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Sherlock Holmes For Dummies Paperback – March 22, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Your comprehensive guide to this important literary figure and his author
It's elementary! Sherlock Holmes is a classic character who has fascinated readers for decades, and now this indispensable guide explores the enduring detective's stories like never before. Discover the rich characters, recurring themes, and social context of Arthur Conan Doyle's tales; the influence of Holmes on literature and pop culture; and why his stories still offer endless and fascinating new discoveries to readers.
See where it all began meet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who created the world's greatest detective, and learn about Victorian London, where the Holmes stories take place
Gain new insight into Doyle's tales from the classic Hound of the Baskervilles to the lesser-known short stories, get a closer look at the forensics and detective work that made Sherlock Holmes famous
Get to know the characters discover why Holmes and Watson are such beloved characters, and meet other characters such as cops, bad guys, victims, and damsels in distress
Experience Holmes today from the ever-expanding network of worldwide fans to story locations that fans can visit, discover how the character continues to resonate with so many devoted followers
"Move over, Arthur Conan Doyle. Make room for Steve Doyle, whose handy Sherlock Holmes For Dummies will constitute addictive reading for Holmes fans and novices alike. Doyle has merrily put together a compendium of every sort of information regarding The Great Detective, from animal, vegetable, mineral, comical, tragical, and geographical. He even recommends ten Holmes books no aficionado should be without but make that eleven. Sherlock Holmes For Dummies is essential reading." Nicholas Meyer Author, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Open the book and find:
A list of all Sherlock Holmes short stories and novels
A detailed picture of Britain during Holmes's time
In-depth analysis of Holmes and Watson as characters
Detailed coverage of the four novels in the Sherlockian canon
Holmes portrayals in television, movies, onstage, and in fan fiction
The most memorable quotes of Holmes
Active Sherlockian societies in the United States
Identify key themes, settings, and characters
See the influence of Holmes stories and their impact on literature, mystery writing, and detective work
Discover Holmes through his contemporary fan following, and stage and screen adaptations
Appreciate the literary genius of the Sherlock Holmes canon
About the Author
Steven Doyle is co-founder of Wessex Press/Gasogene Books, a small press specializing in Sherlock Holmes books, including the landmark Sherlock Holmes Reference Library. David A. Crowder is the author or co-author of several For Dummies titles.
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Probably most interesting to Sherlock-media beginner fans, who haven't yet read the books and are trying to use a resource to decide if it's worth it or not (note: yes, it is, the original stories fall easily onto the modern ear and usually live up to the hype). If you are new to Sherlock, this book could be helpful, because it doesn't assume you are already deep into it.
I was generally disappointed, however, as I was looking for more in-depth analysis of the characters. There's a bit of it, but based on the general research I'd already done, it was scant and left out some of the more interesting questions or else presented certain opinions as fact instead of making it more clear that there are lots of other views. Not enough time spent on Watson. A lot of time is spent on telling you how to join a Sherlock club, or where to go in London/etc. to find Sherlock-related locations.
There are some good details on Victoriana that helps you understand the context of some of the stories, though, and some good summaries of the post-story media/movies/etc.
Feels in fact more like a Cliff Notes version of Sherlock, which is fine if that's what you are after. I can recommend this for true beginners, but people who have already done a lot of research on their own may find it feels hasty and way too brief.
Oh, and it was written before the new BBC Sherlock series came out, so don't expect any discussion on that show here. Hopefully it will get updated, though, as that show more than deserves a mention!
I couldn't believe all the detailed attention this book has on every phase about Holmes be it the original "canon" of Arthur Conan Doyle, Doyle's wife, every play, television show and motion picture about the great detective. Steven Doyle is a historian, english professor, literary critic, television and movie critic and travel guide all rolled into one. This book is for anyone who has even an inkling of interest in Sherlock Holmes. Thanks to the author for sharing his love of the subject with the reader in such an informative, fun and caring way. I recommend this book to both lovers of fiction and non-fiction. My one question? Is Steven Doyle related to Arthur Conan Doyle?