Sherlock Holmes Book Club and Review

Our last book club met to discuss The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a collection stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I’d never read any Sherlock Holmes stories and was excited to add a little culture to my reading repertoire.

The Classic Adventures of Sherlock HolmesHis friend and cohort Dr. Watson called him the “most perfect reasoning machine the world has seen.” Sherlock Holmes, the eccentric, pipe-smoking Londoner with an encyclopedic knowledge of almost every field, could build a solution on the thinned thread of a clue, and use it to bring any criminal to justice.

In this volume are collected seven of the most thrilling of the Sherlock Holmes stories. With the cunning of a fox and the courtesy of an English man, Holmes uses his miraculous powers of observation to save a king from blackmail, capture England’s most wanted and feared bank robber, and deduce the identity of a mysterious man who has left his fiancee at the altar. With Watson as a sounding board for his questions and an accomplice to his machination, Holmes is virtually unstoppable as a detective, even in the most baffling circumstances. Yet in “A Scandal in Bohemia” he meets the woman, a foe whose beautiful face hides a mind that might be one step ahead of his own. Each chapter provides a new adventure, and each case – seemingly more obscure and hopeless than the last – never proves too difficult for Sherlock Holmes. {Book flap}

The first thing I learned was that I can only handle short story collections in small doses. This was my third book of short stories in a couple of months and I’m pretty short storied out now.

Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr.Somewhere along the line I started thinking about how different Sherlock Holmes in the book is from Robert Downey Jr.’s version in the movies. I’m glad a couple of the stories at the end gave me a little insight at how the movie producers made that leap.

Our book club was split pretty even as to those that like Sherlock and those who not so much. It was a good discussion picking out pieces of his personality that came through the different stories.

Overall, I appreciated the mysteries but Sherlock Holmes isn’t my favorite detective. He’s too aragent and condescending for my taste. I prefer Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. I give The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes three slices.

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