The House of Silk

The House of Silk Bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz will bring the great man to life again for a new generation of readers As the creator of Foyle recently voted the nation s favourite TV detecti

  • Title: The House of Silk
  • Author: Anthony Horowitz
  • ISBN: 9781409133834
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz will bring the great man to life again for a new generation of readers As the creator of Foyle, recently voted the nation s favourite TV detective at the ITV Crime Thriller Awards 2010, Anthony has already displayed his talent for plotting and characterisation Having been a lifelong fan of Conan Doyle s novels, he wBestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz will bring the great man to life again for a new generation of readers As the creator of Foyle, recently voted the nation s favourite TV detective at the ITV Crime Thriller Awards 2010, Anthony has already displayed his talent for plotting and characterisation Having been a lifelong fan of Conan Doyle s novels, he was the perfect choice to return to the original stories and create a new mystery for Holmes and Watson Interest in Holmes has never been higher than right now A blockbusting movie adaptation has coincided with the BBC s intriguing modern update and both successes are to be repeated this autumn Horowitz says I fell in love with the Sherlock Holmes stories when I was 16 and I ve read them many times since My aim is to produce a first rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original.

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    1. It took me a while (perhaps three years) to pick this book from my shelve, and read. I was actually skeptical about this book. On seeing the pastiches of Sherlock Holmes there's always one question that comes to my mind: Could this new author be at par with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (let alone surpass him)? This book, I accept, does not come at par with the original for die hard fans of Sherlock Holmes. But its not bad either. And to be honest, I liked the story that Horowitz has woven. Its a very [...]

    2. I tip my hat off to you Anthony Horowitz. Having loved your Alex Rider novels because of their brilliant plotting I now see that you are capable of turning your hand to constructing an incredible Sherlock Holmes novel. In an age where to the majority of people Sherlock Holmes means either Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey Jnr it is refreshing to see some who still recall that Holmes was first and foremost one of the greatest creations of literature. Few who know that still don't know that it [...]

    3. There is so much more to the reading experience than the mere consumption of words on a page.No…. I love me the look and feel and smell of an actual book. My mind remembers these things, the cover art, the heft and sense of the page, how some fall open and give them selves up to you while others can be heavy, cumbersome, high maintenance reads. I remember the print or type face, whatever the right term is, my mind is able to recreate these images and sensations as I recall a particular experie [...]

    4. Sherlock Holmes is such a perceptive man. Few thing escape from his gaze and remain hidden from view; no trails become cold or dead as nothing eludes him because he is the master of deduction. Anthony Horowitz, like Holmes, is also a perceptive man because he has re-created the legendary consulting-detective with as much skill and finesse as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did himself. Horowitz has breathed new life into Sherlock HolmesI recognise that this is a bold claim to make but, nonetheless, it is [...]

    5. Much game has been afoot post-dating Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant creation. As everyone knows, countless movies, books and shows have been produced featuring the great detective with varying degrees of consistency. But before Anthony Horowitz, none had had the blessing of the ACD estate. Why him, you may ask? I suspect it has something to do with the fact that he’s very good – a professional writer since the age of 20, an OBE honoree, creator and writer of one of my favorite TV series ev [...]

    6. I've been a fan of Anthony Horowitz since reading Magpie Murders last year. The guy is a fantastic storyteller. He successfully appropriated Agatha Christie's voice in that instance -which lead me to believe he would be able to assume the voice of Arthur Conan Doyle in this, the first book that the author's estate approved to be written in over a century, featuring Doyle's infamous detective.I've only read a few of the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries, so I am by no means an expert on Doyle's [...]

    7. I have forgotten how many Sherlock Holmes stories I have read over the years hoping that someone might catch the essence of Holmes but always being disappointed to greater or lesser degrees. It backed up my feeling that Conan Doyle had an innate genius that perhaps even he did not appreciate. Some authors have come close - Steven King probably the best - but all have in some way missed the mark and some by a considerable margin.However Horrowitz has pulled it off beautifully. I always thought of [...]

    8. 3.5 starsThis is Anthony Horowitz's first addition to the 'Sherlock Holmes' canon and he does a good job capturing the voice of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As the book opens, Holmes is dead and Watson is an elderly man who's decided to write up one of his friend's old investigations - a case so hush-hush that it can't be released for 100 years. The 100 years is now up.*****The sensitive inquiry begins when Holmes is visited by Edmund Carstairs, a wealthy art dealer who claims he's being stalked by a [...]

    9. I love this book Alhamdulillah. I respect both authors: Horowitz and Conan Doyle.If you haven't read Sherlock Holmes books/ complete of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle then you should read Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books first then when you have finished reading it then read this book.If anyone who is a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes then I would recommend you to read this book. Trust me you will love this book.I would recommend anyone who really likes to read crime fiction to [...]

    10. A frustrating novel--Horowitz gets the style mostly right, and the plot moves at a nonstop clip, but the mystery itself is disappointing. From the very beginning, I had an inkling of where the story was going, lessening both the suspense and the emotional impact that the novel could generate. While there were some clever twists along the way--Holmes' time in prison, for example--even in these examples it felt as if Horowitz was simply reacting to other plots rather than coming up with something [...]

    11. I admit that I am not a huge fan of the Sherlock Holmes books, and I was hoping for something more like "Magpie Murders" but this was just straight forward Sherlock Holmes. I liked some of the period detail but the story did seem to drag on. There was a lot of intricate plotting, so if you are a Holmes lover you'll probably enjoy this more than I did. I got a little bored.

    12. That is not what 'egregious' means. Or 'ribaldry'. Or 'infer'. The artist is not spelled Pissaro, and opium was legal in 1890 so smuggling it would have been uniquely pointless. The sexual mores are ahistorical, which is a major problem if the whole plot hinges on 'we must kill everyone to keep our secret'.I don't usually nitpick edits but really, if you're going to presume to ventriloquise Holmes, there's no space for sloppy English and failed fact checking. And no excuse for the old 'criminal [...]

    13. This is Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.Now, despite the fact that Basil Rathbone was the first Sherlock I ever saw, Brett is the best Sherlock, hands down. He is always in motion. He's brillant. If you haven't seen him, rent the DVDs now.Rent them before you see this book because Horowitz worships at this altar. The introduction contains a nod to the Granda production that featured Brett.Is Horowitz as good as Doyle? Well, no. But he is close (and sometimes Doyle wasn't as good as himself). Hor [...]

    14. First off: Arthur Conan Doyle would never have written this novel. Book length, paragraph structure, and an emphasis on over-explained historical detail mark this out as pastiche, however reverent. But that in itself doesn't matter: Arthur Conan Doyle is dead. Much as we might like to read another work by him, we won't (except for John Smith and the like, but, really. no). Sherlock Holmes means different things to us now so an attempt to mimic his creator's style, which cannot be successful, arg [...]

    15. As Good or Better than the Original Conan Doyle Stories Anthony Horowitz has done a brilliant and masterful job of recreating the world of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. John Watson.He was evidently endorsed by the Conan Doyle estate to write a brand new Sherlock Holmes story. He's succeeded admirably. The prose is crisp, and the story's pacing and tension keep us involved through the entire bumpy journey. I'll try to avoid spoilers by only giving the bare outlines of the story and charac [...]

    16. From the first word, the style, the tone, the characters, the language, the inter-twining of plots and sub-plots and the little puzzles and deductions in which Holmes has always excelled, are all faithfully and skilfully adhered to by Anthony Horowitz. The result is superb and delightful.The author even takes great care to avoid the use of diminutives in exactly the same way as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. For example, he writes “has not” rather than “hasn’t.” This minute attention to repli [...]

    17. Anthony Horowitz has written a new mystery story about Sherlock Holmes. It's 1915, and an older Dr John Watson is setting down his memories about another Sherlock Holmes adventure. In the preface Watson tells us that he did not write about this case earlier because "the events which I am about to describe were simply too monstrous, too shocking to appear in print. They still are. It is no exaggeration to suggest that they would tear apart the entire fabric of society and, particularly at a time [...]

    18. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote four novels and 56 short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes; while such an output might have been sufficient for a lesser light, fans of the Great Detective have been clamoring for more for more than a century now. Authors ranging from Tod Browning to Roger Zelazny — B to Z, as it were — have featured Holmes in their own work. Now comes Anthony Horowitz. While not getting Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s voice exactly right (only Laurie R. King seems able to do so), Hor [...]

    19. Horowitz has cleverly and successfully copied both the style, the "voice and eyes" of Dr. Watson. The plot and the characters other than our famous duo- I would give it a 3.5 star but I must round it up for the London and countryside settings and the terrific window of "eyes" that was framed so distinctly with Dr. Watson's account being written in a backwards sense- many years later. All of the reveals and there are more than 2 or 3 nasty and a couple of others demonic in moral nature- most did [...]

    20. This was really good. The style felt very similar to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's; maybe slightly more modern, but this was still set in Holmes' usual time period. The descriptions were incredible. I've never been to London, and obviously not during that time period, but I could easily picture the fogged streets, horse-drawn buggies and Victorian mansions. The mystery was tautly portrayed and kept me interested throughout. I never lost interest, not even during the slower parts. Highly recommended, [...]

    21. My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars‘Show Holmes a drop of water and he would deduce the existence of the Atlantic. Show it to me and I would look for a tap. That was the difference between us.’In London, during the Autumn of 1890, Holmes and Watson are investigating a seemingly ordinary crime involving rare art and of course murder. Their investigation manages to take them far from the beaten path and propels them straight into a most horrific ongoing crime involving The House of Silk. They hit a bric [...]

    22. Being a great fan of the Holmesian 'game being afoot' i opened this with 'expectant trepidation'. I was not, as Watson might put it, to be disappointed on either count. There was a breathless excited quality about the story which swept you along but in the end I feel it fell flat. Horowitz it seemed to me, without giving away too much of the main story, just leapt onto the easy bandwagon of twenty first century bete noires. It was predictable and uninspired. Holmes' solving and sorting of the tw [...]

    23. There are certain types of book genres that I do not particularly care for-romance, science fiction and fantasy come to mind. The type of genre that I loathe though is when authors take on another author's characters and try to mimic them. There is a plethora of examples- Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe, Robert B. Parker's Spenser, and Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca. I could go on and on. Of course they have been approved by the author's estate because the heirs want the $$$. This is one of those books. It i [...]

    24. This was an excellent Sherlock story and Derek Jacobi was most excellent as the narrator. I recommend this audiobook to any fans of Sherlock Holmes stories.

    25. I started reading this with I admit a hint of trepidation - I had heard of this book at what had seemed a time of highly publicised "sequels" being authorised by various famous estates - from Austin to Christie it seems no literary legacy seemed safe from a famous author writing an authorised sequel. Now I will admit that these works have been met with praise and eagerness all round but you cannot blame me for being just a little suspicious and this was a perfect example.So here I am years later [...]

    26. This should be 4.5 stars, but I can't choose that on here.I must say I'm a Holmes fan, and have been for more than half my life, owning various complete editions in both German and English. Thus, I am quite critical of anyone touching this sacred fictitious world. Though this wasn't quite the same narrative voice here, it was definitely very close, and close enough to bear with it even when critical. I felt that this novel was lovingly and meticulously constructed along the old, original world o [...]

    27. I was fully prepared to despise this novel. I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes, and have read everything Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about the man. I generally abhor when authors who are not the original author try to continue a successful series. However, this book did not disappoint me. It was a fast-moving, in-character, vibrant Sherlock Holmes mystery that I couldn't put down. Anthony Horowitz puts in lots of "goodies" for the reader, including, but not limited to: Mycroft, Moriarty, Lestraded a [...]

    28. An excellent tale of Holmes and Watson, it kept me reading and fits very well among the series as written by Arthur Conan Doyle. It was marketed as the first official allowed sequel makes you wonder what the status is of the other official sequel written by Caleb Carr "The Italian Secretary". While Horowitz doesn't delve as deep in the Victorian world (as Carr was able to do) he does give the impression that he knows his stuff and nowhere does the novel stray of in unbelievable mistakes in time [...]

    29. A highly readable and (more importantly) enjoyable Holmes pastiche from the pen of Anthony Horowitz, who wrote the "Foyle's War" TV mystery series. As with my first foray with Laurie R. King, I'm always slightly leary of venturing out of the original Holmes canon to find more stories about one of my favorite detectives. Thankfully Horowitz, like King, has managed to create a well crafted story while staying true to the "spirit" of Sherlock and company with this novel. I hope he will follow up wi [...]

    30. A fine art dealer comes begging for Sherlock’s help, as he has been menaced by a strange man; a wanted man that has followed him all the way from America. Art dealer named Edmund Carstairs then finds his home robbed, family threatened and then his client murdered. Unwillingly Holmes and Watson find themselves in a conspiracy connecting London to the Boston underground by an opium den known as the House of Silk.For the first time in One hundred and twenty five years the Arthur Conan Doyle Estat [...]

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