29 January, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (106)

Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. It happens every week, and anyone can join in.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week my teaser is from Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes edited by J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec. It's an anthology of Sherlock Holmes stories set in paranormal worlds. Normally I'd reject the idea of the deductive, logical Holmes in a setting devoid of more rigorous sciences, but I do love a good pastiche/parody/adaptation (as you can probably tell from the fact I've read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and Android Karenina).

"My dear friend," said Holmes, deep concern written upon his features, "please forgive me, but I could turn to no other for such a test. You have a heart that is genuinely good. Fair weather or foul, you are constant in your friendship, and so you have become a barometer by which I am able to gauge all that is noble in men."
   "I wanted to kill you! And I would have, had--"

-p. 66, "The Deadly Sin of Sherlock Holmes" by Tom English

Do you like parodies or pastiches? What are you reading now?

-----The Golden Eagle


JeffO said...

That quote sounds strange to me: "You have a hear that is genuinely god"--what does that mean? Is it a typo, or just one of those things that looks really strange out of context? I'm curious.

As for me, I'm now reading The Buffalo Soldier, by Chris Bohjalion. So far, not bad. I liked Before You Know Kindness, and hope this will satisfy as much.

Pat Hatt said...

Paraodies are usually hit or miss for me, mostly miss. But some are good if done right.

Mark Noce said...

I'm reading Jack London's _The People of the Abyss_ where he goes to live amongst the poor of London's East End. No joke, it's non-fiction and it's a great read:)

mooderino said...

I'm not a big fan of pastiches, rarely work for a whole book. Maybe short stories though.

I'm guessing it should be: You have a heart that is genuinely good (using my powers of deduction)

Moody Writing

Shallee said...

This sounds so cool! You always have the coolest books on Teaser Tuesday.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

That's one awesome cover.

Beth said...

That is one creepy cover! I'm reading YA like always!

Old Kitty said...

Oh my lordy is nothing sacred?!?!LOL! Sherlock Holmes in paranormal detective stories?!? Hasn't he got enough personal demons to contend with?!? LOL!

You see I love fanfic - but that's different isn't it to these sort of parody/pastiche? I am such a stick in the mud!! LOL!

Take care

Sandy Nachlinger said...

This book sounds like it's funny ... and strange. I'd like it! Good teaser.

Stephanie Verhaegen said...

Nice teaser! I liked it! :)

Here is my teaser!

~Stephanie @ Bookfever

mshatch said...

I'm reading The Scorched Trials by James Dashner but I'm not as into it as I wish I was.

Anthony said...

Sounds like an interesting read...I haven't read any Sherlock Holmes stories (either by Doyle or other authors). However, I did see the movies. ;)

Tyrean Martinson said...

I like some parodies, but not others . . .it's kind of a hit and miss for me, depending on how they're done.

Rusty Webb said...

I'm reading the same thing as last week, although I read a non fiction book about the drama surrounding the John Carter movie that came out last year. It derailed me a bit in my reading habits.

Sarah said...

I'm reading Dead Souls by Nicolai V. Gogal and it's pretty funny, though surprisingly racist/sexist in some parts.

laughingwolf said...

i`m with jeffo on that...

not a huge fan of parodies, but this looks intriguing :)

Elaine Smith said...

I'm torn here! I love the paranormal genre but I'm not a big fan of parodies. At best, parodies are clever. I like writing with heart. I find the emotional connection is much harder to form when the book sets out to parody something else. Also,I LOVE Doyle's Sherlock Holmes so I'm feeling all protective. ;)

Paul Tobin said...

Interesting book. I have the mammoth book of Sherlock stories-at least I think it is called that on my kindle, I can only manage one at a time- you know what I mean, I have to read one and then leave it for a while. My main complaint is that they all use the same examples from the real stories. The cover is very creepy.

michelle said...

You always showcase such interesting books for your Tuesday posts G.E.

Krispy said...

That's a good teaser! It's made me all curious. How are you liking this Holmes in paranormal worlds thing?

I'm reading Prophecy by Ellen Oh right now. I'm enjoying the ancient Korean setting, but I also wish a few other things weren't so heavy-handed, haha.

shelly said...

The cover is rather eerie as is the passage...intriguing.

Hugs and chocolate,

Dazzling Mage said...

Awesome teaser!

The Golden Eagle said...

JeffO: . . . and that's what happens when you write and publish a post too fats without previewing it. It's supposed to be "You have a heart that is genuinely good". Sorry for the confusion!

I've never heard of the author or those books. Hope you enjoy the The Buffalo Soldier as much as the first book!

Pat: Agreed. I don't find myself liking all parodies; some are just stupid, IMO.

Mark: Non-fiction? Interesting. I have to read something by Jack London one of these days . . .

Mooderino: Yeah, an entire book based on something else can be overkill.

You must be the second Sherlock Holmes. That's exactly what I meant to type, instead of the garbled "hear that is genuinely god".

Shallee: Thanks! :)

Michael: I agree, the cover is cool.

Beth: Cool!

I haven't read YA in a while. I should try something YA again soon.

Old Kitty: LOL. Sherlock Holmes is definitely impressive (and twisted) enough without paranormal, but I thought it might be fun to read about him in a different kind of setting.

I don't think the definition between them is all that strong. Though parodies are usually by people who aren't "fans" of the original . . .

Sandy: Glad you enjoyed the teaser!

I love the title of your teaser's book.

Stephanie: Thank you!

Mshatch: I read that book last year. Can't say I remember much of it or the sequel . . . at least, I think I read the sequel. :P

Anthony: The movies are good. Have you seen the BBC series Sherlock? Might like it, if you enjoyed the movies (though Benedict Cumberbatch is very different from Robert Downey, Jr.).

Tyrean: Same here. I tend to like parodies, but I've come across several that just didn't hit the right chord with me.

Rusty: I'm reading A Princess of Mars right now. I wanted to find out what they were actually adapting to screen.

Sarah: I want to read that book. The racism/sexism doesn't surprise me, though, based on the time period in which it was written. And the fact the author's male.

Laughingwolf: Actually, it was just a typo. I guess because "hear" and "god" are actual words contributed to me missing them when I read over the post.

I'm really enjoying it!

Elaine: I don't tend to feel protective of pastiches of works I love, oddly enough; at least it means there are other people as crazy about the stories as I am, if not more so. :)

Paul: It's too bad the stories aren't as original as they could be. But I'll have to check out the book--it sounds interesting.

Michelle: Thanks! I try to make it interesting for readers. :)

Krispy: I'm enjoying it. Not as much as the original, non-paranormal, more scientific Holmes of the stories, but it's a great anthology.

I've heard of that author before but not the title. An ancient Korean background sounds unique!

Shelly: I like the creepiness of the cover--adds to the atmosphere of the book, kind of.

Dazzling Mage: Thanks!

Carol Kilgore said...

That teaser is really cool. Thanks.

M Pax said...

I won't read the zombies one, but if I'm a big fan of something, then they can be fun to read.

Maurice Mitchell said...

What a way to end a sentence Eagle!

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....Petty Witter said...

Loving the cover. Still unsure of what I think about these parodies perhaps this I'll give this one a try.

The Golden Eagle said...

Carol: I'm glad you liked it. :)

Mary: Haven't come across any zombies yet in this anthology!

Maurice: That's really how the sentence ended. :) Thought it might be more of a teaser!

Petty Witter: I really like it, even though I am a little discomfited by the idea of Sherlock Holmes and the paranormal together. :P