Monthly Archives: May 2012

What You Read

I love to argue with what other people write.  Usually only in my head, but it’s the thought that counts.  This week’s installment of “Things I Found Online and Disagree With in a Way that Doesn’t Involve Profuse Profanity” comes courtesy of the Los Angelas Review of Books in an essay by Nicholas Meyer.

The piece is structured around Sherlock Holmes and the cinematic portrayals of the world’s most famous detective.   Each on-screen Holmes, Meyer points out, has been updated to represent the contemporary political/social/economic circumstances.  The patriotic Holmes of the WWII era.  The junkie-Holmes of the 1970’s.  The ADD-Holmes for the Ritalin age.   And, in an age where Romeo and his posse pack heat andThe Great Gatsby is scored by T-Pain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is not the only classic text being given a pop-culture makeover.  These “updates”, Meyer argues,  “seem designed more to show off…

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Blue Black Ink

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

Dear Maggie,

I bought The Sherlockian for the cover (which you talked about here), but I stuck around because, well…it’s about freaking SHERLOCK HOLMES. Oh ho, I had a great time with this book.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m a recent initiate to the world of Sherlock Holmes, and, frankly, I don’t think I can legitimately call myself a “ Sherlock Holmes fan” yet. An admirer, yes. A crazy-enthusiastic fan of the TV show Sherlock, most definitely yes.  But I’m still working on becoming a true Sherlockian.

I have to give credit for the majority of my recent interest in reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to Benedict Cumberbatch’s beautiful coat (and face *cough*). And though I have enjoyed the mysteries so far, what I find most fascinating is not so much the stories themselves, but the fandom and mythos surrounding The Great Detective. …

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A Kyndle in the Mynd

The search for the Higgs Boson took a bizarre turn this week with the announcement that there could be at least five different kinds of the God Particle, maybe more. Not so long ago the scientists at Cerne were confidently predicting that they would find the elusive Higgs Boson this year, now it seems the search could go on forever.

What’s going on here? Are the little devils breeding like rabbits or are the scientists simply trying to ensure that in these cash straightened times they will retain their funding. After all, once they find the God Particle, it will be a case of job done and so long professor!

You have to admit, it’s a pretty good wheeze. Anytime the boffins at Cerne feel their jobs are under threat they can simply increase the population of Higgs Bosons awaiting to be discovered. I doubt that Sherlock Holmes or even his arch enemy Professor Moriarty would stand…

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Is this the Big Time? My Holmes book has finally appeared on Amazon – search Books for Melancholia in Music.

The reviewers seem to like it: the District Messenger, newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London said it was “an outstanding contribution to Holmesian scholarship,” and the Scion, the newsletter if the Musgraves, said “…I can highly recommend it for any Sherlockian bookshelf, while in the music world the Tamesis newsletter of the Thames Valley Early Music forum said, “… this long-lost monograph, with its scholarly annotations and accompanying essays, will be a welcome addition to the libraries of musical scholars and Sherlockians alike.

I have now started work on a series of annotated single Holmes stories to be called ‘The Sherlock Holmes Schools Edition’, introducing new readers of today to the world of Holmes and 1895.

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Sherlock Holmes watches Moriarty fall to his death …

Sherlock Holmes watches Moriarty fall to his death

I had little doubt that I had come to the end of my career when I perceived the somewhat sinister figure of the late Professor Moriarty standing upon the narrow pathway which led to safety. I read an inexorable purpose in his gray eyes. I exchanged some remarks with him, therefore, and obtained his courteous permission to write the short note which you afterwards received. I left it with my cigarette-box and my stick, and I walked along the pathway, Moriarty still at my heels. When I reached the end I stood at bay. He drew no weapon, but he rushed at me and threw his long arms around me. He knew that his own game was up, and was only anxious to revenge himself upon me. We tottered together upon the brink of the fall. I have some knowledge, however, of baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling, which has more than once been very useful to me. I slipped through his grip, and he with a horrible scream kicked madly for a few seconds, and clawed the air with both his hands. But for all his efforts he could not get his balance, and over he went. With my face over the brink, I saw him fall for a long way. Then he struck a rock, bounded off, and splashed into the water.

From The Adventure of the Empty House.

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Plausible script deductions in the Sherlock TV Series …

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When I watch “The Great Game” ( the 3rd episode of the Sherlock TV series) There is one mistake that always leaps out at me. In the Carl Powers case, in hour 3, Sherlock yells out ClostridiumBotulinum as if he has just identified the cause and an image of bacteria is flashed on the screen.

When I saw that the first time I said, “yeah right!” because I’ve been a microbiologist, and I know that you can’t look into a light microscope and see a colorized electron microscope image of a bacteria.

What’s worse is that I’ve seen that exact image before. It’s this one.

Even if Sherlock did happen to own an electron microscope that he kept in his kitchen,( yeah right,) bacteria don’t wear name tags, and one bacillus bacteria looks pretty much the same as any other bacillus so you couldn’t tell the harmful Clostridium

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New Arthur Conan Doyle Stories to go on display at National Library of Scotland

According to the Scotsman newspaper, recently discovered stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle in his youth are to be put on display at the National Library of Scotland.

They were originally not published because of Arthur Conan Doyle’s publishers, John Murray, branded the tales as ‘not very good’!

To quote the Scotsman story:

The stories include The Ghosts of Goresthorpe Grange which Conan Doyle wrote as an 18-year-old student in Edinburgh.

It contains characters similar to Holmes and Dr Watson and suggests Conan Doyle was experimenting with these ideas from a young age.

Another website, Deadline News, provides some more detail on the story about Conan Doyle’s lost tales.

If they didn’t include Dr Watson then I’m not sure if they’re worth bothering with personally…

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