Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The SherlockianThe Sherlockian by Graham Moore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


In middle school, I fell in love with Sherlock Holmes stories. In high school, I tried to convert my fellow English class students to Sherlock Holmes by planning several class lessons around the stories. So when I saw this book on the "New Books" shelf at the library, I just had to check it out!
The book is actually two stories in one. The main story is about Harold, a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, or "Sherlockian" who finds himself suddenly involved in the mystery surrounding the death of a fellow Sherlockian, Alex Cale, and a missing diary of Arthur Conan Doyle. Harold attempts to sleuth his way through the mystery as Sherlock Holmes would have.
The second story is about Conan Doyle himself, taking place during the time frame of the missing diary. Arthur also finds himself suddenly wrapped up in a murder mystery involving a possible serial killer in London. He and his best friend Bram Stoker (yes, THE Bram Stoker! I didn't know they were friends?!) set out to solve this mystery, also using the deductive methods Arthur employed in all of his Sherlock Holmes stories, which he personally detests.
If you've ever been a fan of Sherlock Holmes, this book is a very yummy yarn for you.
One favorite moment of the story for me is when Harold has come to an unsatisfying end to his sleuthing, and thinks there is nothing more to find. "Harold found himself pining not for solutions, but for questions. For more. He realized that even after all the stories he'd read, he'd been left completely unprepared for this moment – for the quiet days after the climax when the world ticked onward...What he had not read, he now realized were the moments after the endings." For some reason this part brought to mind the days after some great event. Weddings and funerals are two good examples. After all the emotion, and all the tears, and all the family and friends coming and going, the adrenaline, the memories...You get in your car and drive home and notice the traffic that is still coming and going on the highway, that never stopped even while your world stopped. And there's that hollow disconnect in your heart, and the attempts to reconnect in your brain. Your life seemed to stop with this event, so how did the world not stop with you? Moments after the endings – they're quite confounding.



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1 comment:

Hamilcar Barca said...

just wondering - have you found any modern authors who have written worthwhile Sherlock Holmes stories? I've tried two - Laurie King and Larry Millett, and neither one measures up to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.