Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Eye of the Crow

Author: Shane Peacock
Title: Eye of the Crow 1
Series: Boy Sherlock Holmes (book 1)
Publication Date: 2007
Number of Pages: 260
Genre: Mystery/YA
Synopsis: “Sherlock Holmes, just thirteen, is a misfit. His highborn mother is the daughter of an aristocratic family, his father a poor Jew. Their marriage flouts tradition and makes them social pariahs in the London of the 1860s; and their son, Sherlock, bears the burden of their rebellion. Friendless, bullied at school, he belongs nowhere and has only his wits to help him make his way. But what wits they are! His keen powers of observation are already apparent, though he is still a boy. He loves to amuse himself by constructing histories from the smallest detail for everyone he meets. Partly for fun, he focuses his attention on a sensational murder to see if he can solve it. But his game turns deadly serious when he finds himself the accused — and in London, they hang boys of thirteen.”

Sorry about the lack of posts this week, as in none, but I have been out with a cold and haven’t felt much like writing while sick.
Since I happen to be a fan of Sherlock Holmes’ stories (whether the original or someone else’s take on the character) I couldn’t pass up on reading Eye of the Crow, which was an awesome read.
Shane Peacock’s Sherlock Holmes2 is my second favorite take on the character. I really enjoyed reading about the authors take on how Sherlock Holmes got his start and what the character might have been like as a young teen.
One of the things I likes best about this book would have to be the interactions between Sherlock, Malefactor (the leader of a street gang), and Irene. They really just brought the story to life. Plus I loved the slight rivalry that was mixed with a bit of respect for each other that went on every time Sherlock and Malefactor came into contact with each other.
My favorite scene in Eye of the Crow would have to be when the young Sherlock Holmes is arrested and his escape from prison. This was my favorite scene in the book because it was kind of funny how easily he got out and away from his captors.
Eye of the Crow is extremely fast paced read with a fascinating murder mystery; and a quirky set of characters.
I would definitely recommend Eye of the Crow to anyone who is a fan of Sherlock Holmes’ mysteries; or to those looking to get their first taste of Sherlock Holmes.

Eye of the Crow earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. Eye of the Crow was borrowed from the library.
2. In order my favorite Sherlocks would be: 1. Robert Downey Jr. from the Movie Sherlock Holmes; 2. Shane Peacock’s Young Sherlock Holmes; 3. and last, but not least the original Sherlock Holmes.

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