Review: The Stuff of Nightmares

The Stuff of Nightmares
by James Lovegrove

Stuff-of-NightmaresPaperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN-10: 1781165416
ISBN-13: 978-1781165416

(Barry’s score 5 stars out of 5)
Available through Amazon
Sherlock Holmes – The Stuff of Nightmares

My thoughts: Barry says — Excellent!

First allow me to reveal my bias, I love steampunk and Holmes. With that admission in mind, it should come as no surprise that I loved every minute of Lovegrove’s “The Stuff of Nightmares.”

If you read “Encounters of Sherlock Holmes” (my review), you have a small sample of Lovegrove and Holmes. “The Stuff of Nightmares” is a fast-paced story told through the perspective of Dr. Watson (as a Holmes story should) and begins with a blast — or should I say bomb. As the story plays out, we are introduced to an interesting character (Baron Cauchemar) along the lines of a steampunk Batman/Ironman.

The story is set sometime before the “Final Problem” and is extremely well-written and crafted. I give “The Stuff of Nightmares” 5 stars out of 5 and add in the words of Oliver Twist “Please, sir, I want some more“.

Please Titan Books … I want some more.

Product description:

It’s the autumn of 1890, and a spate of bombings has hit London. The newspapers are full of fevered speculation about anarchists, anti-monarchists and Fenians. But one man suspects an even more sinister hand behind the violence. Sherlock Holmes believes Professor Moriarty is orchestrating a nationwide campaign of terror, but to what end? At the same time, a bizarrely garbed figure has been spotted on the rooftops and in the grimy back alleys of the capital. He moves with the extraordinary agility of a latter-day Spring-heeled Jack. He possesses weaponry and armour of unprecedented sophistication. He is known only by the name Baron Cauchemar, and he appears to be a scourge of crime and villainy. But is this masked man truly the force for good that he seems? Is he connected somehow to the bombings? Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson are about to embark on one of their strangest and most exhilarating adventures yet.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

In my mailbox

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I slipped up and forgot to show your the latest title that I received from Titan Books, Lovegrove’s “Sherlock Holmes – The Stuff of Nightmares.” The book is available now and looks like something the Holmes enthusiast will enjoy. I can wait to tear into it.

I also received a copy of “23 Years on Fire: A Cassandra Kresnov Novel” from the good folks at Pyr. I don’t really think that it’s my thing but I may try it out if I have time. This title is available TODAY …

Product description:

Cassandra Kresnov–a highly advanced hunter-killer android–returns to face down a rogue government’s plot to eliminate free will.

Commander Cassandra Kresnov has her hands full. She must lead an assault against the Federation world of Pyeongwha, where a terrible sociological phenomenon has unleashed hell against the civilian population. Then she faces the threat from a portion of League space known as New Torah, in which a ruthless regime of surviving corporations are building new synthetic soldiers but taking the technology in alarming directions.

On the Torahn world of Pantala, Sandy encounters betrayal, crisis, and conspiracy on a scale previously unimaginable. Most challenging of all, she also meets three young street kids who stir emotions in her she didn’t think she was capable of. Can the Federation’s most lethal killer afford unexpected sentiment? What will be the cost if she is forced to choose between them and her mission, not only to her cause, but to her soul?

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