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The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons: EW review

The Fifth HeartIt’s a team-up you definitely never would have expected: Sherlock Holmes and Henry James. As strange as that pairing may sound, Simmons makes...The Fifth HeartNovelIt’s a team-up you definitely never would have expected: Sherlock Holmes and Henry James. As strange as that pairing may sound, Simmons makes...2015-04-03Little Brown & Company

The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons

B+

The Fifth Heart

Genre: Novel; Author: Dan Simmons; Publisher: Little Brown & Company

It’s a team-up you definitely never would have expected: Sherlock Holmes and Henry James. As strange as that pairing may sound, Simmons makes it work in this Victorian-era murder mystery. He combines the central dynamic of Conan Doyle’s original Holmes stories—two opposite personalities working together to solve a crime—with the effusive prose and upper-class pageantry of a James novel. Though there are a few too many historical figures (Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, and even Grover Cleveland!), as well as some heavy-handed exploration of the relationship between authors and fictional characters, this remains an engrossing literary mash-up. B+