Daily Thoughts 9/6/2009The Language of Bees Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King
This is Sherlock Holmes in his later years living in the country tending his bees with a younger companion Mary Russell. It is very different than most Sherlock Holmes pastiches which I have read. Watson is only mentioned briefly in passing.
In this novel we learn that Sherlock Holmes had a son who he barely knows and a granddaughter. The son is a bohemian artist who is mixed up with a diabolical occultist. The main villain does not seem like a master criminal.
The novel does not read much like a mystery novel at all. It is more of a suspense novel with elements of the chase than detection. This makes it not what I expected. There is some detection involved which includes Mary Russell visiting a number of interesting settings including an occult meeting, breaking into different houses, and visiting art galleries and cafes.
Also, Sherlock Holmes brother, Mycroft Holmes plays a much more significant role in this novel than most Sherlock Holmes novels. I enjoyed reading this book, but it is not like the typical Sherlock Holmes pastiche. The descriptions are very well done. I like the descriptions of Sherlock Holmes's sons surrealist paintings as well as when Mary Russell is investigating Sherlock Holmes's bee hives. It is worth reading if you want a different viewpoint on the great detective.
Today was a day where I relaxed quite a bit and read. I also went to Barnes and Noble and bought a book, Better to Beg Forgiveness by Michael Z. Williamson. This book is published by Baen books. It is libertarian military science fiction. The viewpoints can be a mix of harshly anti-authoritarian and anti-corporate.