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The Crack in the Lens (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/12/23


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If someone had asked Sherlock Holmes later in the year, there is little doubt that he would have said his life began that spring day in 1871 when he met Violet Rushdale upon the moors and ended in the winter some months distant. His mother would have disputed the former claim, and many, both friend and foe, would come to deny the latter. Yet what happened that year nearly cost him his life and his sanity, and strongly influenced the man he was to become. It is well known that the toughest steel that makes the sharpest swords must be plunged into the fire, then beaten and reshaped. So it is as well with the best and wisest of men. --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。

著者について

Darlene is a writer and attorney. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Colorado. Darlene Cypser has been an avid follower of Sherlock Holmes for over 30 years. She is a member of a number of Sherlockian groups including Dr. Watson's Neglected Patients (which she currently heads), the Hudson Valley Sciontists and The Hounds of the Internet. She was a legal adviser to Leslie Klinger in his case regarding the Sherlock Holmes copyrights. The Baker Street Journal (the official publication of the Baker Street Irregulars) published two articles that she wrote about Arthur Conan Doyles' stories in the 1980s and published her piece on "Adventures in Copyright" in 2014. Her first Sherlock Holmes novel was "The Crack in the Lens" which is followed by "The Consulting Detective Trilogy." Darlene has written number of papers and articles which were published in magazines and professional legal and scientific journals on international space law, liability for induced seismicity, landlord and tenant law, intellectual property law, tax law and motion picture production and distribution. Darlene's first fiction published was a ghost story published in October 1992 by the Boulder Daily Camera. Darlene is currently working on a Master's degree in History at the University of Colorado Denver. Darlene loves reading and writing about history, science, and law, as well as fiction. She also enjoys hiking, cooking and photography. --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。


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  • ペーパーバック: 292ページ
  • 出版社: Foolscap & Quill (2010/12/23)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0971855250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971855250
  • 発売日: 2010/12/23
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Full review of The Crack in the Lens 2011/4/21
投稿者 Jennifer Petkus - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
The Crack in the Lens

Darlene Cypser has pulled off an amazing conjuring trick with The Crack in the Lens, writing an original Sherlock Holmes story that is in no way a Sherlock Holmes story and that owes more to Emily Brontë than Arthur Conan Doyle.

Cypser's novel introduces us to 17-year-old Sherlock, happy to have returned to his Yorkshire home. He is the youngest son of the forbidding squire, Siger Holmes, with older brothers Mycroft and Sherrinford. His father considered him a delicate child who suffered from pneumonia growing up and has little faith in the young man he is about to be. Siger Holmes hopes his son will enter university and train to be an engineer, a suitable profession for a youngest son who would not inherit the family estate. And to that end Siger Holmes has engaged a professor of mathematics who will tutor -- and torture -- the boy.

But at first young Sherlock is simply happy to be home and free to roam the moors. Of course it's on the moors that he meets Violet Rushdale, daughter of one of his father's tenant farmers. It's a star-crossed match: the squire's son and the daughter of a tenant who's fallen to drink and is behind in the rent after the death of his wife. And of course being star crossed, the attraction is irresistable and one day after Sherlock and Violet slip and fall in freezing water and seek shelter in a prehistoric hut and ... well, as I said, The Crack in the Lens is more Brontë than Doyle and young Sherlock is not the misogynist of Watson's years.

One of the most amazing parts of Cypser's conjuring trick is that it's so simple. Boy meets girl, boy is denied girl through the machinations of his tutor, girl denies boy thinking it best for him and ultimately boy loses girl, which I don't think is a spoiler because every woman reader who has ever felt for him knows he had a tragic past. If I can offer any criticism, it's that Sherlock must prove himself impossibly obtuse when confronted by Violet's denial. It's like those times Watson is confronted by Holmes in disguise and you can't believe the good doctor can be so easily fooled. But the misapprehension is important to the story and after all, young Sherlock is only seventeen, not wise in matters of love and also suffering under the slanders his tutor has laid before Siger Holmes.

Cypser's restraint is also admirable in not making too many winking nods to Sherlock's future as the great detective, with few in jokes I noticed other than a plausible relation to another great Doyle creation and many foreshadowings to Holmes' skill at boxing and fencing and his affinity with the working classes and children. I'm sure there are other Holmesian nods that Cypser has added that I have missed in my Watsonian clumsiness, but I think they are subtle.

Cypser has also created one of the great sick bed scenes of all times, rivaling anything from Austen, Brontë or Dumas and her forging of the detective Holmes from the crucible of young Sherlock's despair makes The Crack in the Lens has made a lasting impression on me.
4 人中、4人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 A fine pastiche 2011/6/11
投稿者 Karen P. Rhodes - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
First, a disclaimer: I am a member of the Hounds of the Internet, of which Darlene Cypser is also a member. That said, whether or not I had had any contact with the author prior to the publication of this book, I can say without reservation that enjoyed it. It ends on a somber yet triumphant note, having taken us through the agony of a tough coming-of-age for young Holmes. We see a more rational explanation for Holmes's having fired bullets into the wall of the long-suffering Mrs. Hudson's boarding house to form the initials "V.R," this being but one small sample of how author Cypser has woven into her narrative those little odd bits of trivia which delight us Sherlockians so much. Her weave is tight indeed, with a story that, while it may begin slowly, builds to a fine ending. Holmes's family, the circumstances of his upbringing in an upper-class manorial atmosphere, the events that shaped the man we know in Conan Doyle's tales, all form a matrix that hangs together. I found particularly believable the characterization of the child and teenager Holmes as having been sickly. Anyone who finds this difficult to swallow, given how energetic and even athletic the man Holmes is shown to be has only to look at the life of Theodore Roosevelt, a real-world example of a sickly child who trained himself into a vigorous, energetic, and robust man.

Dialect is difficult for authors and readers, at times. Here the dialect, in this case that of Yorkshire, is not over-emphasized heavily, as is a problem in some novels. The author has relied on word choice, structure, and syntax more than on trying to use spelling alone to get the dialect across. Cypser has used orthographical expression of the dialect judiciously. It works very nicely for me, and I am usually highly critical of this aspect of a book.

The most jarring problem is not of Cypser's making, but consists in transcription errors which seem at this stage of production to be endemic to the Kindle versions of books. The Crack in the Lens has been a worthwhile use of my somewhat limited leisure-reading time.
3 人中、3人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Looking forward to the sequel 2011/12/8
投稿者 JoLynn - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック Amazonで購入
A story of the seventeen year old Sherlock Holmes - the highly intelligent and somewhat misunderstood youngest son of a very demanding father. The lonely Sherlock finds a friend when he offers to help Violet Rushdale, the daughter of one of his father's tenant farmers, as she struggles to provide for herself and her widowed alcoholic father. As the young pair share their brief moments of free time, love blossoms.

If this were merely a story of first love, it would be (and is) quite charming. But this is Sherlock Holmes we're talking about, so we know the lovers' course will not be a smooth one. Enter Squire Holmes' choice of tutor for young Sherlock - the mysterious Professor Moriarty.

A thrilling battle of wits and wills ensues, replete with angry fathers, a stormy night on the moors, the threat of madness, and the beginnings of drug addiction. Possible origins of several facets of the Sherlock Holmes ouevre are introduced, making the story ever more fascinating.

Highly recommended for fans of Sherlock Holmes (of course), but also for those who enjoy the Brontes and historical fiction set in the 19th century. A great read.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Bottomline: Worth the money 2011/5/12
投稿者 JEFFREY MCGRAW - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
I happened across "The Crack In The Lens" by Darlene Cypser after reading "The Sherlockian" by Graham Moore. This review is for Ms. Cypser's excellent work. I can talk about the premise which starts with a young Sherlock Holmes on the cusp of adulthood. She deftly takes us through that journey which culminates in self realization for the young consulting detective. At first, I thought it started very slowly, as I was more used to reading noir fiction, hardboiled and usually devoid of anything that would deter from the main plot line. I can talk about the deftly drawn characters filling out our background of the Holmes family. Who knew he and Mycroft had a brother? Here you will meet the dastardly Professor Moriarity who is even more dastardly and diabolical than Conan Doyle led me to believe. I can talk about Violet, a forerunner, in my humble opinion, to Irene Adler. Trust me I could ramble on about this book for 300 words tenfold. Let me boil it down to this. The book was very much WORTH MY MONEY and the best word to describe it is ENTERTAINING. Reading it on a back porch on a lazy Sunday afternoon you would fill your inner self with the satisfaction of being thoroughly sated with good writing. Might I be so bold as to suggest the author move a little faster on the succeeding two volumes in this trilogy?
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5つ星のうち 5.0 A must read for Sherlock Holmes fans! 2016/10/28
投稿者 4everNana - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
A very well-researched and well-written story of Sherlock Holmes as a young man of seventeen, whose life events that year would change him into the man he would become. Highly recommend this book, and the sequel The Consulting Detective.
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