Month: November 2019

Mycroft and Sherlock

It’s London, England in the year 1872, and Mycroft Holmes is a rising young member of the British War Office. With wealth, friends, and a massive intellect, Mycroft has what appears to be an almost-perfect life with a promising future ahead. But with burdened with poor health, his unpopular prediction of British financial problems, past heartbreak, and an extraordinarily aggravating younger brother; not everything is a perfect as it seems with Mycroft’s personal life. And when his brother, Sherlock Holmes, gets fixated on the recent murders that have been plaguing London, Mycroft discovers that there may be more to these gruesome deaths than meets the eye. Featuring intrigues, rain-swept docks, smugglers, hidden romance, back-alley fights, friendships, secrets; and set against the enticing backdrop of Victorian England, this book is a must-read for any Holmesian.

Mycroft and Sherlock, written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse and published in 2018 by Titan Books, is a book I’d highly recommend for ages 15+. There is one or two instances of mature language as well as some mature, gruesome details regarding the murders and some occasional violence. All in all, an excellent mystery\adventure story featuring the roots of the famous detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with action, intrigue, and banter worthy of any original Holmes story. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

War Horse

War Horse, written by Michael Morpurgo and published in 1982 by the Scholastic Press, is an inspiring and moving tale of war, friendship, and the love between a horse and its owner. This novel falls under the historical fiction\middle grade genres.

Joey, a beautiful red-bay horse, is torn from his farm home and tossed headlong into war. Learning to pull heavy artillery, charge enemy forces, and carry wounded men-enemy and otherwise-Joey is passed from owner to owner, from English forces to German, and from kind men to cruel. He experiences both loss and joy, and is witness to the front line fighting in World War One. But through it all, he fights to stay alive. For his heart yearns for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind him, and he’s determined to find him again. Will he escape the horrors of the war unscathed?

I recommend this book for ages 14+. There is some violence and mature language to watch out for, but all in all it’s an excellent book with a gripping plot, terse details, and memorable characters, both horse and human. 4 out of 5 stars.