Honestly, a teensy bit disappointed in this one. It was more fun in bits and pieces than it was as a whole. This is the novel that famously originated at a dinner between an American publisher, Conan Doyle, and Oscar Wilde. Out of that meeting came The Sign of the Four (which is often shortened to just ‘The Sign of Four‘) and The Picture of Dorian Gray, which I think most people would agree is the superior output (ACD thought it might be good fun to resurrect that Holmes fellow he put in that novel that one time). Maybe even […]
The first novel down in my quest to read The Complete Sherlock Holmes by the end of 2018. Though I have seen numerous adaptations of Sherlock Holmes stories over the years, I only managed to read a handful of the actual source material as a child (and The Hound of the Baskervilles is the only one I remember with any clarity). I never managed to read this one, which gives us the introduction between Mr. Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective, and Dr. John Watson, his friend and biographer. I knew a lot of the beats, though! (Mostly because this novel is […]
Miss Queenie – 4/5 Stars This is a brilliant follow-up to The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry that came out a few years earlier. Like very few, but very potent sequels, this one eclipses the original. While the original book is heart-warming and touching, something akin to the Straight Story meeting BBC2, this book is downright beautiful and devastating. Harold Fry was about a man who receives a simple and cryptic postcard from a former colleague from the time he worked for a local brewery. His relationship with Queenie remains quite understated throughout that novel but it’s clear throughout that there’s […]
As I slowly continue to work my way through the complete works of the world’s most famous detective through the hands of his creator, I find myself kind of grateful that so many others have attempted to capture his essence in so many different means. I say that because I have loved all Sherlock Holmes related entertainment for so long, and I’d never want to give it up. But if I’d started out with the original books, I would have certainly never wanted to keep going back for more. Alas, maybe I’m being a little extremist here. The sign of […]
On the whole, this is a really good collection. I like the stories more than the novels because they are much more satisfying puzzleboxes than the novels seem to be. In part, because the novels have to be grandiose to justify their length, but often the mysteries themselves are no more strong than in the shorter stories. Maybe that’s why there’s 56 stories and only four novels. In this collection, we have the following stories, for which I will do a few capsule reviews. “A Scandal in Bohemia” – Apparently, this is the only appearance of Irene Adler, but when […]
Like another reviewer, I got that Stephen Fry collection of Sherlock Holmes. I have read a few of the novels fairly recently, so I will skipping those, but I hadn’t read A Study in Scarlet before. I will tell you straight off I have a hard time being unbiased about Sherlock Holmes so I will likely give all them a pretty high review score, and well, I think we’ll all be ok on the other side of it. I suppose there’s not a lot of new things to add about this book since it starts off the career of the most […]
Yes, he did it. Stephen Fry narrated all of Sherlock Holmes canon plus a personal prologue for each and every book. This is a total of 9 books, 72 hours, all in one pretty little package available for one measly audible credit. Plus a free 30 minute Audible Sessions interview where he’s talking about his experience recording both this and the Harry Potter series. If you, like me, love a good Sherlock Holmes adaptation (or any adaptation) but never actually got around to reading the original books, this is your chance. Plus, as I’ve already stated in an earlier review, I would […]
All right, folks. I’ve finally reached the end—the last of the Sherlock Holmes mystery collections! I’m excited to have made my collection complete. I don’t know if I’ll need to go through a re-read of the entire series again, though I definitely have favorite stories I’ll want to revisit. I’ve definitely decided NOT to go through with the Anthony Horowitz adaptations, but I WILL be giving the Mary Russell books a try. And I definitely need to rewatch some Sherlock after this. As always, I include in my full review a list of my favorite stories, and the reasons why.