FICTION

For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon

KING, Laurie R. & . 272p. Pegasus. Dec. 2018. Tr $25.95. ISBN 9781681778792.
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This energetic and offbeat anthology of Sherlock Holmes–inspired works charmingly leans into 21st-century fandom. The 14 unique entries include cozy and noir mysteries, with the occasional speculative twist, and a short graphic novel and a song. Teens familiar with the surplus of Holmes online fan fiction will especially enjoy seeing the figure reinvented as the insect "Inspector Mantis" in a comic by William Kotzwinkle and Joe Servello, as well as the multitude of Holmes cosplayers in Toni L.P. Kelner's "The Adventure of the Six Sherlocks." Rhys Bowen's "Sherlocked," featuring a robot Holmes that resembles a vacuum cleaner, is another quirky standout. This is the third in a series curated by King and Klinger; one hopes the next volume will focus even more on the weirder and more speculative tales that are particular highlights here.
VERDICT A strong optional purchase for YA collections for libraries with teen patrons already familiar with the Sherlockian fandom.

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