Thursday, March 3, 2016

Books ahoy! And . . . well . . . one other thing.

"But I missed London like an arm, or a leg . . ."

A few pages in and A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro has already hooked me, without its Holmes even showing up. Really excited about diving into the rest of it once my chores are done. It came promptly from Amazon in today's post after an impulse buy on Monday.

It's so easy to give yourself things to look forward to when you're into Sherlock Holmes. And Amazon's one-clicks just make it all the easier -- case in point, one book here, another one already in the queue.

Last night, I pre-ordered Chris Redmond's Lives Beyond Baker Street because A.) He's Chris Redmond, one of those rare living Sherlockians I've respected and admired for about 90% of my Sherlockian life, even when he's corrected me on a thing or two, and B.) It's about those real people in the Sherlock Holmes chronicles that there is actual historical documentation on. (There are a lot of real people, like Holmes himself, in the Canon that mysteriously aren't documented by history. I suspect Moriarty.) It comes out March 16, so I've got a couple weeks to plow through Charlotte, which seems like it might be quite easy.

And those are just what I've bought so far this month. As most hardcover fiction is a bit of a luxury, I've been flirting with Bonnie MacBird's Art in the Blood, looking it over on the bookstore shelves, and knowing I'll probably pick it up before 221B Con, since she's going to be there, but haven't pulled that particular trigger yet. There's still a bit of time there.

March is cranking up nicely on the Sherlockian front with such books along with the events coming soon . . . just checking the mileage to Dayton . . . hmm . . . a little more time there, too . . . and 2016 could be a very good Sherlockian year.

They've even remade that flawed classic Ghostbusters, which could be even better this time out. What does that have to do with Sherlock Holmes? Well, the basic theme of Ghostbusters is pitting science against ghosts, and what does Sherlock Holmes do on occasion? Pit reason against ghosts . . . only when you actually pit reason against ghosts, as Holmes does, guess what happens? Ghosts really and truly do get busted, or shot because they're not really ghosts, like a certain spectral hound. We all know "No ghosts need apply" in the really real world of Sherlock Holmes, but if they did, he'd surely bust them as scientifically as the Ghostbusters.

See what happens when I get too literary with three books all in one post? Ghost-BUSTERS!

Looking forward to it all, though!


  1. Maybe you can make a comparison of Brittany Cavallaro's 'A Study in Charlotte' with the recent (though I haven't watched it) episode of Elementary with the same title!

    1. It was kind of weird how Elementary came out with an episode of that title just a few weeks before the book release . . . though after one chapter Brittany Cavallaro is starting out with high marks for better thought-out Holmes and Watson descendants than previous pastiches.

  2. I had an admiring and thoughtful comment about looking forward to Chris Redmond's "A Quick Succession of Subjects" but then you linked Ghostbusters and Holmes. Man, you didn't mention the episode of the Ghostbusters cartoon where Holmes, Watson and Moriarty appear as ghosts! Winston had to help Holmes and Watson get Moriarty back into the containment unit.

    1. Real Ghostbusters Season 5 Episode 4. "Elementary My Dear Winston"