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His books are fantastic but full of errors. Hey you carry on writing fine english. I'll carry on writing good old fashioned ripping yarns! But thanks for the heads up, you are right. To many errors cheers. Feb 07, PM. An agent won't even consider something that is poorly edited these days. Think about it: they have two submissions with great stories and have to pick one to represent. One is in need of editing and the other isn't. They will take the one that doesn't need extensive editing because they know a publisher will prefer a book that costs them very little in the way of editors vs one that will cost a lot.

There are literally THOUSANDS of "ripping yarns" published every week - do yourself a favour and at least place yourself in the rapidly decreasing percentage of those that are also written with care. It's the only advantage you'll have. I think that Create Space is the answer, although it's not the easiest thing in the world to format the book to put it up there first time around.

There is a good formatting guide though which walks you through it. I do agree with the above poster that you're going to have a lot of problems getting an agent if you don't have a decently formatted, edited and proofed book. So rather than seeing the previous interpretations of a young Sherlock basically the same Sherlock but with acne and a few pounds lighter we are seeing a typical teenager start on his rites of passage and that is where they story really takes off - so do not pick up this book expecting to see the same Sherlock but with a squeaky pre-pudescent voice but rather see it is as jigsaw of adventures that will lead you to the doorstep of B Baker street ready to hand over the story to Mr Conan Doyle.

The 'case' Sherlock and company were solving was fairly exciting in parts and when the conclusion was revealed I wanted to turn and smack the villain and utter a few choice words, devious but also an idiot he was.. It wa a fitting tale of young Sherlock It was interesting to see how Sherlock started out and how became the 'consulting detective' we all know and love Mr Lane has done a wonderful job of making everyone and everything vivid, I felt like I was there with Sherlock dodging the ruffians and fighting the Baron. The humor, drama, action, mystery were all balanced out very well Have you seen the cover of this YA novel?

It appears to me that Justin Bieber is Sherlock Holmes. The only two people left sporting such a hair do left were, I thought, the Biebs and Tom Brady. But I digress. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. Some background, I am a twenty two year old female, the fifth of the seven Gelati sisters.

The cover took me a back but once I got past it, the novel flew. The avant-garde quirkiness of the young Holmes drew me in and took me away. I have had the good fortune of visiting England and the descriptions of the towns and the settings were well done. Andrew Lane wrote this in the tone and pace for the age group; I was not bored, it kept my attention, and the speed of the plot and the dialogue fit like a glove.

Not knowing the details of Holmes did not exclude me from enjoying the novel, in fact I think it made my enjoyment of it stronger; I had no preconceptions. Thanks for giving me the chance Oldhead! What are you reading today? Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on.

Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Amazon Banner on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. View all 9 comments. Apr 19, Sarai rated it it was ok Shelves: young-adult-fiction , historical , mystery. This review contains spoilers. The book was okay, but I did have some issues with it. First of all, it wasn't much of a mystery. It was a mystery for Sherlock to figure out but there was nothing for the reader to figure out. Second, the author kept repeating himself and I would have expected an editor to catch it but apparently not.

There were a couple of times where Sherlock turned away and then in the very next paragraph he turned away again. There were other things that made me feel like the a This review contains spoilers. There were other things that made me feel like the author wrote a paragraph and then later wrote a paragraph and inserted it in without making sure everything flowed together. In the scene where Sherlock and Ginny are trying to get away from the Baron, Ginny runs to the windows and pulls down the draperies but a couple of paragraphs later she is sitting next to Sherlock on a chair.

What did she do - run across the room and yank down the drapes, then decide she should go sit back in the chair like a good prisoner? It didn't make any sense. Then there was the whole scene with the Baron and his little marionette thing. He has servants who pull on ropes that are tied to him to make him move around, because he was trampled by horses and he's paralyzed.

No, he's not paralyzed, he can move his arms and is a master swordsman. No, he can only move his arms because his servants interpret what move he wants to make and then operate the ropes to make it happen. Because they've had so much practice, which is mentioned three times during that scene, in case you missed it the first time. It also felt unfinished. Obviously there is going to be a sequel, but there were so many unanswered questions it felt more like the book ended in the middle rather than had a proper ending. What's the deal with Mrs. Why is she no friend to the Holmes family?

Why was she seen with some of the murder victims? Is she part of the plot, or just a shady character lurking about staircases in the foyer? And I'm sorry, but the American Amyus lets his daughter wander around wearing only riding breeches? This is Victorian England. I think there was a stricter dress code for the ladies, no matter what country they are from. I realize she is the spunky love interest who will probably die in a future book, unless she disguises herself as Dr. Watson because she becomes so fond of men's attire. And we know she is spunky because she wears riding breeches and rides her horse through the country unsupervised.

Maybe she will grow up and go off to live in a romance novel someday. I didn't hate the book. It just had some editorial issues and realism issues. I found Amyus to be an interesting character and I wanted to know more about him. In fact, I think I liked all the secondary characters better than Sherlock, and wanted to know more about them.

Why does his aunt talk to herself? What is Matty's back story? What does Mycroft really do? But Sherlock just left me kind of cold. Product Description It is the summer of , and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. Feb 09, Oda Renate rated it really liked it. This was a really enjoyable,fun, actionfilled Sherlock holmes set story. As the title says its young Sherlock Holmes, here at age Granted he does not seem exactly like himself from the canon, but he could grow into that.

I will defently continue this series. View 1 comment. Nov 18, Tony rated it liked it. And since Sherlock Holmes is in all likelihood the most pastiched fictional character in history, it came as little surprise to come across this first in what will likely be a lengthy series of "Young Sherlock Holmes" books.

Although I do enjoy the Sherlock Holmes canon, I am far from being a true Sherlockian and am perfectly happy to dip into the occasional Holmes pastiche for some light reading. This book, which seems to be aimed at adolescent readers, is rather lighter than most. In it, we met year-old Sherlock as his elder brother Mycroft packs him off to the countryside to live with some distant relations during the school holidays. It seems that their father is away with the army in India, and their mother is bedridden with some kind of mysterious nervous breakdown.

Once at his relatives, he left mostly to his own devices, and before too long, he's fallen in with a kind of homeless boy of his own age, who introduces him to "real" life. Meanwhile, a colorful American tutor is engaged for Sherlock's education -- an education mainly in learning how to think and observe. Soon enough, a body is discovered, suspicious behavior is observed, and young Sherlock is knee-deep in his first intrigue.

While it's all fairly fun there isn't much sense of the adult Sherlock in this portrayal of teen Sherlock. He's a pretty blank slate without much character at all, more a plucky kid action hero than anything else. There's a great deal of action, much more so than deductive reasoning, and it's hard to tell whether that's a case of the writer playing to his presumed audience of adolescent boys, or simply being unable to come up with anything that clever. There are plenty of insider references to keep the Sherlock buffs happy, but the essential character of the young detective seemed completely absent.

The period feel is generally quite good, and full of interesting details, but the dialogue occasionally drifts into phrases or words that feel wrong for the era. There's also a cheesy romantic interest in the form of his American tutor's tomboyish daughter. Overall, probably not worth it for adult readers, but not a bad way to try and get kids interested in the original stories.

Oct 07, Hayden Shockley rated it it was amazing. This mystery thriller kept me up all night just to find out what happens next. Death Cloud was never a boring read and I am glad to have of read it. A mysterious "cloud" has been seen by some to be the cause of two deaths. This book is about Sherlock and his first ever impressive mystery, and of many new people he meets. Death Cloud takes place in various cities throughout England, mostly in Farnham, Guildford, and London. They travel rapidly along the countryside on carriages, bikes, boats, and even just straight up horseback.

Sherlock Holmes is very young and curious which helps him dive deep into this mystery. Sherlock has just moved in to his aunt and uncle's house and was expecting it to be terrible but, contrasting with his opinion, it was not so. Your friends will build you or break you. Sherlock needs some friends. Everybody needs at least one friend. Early in the book we find out that he doesn't have many friends if any. Now, do you need to say goodbye to any friends? There were boys he knew, but were any of them really friends?

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How will his friends determine how he makes his decisions? I recommend reading to find out. The book has been approved by the Sir. Author Conan Doyle estate, so you know it's going to be good! I love the logic Sherlock is starting to cultivate, and it's great to see everything explained in a detailed way. The explanation of the Death Cloud itself is quite intriguing. I loved the characters, Sherlock is so lovable in "Death Cloud" is the first in a series of the adventures of young Sherlock Holmes. I loved the characters, Sherlock is so lovable in that he's not perfect, but he's learning to see his own flaws and wants to better himself.

Sherlock's partners in logic are fun and likable as well, including Matty the street urchin and Sherlock's mentor, Amyus Crowe. This is such a fun read, packed with action, and logical thinking that makes you ask "why didn't I think of that? Jun 01, Jabiz Raisdana rated it liked it Shelves: adventure , history , fun , mystery , comfort , empire. I can see why young readers would like this book- adventure, creepy bad guys, mysterious and cool little facts about things, Like bees and history but this genre and this book were not for me.

It took me forever to finish this one because the characters felt flat and the plot bizarre. I think I like my fiction a bit more realistic, my characters a bit more dysfunctional and awkward and the writing a bit more crafted. Not much on theme or craft here, but it is a fun ride for those of you who like I can see why young readers would like this book- adventure, creepy bad guys, mysterious and cool little facts about things, Like bees and history but this genre and this book were not for me.

Not much on theme or craft here, but it is a fun ride for those of you who like this type of thing. But remember, just cuz I don't like it, doesn't make it bad.


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Take it for a ride and if you like it try the Sherlock stories by Doyle as well. Jun 04, Beth rated it liked it. Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created, and the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories remain popular, as do many spin-offs in both books and film for adults and young people. A new series by British writer Andrew Lane imagines Sherlock as a fourteen-year old boy solving his first murder mysteries.

The first volume in this series, Death Cloud, starts off a bit slowly but soon turns into an intriguing murder mystery. Andrew Lane writes that his intention with thi Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created, and the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories remain popular, as do many spin-offs in both books and film for adults and young people.

Andrew Lane writes that his intention with this series is "to find out what Sherlock was like before Arthur Conan Doyle first introduced him to the world.

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What sort of teenager was he? Where did he go to school, and who were his friends? Where and when did he learn the skills that he displayed later in life — the logical mind, the boxing and sword-fighting, the love of music and of playing the violin? What did he study at university? When if ever did he travel abroad?

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What scared him and who, if anyone, did he love? Set in , when our hero is fourteen, our novel opens with Sherlock at boarding school. But instead of going home for his summer vacation, he finds out from his brother Mycroft that their father has been posted to India, their mother is "unwell," and Sherlock will have to spend the summer with his peculiar aunt and uncle--who he's never even met--in Hampshire. The only bright note seems to be that the food is better than at school.

But things won't be boring for long, as Sherlock makes friends with a local boy, Matty, who's been witness to a strange mysterious smoke and a dead body covered in boils. Has the plague come back? Matty serves as a younger version of Watson in this story, assisting Sherlock with his investigations. Sherlock is also helped by his American tutor and his feisty and independent daughter Virginia, Sherlock is soon involved with fire, kidnapping, espionage, and murder.

Will his powers of deduction help him solve his first murder, while uncovering an evil plot to bring down the British Empire? I should disclose that I have not read any of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, but that may be the case as well with the intended audience for this series, teens and tweens.

This new series is not the first about Holmes to be aimed at teen readers, but is the first such series endorsed by the Arthur Conan Doyle estate. A different series for teens,the award-winning The Boy Sherlock Holmes, by Shane Peacock, was first published in by Canadian publisher Tundra Press and has four volumes to date.

I have not read any of the titles in that series but it would be interesting to compare and contrast how both authors imagine Sherlock as a youth. And then of course we have the acclaimed Enola Holmes mystery series by Nancy Springer, concentrating on Sherlocks' much-younger sister, Enola, a talented detective in her own right. Lane's series offers plenty of action, as well as laying the ground work for Holmes' later powers of deductive reasoning we can see the beginnings of his talents in this book. It's a good entree into the Victorian stories for younger readers, and may get them interested in exploring the originals.

May 12, Cassie rated it really liked it. Where do I start? This book was definitely exciting and filled with revelations. I actually bought this book months ago but got to the first page and couldn't bring myself to keep on reading it, so it sat in my book box for a long time. I felt like reading it one night, though, so I picked it up and I'm really glad I did. Its the first in a series of adventures featuring young Sherlock Holmes and, naturally, with that name comes great expectations of a story that can bring you to the edge of you Where do I start?

Its the first in a series of adventures featuring young Sherlock Holmes and, naturally, with that name comes great expectations of a story that can bring you to the edge of your seat and mysteries that make you scratch your head. I wasn't disappointed. Trouble seemed to find him wherever he went and I was really excited to see how each obstacle he encountered would be handled.

It took a lot of that Sherlock thinking and help from his friends.


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Matty Arnatt, a young homeless boy who befriends Sherlock, Amyus Crowe, Sherlock's tutor and the first person to encourage him to question things, and Virginia, Amyus' daughter whom Sherlock has developed a crush on- a crush that he didn't admit to, which sort of upset me. The villains were really good at making me mad because they always seemed to find Sherlock, no matter where he went, even when it wasn't quite possible.

I won't spoil anything, but let's just say that I will never, ever look at puppets on strings the same way. At the end of the book, Sherlock sees the leader of his old enemies that he just finished fighting and he says that he could never rest as long as they were out there. The next book doesn't pick up where this one leaves off, so I think that's an odd thing to say. I mean, I think it would make more sense if he'd said he could never rest as long as people like that are out there, instead of saying that particular person, so I was a bit confused by that.

But maybe they'll meet again in later books. One more thing. The only real part of the book that confused me and sort of irritated me. Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older brother, sent Sherlock out to stay with his uncle over break and at his uncle's house, he encounters the cold, rude, and evil housekeeper Mrs. Now, Mycroft said to Sherlock that she "is no friend of the Holmes family. I thought she would somehow be tied into the grand scheme of evil going on, but I guess not. I guess she was just mean at home and had nothing to do with everything else going on. So, all in all, I really liked this book and once I buy the other books I have on my to-read list, I'll probably pick up the next one.

I liked the characters well enough, even though none of them truly grabbed me but I don't usually expect much character development from a relatively short children's book, especially if it's the first of a series. I liked Matty, Amyus Crowe was interesting if not exactly unsubtle in the "let's have a character who can mentor young Sherlock and teach him to deduce All The Things, because it never occurred to the boy before someone pointed it out , and Virginia was The fourteen-year-old Sherlock was instantly likeable, which..

Obviously the entire idea of what Sherlock Holmes would have been like as a boy, as a teenager with an interest in pretty girls and a knack for getting himself into trouble, is vastly open to interpretation, and any interpretation will inevitably have both people who feel it fits and people who feel it doesn't. Based on this first book, I wasn't convinced, but that aside, I liked this boy called Sherlock, I liked his resourcefulness and the way he became determined to solve this mystery he'd stumbled upon, even if it took bending or outright ignoring straight orders from his elders.

Frankly, if this had been any other s-London-set-boys-adventure-mystery, I might have given it four stars. I think it'll work very well for the targeted reader group, which, I assume, are mostly pre-teen and younger teen boys but it would certainly work for girls into adventure stories, too. But because I wasn't convinced by the author's interpretation of young Sherlock, I don't really feel comfortable giving it that extra star. I love Sherlock Holmes. Then something on the cover caught my eye and reassured me. Sherlock has to go live with his uncle an I love Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock has to go live with his uncle and aunt in the countryside during his school break. While there, bored out of his mind, Sherlock meets a new friend, Mattie, and together they attempt to solve a mystery concerning strange deaths. The easiest way for me to explain the awesome behind this evil plot is to ask you to think of the Alex Rider series. This villain is just pure evil and when you finally see him. In order to beat him, Sherlock, Mattie, Amyus, and Virginia must travel around England and France and escape death over and over again.

At the same time, he amazes me with his already budding genius. I desperately want to read the next book, which has already come out. Content Warnings: Possibly mild language Feb 09, Amber rated it it was amazing. From Dr. Death Cloud follows Sherlock during his summer vacation from boarding school. With his father sent to India with the Royal Navy and his brother Mycroft working in the busy city of London, Sherlock is shipped off to relatives who he has never met and seldom heard of.