Thursday, August 25, 2022

Reader's Diary #2037 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld (writers), Joshua Cassara (artist): Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook

Reading a book written by a celebrity is always a bit of a crap shoot. On the one hand, you know it has to be easier for them to get published; they have name recognition, but that doesn't mean they can necessarily write well. At least those in the arts have the benefit of a doubt that the book will at least be creative, but today I'm talking about Kareen Abdul-Jabbar the freaking basketball player.

However, I know his Mycroft Holmes novels are very respected and have quite a fan following, so clearly he's a man of many talents. I'm also happy to report that these stories make for great graphic novels as well. 

Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook is a fun, action-filled, adventure with hints of sex, humour, and steampunk. Like his more famous brother, Mycroft is also a super detective though that part doesn't work seamlessly. I certainly enjoyed seeing how observant Mycroft is, what a great reader of character, but often the clues were ones that were never revealed to us readers in the first place and my favourite detective stories are ones where we're invited to play along. Still, I enjoyed this book a lot overall.


James Chester said...

I am surprised and impressed to find out Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes a series of books. Good for him. And I guess good for us since they are books you enjoy.

John Mutford said...

Thanks James, and well-respected books too