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The Game is Afoot! A collection of art, poetry and writing from fans of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his companion Doctor Watson. From the deadly Moriarty to domestic life of Holmes and Watson, The Art of Deduction showcases some of the greatest talent from arguably the oldest fan base in the world. Raising awareness for the www.saveundershaw.com campaign and ro The Game is Afoot! A collection of art, poetry and writing from fans of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his companion Doctor Watson. From the deadly Moriarty to domestic life of Holmes and Watson, The Art of Deduction showcases some of the greatest talent from arguably the oldest fan base in the world. Raising awareness for the www.saveundershaw.com campaign and royalties to Help For Heroes.


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The Game is Afoot! A collection of art, poetry and writing from fans of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his companion Doctor Watson. From the deadly Moriarty to domestic life of Holmes and Watson, The Art of Deduction showcases some of the greatest talent from arguably the oldest fan base in the world. Raising awareness for the www.saveundershaw.com campaign and ro The Game is Afoot! A collection of art, poetry and writing from fans of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his companion Doctor Watson. From the deadly Moriarty to domestic life of Holmes and Watson, The Art of Deduction showcases some of the greatest talent from arguably the oldest fan base in the world. Raising awareness for the www.saveundershaw.com campaign and royalties to Help For Heroes.

30 review for The Art of Deduction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    This book has been around a year in the making and it's finally here! Unfortunately, I found it to be a little lacklustre. There may be several personal reasons for this that won't effect other people's opinions (that I saw it's progress from early on, that I am more a Victorian Holmes fan than BBC etc.) so please bear that in mind when reading this. And I don't want this review to seem like I am dumping on the book, I am not even remotely doing that because it is for a good cause and something This book has been around a year in the making and it's finally here! Unfortunately, I found it to be a little lacklustre. There may be several personal reasons for this that won't effect other people's opinions (that I saw it's progress from early on, that I am more a Victorian Holmes fan than BBC etc.) so please bear that in mind when reading this. And I don't want this review to seem like I am dumping on the book, I am not even remotely doing that because it is for a good cause and something I care strongly about. The overall look of the book is nice and striking and it leads in with a great, insightful intro from one of the Baker Street Babes (a group of ladies who do a podcast and much more for the Holmes community). It then goes into the main creative content that is split into five chapters: The Diogenes Club (which also includes anything to do with Scotland Yard), We Believe in Sherlock Holmes, The Game is Afoot, Beneath the Hat & Poetry. Within these (save poetry which is simply...poetry) we have written pieces followed by a 'gallery' of art. I can't draw for cookies (and I'd do anything for cookies!) so all of the art is impressive to me but if you are buying this book more for the art than the fiction then I strongly suggest the Kindle version over the hardcopy. This way, you get all the pictures in colour and at a decent resolution to be properly admired. Some of the darker pieces have not translated well into print and they look like very poor scans which is highly unfortunate for the artist. But at least you can truly appreciate their work in Kindle format. There are some great pieces of fiction in this book, some of the highlights for me being: Acquiring a Consulting Detective, Pirates & Spies, A Quiet Birthday, Zero at the Bone, Sherlock Holmes and the Wrongly Named, A Study in Fiction, Linear Regression, I Dream of It Every Night, Amicae Antiquae & Sestina for a Last Lesson to name but...well, quite a few it seems! There are, however, a lot of errors throughout the book that take away from the quality, I feel. I know there was a deadline in submissions so some people maybe rushed their work and didn't check it but I think the person accepting the submissions or the editor should have pointed this out to the author so corrections could have been made. I wouldn't want my work being published with obvious errors in it, I'd want to be told so I could correct it. And some of the formatting was messed up too, with some works being justified, others not, sentences cutting off to another paragraph halfway through. It comes across as a bit amateurish, if I'm honest. My other gripe is that the book leans very heavily to BBC's Sherlock. I love the BBC show, don't get me wrong, but I also love the Canon, the Warner Bros. movies, the Russian series, Granada...and these all felt very poorly represented. I don't know if this was because the publishers felt BBC content would be easier to sell or what but it's a bit of a disappointment, knowing that there were plenty of submissions to cover the other adaptations. When it was originally arranged, there were at least two more chapters (1895 & The Spider's Web, which revolved around the villains of the Holmes canon) which would have allowed for more varied content and these seem to have vanished all together which is a huge shame. But there is a whole chapter dedicated to the 'We Believe in Sherlock Holmes' movement that was strictly BBC related and allowed for no fluidity of incorporating other versions. And then there's the fact that one person has no less that 16 pieces in this book, it doesn't allow them to say that they didn't have room for more. They could have limited it to one submission each to allow for more people to take part. The last thing I want to do is put people off purchasing the book because there are some great pieces in here and it is for two good causes (raising awareness for Undershaw and royalties going to Help for Heroes) but I also wanted to put this honest opinion out there. I just feel it was a book with a lot of potential that was eventual not met after all the waiting.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Some excellent artwork makes this a 3 star book, otherwise, I found the stories to be not very good at all. Have read much better fan fiction. Also, editing was appalling. Found a number of dreadful spelling mistakes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dorottya

    I was so excited when I received it (thanks so much for even having a chance to win on a Goodreads giveaway), that I had to read it as soon as possible. I was right. I loved it! I have to admit that I haven't read any Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle (it's on my reading to do list!!!!), but I'm quite familiar with the later adaptations. I've seen both Guy Ritchie films... and yes, I've watched some episodes of BBC's Sherlock. Now I feel even more as if I NEEDED to watch the whole ser I was so excited when I received it (thanks so much for even having a chance to win on a Goodreads giveaway), that I had to read it as soon as possible. I was right. I loved it! I have to admit that I haven't read any Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle (it's on my reading to do list!!!!), but I'm quite familiar with the later adaptations. I've seen both Guy Ritchie films... and yes, I've watched some episodes of BBC's Sherlock. Now I feel even more as if I NEEDED to watch the whole series... because if a series collects such a strong fanbase, it must be brilliant... I mean, I know it is brilliant, but I haven't had the time to watch the full series... which I have to do asap :D. I like reading fanfiction and I love looking at fan art. Especially is these pieces made by fans are deep and really suit the original which they are based on... and with these writings and one-shots I felt that way. I couldn't put it down, I just ate the letters. My heart was aching, I was laughing... I kind of felt every spectrum of emotions in about 2 hours. They really captured the whole athmosphere of the Sherlock stories and the characters as well.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    I won this copy via Goodreads Giveaway. This is a collection of art, poems, and writings from fans of Sherlock Holmes. The quality of the collection varied, but it was overall enjoyable for any fan of Sherlock Holmes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    R.J.

    I love everyone contributions in this book, and will always selfishly cherish it and my story, "A Study In Fiction" (written under my birth name - Rachel Richardson), since it was the very first time I was published. I love everyone contributions in this book, and will always selfishly cherish it and my story, "A Study In Fiction" (written under my birth name - Rachel Richardson), since it was the very first time I was published.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Good idea for a book, but oh so many typos in the ebook version.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Roy Huff

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    Khelan

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    Ira Aaronson

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    Aldric Rafael

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    Sanjay Karthikeyan

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    Dominique

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    Steve Emecz

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    Mary Lynn Saxton

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    Sabrina Reiger

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    Rebecca

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    Bryan Ivan

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    Taman Bacaan

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    Rakoon

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    Ty Schweikl

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    Ellie

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    WON HYANG

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emmy Karin

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    Mukul

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    Daniel Young

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    Renzo Trigoso

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    RUPESH KUMAR

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris Csernyik

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