- By Philip José Farmer

The Adventure of the Peerless Peer

  • Title: The Adventure of the Peerless Peer
  • Author: Philip José Farmer
  • ISBN: 9780440000426
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Adventure of the Peerless Peer Holmes and Watson take to the skies in the quest of the nefarious Von Bork and his weapon of dread A night sky aerial engagement with the deadly Fokker nearly claims three brilliant lives And an histo

    Holmes and Watson take to the skies in the quest of the nefarious Von Bork and his weapon of dread A night sky aerial engagement with the deadly Fokker nearly claims three brilliant lives And an historic alliance is formed, whereby Baker Street s enigmatic mystery solver and Greystoke, the noble savage, peer of the realm and lord of the jungle, team up to bring downHolmes and Watson take to the skies in the quest of the nefarious Von Bork and his weapon of dread A night sky aerial engagement with the deadly Fokker nearly claims three brilliant lives And an historic alliance is formed, whereby Baker Street s enigmatic mystery solver and Greystoke, the noble savage, peer of the realm and lord of the jungle, team up to bring down the hellish hun

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    1. Holmes & Watson meet Tarzan aka Lord Greystoke. "Lord Greystoke is living with an ape?" I said. "A female ape, I trust.""Oh yes." Mycroft said. "There's nothing queer about Greystoke, you know."I am afraid Philip Jose Farmer couldn't resist hauling out that old joke. Yet The Adventure of the Peerless Peer is a clever and entertaining parody of the Holmes stories that has Holmes and Watson allying with the king of the jungle. Farmer's Holmes seems a bit more of a bungler than I'm used to but [...]

    2. From the beginning of Titan Books' series of reissues of classic Holmes pastiches and crossovers, I'd been wondering if they would manage to secure the rights to finally reprint Farmer's 1974 classic teaming Holmes and Tarzan. Granted, the original story penned by Farmer is relatively slim at 128 pages. As compared to most of Titans' reissues it's more novella than novel. Still, it's good to see the story back in print in a widely-available format that doesn't require fans to scour used bookstor [...]

    3. I love the sort of metafictional games Farmer’s playing here; blending the stories of pulp icons into one world decades before postmodernism and Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill turned it into an art form. I’ve more of a problem with how it’s done – the Wold Newton meteor strike mysteriously empowering the villagers and their descendants to create some kind of variation on Marvel’s mutants. It’s a little dismissive of the human ideal of bettering yourself through wit and hard work; no [...]

    4. Two stars on means "it was okay" and that's an apt description of this. It has fun elements (Holmes and Watson and Greystoke) and silliness (from page 4, a bacillus modified by chemical means to only eat sauerkraut). It also plays fast and loose with the characters, which are mostly caricatures in this short novel / long story / novella.This is a reissue of an earlier work by Philip José Farmer, with some additional framing elements and comments for the series. The author collects many pulp ch [...]

    5. The books that make up The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes seem to be divided into two distinct categories: on the one hand there are the sensible tales of deduction and derring-do which are clearly intended to be both tributes to, and extensions of, the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle, while on the other hand there are the downright peculiar stories where Holmes is partnered up with various famous folk [both real and otherwise] and thrust into outlandish situations [Martian in [...]

    6. Farmer was able to tie most of these different elements together in an enjoyable and readable book. I'm sure that writing more like stories would have him hone his mystery skills. Many of the most enjoyable and 'different' Holmes mysteries incorporate real-life characters and events. When new twists, on people and events, we already know are used and 'work' we know we have a good read ahead.kapm.

    7. A humorous entry in Farmer's Wold Newton series. An elderly Holmes and Watson travel to Africa to stop a German spy during WWI, who has a deadly formula. During the course of their mission, they meet Tarzan. Quite funny.

    8. This is a challenging book - not because it is difficult to read or the style impenetrable, nor is it that the subject is too vague or abhorrent - no this book at one point reads like a celebrity whose who - name dropping famous pulp fiction classics from nearly all the stock stories of the era. At one point it is fascinating how they are brought together - and the next tiring as yet another is brought in from the wings. The story does read like a set of memoirs which have their own issues but h [...]

    9. This is part of the Word Newton series, a sort of mash-up cum homage in which Farmer posits a connection between literery figures as diverse as Mr Darcy and Batman. In this novelette, set during the First World War, an elderly Holmes and Watson set off for Africa in pursuit of the German spy, Von Bork who carries the secret of a particularly nasty, though ridiculously unbelievable, biological weapon. On arrival they encounter the semi- savage Lord Greystoke who is pursuing any Germans he can fin [...]

    10. *** Contains spoilers ***Hmmm, maybe it's a bad idea to re-read as an adult something you loved as a child.I love Holmes and Tarzan, but this was just so silly at times. A bacteria that will wipe out a food source? So, let's use it on the Germans and target sauerkraut. Like without sauerkraut they'd all starve.Holmes getting his Winnie the Pooh on. Painting himself to look like a bee and "talk" to them.Even with all of that, I would have given it a pass if there had been more of a story.

    11. As a straight-forward adventure story, this book held up fairly well, but as an avid Sherlock Holmes fan I was extremely disappointed. Holmes's distinct character didn't show through, and by the end I was left wondering if there was any point in including him at all, except to ride on the back of his character's established success. In the original books, Holmes's personality and unique powers of deduction and observation are really the focus of the book, whereas in this they seem to play no par [...]

    12. The most surprising thing about this book: It was extremely short! There were around one half of total pages left when the story ended. The rest of the pages included excerpts from and other ads on the other related titles.The story itself was interesting. It was written so that it seemed like a document. There were loads of footnotes, for example. Maybe this was written for intellectuals, since enjoying this thoroughly would (I think) require a thorough knowledge of literature of the same era, [...]

    13. As is usually the case with non-canon Holmes stories, the portrayal of Holmes is a bit off. I will give Mr. Farmer credit for covering his tracks by saying that Watson would edit and embellish, didn't get the chance in this instance. My other gripe is the McGufffin that is used. While I won't give it away, it just might be the silliest damned thing I've ever encountered.Where the novel does succeed is as an adventure story. The author floors it and never lets up. There are also a few giggles to [...]

    14. In the series entitles "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" this has been the weakest story.Mainly it's because the story seems to be dragging Sherlock and Watson along with the intent of randomly throwing in period characters. It's almost like they are just part of the background.Holmes is not challenged to deduce anything and Watson's infatuation with women is constantly being thrown in our face, which is counter to the man himself.Thankfully this is just a short story or I would have s [...]

    15. I was a bit disappointed because I had read so many good critics of this pastiche and the combination Tarzan /Sherlock Holmes sounded so promising (besides, my brother has always been a huge Farmer fan, so I expected something better from him) The fact is the book is good and entertaining, and action-packed, but the characters are not that well developed and it's hard to relate to them. Anyway, a good action and adventure book.

    16. I hate to give anyone a low score but this work of Farmer's is fairly generic pastiche farce and really does not do justice to the classic characters that he is working with, both Holmes & Watson (whom he seems to pattern after the Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce portrayals in movies rather than the original Doyle characters) and also Tarzan, not to mention the side glances for Korak, G8, and The Shadow.

    17. Simply the worst Holmes book I've read.Great promise with Tarzan and a couple of other fiction character cameos, but jet fails.The tried for humour fails.Holmes is pretty much an ass.The story bogs down in background on Greystoke.The nemesis is a cartoon cliche.Just awful. I paid 69 cents CDN for the book, about 63 cents more than the story is worth.Only saving grace on 127 pages of tripe to muddle through.

    18. Fun pastiche. I did feel a little cheated by the length - it's more a short story than an entire novel; and Holmes, Watson and Greystoke are all caricatures - this is not a story that seeks to be taken seriously as part of the canon. Still, an enjoyable piece of frivolity with which to pass some time.

    19. An immensely enjoyable read that is bound to infuriate Sherlockians & Tarzanians (I don't know whether there exists any such group, but you get the meaning) alike, and (while achieving this seemingly impossible feat) provide lovers of adventures a nice & cozy time, full o chuckles, punctuated by occasional google-search for various pulp characters referred-to in this book. Recommended.

    20. A cool, if rather contrived, Sherlock story with a sense of humour. Definitely part of the Game, though the afterword was rather pompous for my personal liking. One I'd buy second hand for my Sherlock collection, not full priced.

    21. Really pretty awful Not a very good pastiche of either Holmes or Tarzan. The portrayal of Holmes is particularly weak. Not recommended.

    22. A little too tongue in cheek for me. I prefer my Holmes stories, even the pastiches, to be a little more traditional in nature.

    23. I was disappointed with this one. It seemed to drag on and on - too much for me. I enjoy Mr Farmer's creativity in the variety of stories he writes, but couldn't really get into this one.

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