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  • Title: The Vesuvius Club
  • Author: Mark Gatiss
  • ISBN: 9780743283946
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback

  • The Vesuvius Club By Mark Gatiss Meet Lucifer Box Equal parts James Bond and Sherlock Holmes, with a twist of Monty Python and a dash of Austin Powers, Lucifer has a charming countenance and rapier wit that make him the guest all hostesses must have And most do But few of his conquests know that Lucifer is also His Majesty s most daring secret agent, at home in both London s Imperial grandeur and in iMeet Lucifer Box Equal parts James Bond and Sherlock Holmes, with a twist of Monty Python and a dash of Austin Powers, Lucifer has a charming countenance and rapier wit that make him the guest all hostesses must have And most do But few of his conquests know that Lucifer is also His Majesty s most daring secret agent, at home in both London s Imperial grandeur and in its underworld of despicable vice So when Britain s most prominent scientists begin turning up dead, there is only one man his country can turn to for help Following a dinnertime assassination, Lucifer is dispatched to uncover the whereabouts of missing agent Jocelyn Poop Along the way he will give art lessons, be attacked by a poisonous centipede, bed a few choice specimens, and travel to Italy on business and pleasure Aided by his henchwoman Delilah the beautiful, mysterious, and Dutch Miss Bella Pok his boss, a dwarf who takes meetings in a lavatory grizzled vulcanologist Emmanuel Quibble and the impertinent, delicious, right hand boy Charlie Jackpot, Lucifer Box deduces and seduces his way from his elegant townhouse at Number 9 Downing Street somebody has to live there to the ruined city of Pompeii, to infiltrate a highly dangerous secret society that may hold the fate of the world in its clawlike grip the Vesuvius Club.
    Mark Gatiss
    Mark Gatiss born 17 October 1966 is an English actor, screenwriter and novelist He is best known as a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen, and has both written for and acted in the TV series Doctor Who and Sherlock.Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Gatiss has written three episodes for the 2005 revived BBC television series Doctor Who His first, The Unquiet Dead , aired on 9 April 2005 the second, The Idiot s Lantern , aired on 27 May 2006 as part of the second series In addition, Gatiss was the narrator for the 2006 season of documentary series Doctor Who Confidential, additionally appearing as an on screen presenter in the edition devoted to his episode Gatiss did not contribute a script to the third series, but appeared in the episode The Lazarus Experiment , as Professor Lazarus After his submitted script for the fourth series, involving Nazis and the British Museum, was replaced at the last minute with The Fires of Pompeii , he eventually returned to the programme in 2010, writing the also World War II themed episode Victory of the Daleks for the fifth series, in which he also appears uncredited as the voice of Danny Boy It has also been confirmed that Gatiss will be writing an episode for the 2011 season of Doctor Who, although details about the story are yet to be revealed 19 Gatiss wrote an episode of Sherlock, a modern day Sherlock Holmes series co produced by him and Steven Moffat The unaired pilot was shot in January 2009 and a full series was commissioned This was aired in August 2010 and consisted of 3 episodes Gatiss also starred in these as Holmes older brother Mycroft A second series has been confirmed, but dates have yet to be decided, since both Gatiss and Moffatt have additional commitments 20 Gatiss also wrote and performed the comedy sketches The Web of Caves, The Kidnappers and The Pitch of Fear for the BBC s Doctor Who Night in 1999 with Little Britain s David Walliams, and played the Master in the Doctor Who Unbound play Sympathy for the Devil under the name Sam Kisgart , a pseudonym he later used for a column in Doctor Who Magazine The pseudonym is an anagram of Mark Gatiss , a nod to Anthony Ainley, who was sometimes credited under an anagram to conceal the Master s identity from the viewers The pseudonym was used again in television listings magazines when he appeared in episode four of Psychoville, so as not to spoil his surprise appearance in advance.In mainstream print, Gatiss is responsible for an acclaimed biography of the film director James Whale His first non Doctor Who novel, The Vesuvius Club, was published in 2004, for which he was nominated in the category of Best Newcomer in the 2006 British Book Awards A follow up, The Devil in Amber, was released on 6 November 2006 It transports the main character, Lucifer Box, from the Edwardian era in the first book to the roaring Twenties Thirties A third and final Lucifer Box novel, Black Butterfly, was published on 3 November 2008 by Simon Schuster 21 In this the protagonist finds himself serving Queen Elizabeth II, in the Cold War era.Gatiss also wrote, co produced and appeared in Crooked House, a ghost story that was broadcast on BBC Four during Christmas 2008.

    The Vesuvius Club By Mark Gatiss

    Commentaires:

    Sean Gibson
    Alternate title Sherlock Powers Sexual OmnivoreThose familiar with the always delightful Gatiss from his extraordinarily wonderful work as co creator producer of the BBC s Sherlock will undoubtedly be enticed by the prospect of his frolicking with a turn of the twentieth century detective who s part Holmes, part Bond, and all cheek in ways than one What begins as a sharp take on the pretty well trod grounds of Holmesian pastiche replete with modern sensibilities and repartee devolves, over the [...]

    mark monday
    I guess I enjoyed this well enough a swiftly paced romp through Edwardian England and Naples Edwardian Naples just doesn t sound right featuring Her Majesty s Special Assassin the snobby and callous Lucifer Box many things are afoot and those things include murder, a sex club, a rather insensitively handled trans character, some painting, some servant troubles, and a nefarious plot to destroy all of Italy plus view spoiler a lead who turns out to be bisexual which as a bi fellow myself was hide [...]

    Siria
    The author himself states that The Vesuvius Club is nothing than a bit of fluff, and in many ways he s right The characterisation could never be referred to as three dimensional, the events are cartoonish, and the pacing is off kilter That said, I still enjoyed this immensely It s as if you were to take Oscar Wilde, Ian Fleming, the better elements of the Austin Power movies, and The League of Gentlemen, combine them all together in an Edwardian London setting, with a plot so absurd you could a [...]

    Joseph
    I made my way softly down the steps to the door It bore no knocker, nor number of any kind I had raised my hand when it groaned open, seemingly of its own accord Shudder not, reader, this is not a spook story Whatever agency lay behind that door was most assuredly human.Actually I must immediately qualify that remark, as what lay behind the door appeared to be a monkey Lucifer Box, the feted artist, the dashing dandy but by night philanderer, sodomite, and assassin is quite simply one of the mos [...]

    Fiona
    Why have I not read this before I ve no idea, but consider me duly admonished Because it s magnificent I took two days off the rest of the world, stocked up on Jaffa cakes, and didn t put the thing down.The plot and the execution are gorgeous, a little bit ostentatious and entirely frivolous, so I think I might save the second one for an end of term train ride home it strikes me as exactly the sort of thing I might need at the end of a term reading law textbooks The characters are a bit two dime [...]

    Tony
    To be honest, I can t believe this came from Mr Gatiss I notice that I highlighted several witty comments through the book but on the whole, it grated The main character has nothing in him which I can admire and demonstrates nothing but narcissistic qualities throughout.Can t see I ll be picking up any in the series

    toxicangel
    J ai h sit entre 3 et 4 mais un peu comme avec les Gail Carriger, je me suis tellement bien amus e que j ai d cid d tre indulgente Ce premier tome des aventures de Lucifer Box est un patchwork de James Bond, Indiana Jones, Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, le tout assaisonn d irr v rence et de choupitude gay ah Charlie Jackpot, soupir Il y a beaucoup, beaucoup d action Lucifer ou plus tard dans le livre, Charlie manque de se faire tuer dans des souffrances atroces environ toutes les 10 pages j exag r [...]

    Liz
    I had pretty high hopes for this book because the synopsis makes it sound like everything you could ever ask for in a novelpionage, intrigue, secret societies bent on world domination, a roguish anti hero Unfortunately, I couldn t even make it all the way through It just got too ridiculous, and the plot was so simplistic it was like watching a cartoon Another peeve of mine is that it was written in the first person with the main character Lucifer narrating, and he got on my nerves SO MUCH He s t [...]

    Oriana
    totally random bookswap score I really love cracking a book that I know absolutely nothing about So fun So British So snarky I guess this is kind of like James Bondish It s about one of those dapper young playboys who leads a decadent artist s life by day and like works for the CIA by night It s all old timey and very, very British Kind of like Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, except less noir and caper It s fluffy and fun, nothing too substantial I should have saved it for the nine hour plane r [...]

    Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
    I first read The Vesuvius Club seven years ago and it is still my favourite steampunk novel Our hero, Lucifer Box, is wonderfully decadent and louche, his adventures as bizarre as the improbable names of his supporting cast Allegedly set in early twentieth century London and Naples, I know other readers have criticised the writing for historical inaccuracies, but I think they ve missed the point The Vesuvius Club isn t a extensively researched historical novel, it s a fun, dark, fantasy sci fi s [...]

    Alison
    Surprisingly, I thoroughly enjoyed this first part of the Lucifer Box trilogy Some parts had me literally laughing out loud The humour is delightful, the characters and places unforgettable The descriptions are so vivid and not exhaustive or prescriptive your senses are invoked to be there as a bystander.A good old romp, with a bit of suspense and a lot of wit

    Norav
    Plus un 3,5 qu un 3.Lucifer Box est une sorte de James Bond assez arrogant et qui s aime beaucoup XD J ai beaucoup aim cette histoire l humour So British.Le point n gatif pour moi est la narration la 1ere personne qui me rebute tr s souvent dans les livres Cependant, cette narration permet l auteur de souligner le caract re de Lucifer

    Maya Panika
    This is a very funny book Laugh out loud Funny as a matter of fact, and I did, on average, about thirteen times an hour.There s a distinct, 60 s feel to it all something to do with the cleverly copied Aubrey Beardsley, Yellow Book look of the thing and the outrageousness of the rather hard to follow plot If this book were a film it would look like The Wrong Box or Casino Royale the Peter Sellers movie, not the latest, hard core version, obviously and Peter Cook would be playing Lucifer Box.The c [...]

    Tfitoby
    Mark Gatiss, creator of the wonderful BBC update of the Holmes stories, Sherlock, is also the creator of the Holmes Bond pastiche that is Lucifer Box.The premise is delightful Edwardian gentleman, portraitist, dandy, wit, rake and His Majesty s most dashing secret agent is a series of humourous crime solving adventures and yet the resulting first novel leaves me flat.I do not recall laughing once, I barely raised a glimmer of a smile infact There may once have been a time when this would have be [...]

    Kate
    Book Review Mark Gatiss The Vesuvius Club Simon Schuster, London, 2005 If you live in the UK then the chances are that you re familiar with, or have at least heard of, the work of Mark Gatiss He is an accomplished writer and actor for the stage and television and a look at his page will porbably make you say oh yeah, I remember that In the last couple of years he has written for and appeared in the new incarnation of Doctor Who, as well as last years romcom Starter for Ten He is undoubtedly most [...]

    Cat.
    Clever Almost, definitely, too clever by far There are some amusing bits here, however, and I did finish the book simply because I wanted to figure out if it really all comes together at the end It does.We meet Lucifer Box prepare for Puns Ahead , secret agent to His Majesty s Government HMG in Edwardian England Once the time period is established, it makes much sense I kept thinking it was Victorian London, but it s later.Lucifer s cover is painting portraits, and it is doing just that where w [...]

    LJ
    THE VESUVIUS CLUB Satirical Mystery Edwardian England Italy early 1900s G Gatiss, Mark StandaloneSimon Schuster, 2004 UK HardcoverLucifer Box is an elegant, bi sexual rake and a secret service agent who lives at Number Nine Downing Street When two leading scientists are murdered it s up to Lucifer to find who and why His investigation takes him to Naples With a beautiful woman on his arm and a young lover, Charlie, who introduces him to the debauched delights of the Vesuvius Club, Lucifer contin [...]

    Andrew
    This is a very tricky book to categorise Mark Gatiss is an actor and a writer and so has an amazing grasp of timing and description however at times he seems to have to labour the point about the main character and many of the larger supporting ones too about their traits and flaws as if their names and actions didn t say enough its almost as if they turn the imaginary camera and say yes I am that bad Don t get me wrong it lends a certain air to the story a mix of drama and suspense with farce a [...]

    Lise
    Well, what can I say It was fantastically funny, completely unbelievable and rather splendid from beginning to end I devoured it in one sitting, which I rarely allow myself to do, but it was certainly worth it The characters were witty and well portrayed, I adored Lucifer and Charlie as I thought I would, and the rest of the cast was simply wonderful I can t not mention the several giggle fits I had while reading, I never thought I d find something quite so blatantly steamy in the midst of all t [...]

    Brooklyn Tayla
    Well that pulled me out of my mini slump Mark Gatiss never disappoints.

    Tony Go
    We only get so many days What a mantra , Tony thought It was vague enough to apply to so many things Its frame for time appearing, at first, grim for the thought of death Yet optimism could break through through brevity, through apathy If we only get so many days, why not make each one great Just as easily, if we only get so many days, why bother doing anything at all And just like that, Tony had one less.From that day forward Tony programmed his robot, HS 11, to record all the things he accompl [...]

    Erika
    I sort of won a free edition of this book through a Simon Schuster UK LiveJournal giveaway I m so grateful for my wicked good luck, I m writing a review If it encourages anyone to pick up this novel which you should do , I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and I m sure you will.Lucifer Box is a socialite and a portraitist with dashing good looks, but he s also one of Britain s most witty secret agents working for His Majesty s Government The Vesuvius Club is a first person narrative of Edwardia [...]

    Margaret
    Just finished The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss last night It was recommended to me by a good friend I have to say I m going to listen to her recommendations often The Vesuvius Club is one of the best books I have read in ages The Vesuvius Club is the first book in the Lucifer Box trilogy.The book itself is hard to describe It is a thriller It is a spy novel It is an historical novel It is a boy s own ripper of an adventure yarn It is deliciously wicked and the hero, Lucifer Box, is, in the word [...]

    Dan
    I am very much a fan of Gatiss writing for TV, such as Sherlock and Doctor Who, so I knew I would enjoy his debut novel when I stumbled upon it in a second hand bookshop Lucifer Box is and Edwardian artist who lives in Downing Street and has a rapier wit that makes him the lift and soul of the party He is also a secret agent for the country and here is called to action when some prominent scientists start to be found dead Who is behind this and why What is VC Only a trip to Naples will solve the [...]

    Stefanie
    Lucifer Box is an over the top self involved drama queen who is just as likely to kill an assassin at the behest of the British government as he is to get himself into some kind of sex fueled trouble This book has a lot of things I like spies, drama, international travel, humor, ridiculous schemes and yet it falls completely flat Lucifer is so stuck up it is truly a wonder he doesn t die from sheer inability to see the world around him as anything other than a machine for worshipping him The mai [...]

    Pewterbreath
    I wish there was a middle of the road rating I could give the book so that it wouldn t change my recommendations The Vesuvius Club has a lot going for it Gatiss fills his book with a Wildean penny dreadful charm that almost carries the story along with it Everything is atmospheric, from the 19th century London setting to the over the top villains, to shenanigans My only problem is that at times it was too over the top the characters all blend together and there s very little to discern one chara [...]

    Trelawn
    This was a really enjoyable mystery.The protagonist, Lucifer Box, is a strange hybrid of Oscar Wilde, Sherlock Holmes and James Bond Lucifer works for His Majesty s Govt and is tasked with finding out what happened to a British diplomat,Poop, found murdered in Naples and the possible connection to the sudden death of two geologists.Just as Box is preparing to set sail for Italy, his best friend and fellow painter, Christopher Miracle, is charged with the murder of one of his art students, Mrs Mi [...]

    Annaliina
    This is the book to pick up if The Picture of Dorian Grey was up your alley, but you thought it could do with some spies and mysteries As Stephen Fry says.cious, depraved, inventive, macabre and hilarious , it truly is a joy to read The language is vibrant and ingeniously expressive, the characters both sympathetic and verging on ridiculous in a good way, mind , and plot has twists and turns both predictable every genre has tropes to be guilty of and exceedingly bizarre, yet you couldn t imagine [...]

    Oliver
    I felt the book started off with lots of promise, unfortunately it rapidly started to feel like a Carry On film i.e lots of trite and obvious jokes I stopped reading after 40 pages Thank goodness I just borrowed the book from my house mate Credit to the author for his use of interesting vocabulary, and Edwardian Victorian slang.

    Kristie Schmidt
    SO much fun Written by one of the Sherlock showrunners years ago, the one who plays his brother, this has all the cleverness of Sherlock Holmes, fun of James Bond and just general cheekiness The updated sexuality adds another layer of fun Did I mention fun

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