The birth of a legend This is itthe novel in which Sir Arthur ushered the world s greatest second best detective after Batman into our collective consciousness Being the non conformist rebel that I am, I started off bassackwards by reading The Valley of Fear and then The Adventure of the Final Problem because those were the two stories with Moriarty in them Shocking, I know, but that s just how I roll Btw, it still really chaffs my cheeks that Doyle wrote 56 short stories and 4 novels about Holmes and the arch enemy appears in exactly TWO I know less is sometimesbut, come on Doyle, that is on the scrimpy side of weak Anyway, I have now circled back and returned to the genesis of the Sherlockian mythos and begun with the tale that started it all Now, for those that have never read any of the Holmes mysteries, I have come to believe that your level of enjoyment of these stories will be directly proportional to your feelings toward Sherlock Holmes himself Sir Arthur s a fine writer and his prose is concise and polished with enough flair to make reading him very enjoyable In addition, his plotting and pacing are excellent and I think mystery fans will appreciate both the content and structure of the central investigation and the procedural components of clue gathering and interpretation These things all point towards a pleasurable experience, However, in the end, the most important barometer in gauging your level of happy will be your reaction to Holmes himself Thus, I thought I would focus most of my review s attention on his character bio after briefly summing up the plot as follows PLOT SUMMARY Holmes and Watson meet.murder is committedHolmes investigates.clues are foundHolmes figures it out.a murderer is caughtlong flashback to America where Doyle does a Krakauer style expose on Mormons describing and their child stealing, polygamous waysjump forward to present all is made clear. Watson slobbers all over Holmes A STUDY IN CHARACTER Now, let s take a look at Sherlock s profile Whether you are a hater or a homey when it comes to Holmes, I think most people would agree with the following attributes The man is unlikeablevery unlikeableextremely unlikeable He is self absorbed to the point of being sociopathic His has zero empathy for the victims of the crimes he investigates He is so egotistical that it actually makes his general unlikeability pale in comparison While never explicitly diagnosed, he is a severe manic depressive He is inconsiderate, callous, cold and socially inept From a personality standpoint, one of my buddies here on GR said it bestHolmes is a dick Despite that, I find myself very much in the homey camp and think he s among thefascinating creations in the annals of literature Part of that appeal is precisely because he is such a prickish turd in the social skill department However it his mental faculties, the trait he is best known for, that makes him so intriguing Yes, he is brilliant However, that is not the end of the story Paul Harvey because it is a unique and very specialized kind of brilliance Holmes knows the details, and I mean details, of every major crime to have been perpetrated in Europe and possibly beyond over the last 500 years He can also distinguish between every variety of dirt or soil in London and and can tell you the precise brand of tobacco pipe cigar simply by its ash However, as is divulged in this story, Holmes also has no idea that the Earth travels around the sunFurther, of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know next to nothingHow can a man of such singular ability be so woefully lacking in common knowledge Holmes explains to Watson thusly I consider that a man s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain attic He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones. This just struck me as particularly awesome from a story perspective Not only does such a philosophy provide a cloak of believability to Sherlock s preternatural detecting skills, but his glaring knowledge deficiencies make him that muchfascinating as a character I guess I just find Doyle s profile of Holmes to be superb He is like a not quite human storm of deduction He s dispassionate, callous and unimaginably effective Additionally, he solves crimes not because of a perceived duty, but merely because it is the only thing that keeps the boredom of life away That and the giant stroking his ego gets when he does the big explain which is always entertaining and makes each story worth reading all by itself Finally, I also see Holmes as a tragic figure He is a sad, lonely and devoid of any lasting sense of contentment or pleasure While alive and invigorated when the game is afoot, most of his time is spent as a mere husk of a man with no feeling of day to day happiness All of this makes Holmes an extraordinarily compelling figure to me and one I hope to spend a lottime reading about While I did not enjoy this as much as The Adventure of the Final Problem my favorite so far , I was still glued to the page watching Holmes maneuver through his scenes and really enjoyed the flashback portion set in America I look forward to manyof his adventures 4.0 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED . 1887 130 1302009221 1984 56 19 The Plot Thickens 3 A Study in Scarlet Adaptation 15 2017 17 2017 Arthur Conan Doyle s first Sherlock Holmes novel is utterly unimpressive In short, the book starts like this and mid way turns into this And I am not even joking The novel begins with Holmes and Watson meeting, moving into their Baker Street apartment and then investigating a murder of a man found in an abandoned house At the half point, however, the story completely changes its course and becomes the most awkward introduction of the murderer s back story and motives involving Mormons, polygamy, violence, money, and Brigham Young The structure of The Study in Scarlet is utterly bizarre.But let s not linger on the bad I want to use this review to shamelessly hype the new BBC version of Sherlock Holmes.This is an absolutely delightful modernized take on the old characters and it offers a much better version of Arthur Conan Doyle s dreadful story So, check it out. Sherlock Holmes and the case of the Killer Mormons Butabout that laterOk, the big deal about this one is that you get to see the Sherlock Watson meet cute I mean, this is one of the most important meetings in the history of all literature Come on, people Get excited It s only fair to mention that I ve read and reread all of these stories a bjillion times, and these are by far my favorite classic characters Well, except for Lizzie Mr DarcyBut I know I haven t read PP as many times as I have Sherlock s mysteries, which should tell you something right there.I LOVE YOU, SHERLOCK And, just to be clear, I loved him before he was all sexified.Ok, so Watson is back from the war he basically just got trounced on and then came home , and has wasted all of his money is running low on funds Luckily, he runs into an old pal from school, who just happens to know of this guy who s looking for a roommate One thing leads to another, and the next thing you know, Felix Oscar have found their forever home Alright, as far as the mystery goes, it s just Sherlock running around sniffing things, implausibly being able to identify cigar ash, and tracing the movement of criminals using day old tromped on footprints.Given what we know about forensic evidence now, is any of this, in any small way, even remotely believable Can Sherlock actually deduct the answer to this mystery from horse tracks, a dead man s bad breath, and a plain wedding band You re goddamn right, he can So WhoDoneIt Now, I m fully prepared to admit that I had forgotten about the Mormon Connection I haven t read this one years, mostly because I prefer the short storiesDuh But, to uncover the reasons behind the killings, Doyle takes us on a journey to the wilds of America Specifically, Utah.Land of the Magic Underwear This was where the tale of one man s thirst for vengeance was born And it s all Brigham Young s fault He was eeeeeeevilBwahahahahaha I m assuming that Mormonism like most religions has its share of shady skeleton s in the closet Now, I don t claim to be an expert on these guys And I don t personally know very many Mormons, due to their predilection for Salt Lake City All I know about that religion is what I ve seen on tv or read in books, and it s not much.They wear special underwear They can t watch R rated movies And they used to go door to door, until the Jehovah s Witness got to be too much competition.There s something else I m forgetting though What is it It s right there on the tip of my tongue Is it that they write best selling novels about sparkly vampiresNo, there was something that looked like a big pink elephantOh I remember Yes Well, from what I can tell, the only Mormons who practice polygamy now are fringe groups that areor less shunned by their peers And while I m not on board with any religion, I doubt that this one is much weirder than most, at this point anyway Plus, at least most Mormons seem to be pretty educated and well off It s not like Salt Lake City is one huge trailer park filled with toothless hillbillies And bonus they seem to have the sense to keep their crazy old people off the airwavesOr so I thought Now that I ve read this, I m going to have to rethink my plan to move west Who knew these guys were so devious Kidnapping, forced marriage, murder, and secret bird calls Was this really a five star book Fuck, no But it s my favorite character s first book, and I enjoyed the hell out of it Buddy read with my Non Crunchy Friends The Game is on ENTER THE DETECTIVE It s in this very first novel where the great character Sherlock Holmes, along with Dr John Watson, are introduced to the audience in their first case together.It wasn t an instantenous success, but gladly it was appreciated soon enough to the point that when the author, Sir Arhur Conan Doyle, wanted to kill the character, not only their loyal fans wrote letters against the decision something unheard at those times for not saying that even people in London were seeing wearing mourning black bands showing respect to the death of the character, that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle finally resurrect the character writing evenadventures.But everything began hereDr John Watson got injured in war, and when he got back to London, he isn t able to afford a decent apartment on his scarse pension, so he is introduced to a peculiar man who is a consultant detective , the first and only in the world, that not only private detectives consulted him but even the very Scotland Yard was resigned that Holmes help was needed, for not saying crucial to solve impossible crimes.While this case, maybe wasn t that astounding, it is quite astonishing at the speed that Holmes is able to solve it, thanks to his uncanning deduction skills.I think that the middle section where the culprit explained his background and the reasons to commit the murders, could be exposed in a less extended way, but still, it was the first story, so I am able to forgive this kinda of a deviation of the main storyline.In this first novel, you met along with Holmes and Watson, also the Detective Inspector Lestrade, and the Baker Street Irregulars which are vital for the search for people and clues to Holmes.A literary legend was born here. A Study in Scarlet Sherlock Holmes, 1 , Arthur Conan Doyle A Study in Scarlet is an 1887 detective novel by British author Arthur Conan Doyle Written in 1886, the story marks the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, who would become two of the most famous characters in popular fiction The book s title derives from a speech given by Holmes, a consulting detective, to his friend and chronicler Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story s murder investigation as his study in scarlet There s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it 19 2001 1380 180 1384 9647100841 1389 1392 9789647100847 1372 192 1887 1888 There S A Scarlet Thread Of Murder Running Through The Colourless Skein Of Life, And Our Duty Is To Unravel It, And Isolate It, And Expose Every Inch Of It From The Moment Dr John Watson Takes Lodgings In Baker Street With The Consulting Detective Sherlock Holmes, He Becomes Intimately Acquainted With The Bloody Violence And Frightening Ingenuity Of The Criminal MindIn A Study In Scarlet , Holmes And Watson S First Mystery, The Pair Are Summoned To A South London House Where They Find A Dead Man Whose Contorted Face Is A Twisted Mask Of Horror The Body Is Unmarked By Violence But On The Wall A Mysterious Word Has Been Written In BloodThe Police Are Baffled By The Crime And Its Circumstances But When Sherlock Holmes Applies His Brilliantly Logical Mind To The Problem He Uncovers A Tragic Tale Of Love And Deadly Revenge This nifty novel really a novella the first Sherlock Holmes book written in 1887, is rather strange since it is set both in the culture, of brimming Victorian London, 1881, and the dry , very hot desolate deserts of the savage wastelands of Utah, 1847 , nothing herebefore there was a state established there or giving that name Or even part of the United States, since technically still Mexican territory , neglected by them and ruled by the Ute Indians hence the appropriate appellation The almost forgotten war between the U.S and Mexico1846 1848 caused the maps of the world, to alter significantly the long borders between these two giant but rather sparsely populated, combating nationsChanged the status , the news surprised the Mormons who had fled persecution , seeking freedom, for their weird belief in polygamy which men loved but caused momentous trouble , in the American Midwest Angry crowds killed many Mormons, including their founder , Joseph Smith, and escape was now impossible they thoughtexcept this harsh, distant place from 19th century civilization, made them almost completely sovereign The plot begins when the new Mormon prophet Brigham Young, soon to have 55 wives, leading the first 2,ooo Mormons to the promise land, an exodus of 1,300 miles his men, find two pathetic, starving people , a man and a girl child the only survivors of a lost wagon train, sleeping on a hill overlooking the wilderness an account about love , a forced marriage and revenge endlessly sought is revealedBack to Mr Holmes and Dr Watson pardon the history lesson but it is quite important for understanding this great book The actual narrative starts with young Dr John Watson returning from the horrendous second British Afghan war sadly there will be many Wounded, nearly fatally, then let go from the army , trying to recover his health and spirits , save money too, he rents a room at 221 b Baker street this is where the famous duo become friends, the reserved Holmes fascinates the good doctor with his many eccentricitieswhat does he do to make a living Obviously exceptionally brilliant but keeps to himself NOT a medical man, yet knows much about medicineinterested in discussing grisly crime cases, the bloodier the better, an unusual obsessionwhy Then Scotland Yard contacts Holmes , asking for help with a murder investigationa mystery that only the violinist Sherlock can resolve, with an assist from the Baker street irregulars, nevertheless will not get credit for The very different stories , unite masterfully at last , in faraway EnglandAmericans in London start being killed for no apparent reason not political or for profit either, and all came from Salt Lake CityThis will give readers a nice taste and why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s Sherlock Holmes is still popular today. An anti review I don t read reviews of books, of which I am damn sure I will be reading it very soon Now, I don t know how this habit affects my reading.So, what happened was..I was not aware of the fact that I had to be surprised when the second part of the book starts and wonder what happened to the story with Sherlock Holmes in it and how that mystery was solved Moreover, I had to wonder whether the second part was from some other book, somehow got binded in my copy and curse the publishers I was not surprised and neither did I curse the publishers.As I was ill prepared for reading, this resulted in me being not disappointed like I was supposed to be.I was not aware of the fact that I had to loathe the second part because it didn t have Sherlock Holmes but instead Mormons and whatnots I couldn t loathe it because it was equally good.I was even not aware of the fact that I had to drop my jaw when Sherlock Holmes saysGentleman, let me introduce you to Mr Jefferson Hope, the murderer ofBut I did, so atleast I got some expression right.You see, I was not aware of such shortcomings and issues so I enjoyed it a bitthan I should have It s a promise that I will hate the second part and enjoy it less on my re read And I mean no Earlier Okay, what the hell am I going to write for this review without writing spoilers, because everything turns out to be a spoiler.Damn This is hard.I don t know what to include and what not to include Maybe, I should include this line, for this is best I consider that a man s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain attic He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones. No, I should not, since almost every reviewer has used this line So I am not going to write it in my review too and lengthen it unnecessarily, I will skip this.This is going to be damn hard, I can t find a single thing to write about.And what should I write about Sherlock Holmes Kemper wrote Sherlock Holmes is a dick. and got bunch of votes I should also write something like that.Like, Sherlock Holmes is douchebag Nah that doesn t sound nice and that is not correct either.I don t want to write about the same issue of disjointed second part being a problem and this part being boring too, I didn t felt so But almost every review says same thing.I can t think of anything to write I should probably skip this one and write review of Cosmicomics, I need to edit that FUCKING MINDFUCK I have left over there.No, I must write something Maybe, I should review others reviews and in this process the book will also be reviewed This sounds like good idea, but may be offensive So I should mention in my review at last that I mean no harmdisrespect, I just happen to love Sherlock Holmes. A STUDY IN SCARLET First group read for the intact official Non Crunchy Sans Pants for no reason that I can figure outbut none the lessNON pants wearing GRs classic reading group image error