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The Crack in the Lens (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 23 dic 2010

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5.0 su 5 stelle Full review of The Crack in the Lens 20 aprile 2011
Di Jennifer Petkus - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
The Crack in the Lens

Darlene Cypser has pulled off an amazing conjuring trick with The Crack in the Lens, writing an original Sherlock Holmes story that is in no way a Sherlock Holmes story and that owes more to Emily Brontë than Arthur Conan Doyle.

Cypser's novel introduces us to 17-year-old Sherlock, happy to have returned to his Yorkshire home. He is the youngest son of the forbidding squire, Siger Holmes, with older brothers Mycroft and Sherrinford. His father considered him a delicate child who suffered from pneumonia growing up and has little faith in the young man he is about to be. Siger Holmes hopes his son will enter university and train to be an engineer, a suitable profession for a youngest son who would not inherit the family estate. And to that end Siger Holmes has engaged a professor of mathematics who will tutor -- and torture -- the boy.

But at first young Sherlock is simply happy to be home and free to roam the moors. Of course it's on the moors that he meets Violet Rushdale, daughter of one of his father's tenant farmers. It's a star-crossed match: the squire's son and the daughter of a tenant who's fallen to drink and is behind in the rent after the death of his wife. And of course being star crossed, the attraction is irresistable and one day after Sherlock and Violet slip and fall in freezing water and seek shelter in a prehistoric hut and ... well, as I said, The Crack in the Lens is more Brontë than Doyle and young Sherlock is not the misogynist of Watson's years.

One of the most amazing parts of Cypser's conjuring trick is that it's so simple. Boy meets girl, boy is denied girl through the machinations of his tutor, girl denies boy thinking it best for him and ultimately boy loses girl, which I don't think is a spoiler because every woman reader who has ever felt for him knows he had a tragic past. If I can offer any criticism, it's that Sherlock must prove himself impossibly obtuse when confronted by Violet's denial. It's like those times Watson is confronted by Holmes in disguise and you can't believe the good doctor can be so easily fooled. But the misapprehension is important to the story and after all, young Sherlock is only seventeen, not wise in matters of love and also suffering under the slanders his tutor has laid before Siger Holmes.

Cypser's restraint is also admirable in not making too many winking nods to Sherlock's future as the great detective, with few in jokes I noticed other than a plausible relation to another great Doyle creation and many foreshadowings to Holmes' skill at boxing and fencing and his affinity with the working classes and children. I'm sure there are other Holmesian nods that Cypser has added that I have missed in my Watsonian clumsiness, but I think they are subtle.

Cypser has also created one of the great sick bed scenes of all times, rivaling anything from Austen, Brontë or Dumas and her forging of the detective Holmes from the crucible of young Sherlock's despair makes The Crack in the Lens has made a lasting impression on me.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A fine pastiche 10 giugno 2011
Di Karen P. Rhodes - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
First, a disclaimer: I am a member of the Hounds of the Internet, of which Darlene Cypser is also a member. That said, whether or not I had had any contact with the author prior to the publication of this book, I can say without reservation that enjoyed it. It ends on a somber yet triumphant note, having taken us through the agony of a tough coming-of-age for young Holmes. We see a more rational explanation for Holmes's having fired bullets into the wall of the long-suffering Mrs. Hudson's boarding house to form the initials "V.R," this being but one small sample of how author Cypser has woven into her narrative those little odd bits of trivia which delight us Sherlockians so much. Her weave is tight indeed, with a story that, while it may begin slowly, builds to a fine ending. Holmes's family, the circumstances of his upbringing in an upper-class manorial atmosphere, the events that shaped the man we know in Conan Doyle's tales, all form a matrix that hangs together. I found particularly believable the characterization of the child and teenager Holmes as having been sickly. Anyone who finds this difficult to swallow, given how energetic and even athletic the man Holmes is shown to be has only to look at the life of Theodore Roosevelt, a real-world example of a sickly child who trained himself into a vigorous, energetic, and robust man.

Dialect is difficult for authors and readers, at times. Here the dialect, in this case that of Yorkshire, is not over-emphasized heavily, as is a problem in some novels. The author has relied on word choice, structure, and syntax more than on trying to use spelling alone to get the dialect across. Cypser has used orthographical expression of the dialect judiciously. It works very nicely for me, and I am usually highly critical of this aspect of a book.

The most jarring problem is not of Cypser's making, but consists in transcription errors which seem at this stage of production to be endemic to the Kindle versions of books. The Crack in the Lens has been a worthwhile use of my somewhat limited leisure-reading time.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Looking forward to the sequel 8 dicembre 2011
Di JoLynn - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
A story of the seventeen year old Sherlock Holmes - the highly intelligent and somewhat misunderstood youngest son of a very demanding father. The lonely Sherlock finds a friend when he offers to help Violet Rushdale, the daughter of one of his father's tenant farmers, as she struggles to provide for herself and her widowed alcoholic father. As the young pair share their brief moments of free time, love blossoms.

If this were merely a story of first love, it would be (and is) quite charming. But this is Sherlock Holmes we're talking about, so we know the lovers' course will not be a smooth one. Enter Squire Holmes' choice of tutor for young Sherlock - the mysterious Professor Moriarty.

A thrilling battle of wits and wills ensues, replete with angry fathers, a stormy night on the moors, the threat of madness, and the beginnings of drug addiction. Possible origins of several facets of the Sherlock Holmes ouevre are introduced, making the story ever more fascinating.

Highly recommended for fans of Sherlock Holmes (of course), but also for those who enjoy the Brontes and historical fiction set in the 19th century. A great read.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Bottomline: Worth the money 12 maggio 2011
Di JEFFREY MCGRAW - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I happened across "The Crack In The Lens" by Darlene Cypser after reading "The Sherlockian" by Graham Moore. This review is for Ms. Cypser's excellent work. I can talk about the premise which starts with a young Sherlock Holmes on the cusp of adulthood. She deftly takes us through that journey which culminates in self realization for the young consulting detective. At first, I thought it started very slowly, as I was more used to reading noir fiction, hardboiled and usually devoid of anything that would deter from the main plot line. I can talk about the deftly drawn characters filling out our background of the Holmes family. Who knew he and Mycroft had a brother? Here you will meet the dastardly Professor Moriarity who is even more dastardly and diabolical than Conan Doyle led me to believe. I can talk about Violet, a forerunner, in my humble opinion, to Irene Adler. Trust me I could ramble on about this book for 300 words tenfold. Let me boil it down to this. The book was very much WORTH MY MONEY and the best word to describe it is ENTERTAINING. Reading it on a back porch on a lazy Sunday afternoon you would fill your inner self with the satisfaction of being thoroughly sated with good writing. Might I be so bold as to suggest the author move a little faster on the succeeding two volumes in this trilogy?
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5.0 su 5 stelle A must read for Sherlock Holmes fans! 27 ottobre 2016
Di 4everNana - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
A very well-researched and well-written story of Sherlock Holmes as a young man of seventeen, whose life events that year would change him into the man he would become. Highly recommend this book, and the sequel The Consulting Detective.

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