Furthermore, I personally appreciate Schaffer's honest depiction of gritty, impoverished, 19th-century London I certainly did especially with enjoyment of Schaffer's Teddy Roosevelt reference! I give the novel 4 stars instead of 5 because of some persistent grammatical and punctuation errors that pulled me out of the story. As one with a keen interest in psychology and as an occasional reader of detective fiction, I enjoyed Bernard Schaffer's "Whitechapel: The Final Stand of Sherlock Holmes Gentlemen's Edition " very much.
As a writer, I appreciate the clear, easy flow of his writing style and look forward to reading more of his work. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. Like it or not, it is inevitable that anyone who reads a new Sherlock Holmes story will compare it to the originals by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Writers of new Holmes pastiches run the gamut from being absolutely faithful to the originals to serious revisions of the canon. But the style of writing and characterization are worlds away from the Conan Doyle stories. In the originals, Watson applied firm but calmly directed pressure that eventually succeeded.
But never fear, the story is engrossing, Holmes eventually comes through, and the case is resolved, at least within the context of the book. In the real world, the identity of Jack the Ripper has so far not been solved conclusively, at least to most serious students of the case. Sherlock Holmes as you have never seen him. Let me start by saying that I did enjoy reading this book. Overall, it is very well-written with enough action to be a fun read.
It is a bit gory and disturbing at times--but that doesn't bother me, so I have no complaints there.
Holmes and the Ripper
I say it was "disappointing," however, because in the end it wasn't really a Sherlock Holmes mystery at all. True, Holmes was in it, but he didn't really do anything special or fantastic--nothing Holmes-y. When I read Sherlock Holmes, I am interested in the detection process itself and how he goes about finding clues. It's fascinating to me how he can figure out things by mere observation, and equally fascinating to me how a writer can weave those things into his mysteries to ultimately help him crack the case. Unfortunately, this book does very little of that.
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I don't think I'm giving away any spoilers here when I say that the major breakthroughs made by Holmes and the other investigators in this book are not made through his powers of deduction at all. In fact, there is very little actual investigating throughout the whole book, by any character. When I finished the book, I went through the whole thing in my head and realized that if the characters in the Holmes universe had been replaced Holmes, Watson, Lestrade, etc with other, random people, and this had been a story of some other fictional investigator randomly created by Schaffer, very little of the story would have to be changed at all.
It was more like a random mystery novel populated by people who shared the same name, had the same backstory, but shared very little with their more famous counterparts. So enjoyable, yes. But a satisfying Sherlock Holmes novel? Not quite. You'll be utterly disappointed. The Ripper story, though is quite decent, and the writing adequated, so I guess it depends on what are you looking for in the book. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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Adding complex and human flaws to these characters was interesting, but it was carried out to the extreme. Les I got this book, because so many people mentioned how realistic it was. Lestrade being such a drunkard could not possibly have held his job. If you like Sherlock Holmes you will not like this, if you like detective novels you will not like this, if you like good writing you will not like this. If you enjoy Jack the Ripper stories you may enjoy passages of this novel. Aug 03, Shianne rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in , giveaways.
I received this through a Goodreads giveaway. Oh wow. This was good. Really, really good. Yeah, there were a lot of parts that were graphic and gory, but being as this is a story about Jack the Ripper? One can easily pass by them by skimming. It was a fascinating read, and I liked all the differing point of views. I enjoyed that the book was told from all sorts of perspectives. I thought it would be confusing at first, but I received this through a Goodreads giveaway.
I thought it would be confusing at first, but I was able to mostly follow along. I did get confused as to who was who within the police, but that is so minor compared to everything else happening. View all 3 comments.
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Aug 02, Karen rated it really liked it. This book was really interesting with showing how the ripper could have got to the position he was in to bring him to the atrocities he committed. I usually do not like to read books with cursing in them though. Even though I suppose that would be the reality of the way they talked. It is slippery slope for me putting that stuff in my mind though. I found it hard to put the book down, but at the same time was put off with how graphic it was so limited myself.
Was hard to give stars fro it. It wa This book was really interesting with showing how the ripper could have got to the position he was in to bring him to the atrocities he committed. It was a five fro plot, but a 3 for bad language and some positions characters were placed I did not care for. Also I did not care for the ending. View all 4 comments. Amazing Book by my dear friend Bernard Schaffer, the Author because of his daily job has succeeded to picture the atmosphere of book as best as you can imagine! Jul 25, Britney rated it really liked it. Good book but a little unsettling at points.
Dec 03, Claudia rated it liked it Shelves: sherlock-holmes , mystery. You'll be utterly disappointed. The Ripper story, though is quite decent, and the writing adequated, so I guess it depends on what are you looking for in the book. Very detail oriented and vivid! Articulate and sometimes graphic descriptions of actions, characters and places.
Great mash up of the Holmes and Jack narratives. Created depth to already well loved characters. A very good read, I could not put it down. In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It is told from several points of view, Monty Druitt who in this book takes on the role of Jack , the police investigating the murders, and Sherlock Holmes along with his faithful companion Doctor Watson.
The author's note for this edition of the book states that the book contains no profanity and edited reduced versions o In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The author's note for this edition of the book states that the book contains no profanity and edited reduced versions of the violence that appears in the original. Although it should be stated that there is some British profanity, scenes of a sexual nature and while the violence is reduced it is still very graphic in places.
The descriptions throughout the book are very detailed and it is easy to see the world the author describes. These details are not just limited to the gruesome deaths but are throughout the book.
The characters in the book are very interesting but it did take a while for me to find most of them likeable. Watson was mostly likeable but does occasionally stray away from the 'right' path. The police force was a fairly stereotypical fictional law enforcement agency, those at the top are incompetent and out of touch, those at the bottom are hard working and good natured, while stuck in the middle is a detective in this case inspector Lestrade who likes to break the rules and the occasional body part of a criminal. It took me a long time to find Lestrade likeable and to get behind him in his investigation, although by the end he was probably the most interesting character.
It took about half of the book before the investigation really got underway, and then only Watson was investigating and Holmes was left to his drugs. Holmes only turns up towards the end recovered from his addiction as the 'cavalry' and very quickly sets about solving the case. I did find it unrewarding the Watson didn't do much to help solve the murders as I had invested a lot into his character and didn't really feel that it paid off. The story is very well told for the most part. One problem I did have was that most of the story is told in third person, apart from the parts that included Watson where the perspective shifts to first person.
I found it unsettling and it broke up the flow of the book, occasionally it was also confusing. Time periods occasionally jump backwards and forwards and can also lead to confusion. The story does take the various real world events and brings them into the story very well. Lewis Carroll being a suspect, the Masons and the Royal family being involved and the discovery of a headless torso being just a few of them.
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Although I was able to guess it, the twist towards the end of the book was very good. The ending of the book seemed to drag on as it follows what happens to Watson much later in his life as well as give a brief details of what happened to most of the other characters but it did miss out what happened to one character who I felt should have been included. The book probably could have finished pages earlier.
The cover of the book is very good. Overall it was a good and well described story with very interesting characters. Some of the plot points didn't work for me and the detective work didn't really start until much later than I would have liked. Dec 21, David Hulegaard rated it it was amazing. Growing up, my dad would watch the movies--all 18 times a week HBO would play them--and I found myself interested in the stories.
However, it wasn't until the Young Sherlock Holmes critically panned, but a classic to me that I became absolutely enthralled with the characters. If that admission loses my credibility for this review, then so be it, but I Though I realize it will be considered blasphemous to say so, I actually have never read a Sherlock Holmes novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
If that admission loses my credibility for this review, then so be it, but I wouldn't hold that against this book and deprive yourself of a great read. When I first talked about Whitechapel with author Bernard J. Schaffer a couple of months ago, he said that his goal was to show readers a version of Sherlock Holmes that they'd never seen before. Mission accomplished. Interestingly, the story is told through the perspective of Dr. John Watson rather than the iconic super sleuth.
By doing so, we're also given a thorough view into the complicated life of Holmes's most loyal and trusted sidekick. When Watson interacts with Holmes, Sherlock is a beaten and broken man who has become complacent in the ways of deduction, and is losing the struggle with his drug habit. He no longer sees the challenge in detective work, and he has grown belligerent towards his dearest friend. This leads Watson to seek his day in the sun and attempt to catch The Ripper himself, while the rest of London cries for their hero to rise again.
Schaffer's greatest feat with this book is in his extraordinary character development. Perhaps none more so than of notorious butcher, Jack the Ripper. Being that the real Ripper was never identified, Schaffer opted to work from a blank canvas and create his persona from scratch, though using familar names from the case.
Going down that path required a great deal of homework, including speaking with an FBI analyst, and the story is richer because of it. Quite literally, the devil is in the details. As gruesome as the real Whitechapel murders were, Schaffer has recreated them in horrific fashion. In other words, if you're a squeamish reader, you may want to skip this one. Because I am not an expert on the Sherlock Holmes universe, I was able to sink my teeth into this meaty story and savor it for what it is--a fantastic piece of quality writing and storytelling.
Diehard fans of Doyle's work may not regard it so fondly, however, but I don't get the feeling that pleasing them was the author's intent. It is obvious that Schaffer is knowledgeable regarding the work of Doyle, and that he is a fan. Though he plays with borrowed characters using the rules of his own sandbox, they are all handled delicately and with the utmost respect. As much as I enjoyed this book, it does not go entirely without complaint. The dream match-up of Holmes versus The Ripper is the star attraction of this story, but their eventual encounter is all too brief. It's like anticipating Freddy versus Jason after a thorough build-up, only to have their final showdown reserved for the last 60 seconds of film.
And while that aspect is a bit of a letdown, I still came away from this book completely satisfied. Because the writing is stupendous. Every character, from the most prominent to the lowest bit player, is deeper than an ocean. There are scenes in this book that I will never forget, including an ending that brought tears to my eyes.
Schaffer is as much a teacher as he is an entertainer. His books are both treasure and textbook. Any aspiring writer should become familiar with his work and soak it all in. He's got me as a fan for life. Treat yourself, buy this book. So it has been a few days since I finished this book and I have had some time to think about this review. I will start of by saying the reason I am giving this book 3 stars is because it was a decent Jack the Ripper story and if that was all it was I might have been inclined to rate it 4 stars. However, Since this was supposed to be just as much a Sherlock Holmes story I was disappointed and feel that would have cause me to give it 2 stars had I not enjoyed the Jack the Ripper back story in the So it has been a few days since I finished this book and I have had some time to think about this review.
However, Since this was supposed to be just as much a Sherlock Holmes story I was disappointed and feel that would have cause me to give it 2 stars had I not enjoyed the Jack the Ripper back story in the beginning. I had heard wonderful things about this book and I loved the idea of Jack the Ripper versus the world greatest Detective Sherlock Holmes. I guess I expected more Holmes because until the end he was almost non-existent.
He played a very small roll in the story and John Watson played a bigger part. I liked Watson having a more prominent roll because he does get lumped in as a sidekick, but even that was staggering. Since I have read it I will still recommend it but not as highly as I did before. I also must warn that this book is not for the faint of heart.
Some of the subject matter made me very uncomfortable and I felt wrong for reading it, and at the same time looking forward to finding out what happens next. Bernard Schaffer writes a back story to Jack the Ripper which sheds some light on a possible reason Jack the Ripper killed. It was quite interesting and I enjoyed it, but there were moments that disgusted me and I was glad to get passed it.
If you are a fan of Jack the Ripper stories this one is for you, if you are a Sherlock Holmes purist I would not recommend this book. A fan of the original Sherlock Holmes Cannon would need to go into this with an opened mind or else you will not enjoy this. Bernard Schaffer is a good writer and I mean no disrespect to him as an author. In "Whitechapel: The Final Stand of Sherlock Holmes Gentlemen's Edition ," Bernard Schaffer gives his readers a character-driven tale packed with action, terror, mystery, and the frustration of dealing with all-too-human foibles.
I haven't read much Arthur Conan Doyle, so I came to "Whitechapel" without many preconceived ideas of how a Sherlock Holmes novel "should" read. Holmes himself doesn't figure much into the solving of this mystery Readers who expect "dry" detective fiction should take note that even this "Gentlemen's Edition" contains semi-graphic descriptions of how Jack the Ripper mutilates his victims. Furthermore, I personally appreciate Schaffer's honest depiction of gritty, impoverished, 19th-century London I certainly did especially with enjoyment of Schaffer's Teddy Roosevelt reference!
I give the novel 4 stars instead of 5 because of some persistent grammatical and punctuation errors that pulled me out of the story. As one with a keen interest in psychology and as an occasional reader of detective fiction, I enjoyed Bernard Schaffer's "Whitechapel: The Final Stand of Sherlock Holmes Gentlemen's Edition " very much.
As a writer, I appreciate the clear, easy flow of his writing style and look forward to reading more of his work. Nov 09, Anna del C. However, I was very disappointed as I read his version of Holms in this book. In thirteen chapters Sherlock Holmes was in it only twice and then only for a very short while. Most of the book was dedicated to what I will call Erotica. The very disturbed mind of the killer who seems to go about butchering prostitutes during the night is explicitly exposed with the most meticulous precision.
However, Mr. Also, how he and his friend like to go about masturbating or having oral sex with each other. Schaffer left nothing to the imagination, converting this book into a Horror Erotica.
It is too gruesome to describe in this review. Doctor Watson tells the story that is mingled with pieces of other cases he and Holmes have worked on before. This could have been a great tale of the greatest mastermind detective of all time, but Schaffer turned it into a blood bath full of four letter words. Schaffer respects no one in this book.
For example: Inspector Lastrade, according to this author, is a man who takes favors with prostitutes and swears a lot throughout the story. So did all his colleagues on the police force. It became tedious and insulting to me. This is a kinky adult book. Dec 10, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: own-ebook , suspense , read-in , need-to-reread , neo-victorian , historical-fiction. This was a great book and had just the right combination of Conan Doyle's characters and historical-fictiony goodness. I read the "Gentleman's Edition", which was edited for gore and language.
I actually hadn't intended to do that, but it happened that I didn't notice that until after purchase. However, I am very glad that I did. The detail was still cringe-worthy, so I can't imagine the unedited version. I really wanted to give this 5 stars, but I had two problems: 1 view spoiler [The portray This was a great book and had just the right combination of Conan Doyle's characters and historical-fictiony goodness. I really wanted to give this 5 stars, but I had two problems: 1 view spoiler [The portrayal of Lestrade took him way beyond the pompous jerk he is in canonical Holmes to a point where he seemed part of the evil.
I believe the author intended this or at least felt it was going this way, since there was a clear redemptive moment for Lestrade complete with a church and Christ-like symbolism but there was essentially no details of Lestrade's character after that point to really show his improved character. As the intro says, even this edition isn't "for kids", but the scene where view spoiler [Lestrade kills Mickey Fitch hide spoiler ] was a shockingly graphic and I believe unnecessary and even counter-productive for the character's development display of cruelty.
So, I wholeheartedly recommend the Gentleman's Edition of this book for any interested adult who is able to overlook a few overly graphic moments, and even for the squeamish I think that you should think twice before passing this up! Apr 19, Lisa rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery-thriller , reading-challenge , meh , sherlock. Ah, no. This is not a book for Sherlock Holmes fans like myself. Watson is a total pussy - Holmes is a total druggie loser - Lestrade is a brutal jerk.
I do not even want to get into the issues I had with the portrayal of Irene Adler. Then on to Jack the Ripper. I get what Schaffer was trying to set up with the mental illness and all, but it does work. It doesn't make sense. Too many loose-ends and failed explanati Ah, no. Too many loose-ends and failed explanations to count. What was the deal with his mother? It was almost as if he was trying for something supernatural in a book that was not at all supernatural.
His brother? It was all bizarre and not it an interesting way. And then the gore. Believe me, I am not shy when it comes to gore and brutality in my books. However, I do appreciate a basis for the gore not nonsense. Hey, violence can be random and shocking - just like life. But, don't paint a killer with a psychosis and fail to adequately develop the psychosis. Could this novel find some redemption if he had written it with non-Sherlockian characters? Yes, with some further plot and character development. Also, the writing was pretty solid.
And those are the only reasons I did not give it one star. Oh and BTW - what was up with the church scene and Lestrade??? That was way over the top and a stupid plot device. The author of this book said, in the prologue, that he wrote the Gentlemen's Edition of this book so he wouldn't be embarrassed for his mother to read it. If you like blood and gore, though, don't let that scare you. His mother must have a pretty strong stomach, because there were still plenty of parts that I skimmed. Aside from that, and the fact that he seems to think that people in the past did not use contractions, resulting in some pretty stilted dialogue, I really enjoyed this book.
As you The author of this book said, in the prologue, that he wrote the Gentlemen's Edition of this book so he wouldn't be embarrassed for his mother to read it. As you can probably tell, in it Sherlock Holmes solves the Jack the Ripper crimes.
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I'm not too knowledgeable about the various suspects that have been put forth, so I can't speak to that aspect of the book. But again, here's a writer who has the best subjects you could ask for--Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper--and he delivered. Maybe not up to Conan Doyle's standards, but it kept me awake.
I just hope that Mr. Schaffer gets a better editor next time, one who convinces him to let people talk like people. Mar 04, Beth Erwin rated it liked it Shelves: mystery , other-fiction. I was looking forward to another Holmes-ian mystery, and certainly got something other than what I expected. That aside, though, I enjoyed the book. Although graphic, I thought the back-story of "Jack" was very interesting, and the ending had a nice not entirely unexpected twist.
Although the discourse was stiff, it seemed relatively era appropriate in terms of usa I was looking forward to another Holmes-ian mystery, and certainly got something other than what I expected. Although the discourse was stiff, it seemed relatively era appropriate in terms of usage.
Much of the author's time was spent giving a sense of place, and it's very well done - from Holmes' study to the alleys of Whitechapel, I could easily picture what the scene looked like.
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I would have liked a little more to the back-story, and 'afterward', but acknowledge that would have made the book incredibly long to read.