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Published by Rebellion Publishing on October 7, 2014
Genres: Anthology, Crime, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Short Story
The world's most famous detective, as you’ve never seen him before! This is a collection of original short stories finding Holmes and Watson in times and places you would never have expected!Amazon •
A dozen established and up-and-coming authors invite you to view Doyle’s greatest creation through a decidedly cracked lens.
Read about Holmes and Watson through time and space, as they tackle a witch-trial in seventeenth century Scotland, bandy words with Andy Warhol in 1970s New York, travel the Wild Frontier in the Old West, solve future crimes in a world of robots and even cross paths with a young Elvis Presley...
Set to include stories by Kasey Lansdale, Guy Adams, Jamie Wyman, J E Cohen, Gini Koch, Glen Mehn, Kelly Hale, Kaaron Warren, Emma Newman and more.
Mature-Content Rating: Language, Violence, Drugs, Mention of Rape, Homosexual themes
Two Hundred And Twenty-One Baker Streets is an anthology of fourteen Holmesian stories all written in a variety of genres and times.
While some of the stories focus on the mystery like the original books, others focus on the familiar yet outrageously creative characters of Sherlock and Watson or the new worlds constructed by the author. Even Ms. Hudson has a go at being a bioengineer instead of her mildly fascinating landlady persona. And how is a collection complete without a few gender-bending fics in which Sherlock and Watson are teenage schoolgirls? College campuses, 70’s New York, modern day London, a traveling circus, and many other times and places are included in this anthology.
As for the plots, some of the authors created their own mysteries, some reinvented old ones, and others had a combination of both. How can you have an anthology of Holmesian stories without at least one touching on how Sherlock survived The Reichenback Fall? Answer: You can’t, and it was brilliant. One story had a strong philosophical feel to it when Watson and Sherlock were forced to question the world they lived in and their own existence within it.
One thing that disappointed me was in the title it states that it is ‘An Anthology of Holmesian Tales Across Time and Space’, and although it contains plenty of the ‘across time’ part I was really disappointed that it didn’t have a Sherlock space opera. One story did touch on space but it didn’t have enough of that futuristic feel to be completely counted as a ‘space’ story.
Overall, Two Hundred And Twenty-One Baker Streets has a story for everyone. It’s full of brilliantly written tales that any fan of Sherlock can appreciate.