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So when I came across this book I was intrigued to say the least. I haven't read any Sherlock Holmes novels as yet (although I have a huge hardback of the complete works on my bookshelves).
To say that this is a Sherlock Holmes story is not completely accurate as equal time is given to Professor Challenger (another of Sir Arthur Conan Doyles creations), a man with a monstrous ego and rather annoying.
The story begins with the discovery of a crystal egg in an antique shop that Holmes decides to buy as a present for Mrs Hudson. The egg shows visions of another planet - and shows beings preparing for travel. Yes, the aliens are coming!
The slant of viewing the war of the worlds from Sherlock and Watsons viewpoint was refreshing. The logical clear thinking. The thought that they weren't from Mars but beings looking for a planet to sustain their existance - without much luck, shows that a story can be taken in many different ways.
The thing that disturbed me a little was the idea that Holmes and Mrs Hudson were getting it on and that Watson couldn't see it!
More than anything this novel made me want to re-read [b:The War of the Worlds|8909|The War of the Worlds|H.G. Wells|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41ypfqo40HL._SL75_.jpg|3194841] and to read the real Sherlock Holmes novels.