cazrolime: Text: "I'm gonna kick some ass with my pipe wrench" (other . PIPE WRENCH FIGHT)
A Study in ScarletA Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Though it veered off on a tangent halfway through that made me wonder if the publisher had pasted in a Victorian-era Western for a practical joke, this book never lost my attention. Having read quite a few of Doyle's short Sherlock Holmes stories, I was interested to read the detective's first outing, and it was a huge amount of fun. I don't believe I shall ever get tired of finding out how Holmes comes to his conclusions, and the Western segment -- even though its characterisation is a bit shallow -- had me freaking out over the fates of the characters and trying to work out how they would fit into the overall mystery.

I've been told that Doyle wrote better short stories than he did novels, but this book stands up to a lot of his better shorts. And it also continues the trend of Sherlock Holmes stories making me want to type all Victorian. So there's that as well.

Since Doyle books are out of print, I picked up two or three of his non-Sherlock novels free from a site along the lines of Project Gutenberg! One of them, The Parasite, I really really want to start but I promised to read it with my boyfriend and we're reading Watership Down first so aaaa. I will have to practice patience.
cazrolime: Text: "not so much writing as making a big mess with a pen" (other . not so much writing)
For some days now I've been pondering an entry concerning the marvellous layout of this house. It is built with a very small courtyard in the centre of the second floor, not a hair's breadth more than six feet square, so that every room, no matter how deeply buried, might have the luxury of windows or at least a skylight. Strangely, though, the incident which prompts me now to share this observation also forces me to add that this ingenious design would have proved more useful had last night's power cut taken place instead during the full glow of day.


I've also been reading a metric arse-tonne of Sherlock Holmes, so that actually came more naturally to me than modern speech patterns. WHOOPS.

The story with the hat and the goose and all may be the drunkest thing I have ever read, it was amazing. And my friend Rach (who is the undisputed lord of all things old-crime-story) has been showing me clips from the red-heads episode of the Jeremy Brett TV series, which can only be described as beautiful. I've only seen a couple of clips so far but Brett seems to make a fantastically animated Sherlock Holmes while still keeping him refined, so he doesn't play him as some humourless Victorian stereotype but also doesn't turn him into a complete ruffian. (Don't get me wrong, I like the RDJ movies or at least the second because I still haven't seen the first whoops, but he seems to play Captain Jack Sparrow more than he does Sherlock Holmes.)

And for those interested, the power cut knocked out the whole street and it was very exciting. We all went and chilled on the roof, and I read books, and my boss took the opportunity to take a bunch of photographs without the street-lights messing with the contrast.


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