger suffered from just that - a lack of Watson. "Why isn't Wa
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Caidyn (BW Book Reviews)

While I was reading this book, I was in a mocking mood, so mock I did. I actually think that it made me like the book better this one time.

There were quite a few things that I disliked with this book. First, it was the love triangle with Holmes, Mrs. Hudson, and Mr. Hudson. It wasn't needed for the story, and, after watching BBC's Sherlock, I only see Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson. It wasn't a pretty sight to see when they were kissing in my head. Secondly, wa
Of the three Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes novels I've read this is the one I like the least. It's dull and the authors' outright disdain, even contempt, for H.G. Wells is disheartening. Manly and Wade Wellman's approach to this basically boils down to "Sure, Wells had a great idea, but he did it wrong." Wells' original novel is presented herein as another, less factual account of a real event (an alien invasion) and at every turn the Wellmans go out of their way to have the characters m ...more
Lianne Burwell
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
This can be summed up as Sherlock Holmes meets The Lost World meets War of the Worlds.

I haven't read The Lost world, so I'm not sure how accurate the bombastic Professor Challenger is (although he is somewhat softened by the care he shows his wife). Sherlock Holmes worked for me (although throwing in that he's been having a long-standing affair with Mrs Hudson, who must be much younger than most people portray her), but Dr Watson is almost a cartoon. Certainly, he's not a brilliant as the other
I enjoyed this pastiche of Sherlock Holmes and H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. Although Holmes is not strictly Doyle's version -- for example, his housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson, is a lot younger and Holmes is having an affair with her -- this was still a lot of fun! The authors also use Wells' short story The Crystal Egg as a device for Holmes to actually see the impending invasion from Mars. Another of Doyle's characters, Professor Challenger, also plays a key role in the novel and both he and Holmes ...more
Timothy Tobolski
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
At the close of last year, I decided to re-read Wells' 'War of the Worlds'and 'the Crystal Egg', as well as delve into some Professor Challenger stories and few of Doyle's ghost stories. All of that prepared me for a better understanding and a deeper enjoyment of the Wellmans' pastiche. Truthfully, I wasn't impressed the first time I read this; it seemed far too centered on Challenger and not enough on Holmes (and Holmes' deductive skills). Not so the second time around. It was well executed in ...more
Michael Brown
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series-reading
Let me start by saying I like the works of Manly Wade Wellman and some of the writings of his son. Next that this series of 'Further Adventures 'has some very good, some OK and a few real bad tales of Sherlock Holmes. This one is a stinker. There is little in the way of detection. Almost no real interaction with the "Martians." And once more we have Holmes in love - this time with Mrs. Hudson. If you are really hard up for something to read then you can always say afterwards that you have added ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
For me, the book only picked up at almost 100 pages in; which never sounds good if you're trying to recommend it to anyone. I found that there were a handful of Holmesian traits that went against the grain of the usual Sherlockian pastiche/Holmes in general (despite telling myself that that is the point of a pastiche too) that grated on me, but as I read on I found that the Wellman's rectified almost all of my issues. I adored the addition of Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger though, not quite ...more
Jota Houses
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, crime
Un pastiche Holmesiano que sitúa al detective y al profesor Challenger en la invasión marciana de Wells. No aporta nada al canon salvo torturarlo para incluir una historia amorosa inverosímil. Además los personajes se limitan a asistir como espectadores a los eventos principales de la invasión sin aportar nada. Como además se separan, asistimos a la repetición de los mismos sucesos desde distinto punto de vista. Mucho mejor leerse el segundo volumen de la Liga de Caballeros Extraordinarios que p ...more
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Despite some of its flaws I really enjoyed this take on Sherlock Holmes during the events of H G Wells famous novel. While some parts could be considered more alt-canon than anything, I thought it tied in with previous novels and some of the others in this series well. My biggest issue was the use of dialect for some of the Londoners in the book. Cockneys never have, and never will speak like they do in this! I wish people outside of the UK would do their research before falling into wrong stere ...more
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Maybe a bit more than 2 stars.

Concept: Holmes plays a role in the events from H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds.

This isn't really a detective mystery, so it's not true Sherlock. Also, the inclusion of Prof. Challenger didn't improve it for me. And the romance between Holmes & Ms. Hudson is out of character for Holmes.

There are science fiction elements. Unfortunately, while the book diverges from Wells' story on a few points, it maintains the implausible ability of Earth and alien life to feed o
Bill Bleuel
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
H. G. Wells' legendary invasion story, Sherlock Holmes AND Professor Challenger, yet this book is dull and pedestrian (and Sherlock Holmes is largely absent from his own book). I also didn't feel Mr. Wellman had a deep understanding of Holmes or Watson (since I haven't read any of the Professor Challenger books I can't speak to his understanding of Challenger, but this didn't pique my interest). As far as pastiches go, this was no better than average.
David Brzezinski
While the idea of what Sherlock Holmes was doing during Wells' War of the Worlds is intriguing, the follow through is a bit of a miss. Even with the inclusion of Professor Challenger (from Doyle's The Lost World), the story seems more of a miss than a hit. It's tough to get a good feel for either character throughout the book. Final verdict, read it if you are curious, but you would probably be better off with one of the other books in this series.
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