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The Consulting Detective Trilogy Part I: University (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 20 mag 2012

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3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle I didn't want it to end..... 14 luglio 2012
Di Leah G - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Darlene Cypser begins this first volume of her Consulting Detective Trilogy right where she left off with its prequel, The Crack in the Lens. At the conclusion of that book, Sherlock Holmes, still not recovered from the illness which almost took his life, struggles downstairs to his father's study in an effort to salvage his opportunity to attend university. This scene is repeated, after which we follow Sherlock in his efforts to regain his mental and physical health in time to start his studies with the new term. However, his lungs are not Sherlock's greatest problem. The events of November and December still haunt him, and it takes only his mother's careless disclosure, a glimpse of the moor or a fencing bout into the shade of the outbuildings to throw him back into what his loyal manservant, Jonathan, calls an "attack" (and what we would call PTSD). Fearful of his father's reaction should he find his son mentally compromised, Sherlock forces his way through these episodes until, by the time he leaves for Cambridge University's Sidney Sussex College, he believes he has them conquered. Sherlock begins his college career uneventfully enough, settling with Jonathan into what seem to be very nice quarters, playing "the game" by observing his fellow students in chapel, and studying the mathematics his father has prescribed. He's not overly thrilled with the subject, finding all of the memorization boring, but he wants out of Yorkshire, and becoming the engineer his father wishes seems as good a way as any. He doesn't really mesh with the other young men at his college, and his reaction to their innocent questions about his illness puts them off even further. Still, things seem to be going well for him until, one day in November, he leaves the lecture hall and walks into a snowstorm.

There are some struggles that are never really over. Whether they have their roots in events, our own peculiar demons, or some unholy combination of the two, we are destined to fight and refight these battles throughout our lives. The ghosts of 1871 revisit Sherlock with a vengeance, taking him on a terrifying, dangerous journey through his unresolved guilt and grief, his only hope of recovery lying in the meager treatments available at the time. He doesn't fight alone. Mycroft, the alienist Dr. George Mackenzie, university staff such as Senior Tutor Rev. John Clowe, Victor Trevor and his prescient father; and, most of all, Jonathan Beckwith, provide him with invaluable support. Still, in the end, it is Sherlock Holmes himself who discovers the one antidote which will keep his mind from "tearing itself to pieces."

Perhaps in no small measure to Dr. Watson's own efforts, we often come to see Sherlock Holmes as someone not quite human. In his efforts to chronicle the detective's exploits and (let's be honest) sell stories, Holmes' admiring Boswell sacrifices a bit of his flatmate's humanity in the telling. Ms. Cypser's Holmes, however, is extremely relatable. Unlike other writers who take on the project of exploring Sherlock Holmes' unrecorded youth, she doesn't bring in unusual characters or spectacular adventures. Sherlock's dilemmas are, instead, familiar to all of us. He wonders how to reconcile his skills and interests with the courses and careers available to him. He has difficulty making friends and runs afoul of a student known for his ability to destroy reputations with a few well-placed rumors. He tangles with authority, both academic and familial, building the confidence he needs to make that final, necessary break. In the second half of the book, he begins to try his hand at detective work, but his "cases" are such as one might expect to find in a university setting. Most importantly, however, he grapples with the puzzle of his own mind. None of this is spelled out for the reader. Instead, Ms. Cypser skillfully and subtly takes the events of Sherlock's university career and, just as she did in The Crack in the Lens, leaves it for the reader to deduce how they helped to create the detective of Baker Street.

Like its predecessor, University stands up well to re-reading. As a matter of fact, the reading upon which I am basing this review is my fourth-since April. University is impressively well-researched and documented; several characters are based on actual people, and there is an essay on sources in the back of the book. When it comes time for Holmes to spend time with Victor Trevor and his father at Donnithorpe-a crucial event which Watson records as "The Gloria Scott"-canon and book are expertly combined. Holmes' world is vividly drawn and compelling; once you enter, you won't want to leave.What I loved most about University, however, was the suspense. Although I enjoyed The Crack in the Lens immensely, there were times when I wondered why a particular scene was included and, for me, this slowed down the story. University presents no such problems. Every scene has an ultimate purpose, and nothing is wasted. I was pulled in from the first, and had no desire to resurface. During one particularly suspenseful chapter (there are several), I found myself beginning to worry about Sherlock-then realized with a start that *spoiler alert* the very existence of the canon meant that he would be able to fight his way through. My advice? Forget chores, ignore the laundry, order takeout for dinner and just settle in for the ride. You'll miss it when it's over.
5.0 su 5 stelle Well-Done Pastiche! 3 febbraio 2017
Di Kennedi - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
This story exceeded my expectations!! Usually, I don't expect much for Holmes' pastiches, as I usually find that the authors cannot quite catch the tone of the original series. However, this one did well. I loved the descriptions of Sherlock as a young man, and felt like the story of his life at university fit right in with the storyline. The only critique I have is with the punctuation and spacing at the beginning of the book; however, it seems to resolve itself as the writing goes on. Really though, that is only minor. The story itself was very good - I am really glad I found it. Worth all of the good reviews, and I cannot wait to read the next one!
10 di 11 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Sorry, Andrew Lane, But These Are Better! 11 giugno 2012
Di Kate Workman - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
There is another series of Young Adult Sherlock Holmes books being released by Andrew Lane. Death Cloud and Rebel Fire, so far. I have them, but haven't completed them. What I have read, however, shows me that MsCypser's books are on a completely different, in my opinion higher, level.

University, the first of the sequel trilogy, is absolutely wonderful. It begins right where The Crack in the Lens leaves off, and follows through Holmes's college time. Through the novel, we see the changes that take place in Holmes's character, bringing him from a young man, violently affected by the events in the previous novel, to a capable, passionate adult who will soon fully transform into the detective we all admire so much.

Honestly, once again, I can't praise this book enough, but I don't want to write too much and spoil key plot points, either for this one or the one before it. All I can say is, go read it. This one, and its predecessor are must-have's for any Holmes collector.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A wonderful read. Can't wait for the next one. 26 dicembre 2012
Di The Blue Carbuncle - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
This series has got me hooked. I generally don't care for Holmes stories that try to add "facts" to Holmes life as portrayed in the canon that suddenly come to light later during his career. But this continuation of "The Crack In The Lens" is developing the character of young Sherlock in ways that are totally believeable and in keeping with the character of Holmes as we came to know him under the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Thoroughly enjoyable and addictive. Can't wait for the next volume.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Must have the next two in trilogy!!!! 10 giugno 2013
Di Kennedy Pajeot - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I have read the Canon many times. Cypser is flawless in her understanding of the period and Doyle. I hope after she does the early Holmes she does the "retired" Holmes. Please erase from my mind some of the horrors I've read along those lines.

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