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review 2019-03-14 11:34
The Sherlock Holmes Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle

I love Sherlock, and it was great to finally read the collection all the way through. : )

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review 2019-03-13 08:36
Watson meets Sherlock
Sherlock Holmes: Eine Studie in Scharlachrot: Illustrierte Ausgabe - Arthur Conan Doyle,Hannelore Eisenhofer-Halim

Dr. Watson kehrt aus den Kolonien nach London zurück. Er trifft unversehens durch einen alten Bekannten einen Sonderling: Sherlock Holmes. Ab sofort teilen sie sich eine Unterkunft und Dr. Watson wird durch seinen detektivischen Mitbewohner laufend auf's Neue verblüfft.

"Eine Studie in Scharlachrot" ist der Reihenauftakt um den berühmten Sherlock Holmes, und gleichzeitig Holmes und Watsons erster gemeinsamer Fall.

Bei Sherlock Holmes geht man mit bestimmten Erwartungen an die Story heran. Sein Bild ist durch Fernsehen und ähnlich anmutende Literatur geprägt. Daher war es interessant, endlich einmal das Original um die scharlachrote Studie zu lesen. Es ist ein Werk, das mich durchaus begeistert hat. 

Dr. Watson ist in London und benötigt eine Unterkunft. Er trifft einen alten Bekannten, der ihn an Sherlock Holmes vermittelt, mit dem er fortan leben, wohnen und ermitteln wird.

Das Zusammentreffen von Sherlock Holmes und Dr. Watson war charmant. Man merkt, dass die beiden Herren nicht von kleinauf als Team aufgetreten sind. Watson ist von seiner Zeit in den Kolonien stark angeschlagen, und lässt sich gern auf den verblüffenden Sonderling ein.

Sherlock Holmes beeindruckt mit seiner unnachahmlichen Kombinationsgabe. Während andere dabei sind, das Ergebnis zu begutachten, ist er schon längst hundert Schritte weiter, und versucht seine Theorie zur Ursache zu beweisen.

"Sie haben die Ermittlung so nahe an eine exakte Wissenschaft herangeführt, dass sie kaum noch in dieser Welt zu übertreffen ist". (S. 59)

Damit wird Sherlock Holmes als Urmodell des modernen CSI geoutet, der den Hergang anhand diverser Spuren zur Ursache rückverfolgt. 

In diesem ersten Fall - den Holmes selbst als ‚Eine Studie in Scharlachrot‘ bezeichnet - wird ein Mann vergiftet aufgefunden, und über der Leiche prangt das Wort 'Rache' mit Blut geschrieben. 

Während sich Scotland Yard abmüht, den Tathergang zu rekonstruieren, hat Holmes den Mörder schon längst im Visier. 

Der Roman, der Krimi, wird von Dr. Watson erzählt. Dazu dienen ihm Tagebuchaufzeichnungen, Briefe, Zeitungsausschnitte und Berichte, die im Endeffekt das Gesamtbild um den Fall ergeben. 

Der Fall selbst ist interessant, wenn er auch meinem Empfinden nach viel zu schnell aufgelöst wird. Sherlock Holmes benötigt keine großartigen Hilfestellungen, um Motiven auf die Schliche zukommen. Er denkt kurz darüber nach, und lässt den Mörder in seinem Wohnzimmer erscheinen. 

Arthur Conan Doyle begnügt sich zum Glück nicht damit, sondern nimmt den Leser auf eine Reise ins entfernte Utah in die USA mit. Erst dadurch versteht man, wie es dazu kommen konnte, dass eine vergiftete Leiche unter blutgeschmierten Lettern in London liegt. 

Insgesamt hat mir der erste Fall um Sherlock Holmes und Dr. Watson großen Spaß gemacht. Ich mag den einzigartigen Sonderling Holmes, der schneller denkt als Strom fließen kann, den loyalen Watson, der sich von Holmes Intellekt gefordert fühlt, und den Blick auf das damalige London - das auf mich greifbar wirkt.

Meiner Meinung nach ist „Eine Studie in Scharlachrot“ zurecht ein Krimiklassiker, der hoffentlich noch viele weitere Leser den Auftakt der Krimi-Reihe um Sherlock Holmes miterleben lassen wird. Klassiker-Empfehlung!

 
 

Chronologische Reihenfolge der Romane und Erzählungen um Sherlock Holmes:

1887 Eine Studie in Scharlachrot
1890 Das Zeichen der Vier
1892 Die Abenteuer des Sherlock Holmes (Erzählungen)
1893 Die Memoiren des Sherlock Holmes (Erzählungen)
1902 Der Hund der Baskervilles [Rezension lesen]
1904 Die Rückkehr des Sherlock Holmes (Erzählungen)
1915 Das Tal der Angst
1917 Seine Abschiedsvorstellung
1927 Sherlock Holmes’ Buch der Fälle
Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.com
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-01-23 22:46
The Last Moriarty
The Last Moriarty - Charles Veley

What on earth possessed me to pick up a Holmes pastiche?

 

This was never going to end well...but I was persuaded by the audiobook, or rather the narrator of the audiobook. Apparently, Mr. Petherbridge can read anything to me. 

 

Even this tripe. That is to say, I actually managed to listen to the whole book. I really don't know how I managed this. Or why.

 

I have put a **SPOILER** warning on this little write-up because I really want to tell you about all the different ways that this book sucked, and much of that has to do with the plot.

 

So be warned. 

 

List of 10 things I hated about this book:

 

1. The author does not understand Holmes as a character, nor does he seem to understand why ACD's writing works, but more details below.

 

2. The author included real-life characters in the story. This is bad. There is no reason to include J.D. Rockefeller in this story, which is, at its heart, about the rivalry between Holmes and Moriarty.

 

3. Bringing in a real-life character is a poor decision from a writing point of view - it deviates from the original Holmes stories, which means the book already loses credibility in the Holmes universe. ACD never included real-life people in his stories. He may have hinted at some, especially when referring to royalty, but he shrouded them in mystery so much that any recognition would have been pure speculation. 

Amazingly, yet understandably, this added to the charm and mystery of the original stories.

 

4. I get that the author tried to introduce an American element to the story. There is nothing wrong with that. ACD has done so on numerous occasions. 

However, where this fell flat was that the author altered the British characters' reaction to the American characters into something that was very different from the original canon. 

Neither Holmes, nor Lestrade, nor the PM (or other high-ranking Empire politician) would have pandered to the American characters in such a sycophantic manner as comes across in this story. Why would they? Especially Holmes? Why would Holmes treat Rockefeller differently than say the King of Bohemia or Lord St. Simon or the red-headed gentleman (whose name escapes me at present)?

 

5. Holmes does not use the telephone. Much less even, can I see Mycroft suggesting that Holmes use the telephone. 

Yes, telephones would have (just) been possible to imagine in a story set in 1895, but let's not go over-board and assume that you could just phone any London police station from the phone at the Savoy. That is just silly.

 

6. Speaking of silly technology. Why did the author feel the need to highlight that the Metropolitan Police had provided Holmes with a "typewritten" police report?

Typewritten? Really? Again, it is possible...typewriters had just been introduced to the commercial world in the late 1880s (in the UK, the US was somewhat ahead there...I blame the patent rules in the UK), but what are the chances of the Met Police having a typing pool in 1895 or even some regular constable being trained in how to operate new-fangled technology such as a typewriter. Come on...

 

It really is this sort of detail that makes me groan at pastiches of any kind. 

And I haven't even gotten to the juicy part, yet:

 

7. Why did we need the "secret child" trope in this story? Ugh, ... I hate it.

 

8. Why does Moriarty have to be a rapist as well as the king of evil masterminds? That is somewhat out of character for Moriarty whose main character attribute is that he is the mirror image of Holmes...but using his powers for crime? The other side of the same coin, if you like. 

 

9. So, the secret child is Moriarty's kid, and for some reason, the author twists this even further by suggesting that Moriarty's propensity for crime could have been passed to his offspring. You know, because this is how genetics works.**groan**

 

And lastly, ... are you sitting down for this?

 

10. Any story that gives Holmes a backstory that involves thwarted love will fail. Even worse, in this book Holmes' love interest is a violin teacher and also the victim of Moriarty's rape and mother of the secret child. 

 

Get lost, book. Get lost!

 

Suffice it to say, there is little (or nothing really) that I can recommend about this story, except that the audio narration is very good. 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2019-01-21 18:23
Holmes Pastiche

All,

I am not a fan of Holmes pastiche (as many of you know), but while checking out another Sayers-related rabbit hole, I have come across one work of Holmes pastiche that I'd highly recommend:

 

The Adventure of the Two Collaborators

 

It's short. 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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review 2018-12-21 21:51
The Annotated and Illustrated Sherlock Holmes
The Annotated Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 and 2 - William S. Baring-Gould, Arthur Conan Doyle

I pulled this out intending to do my annual Christmas read of The Blue Carbuncle, but made the mistake of glancing at the introduction.  12 chapters of introduction later, I finally read The Blue Carbuncle yesterday.

 

Baring-Gould didn't so much as introduce the annotated volumes and write a short but thorough biography of not only Conan Doyle, but Sherlock, Watson (to a lesser extent) and several chapters of pure out-and-out speculation of exactly where 221B Baker Street was, the layout of the rooms (was Watson on the third floor, or the second?; did Sherlock have 2 doors out of his bedroom?), and what kinds of furniture might or might not have been there.  His cited sources include all the great 'scholars' of Sherlock Holmes: Morely, Starr, etc. and I have to say, these men needed more fresh air.

 

I'm sort of kidding, but sort of not - reading the annotations is fascinating.  These men treat Holmes as though he were not only a real life historical figure, but a static one.  The dichotomy is surreal.  For example, Baring-Gould discusses the furniture in the flat, and the it seems that if Holmes had been a real person, these men (and yes, they're all almost without exception, men) expected him to have never, ever changed or moved any of the furniture.

 

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Blue Carbuncle, as I always do, though the annotations included quite a few snide comments by one Magistrate S. Tupper Bigelow, who impressed me as a complete prat, who needed to be reminded it's a story and even Conan Doyle was allowed to take creative liberties.  There was also a whole discussion on whether or not Doyle intended to use the word commute and whether or not it implied Holmes had royal blood.  That made me roll my eyes and cry 'oh, horse sh*t' loud enough to make MT laugh.  Overall though, the rest of the annotations were thoroughly interesting, if not always informative, and they gave me a deeper context for enjoying a story that's already a firm favorite of mine.

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