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Sherlock Holmes

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I started reading Sherlock Holmes a while ago but never finished all the books. I bought cheap paperbacks but the writing is tiny so I resorted to my Kindle. I enjoyed Study in Scarlet but was put off by the end, where the perpetrator of the crime has his story told. But I enjoyed The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Sign of the four.

I’ve watched both films starring Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. and did start watching the BBC series Sherlock but I don’t have the attention span for tv somedays. Books and more books 🙂 I enjoyed it but I’m not sure I like that it’s modernised, I think of Sherlock Holmes as being suited for his particular era, that’s the charm of classic book,s and I feel that he has inspired other fictional characters like Dr Gregory House for example, and that’s good enough for me. Not saying I won’t continue watching it, I just need to be in the right mood, you know?

Unless I am mistaken Holmes was before his time, nobody really bothered with crime scene investigations during the time these books were written! Maybe Sherlock Holmes could’ve figured out who Jack the ripper was?

If you like audio books Stephen Fry is reading them on audible! It’s great because it’s Stephen Fry, and he played Mycroft Holmes in the films! 🙂

It took some time to work out what order to read them, I gave up and read this one next.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is of course an amazing literary character, I love the way he talks and Arthur Conan Doyle is such a genius with description that you can visualise him perfectly. This book is a series of short stories of some of the cases Sherlock and Watson work on together, told like the other books in Watson’s viewpoint.

The thing I like about Sherlock Holmes mysteries is that they are always weird or there’s always something to grab your attention. I love the way Holmes figures things out, his process of deduction:

“You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles.”

“Data! Data! Data!” he cried impatiently. “I can’t make bricks without clay.”

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”

The stories are all engaging and interesting: an advert for ginger haired people to attend an interview, how could that end up being a crime? In this book there’s also mention of the infamous Irene Adler and her story is told at the start. The ones that stood out for me are: The Red Headed League (mentioned above), The Five Orange Pips (presented to a person before they are found dead), The Man With The Twisted Lip and The Adventure of the Copper Beeches which had some dark moments. I enjoyed every story in this book, the word yarn springs to mind but in the nicest possible way.

I can’t really rate Sherlock Holmes enough, I think if I’d read him in my teens he’d be my favourite literary character but that vacancy has already been filled.

Do you like Sherlock Holmes? Let me know of any blogs etc you find I’d love to read more opinions and posts about him.

I seem to be reading a classic a month at the moment, doing a readalong April with the lovely people on readitswapit forum of Anne of Green Gables, a must read, really! I love it already (it’s actually a reread but it’s been some time)

 

 

5 thoughts on “Sherlock Holmes”

  1. I love Sherlock Holmes, I am actually slowly rereading my collections. I am currently in the middle of the Sign of Four. Also, just a heads up the Stephen Fry audiobook is not the complete collection there are a few things missing. Not many, but a few if you wanted to listen to everything.

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  2. I loved the movies with RBD Jr and Jude Law, but I’ve never read any of the books. I’ve found that I don’t really enjoy reading older mysteries (Agatha Christie, for example) as much as the newer ones. I may have to try an audiobook version though!

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    1. I haven’t read many mystery or crime books. I need to read Agatha Christie so see what I think but they are completely different to modern bookd

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