• Title: The Crack in the Lens
  • Author: Darlene A. Cypser
  • ISBN: 9780971855250
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Crack in the Lens If someone had asked Sherlock Holmes later in the year there is little doubt that he would have said his life began that spring day in when he met Violet Rushdale upon the moors and ended in the
    If someone had asked Sherlock Holmes later in the year, there is little doubt that he would have said his life began that spring day in 1871 when he met Violet Rushdale upon the moors and ended in the winter some months distant His mother would have disputed the former claim, and many, both friend and foe, would come to deny the latter Yet what happened that year nearlyIf someone had asked Sherlock Holmes later in the year, there is little doubt that he would have said his life began that spring day in 1871 when he met Violet Rushdale upon the moors and ended in the winter some months distant His mother would have disputed the former claim, and many, both friend and foe, would come to deny the latter Yet what happened that year nearly cost him his life and his sanity, and strongly influenced the man he was to become.It is well known that the toughest steel that makes the sharpest swords must be plunged into the fire, then beaten and reshaped So it is as well with the best and wisest of men.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. This book is the first of a series of novels which Ms. Cypser is planning to describe Sherlock’s life through University and his early career as a detective.In contrast to a number of recent Sherlockian efforts, this book was written and edited by a professional. I found only one trivial error, although I am sure there must be a few more. The writing is clear and direct, with prose that evokes the Yorkshire Dales and the people who have lived there from time out of mind. For a while I found my [...]

    3. One of the things I love about Sherlock Holmes is how much freedom there is to do whatever you want with him, and the fact that someone does something with him you may not have done doesn't change anything. It doesn't change anything about Canonical Holmes, and it has no bearing on whatever your favorite adaptation happens to be (Benedict Cumberbatch FTW!), and it doesn't change "your" Holmes; the Holmes you create to answer those questions that pop up while reading ACD's Canon. Don't laugh, you [...]

    4. "The Crack in the Lens" which I won from Giveaways is a brilliant masterpiece that takes place in Victorian England and once again brings to life Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's memorable character,Sherlock Holmes. This is a captivating story filled with mystery and suspense that centers around the early years of young Sherlock before he becomes the daunting and calculating detective everyone knows.As the story opens Sherlock and his parents have returned to Mycroft Manor from France after two years. [...]

    5. I won this book through the First Reads program.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 firs [...]

    6. Entertaining read but nothing else. It may he better suited for young adult's introduction to SH. For a mature reader it may be too juvenile. 17 years old Sherlock in love whinning may attract teenagers and romantic souls. Unfortunately, I can't count myself a part of them.

    7. My love of mysteries started with Sherlock Holmes. Having read all his mysteries I was thrilled to read this book. The Author does a fantastic job in creating a believeable past for Sherlock. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

    8. I am really enjoying this book and feel it is written well. I must say though, being a fan of Sherlock Holmes, I am having difficulties with how she is portraying a young Sherlock. I get itI just keep thinking "Could he really have been like this?"

    9. Fascinating idea, a look into who Sherlock Holmes was before the fame and John Watson shared his life with the world.

    10. Details of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes’ early life are sketchy in the novels and short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Filling in this gap with stories of what Holmes’ early life might have been has turned into a small cottage industry, with books and even a movie, Barry Levinson’s 1985 film "Young Sherlock Holmes". I hesitate to call this fan fiction because, unrestrained by copyright law (the Holmes stories are now in the public domain), authors of these works aren’t [...]

    11. In The Crack in the Lens, Ms. Cypser, long-time Sherlockian and current president of the Denver scion society, “Dr. Watson’s Neglected Patients,” has written a book which should appeal to both newbies and seasoned fans. There are plenty of nods to both canon and William S. Baring-Gould’s biography of Holmes (although she does not follow the latter slavishly), but one does not need to have either memorized to follow the plot. As a young man, Sherlock has many characteristics of the Great [...]

    12. Not the usual Sherlock Holmes story. lyrics takes place in the 1870's when Sherlock was 17 years old. It was fun to see him begin to develop his investigative abilities while experiencing the trauma the many 17 year olds go through today. It was an easy read and very enjoyable.

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