The ones I left behind

It’s Monday? Let’s be negative!

Here are two books I was meant to read and review, but after a couple of tries I simply gave up. Since both of them were from NetGalley I kind of felt obliged to write some kind of reviews, so here they are. I know they are far from being positive, but what can I say?

I received copies of these books from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.

baker-street-phantomThe Baker Street Phantom (Singleton & Trelawney #1) by Fabrice Bourland

My rating: DNF  star-full-iconstar-half-full-iconstar-empty-iconstar-empty-iconstar-empty-icon

The more “Sherlock” stories I pick up from post-Doyle authors the more I’m convinced I really should give up. I do realize his writing was very specific and not everyone likes it, but you have to admit it was still pretty damn good and interesting.

This books simply lacked that. The idea might’ve been fine, but the delivery method was… boring? I tried few times to pick this book up and finish, but failed and I can honestly say I will not bother anymore.

The author tried to make it all supernatural adding some ghosts of the famous characters, like Hyde, Dracula, etc and starting it all with a spiritual seance after which two detectives must solve some mysteries. To be honest, I don’t really remember what the mysteries were by now, but it’s been few good months since I’ve last tried to read it, soo… well, let’s just say it’s simply not a book I liked or would be willing to recommend. Sorry, I tried. Even few times.


The Worlds TravelerThe Worlds Traveler by M.L. Roble

My rating: DNF star-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-empty-iconstar-empty-iconstar-empty-icon

Yet another book I had to give up on. Not because it was particularly bad, but it was just not likable. I found it rather boring, especially for a book made for children. The whole idea was quite curious and it even started off well, but I didn’t really know where it was going and it felt like the author wasn’t quite sure either, or maybe we just weren’t shown the path?

And about the showing… I might sometimes complain about prolonged descriptions (I have an issue with these after some shool-reads) but I do like when there are descriptions and when the author shows us the world, the heroes, the events. This is yet another story where it’s more telling rather than showing.

Heroes seemed likable and interesting and I really wanted to try and finish this book to see what these kids can do, but I simply couldn’t.
Maybe, in some far future, I’ll give it another try.


TV-Kitty-icon2Have you read any of these books?
If yes, tell me your thoughts.

4 thoughts on “The ones I left behind

  1. rashthedoctor

    The common theme around post Doyle Holmes stories seems to be collaboration with other fictional characters , there’s one book that Drew reviewed where Holmes was investigating cases of Hellraiser and now here we have hyde, draculas etc.

    I don’t think that it necessarily makes Holmes story bad , but I do think it goes away from the main basis of Holmes i.e Logic rules above all. No matter how you see it bringing supernatural elements simply makes a Holmes mystery illogical

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    1. you might have a point there, I didn’t think about the supernatural factor before
      but I’ve also read Sherlock based stories without supernatural and they also weren’t so great

      Oh, there was one that was rather nice – Beekeper’s apprentice

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      1. rashthedoctor

        Oh I’m not saying having Supernatural elements make it bad , in fact Drew was gushing about the Holmes vs Hellraiser book in his review. I just find it strange , since Holmes used to think Logic was the most important thing , and having Supernatural element throws logic out of the window

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