Recent Acquisitions: Looking For Sherlock Holmes

Jen (Devourer of Books) and I decided to take on the legendary Sherlock Holmes for our next podcast exploring the classics, What’s Old Is New.  The plan is to read up on some Holmes to get an idea of what makes him a literary figure that stands the test of time, if in fact we find he does.  Along the way we will also be chatting with long time Sherlock Holmes fan, Heather from Age 30+…ALifetime of Books & Graham Moore, author of The Sherlockian, a novel of Sherlock Holmes forthcoming in December from Twelve Books.

Here are some of the Sherlock Holmes related books and novels that I will be examining in anticipation of our podcast.

I have already read, The Hounds of the Baskervilles, which was really fun to revisit.  I loved Holmes growing up so to see his character as an adult has been an eye opener.  I am still enjoying the stories but a little “meh” on the character.  I am just finding him to be really obnoxious.  And can someone please wake Watson up, please?

1DA652C2516038AE4D02F55645591F39 Progress: Notes From A Reading Life – November 21, 2010 [TSS]

Have you read any new fiction featuring Sherlock Holmes, or any Holmes inspired novels? Anything good?  Do you like him as a character?

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  1. I’ve always felt that if I really wanted to call myself a bibliophile, I should read Sherlock Holmes. I’ll be curious to see what you say about it all…is is worth it? I wasn’t so cracked up on the movie that came out a couple of years ago. I don’t know if it bears any resemblance to the books, but I’d have to agree I liked Watson a whole lot more.

  2. I have the complete Holmes sitting on the shelf, but I haven’t had the urge to pick it up yet so I’m woefully ignorant about him as a character. I do think this is quite a fun project though!

  3. I’m not sure how far you are yet in THE SHERLOCKIAN, but Moore’s main character mentioned something about the character of Holmes that I assume is true. Evidently after Conan Doyle tried to kill off Sherlock and took a hiatus from writing the stories, his character was very different and much less likable (perhaps because he was annoyed at how much everyone mourned when he killed off Holmes?), basically a huge jerk who was more concerned with ends than with means. HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES was the first book that Conan Doyle wrote after that period, even though it is placed before Holmes’ death in the detective’s chronology. Maybe that’s part of why you haven’t liked him? You might prefer him in some of the earlier stories.

    I need to take a picture of my big pile, and spend a little more time thumbing through it this weekend.

  4. I read a bunch of the original Holmes stories when I was a kid, but I haven’t read anything recently. I think there is a children’s series, maybe called Enola Holmes, that features Sherlock Holmes’s little sister, which I thought could be a clever idea. I’ll look forward to your thoughts on all the Holmes material you’ve collected!

  5. I haven’t read Sherlock Holmes in ages. I always think I should revisit them but then worry I won’t like them as much as I did when I was young and read his adventures. I haven’t read any of the new fiction featuring Sherlock but I did watch Sherlock on PBS and was very surprised how good it was. They did an very good job on updating the story and character.

  6. I’ve read no Sherlock Holmes! I did inherit a copy of The Complete Sherlock Holmes (not sure of the Volume) from my parent’s library. Sadly, I have never gotten around to reading it. Maybe your posts will inspire me to do so in the near future! I’m looking forward to learning more.

  7. I enjoyed The Sherlockian and love The Hound of the Baskervilles. I have some other tales on my shelf that I need to dig out for re-reading/browsing and see what my library has to offer too.

  8. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is one of my favorites of all time – the whole series is excellent! I actually read it before I read any of the original Holmes, but I did end up reading almost all of Doyle’s Holmes novellas and stories – good stuff.

  9. I have decided to read 2 Sherlock Holmes books for a challenge. I have seen Hound of Baskervilles, so I am not thinking of reading it. I am not yet decided… looking for ward to it.

  10. I started reading The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and have been thinking I need to read other Sherlock or Sherlock-inspired stuff. Thanks for motivating 🙂

    1. I can’t wait to get to The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. I am really liking The Sherlockian because you get to learn about both Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle. Both are fascinating.