So here we are again, Warlock Holmes and John Watson on the case in Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles, as well as other short stories. And again, I’m more “eh” than “yay!” I think though the problem this time wasn’t overly high expectations, but instead just an uneven book. There are some stories here that shine. The first two short stories, The Adventures of the Blackened Beryls and Silver Blaze: Murder horse were quite delightful. But then it just sorta went downhill. In all honesty by the time I hit The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles I was ready to punch Watson, and didn’t really want to slog through. But I did.
I really like what the writer, G.S. Denning, was trying to do. I really do. There are some parts that are brilliant. (Warlock trying to recompose himself was one of them) But I wonder if he got so bogged down in trying to keep the style of the world that he had created, that he started to drown in it. Well, that is how it seemed to me at least. I also wonder if now I am just so picky because my reading time is precious that I won’t suffer a foolish book. I mean, I do like a bit of foolishness, but not to the point that it outshines the story.
Either way, I am glad that I stuck it out. I did enjoy some of the stories, and I do enjoy the world building. I might read another, mmm, depending on when it comes out. More than anything, to see if the author gets out of his own way and manages to make a fully enjoyable book, and not just bits and bobs of one.
I do want to say thank you to Titan books for sending FangirlNation the copies to read and review.