Reading and Viewing Notes: Holmes Fest

I’ve been on a bit of a Sherlock Holmes kick lately. I just finished watching the first season of Sherlock, and I’m currently reading The Sign of Four. Holmes also shows up in another recent read.

The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #1)The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In The Case of The Missing Marquess, Nancy Springer asks us to imagine that Sherlock (and Mycroft) Holmes had an intelligent and independent younger sister, Enola. Sherlock and Mycroft both play minor roles in this book, and frankly, both come across as rather unpleasant.

Enola Holmes, however, is delightfully independent and free spirited—something that proves to be a problem in rigid Victorian England. Enola doesn’t display the sort of stunning intellect her brothers possess, but she’s still quite bright and observant.

Book Source: Borrowed from my friend Anj.

New Sherlock Holmes BBC

Sherlock is a modernization of Sherlock Holmes: The villians are often serial killers, Holmes’s pamphlets and newspaper articles have become a  website, and Watson chronicles Holmes’s exploits on a blog.

I have to say that I have absolutely fallen in love with this series. The storylines are exciting, and it’s wonderful to watch the interaction between Holmes, who describes himself as a high-functioning sociopath, and Watson. I also love how the show uses overlaid text to show Holmes’s thought process.

My adoration only increases as I read more of the original Sherlock Holmes books and see how they’ve taken details from the original books and tweaked them in clever ways. It’s positively giggle-inducing, and I can’t wait for the next series (season in Brit-speak) to come out.

Book Review: A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to say, I got really confused by this book, although that’s probably my own fault. I’m going to try and explain why I was confused without giving away anything.

A Study in Scarlet starts out rather obviously as a Sherlock Holmes mystery, but Part II begins in the Old West. It turns out that Part II provides the back-story for the crime and the criminal’s motive. I didn’t realize that, though, and thought it was a separate story. The Old West sections were well written, but it’s a subject that interests me less.

Book Source: DailyLit