The List of Seven

The List of Seven On Christmas Day , A Desperate Plea From A Mysterious Woman Leads Arthur Conan Doyle Struggling Physician, Aspiring Writer, And Part Time Demystifier Of The Occult To A Seance In London S East End And Into A Fiendish And Deadly Trap Stunned By A Shocking Display Of Black Magic, Doyle Witnesses A Murder, Nearly Falling Victim Himself Before Being Rescued By A Secretive Stranger Jack Sparks, A Man Who Claims To Be Special Agent To Queen Victoria He Tells Doyle That He Has Been Targeted By A Diabolical Coven Of Satanists The Dark BrotherhoodAs They Track Their Attackers Across The Length And Breadth Of Britain, Assailed By Forces Of Darkness Both Human And Supernatural, Conan Doyle And Sparks Unmask A Terrifying Conspiracy That Threatens Not Only The Crown But The Very Fabric Of Modern Civilization Their Only Clue A List Of Seven Names, The Leaders Of The BrotherhoodSkeptical By Nature And Profession, Doyle Labors To Prove That The Events He Has Witnessed Horrifying Visions, Zombies, Ghouls, Molecular Alteration Are Elaborate Ruses With Logical Explanations But If So, Why Simply Because Doyle S Anti Occultist Writings, Never Even Published, Have Inadvertently Exposed The Brotherhood S Intentions Who Is The Elusive, Seemingly Superhuman Mastermind Behind The Seven Most Important, As Doyle Continues To Put His Life In The Hands Of Jack Sparks, The Question Persists Can Sparks Be Trusted

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  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • The List of Seven
  • Mark Frost
  • English
  • 19 June 2018
  • 9780380720194

10 thoughts on “The List of Seven

  1. says:

    Arthur Conan Doyle, doctor and aspiring author, witnesses black magic and murder at a seance Soon, he finds himself on the run with Jack Sparks dragging him along But is Jack Sparks an agent of the crown or an escaped mental patient And why does a mysterious group want Doyle dead And who are the people on the List of Seven A friend of mine started bugging me to read this in 2004 A decade later, I finally gave in.The List of Seven is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche written by one of the co creators of Twin Peaks, Mark Frost It reads like Tim Powers writing an episode of Sherlock In fact, I kept imagining Benedict Cumberbatch as Jack Sparks and Martin Freeman as Doyle.Sparks and Doyle prove to be an effective team I found Sparks background incredibly interesting, as I did his sociopathic brother, Alexander Doyle was a little capable than Watson is normally portrayed, a master of deduction rivaling Jack Sparks.This is a throwback to early steampunk, not the style over substance steampunk that s so popular these days There are appearances by Victorian figures like Bram Stoker, Nigel Gull, and Queen Victoria, and also trains, mummies, zombies, and various other Victoriana, like seances and mediums Again, it reminds me of Tim Power s Anubis Gates and other works, and also Jonathan Barnes The Somnambulist and The Domino Men.The writing itself was pretty good There was a surprising amount of humor in the dialog The plot about the cult was nothing spectacular since most cults in fiction have the same goals The characters of Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack Sparks, and Alexander Sparks eclipsed the plot somewhere around the halfway mark.If I had to complain about something, it would be the ending, which seems like it was probably changed at some point in the writing process to allow for sequels It was kind of a copout Other than that, I have no complaints Four out of five stars.

  2. says:

    This is sorta like a very successful Da Vinci Code The Mummy hybrid The references to Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, even Jack the Ripper makes this the only book in recent memory to thrill amaze without making you feel like you should know literary crap you could possibly know what to do with This one goes crazy in the most fertile world of Edwardian the V.D d prince s London where reality walks hand in hand with the monstrous creations of masterful minds I read this at an unusually languid, slow pace, inverse of the book s rather speedy and smart narration I want to see a movie like this nah scratch that I want to discover books like this.

  3. says:

    a breathless and action packed steampunk adventure a breathless and action packed steampunk adventure starring mystical special agent Jack Sparks and his doughty Doubting Thomas sidekick Arthur Conan Doyle a breathless and action packed steampunk adventure starring mystical special agent Jack Sparks and his doughty Doubting Thomas sidekick Arthur Conan Doyle, united to fight an infernal Dark Brotherhood and their terrifying zombie and mummy minions a breathless and action packed steampunk adventure starring mystical special agent Jack Sparks and his doughty Doubting Thomas sidekick Arthur Conan Doyle, united to fight an infernal Dark Brotherhood and their terrifying zombie and mummy minions, featuring thoughtful and at times amusingly fervent discourses on the nature of humankind and the pernicious influence of organized religion the class system and the purpose of both God and Lucifer s competing Plans a breathless and action packed steampunk adventure starring mystical special agent Jack Sparks and his doughty Doubting Thomas sidekick Arthur Conan Doyle, united to fight an infernal Dark Brotherhood and their terrifying zombie and mummy minions, featuring thoughtful and at times amusingly fervent discourses on the nature of humankind and the pernicious influence of organized religion the class system and the purpose of both God and Lucifer s competing Plans as well as an unfortunately lengthy and irritating passage where Doyle is disagreeably turned into an hysterical, paranoid heroine straight from a gothic penny dreadful, how tedious a breathless and action packed steampunk adventure starring mystical special agent Jack Sparks and his doughty Doubting Thomas sidekick Arthur Conan Doyle, united to fight an infernal Dark Brotherhood and their terrifying zombie and mummy minions, featuring thoughtful and at times amusingly fervent discourses on the nature of humankind and the pernicious influence of organized religion the class system and the purpose of both God and Lucifer s competing Plans as well as an unfortunately lengthy and irritating passage where Doyle is disagreeably turned into an hysterical, paranoid heroine straight from a gothic penny dreadful, how tedious penned by a little known author who also scripted various Hill Street Blues episodes and co created Twin Peaks, of all things a breathless and action packed steampunk adventure starring mystical special agent Jack Sparks and his doughty Doubting Thomas sidekick Arthur Conan Doyle, united to fight an infernal Dark Brotherhood and their terrifying zombie and mummy minions, featuring thoughtful and at times amusingly fervent discourses on the nature of humankind and the pernicious influence of organized religion the class system and the purpose of both God and Lucifer s competing Plans as well as an unfortunately lengthy and irritating passage where Doyle is disagreeably turned into an hysterical, paranoid heroine straight from a gothic penny dreadful, how tedious penned by a little known author who also scripted various Hill Street Blues episodes and co created Twin Peaks, of all things all in all, a well crafted pastiche and a thoroughly entertaining experience

  4. says:

    Two times five stars A book that leads you on, holding your breath, right to the very last page and the very last word on that page That very last word that will give you chills up and down your spine Mark Frost, you did it Wonderfully You put in everything I can t think what you left out Reader, do you know Sherlock Holmes Do you know Doctor Watson Do you know London in 1884 Do you want a story that will build and build and keep you right on the edge of your chair to the last Do you want to appreciate an author that can string a list of words together that can make you appreciate the English language Their trail took them to a gymnasium in a Soho side street, a squat, filthy brick building, its walls a palimpsest of posters trumpeting the forgotten but once epic collisions of yesterday s fistic gladiators A soot obscured homily traced the arch of the Greek Revival entryway, extolling the virtue of exercise to the development of a sound moral character Do you want to be introduced to characters that will become unforgettable Do you want to laugh Do you want to cry Do you want to cry for READ THIS BOOK Meet Dr Arthur Canon Doyle.Meet Jack Sparks.Meet Barry and Larry.

  5. says:

    Mark Frost is best known as the writer on Twin Peaks, and he brings a similarly twisted vision to this wonderful novel set in a slightly skewed Victorian England.The protagonist is Arthur Conan Doyle, still a doctor, and with no inkling of his creation of the worlds greatest detective.That s before he gets involved with a secret service agent with amazing deductive skills, a penchant for morphine, and a twisted, brilliant older brother.This may sound like a Holmes pastiche, but Frost s imagination takes it way beyond that We get a flight through the British Museum vaults, chased by the undead We get a visit to Whitby abbey in the dead of night alongside an Irish writer named Bram Stoker who gets the idea of his life on the trip, and we get a glimpse of what might have happened if Victorian ingenuity had taken a slightly different turn into Zombie armies and vast, impersonal factories.All that, and literary references than you can shake a stick at, alongside pathos, friendship, betrayal and loss.Frost is a fine, intelligent writer, with a unique vision, and this is his best work.

  6. says:

    I m classifying this book as UF, I love a story with damn, good heroes and despicable, smart villains, and this book delivers.Arthur Conan Doyle is saved from villainous types by the mysterious and skilled secret agent, Jack Sparks.What follows is a romp through a Victorian England beset by a cult of evil magicians.Lots of fun, and very engaging.

  7. says:

    1 Plot Story Okay, the plot well, that s a tough question because I am not sure if what makes this book so interesting is considered Plot or World Building On the possibility that it s both, I ll give some thoughts here, and some thoughts there To me this seemed a lot like the English version of the intense cowboy Secret Service Agent, James West, played by Robert Conrad with all the flare and pomposity of a Roger Moore James Bond or maybe a William Shatner styled Captain Kirk Hey, not many short people can pull off the intensity of Sean Connery it s in the eyes, man and the over played Canberra style Batman and Robin fist fights like William Shatner s Kirk beatin alien butt, without the pictorial POW and SMACK I grew up loving the Wild, Wild West on Television even before people thought of calling it Steampunk I even liked the modern movie starring Will Smith as an unlikely James West, as farfetched as it seemed Of course Steam Punk was really invented by Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G Wells and Jules Verne, but that s not important right now What is important about the connection between one of my favorite serial television shows of the 60s and 70s, The Wild, Wild West, and The List of Seven is that, for me, Jack Sparks really came across as England s James West, which makes Arthur Conan Doyle, the other featured character, as his Artemis Gordon Or maybe that should be Artemis Gordon was Holme s Watson and Doyle was Jacks Artemis, which is not to be confused with Bugs Bunny s Daffy Duck or Abbott s Lou Costello I m sorry, I lost my train of thought there where was I.Oh, yes.Wild, Wild West The book had a similar style and feel to it as the show from egad 1965 Horses, not cars, trains, not planes, maniacal megalomaniac villain s with plans to rule the world that would make Ian Fleming go Now why didn t I think of that See last month s read and even a fun, sexy Heroine that broke several stereotypes of Victorian era women Trust me, if the babe can stick a hat pin through a man s eye and still look sexy in an evening gown and bloomers or without either , she s all right in my book Come on Eileen The List of Seven features a young Dr of medicine and struggling Author named Arthur Conan Doyle who gets sucked into the strange and dark underworld of English Society after he tries to sell a book manuscript to the wrong publisher Unlucky, Doyle s book, which he believed a complete work of fiction, turns out to closer to the truth than the secret, shadow society known as The Dark Brotherhood feels comfortable with Let that be a lesson to you would be authors out there Make sure you check out your sources Those that should be full of malarkey, crap or human fecal matter actually need to be so or you might have complications Shall we say Yes, this is also reminiscent of one of The Saint movies where a damsel wrote about a secret criminal society so The Saint had to go save her Ahh films of the 60s where men were men and women were useless objects that were also good to look at only good for two or three things, one of them being cooking.but I digress again At the start of the book, Doyle falls for a fantastic and elaborate, theatrical ruse only to be saved at the last minute by the strange and extraordinary Jack Sparks if that s his real name Jack s impressive enough without fanfare, and Doyle impresses Sparks with his powers of perception and deductive reasoning So, with very polite and proper English mutual consent, a Bromance is born As things turn out, Jack, much like Jim West See the above digressive pursuits happens to be a secret agent of the crown, sworn to protect Queen Victoria, and the Empire from all super villains, both maniacal and domestic er, foreign and domestic I mean He is diametrically opposed to one particularly crafty and wicked arch villain named Alexander Jack is a master of disguise, a quick thinker I m sure there are prequels yet to be written of his exploits and daring adventures He s acquired a stock pile of weapons, books and information about villainous types and their thugs, written in code that only he can decipher, that he keeps in secret caches and apartments throughout the civilized world Jack is very familiar with Alexander, since view spoiler he happens to be Alexander s younger brother hide spoiler

  8. says:

    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally I recently had occasion to think again about the exquisitely strange 1990s television show Twin Peaks, co created by David Lynch and Mark Frost and that got me thinking again about Frost s two genre novels from that time period as well, 1993 s The List of 7 and 95 s The 6 Messiahs, the first of which I read way back when it originally came out, which inspired me this month to check them out from the library here in Chicago Essentially steampunk tales from the dawn of that term s creation, they tell related stories based on the idea of the real Arthur Conan Doyle going on a series of occultish adventures in the late 1800s, accompanied by a secret agent of the Queen named Jack Sparks who ends up providing many of the traits for Doyle s later Sherlock Holmes stories.Almost twenty years later, I had mostly fond if not dim memories of the first book, one of the first steampunk tales I ever read and indeed, re reading it again this month, it was in fact as entertaining as my memory had it But twenty years of genre development has made steampunk a much sophisticated thing now than it was at its inception, and unfortunately these books now display the weaknesses that come with their age read now in the wake of much better books that have come after, they seem a little clunkier than they did before, a bit obvious in their machinations, and with a bad Hollywood tone much of the time, as if Frost were only writing them so that he could then sell the film rights, not surprising when it comes to an industry veteran like himself Now combine this with the fact that the very concept gets kind of muddled by the second book the whole charm of the first one laying mostly in the idea of Doyle being a young, clueless, untested doctor, thrown into the middle of shadowy conspiracies he doesn t understand, an aspect missing in the sequel where he is now a field tested veteran of the strange and it s easy to see why Frost eventually abandoned what could ve been the start of a lucrative franchise, and has only penned sports themed novels in the years since Interesting for a lark, and for those curious about steampunk s origins, but not something you should go out of your way to read.Out of 10 7.9

  9. says:

    For fans of both The Somnambulist and The Anubis Gates and how could you like one and not the other along with fans of dark fantasy, steampunk, New Weird, victorian fantasy and adventure fiction in general I recommend The List of 7 wholeheartedly The protagonist is Arthur Conan Doyle, long before he wrote Sherlock Holmes and was knighted He becomes ensnared in a web of intrigue involving amassing evil forces, dark magic, criminal masterminds, seances and spiritualists, deductive reasoning, drug addiction and bloody murder The pacing is fast, the characterization is deft, the mood is weird what else would you expect from a co creator of Twin Peaks and the story is original and riveting I tore through this novel.

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