Reviews: Books 81-92

Read: 92
To Go: 8

Book List:
81. A Scandal In Bohemia — Arthur Conan Doyle
82. The Red Headed League — Arthur Conan Doyle
83. A Case of Identity — Arthur Conan Doyle
84. The Boscombe Valley Mystery — Arthur Conan Doyle
85. The Five Orange Pips — Arthur Conan Doyle
86. The Man With The Twisted Lip — Arthur Conan Doyle
87. The Blue Carbuncle — Arthur Conan Doyle
88. The Speckled Band — Arthur Conan Doyle
89. The Engineer’s Thumb — Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Noble Bachelor — Arthur Conan Doyle
91. The Beryl Coronet — Arthur Conan Doyle
92. The Copper Beeches — Arthur Conan Doyle

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Last year Thunder Bay Press released a series of keepsake versions of old classics, like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. I was perusing the World’s Biggest Bookstore after my birthday in July and came across this keepsake version, and I couldn’t resist buying it. Partially because it’s gorgeous, and partially because I watch Elementary and I wanted to be at least a little familiar with the canon Holmes stories to see if I could catch little references. (They make them regularly and I never do.)

There’s a convoluted explanation as to why I decided to count each ACD short story from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as a separate book, but to make a long story short: as I started reading the book, and went to update my progress on Goodreads, I found that all the stories appeared to have been published individually at one time, so I could count them individually. I’m never one to ignore corner-cutting options, so I took it, and now I’ve saved myself about 12 days. But because the stories are so short, I’m going to review them as one here.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was an amusing little collection, and the stories were quite ingenious. But for someone with very little experience with Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, I was surprised by their characterization. Based on the versions of Watson as played by Jude Law and Lucy Liu (as the gender-bent Joan), I expected him to be of more help to Sherlock, and considerably less subservient. Watson’s narrations are a one-man Sherlock Holmes fan-club, and he’s more a follower than a partner in the true sense of the word. Sherlock was also much more playful and lighthearted (at least in this set of short stories) than he’s been played in the big and small-screen adaptations I’ve seen (with the exception of Robert Downey Junior who, if I recall correctly, plays him quite mischievously). Which is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the canonical versions of Holmes and Watson—they were just not who I expected to see.

Top five stories (not in any particular order): A Scandal In Bohemia, The Speckled Band, The Red Headed League, The Engineer’s Thumb and The Copper Beeches.

– Kelsey

P.S.: I’m going to do a mega-post of mini reviews for books 93-100 instead of seven individual reviews to save blog followers from getting seven emails in the next few days. And then, of course, I’ll do the year-end review!

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