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The Angel of the Crows av Katherine Addison
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The Angel of the Crows (utgåvan 2020)

av Katherine Addison (Författare)

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Titel:The Angel of the Crows
Författare:Katherine Addison (Författare)
Info:Tor Books (2020), 427 pages
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The Angel of the Crows av Katherine Addison

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Steam punk Holmes with angels ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
In this fantasy novel based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, Crow (Holmes) is an angel and Dr. Doyle (Watson) is a human who can transform into a hellhound. There is also some play with gender roles and the Jack the Ripper story is also added to the mix. The author Katherine Addison (a.k.a. Sarah Monette) said this novel started off as "wingfic", or "fanfic with winged characters". I was skeptical at the start but eventually grew to really like the different take on the characters and setting. ( )
  mathgirl40 | Mar 1, 2021 |
Firstly, this is a Holmes/Watson pastiche, in an alternate 1880s London.

The Watson character is Dr. J.H. Doyle, MD, recently returned from Afghanistan, wounded in an encounter with a Fallen Angel, and very lucky to be alive. The damage to his leg is lasting and painful, but we will gradually learn that it's the lesser injury. Doyle has brought back another consequence of that encounter that will affect every decision he has to make, and will keep him in London, where he can lose himself in the crowd.

Under that, there's another secret, but that one, Dr. Doyle had brought with him to Afghanistan.

The Sherlock character is an Angel.

Not a Fallen Angel. Not an Angel in good standing, with a building for his Habitation and responsibility, and his name likely taken from it, such as the Angel of Scotland Yard, or the Angel of Whitehall. Not a Nameless, wandering London with little or no sense of identity or genuine, consecutive memory. No, though he was once the Angel of the Sherlock Arms, he's a bit of a rogue Angel, not Fallen, but one who, when the Sherlock Arms was torn down, took a bit of marble from the balustrade, refused to fade back into the Nameless, and kept the name of Crow that he'd almost accidentally acquired.

He also calls himself the Angel of London, taking on a certain responsibility for the safety of the city's inhabitants.

When we meet Crow and Doyle, they are both in need of a flatmate who can put up with their unavoidable eccentricities, in order to split the costs of a reasonably comfortable flat in a reasonably respectable neighborhood. You know where this is going, though the landlady's name is Mrs. Climpson.

I really thoroughly enjoyed this book. Of course a number of Holmes'Watson stories are adapted to the setting, starting with "The Sign of the Four," very little different, and gradually growing more divergent, more affected by the changed setting, where vampires and werewolves exist in a negotiated truce with humans, clairvoyance is a skill most respectable young ladies learn, and various kinds of magic users exist in varying degrees of respectability and legality.

Oh, and there are hellhounds. This turns out to be very important.

We see something of the caste system among Angels, something of the workings of vampiric clans, called "hunts," less of the workings of werewolf packs, but like vampires, werewolves can live peacefully and legally among humans. There's potential for interesting stories in which we learn a lot more about these groups, and the relations between and among them, including the political roles played by some of the higher-ranking Angels, including Whitehall. But we do see something of these things, and we are also seeing the building of the relationship between Crow and Doyle, and between the flatmates and Lestrade, Gregson, and other London police inspectors.

I'm carefully not saying anything more specific about Doyle's second secret, the one he had even before going to Afghanistan. That would be a significant spoiler, but I found it to be a really interesting twist on the tale Arthur Conan Doyle gave us. Of course, A. Conan Doyle would probably be appalled, but that's okay. I really like it.

The Jack the Ripper story is also woven through the entire book, and it's the source of much of the interaction with Lestrade. Given the time, and the prominence of Jack the Ripper even today, it could hardly be ignored.

The character development, and the changes Addison has rung on 1880s London, are well done and absorbing. Highly recommended.

I bought this audiobook. ( )
  LisCarey | Dec 18, 2020 |
Sherlock Holmes, except there are angels and demons in the world and Watson was injured by a demon which turned him into a werewolf and Holmes is an angel who is duty-bound to protect London and Moriarty is a vampire.

I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it was a fun read. Addison's world-building is very good. This is far and away the most likeable Sherlock Holmes I have ever encountered. Addison is clearly riffing off not only Doyle's original stories, but also the BBC Sherlock series, but her version of Holmes is far more endearing and vulnerable than either of those. Her version of Watson is also vulnerable, which gives Watson/Doyle and Holmes/Crow a much closer bond than previous versions.

On the other hand, this is a pretty straightforward retelling of several Sherlock Holmes mysteries, with a Jack the Ripper mystery thrown in. With such good worldbuilding, and such good characters, I was really disappointed that there wasn't more to it. Addison didn't tell any story here that she couldn't have told with the original characters. She just took the original stories and added some supernatural to them. It seems like there were opportunities to tell a story about the nature of good and evil, or to change one of the stories to make an unsympathetic character sympathetic, or to do something really unexpected.

That makes this book a frustrating blend of really original and really not original at all. ( )
  Gwendydd | Dec 6, 2020 |
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SHERLOCK: I may be on the side of the angels, but don’t think for one second that I am one of them. —STEVE THOMPSON, “THE REICHENBACH FALL,” SHERLOCK 2.3
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