Great book for the 2014 Summer Reading Club!
The book Becoming Holmes starts off with Sherlock at the funereal of Sherlock’s father Wilber Holmes at which he see’s his older brother Mycroft Holmes. As Sherlock is trying to be the best detective he can be, London is in despair for the beloved Charles Dickens has just died. While Holmes is trying to become the ultimate detective he learns that his old nemesis Malefactor (or Dr. Moriarty as you learn further into the book) has returned. I personally think that this is the best book in the series but if you just want to read this book I would say that if you did that it wouldn’t be very smart considering this is the sixth book in the series and also because you wouldn’t know who any of the characters are. This is sort of a sad book because a couple of cool characters die in the book. As Holmes starts to learn more about his brother Mycroft he learns that one of Malefactors Henchman named Grimsby has gotten into the government and Sherlock suspects blackmail or murder (you’re going to have to read the book to find out which one it is, if it is one of those two options).But soon after Sherlock finds out what Grimsby did and how Malefactor told him how to do it because Grimsby told him everything so when Grimsby is found dead Sherlock suspects Malefactors right hand man Crew the giant brute committed this crime. If you are a Sherlock fan, then I suggest you read the final volume of this exciting series by Shane Peacock.
Shane Peacock will be visiting the Whitby Public Library on Thursday, February 7th! Get all of the info here: http://www.whitbylibrary.on.ca/node/2731
Page 2 opens with the word "erotic" and works up to "cocaine"...I deduce that juvenile literature has changed since I was a child!!! I got more than halfway through this implausible, unlikeable stream-of-conciousness before giving into the temptation to just quit, which I should have done at page 2. Boy Sherlock Holmes is Jewish, has no Watson but instead an employer/father-figure who's coughing up a lung while remaining chipper and alert in the way that only fictional dying people can manage. Boy Sherlock also has no Internet because it's set in Victorian times, but he doesn't need one because he already knows everything in the world, and oh, he's become a champion martial artist in his spare time. Everything is written in the present tense. I've got to say, this is the most un-Sherlockian ripoff I've ever come across; only the name is the same.
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