For the Sake of the Game by Laurie R. King

For the Sake of the Game

In a sensational follow-up to Echoes of Sherlock Holmes and In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, a brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle canon.For the Sake of the Game is the latest volume in the award-winning series from New York Times bestselling editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, with stories of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and friends in a variety of eras and forms. King and Klinger have a simple formula: ...

Details For the Sake of the Game

TitleFor the Sake of the Game
Release DateDec 4th, 2018
PublisherPegasus Books
GenreMystery, Short Stories, Fiction, Anthologies

Reviews For the Sake of the Game

  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityWelcome to my review of the biennual collection of Sherlock Holmes-inspired stories edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger. This is an every two years treat, as evidenced by my reviews of the previous collections in this quasi-series, A Study In Sherlock, In the Company of Sherlock Holmes and Echoes of Sherlock Holmes.The stories in all of these collections were inspired by Holmes, one way or another...
  • Mystery & Thriller
    With their fourth Sherlock Holmes short story collection, authors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger have put together something special. FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME features stories inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed detective, but not necessarily starring him. This allows for the writers of these tales to be as creative as possible, and the end result is some wonderful and quite unique entries.The book’s title comes from "The Adventure...
  • Linda Baker
    Following two earlier anthologies, Echoes of Sherlock Holmes and In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes, this new anthology features stories inspired by the Holmes Canon. It features stories by some of the best-known authors of today. Peter S. Beagle, Reed Farrell Coleman, Jamie Freveletti, Alan Gordon, Gregg Hurwitz, Toni L.P. Kelner, William Kotzwinkle and Joe Servello, Harley Jane Kozak, D.P. Lyle, Weston Ochse, Zoe Sharp, Duane Swierczynski, and...
  • Kelly
    Very enjoyable.
  • Melissa
    This was a fun compilation of short stories inspired by Sherlock Holmes. Some were more like fan fiction and others just inspired by the genre. I enjoyed the fan fiction stories better than most of the others. A few of the stories were a little painful to get through.My favorite story was The Case of the Six Sherlocks by Kelner which follows a Con for Holmes fans. It was interesting and inventive.I've always enjoyed Rhys Bowen's writing and she d...
  • Lindsey
    With a few exceptions, I really enjoyed this collection of short stories inspired by Sherlock. The stories were divided between the accurate historical setting and a contemporary re-imagining. And surprisingly, I enjoyed either equally. The stories that stood out for me were: Hounded (a contemporary setting drawing on the Hound of the Baskervilles), The Adventure of the Six Sherlocks (a murder mystery set at a Sherlock convention), and The Case o...
  • Patrick SG
    Enjoyed the stories in this book, representing a rage of writers and artists, all inspired by Sherlock Holmes. Some of the stories are straight Holmes pastiches - either set in Victorian time or more modern eras. But most of them are tributes to the inspiration of Holmes and his methods. They include a hard boiled setting in modern L.A., a science fiction setting and even an illustrated story of a detective grasshopper and his bug companion. Ther...
  • Sarah
    There were a couple of pretty decent stories in here- The Case of the Missing Case by Alan Gordon had a good young Sherlock and Mycroft, Hounded by Zoe Sharp did a good modernization of Hound of the Baskervilles (and included the author's own character), and The Case of the Naked Butterfly by William Kotzwinkle and Joe Servello was a totally surreal comic of insect Holmes & Watson.But a lot of them were only tangentially related to Sherlock Holme...
  • BrkrDave
    I love a pastiche of Sherlock Holmes but these are just poor stories relying on a great name like Sherlock Holmes. If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle read this book, he like me, would quit in the middle. Very disappointing. I was really looking forward to reading the book. If lines like...I went through Heathrow with a live animal so stories about the Russian Mafia don't scare me...or something to that effect are the lines that appeal to you, this is your...
  • Jennifer
    These stories are very strange. The strangest is The Case of the Naked Butterfly, where all the characters are bugs. I'm sorry that my favorite mystery author LRK didn't contribute a story. I wanted to read this because she put an excerpt of the one by Harley Jane Kozak on her website. I enjoyed that one until I got to the end. The one I enjoyed the most is the song by Peter S. Beagle.
  • Jan (the Gryphon)
    Anthology of stories inspired by the Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. About half of the stories actually have Holmes as a character. The graphic story picturing Holmes as a preying mantis was rather fun. Some of the stories are borderline SF. Every one is at least a semi-precious gem.
  • Amy
    Excellent - a diverse collection in format, settings, and Holmes characters. I especially liked the ones by Zoe Sharp, Harley Jane Kozak, Alan Gordon, and Jamie Freveletti, but there wasn't a single story I didn't enjoy!
  • Kate
    Good stories for the most part, especially most of the female authors. It was fairly easy to pinpoint the old, white guys through their sexist and stilted writing.Dear male authors,Rape is not a plot device. Sincerely, Humanity
  • Susan
    Very good collection of short stories. There was only one I didn't care for. I will be checking out a couple of the authors that I wasn't familiar with.
  • Elisabeth Hayden
    Not enough Laurie in the book.
  • David Riester
    Short stories
  • Ray Palen
    Read my review this Friday on bookreporter. com.
  • Ellen
    I love most things Holmesian and this biennial set of short stories inspired by the Holmes Canon is a fun read.
  • Melissa
    An enjoyable collection of stories. I really liked some more than others but none were bad.
  • Jan
    I really enjoyed all the different settings, dates, crimes, etc.
  • Robin
    A good collection of Holmes based stories.
  • MJ
    Oh wow! I had no idea the above editors have produced these! This was the 4th compilation and I'm off to look for the first 3. All of the stories were excellent, some outstanding.
  • Wendy Hellwig
    Thoroughly enjoyable -- interesting range of stories including a graphic version starring bugs.
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Laura
    This is my favorite out of the series so far. Each installment has been somewhat hit or miss with me, just due to the variety of the stories/contributions. This one seemed to have a greater proportion of stories that I really enjoyed and only a few that I didn't care for.