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The Angel of the Crows (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Katherine Addison (Tekijä)

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Jäsen:stripymanticore
Teoksen nimi:The Angel of the Crows
Kirjailijat:Katherine Addison (Tekijä)
Info:Tor Books (2020), 448 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):****
Avainsanoja:audiobook

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The Angel of the Crows (tekijä: Katherine Addison)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 19) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
The Angel of the Crows
by Katherine Addison
I loved this! It was so incredibly fun! If you are a Sherlock and Watson fan and like things just like the original then do not read! But if you want a fun and twisted supernatural element to the stories then read this! There are more twists then you can imagine!

In here they are Crow and Doyle. Doyle was a doctor in the war too. It is written from Doyle's point of view. Many of the stories have the same sort of story lines but Doyle was injured in the fight with the Fallen, (Angels, that is!). Other stories come up such as the Hounds, special appearance by Jack the Ripper, and a couple of side jobs too. Exciting, fun, and definitely not as boring as the original Sherlock! (I like Sherlock but when Sherlock has wings, well, game over!)

There's Hellhounds, ghosts, Angels, vampires, psychic, mechanical Cerberus, and more! What's not to like when added to great characters and realistic backgrounds, mysteries, sprinkled generously with humor and intrigue! ( )
  MontzaleeW | Nov 25, 2021 |
Let me be clear: I really liked this book. But two things kept me from enjoying it as much as I should have, and so this review will be spent mainly on those. I will, however, try to summarise some of the many, many positives before I close.

As with "The Goblin Emperor", Addison's storytelling sucked me in here as few books do. I enjoyed the book immensely, found myself reading for longer than I usually do every sitting until I'd finished it. Alas, as with "The Goblin Emperor", I found the ending lacklustre. It's not bad (nor was the one in "Goblin Emperor"), but it feels small and unsatisfactory. Everything just sort of works out. There are no major reveals, no major emotional conflict or unexpected obstacle. The end of "Angel of the Crows" is sweet and lovely, but it does so by repeating a theme the novel has already done several times (that of the particular love and friendship between the protagonists), and the ending otherwise doesn't add anything particularly new or interesting. The choice to use the Jack the Ripper killings as a framing plot around the various retellings of Sherlock Holmes mysteries is compelling, but the resolution to it, sadly, feels predictable, perfunctory and underwhelming. I was hoping for some kind of twist in the narrative that would tie the disparate elements of the various plotlines earlier in the book together ine some shape or form, and while that's obviously on me for projecting my expectations onto the narrative, it definitely hurt my overall impression and left me a bit underwhelmed.

But it's a shame, because up until this, it was a wonderful story. My main other gripe (minor in comparison) is that Addison is throwing (for my tastes) way too many unnecessary fantastic elements into the world. I'm meant to believe that a world with one or two supernatural aspects happen to develop a Victorian London virtually identical to the historical one? Fine. I can suspend disbelief enough for that. But it gradually becomes apparent it's not one or two supernatural elements -- it's every single one. Ghosts, fetches, automatons, werewolves, hemophages, necrophages, clairvoyants, the book is brimming with supernatural entities that amount to little more than cameos. This lessens the impact, the awe and the interest in the ones that actually matter to the narrative: angels (including fallen ones), and to a lesser extent hellhounds and vampires. The story could easily have consolidated and in many cases even removed all these elements, without being much changed. These thingss are admittedly each of them fun in isolation, but when all put together they make each other lesser, and also can't help but leave the deductions of Crow (the Sherlock Holmes-standin) seeming prosaic and pointless. A detective is only so impressive when you can interview the ghosts, seek the motive with clairvoyants, and track the villain with a werewolf's nose. And in fact, the Holmes-character rarely contributes much to any of the stories, here. The Watson-equivalent is (and I liked this) much more active and intelligent than the original Watson, and between that and the flashy supernatural elements, the brilliant detective often felt to me almost pointless except as a device to drive the protagonist's interest in mysteries. His contributions to actually solving the mysteries were strangely anonymous, usually boiling down to "I have better eyesight and hearing than humans", and I wish he'd gotten to dazzle with his brilliance more.

The Sherlock Holmes-character cameos are a bit odd to me -- some are just themselves with no real change (Lestrade, for instance), others are hugely changed (Moriarty), while yet others are renamed entirely (Holmes, Watson, Mycroft). This kind of irritated my sense of tidiness, I wish they'd all either have kept their names or been reinvented. Changing some of them and not others sort of gave me the impression early on this would end up somehow mattering, but it gradually became apparent it never would. It took me a bit out of the story, and I'd rather they were all treated the same way (hidden cameos or direct, named analogies) so as not to distract me with meta-narrative questions. But that's probably just a personal preference.

Ah well. To be clear once again, the book is stuffed full of good stuff. The almost seemless switching between real world murder mysteries and Sherlock Holmes-retellings is captivating (though a bit glaring in that the real world ones nearly always are the ones to go unsolved). The characters are sympathetic, engaging and well-drawn, and their relationships are endearing and touching. The supernatural elements that actually matter -- notably the angels -- are well thought out and fascinating, and even the ones that don't are captivatingly described. The automatons, for instance, which second only to the ghosts undermine the reality and plausibility of the world the most for me, are incredibly cool and fun when they appear. Furthermore, the prose is engaging, the portrayal of the period immersive without being oppressively hammered home at all times, and the protagonist's first person narrative sucked me in from the very beginning. I wish there were more of a through-line in the story than there was -- the ending made me feel like I'd been reading a short story collection pretending to be a novel -- but considering there wasn't, it sure did make me keep flipping the pages at a great speed. ( )
  Lucky-Loki | Oct 20, 2021 |
What a tribute to both the Sherlock Holmes stories and the Jack the Ripper lore, portrayed in an alternative Victorian England with supernatural elements. And despite the murder content, somehow boiling down to a gentle character study of a couple of oddballs.
I loved The Goblin Emperor more but I so much enjoyed this very neat retelling of (as far as I can tell) the entirety of the SH stories. In some cases the author provided motivations to characters that were more convincing than the original. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Steam punk Holmes with angels ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
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SHERLOCK: I may be on the side of the angels, but don’t think for one second that I am one of them. —STEVE THOMPSON, “THE REICHENBACH FALL,” SHERLOCK 2.3
Nothing is more deceptive than an obvious fact. —SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, “THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY”
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