(A little late with this last Sherlock post, but it’s all good!)
If you’re a Sherlock fan, the obsession doesn’t have to end with Doyle’s collection of stories! Here’s some further reading, watching, and listening for my fellow Holmesians:
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
An amazing writer, a great mystery. Even though I read this in two nights straight through, I felt sort of ambivalent about the way she chose to portray the older Sherlock. I mostly liked Mary Russell, but I thought some of the more philosophical aspects of the novel felt too much like a much older woman’s viewpoint (Mary is fifteen when she meets Sherlock).
The Seven-Percent Solution by Nicholas Meyer
I haven’t read this one yet but it’s been recommended to me a ton of times and it has a near perfect rating on goodreads (which I think is a bit of a tough crowd) and great reviews on amazon.
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
This one is about Holmes as a young boy and is the start of a young adult series. It’s endorsed by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estate and has great reviews. I tried to listen to the audiobook but I couldn’t get into it that way- it’s on my list of Sherlockian books to read.
BBC’s Sherlock, of course!
I think it’s an excellent idea to watch this show while reading the stories – that’s what I did and it was so much fun! (All three seasons and the Christmas special are on Netflix)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (starring Jeremy Brett & David Burke)
I’ve had this recommended to me so many times by Holmes fans and shamefully I still haven’t watched it- BUT, I just found this link to a bunch of the episodes so I’m going to change that! (Some of them are removed because of copyright laws but some still work.)
I’m not usually an audio book person but A Baker Street Dozen, which is a dramatized reading of twelve stories, is ridiculously awesome! Seriously, I’ve listened to all of the stories at least three times each already. The voices are absolutely perfect. It’s a little pricey on audible, so check your local used CD & book shops first! Definitely worth it.
(to read) The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
This one has been sitting on my shelf begging to be read for a couple months now, and I think I’m going to make it my next fiction read. It sounds amazing, I just have such a never-ending pile! Also, the cover is just gorgeous.
(to watch) Case Closed (Detective Conan in Japan) is an anime about a Sherlock-obsessed teen detective who, when investigating some shady characters in black, is fed a poison which morphs him back into a child. He retains his incredible skills of deduction though, and assists a hopeless detective in solving impossible cases. This honestly would be my number one recommendation because it’s one of my favorite shows of all time and I have it on almost every time I’m blogging, but I wanted to be fair! It used to come on [adult swim] and you can buy the first five seasons on DVD but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else so far. Netflix has the newest episodes (it’s on like the fifteenth season in Japan), but they’re terrible.
Back in the day when Doyle was writing the stories, and for many years afterward, notes pleading for Holmes’ help arrived at the real 221B Baker Street. Even today there are many who believe Sherlock really existed. This is thanks not only to Doyle’s writing style but also to the numerous and very believable “biographies” written about him over the years. Even in the aforementioned fiction titles, they generally start out with something like the editor (author) “finding an old manuscript of Watson’s”.
Elementary, My Dear Watson by Graham Nown (1986) covers the phenomenon though isn’t a biography. I found my copy at a secondhand bookstore and I can’t find a summary online! It’s a bit more like an encyclopedia.
Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street by William S. Baring-Gould (1962) is written as if Sherlock Holmes was indeed a real person and gives a detailed description of his history and even has footnotes and sources! It’s got an excellent goodreads rating as well.
There are also modern publications stoking the fires of the Sherlock myth-
Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography by Nicholas Rennison (2007) & The Autobiography of Sherlock Holmes edited by Don Libey (2012) – I can’t wait to find these!
(summaries here and here)
Hope you guys enjoyed Sherlocking with me these past couple weeks! This week I’m getting back on track with a new featured book or theme every week. Stay tuned for more bookish goodness!