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PostSubject: Sherlock Holmes Handbook   Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:10 pm

Has anyone else read the Sherlock Holmes Handbook by Ransom Riggs. It was a pretty good brief read, I added it on to my order for The Sign or Four and The Valley of Fear to get free shipping. I have read the entire Canon except for the two aforementioned books and this is why I was able to dectect an error in the book. The author says that Holmes measures the depth of bicycle tracks in the Solitary Cyclist but as I am sure most of you know Holmes does that in The adventure of the Priory School not the Solitary Cyclist. A minor quibble though still a pretty good read.

Does anyone else know of other Holmes books that are good but not actually non-Canonical Holmes stories?
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PostSubject: Re: Sherlock Holmes Handbook   Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:25 am

not sure if you mean non-doyle by non-canonical, but i'm currently reading caleb carr's 'the italian secretary.' while a little slow moving at first, it's very true to the originals in style and it's starting to get pretty good. inside the jacket, it says that carr was commissioned by the estate of arthur conan doyle to write it. i was able to nab it from the library. (it was written in 2005.)

the laurie king sherlock holmes books are pretty good too, but written from the point of view of a women sherlock holmes befriends. i think 'the beekeepers apprentice' is the first one in a series of several books.

both authors are good writers. carr seems to completely embibe watson.
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PostSubject: Re: Sherlock Holmes Handbook   Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:57 am

Yeah I mean non-Doyle stories, I have heard the Carr stories are good and will have to look into those.
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PostSubject: Re: Sherlock Holmes Handbook   Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:09 am

St Fiacre wrote:
Yeah I mean non-Doyle stories, I have heard the Carr stories are good and will have to look into those.

his other non-sherlock books are good. they take place in a similar time period i believe: 'the alienist' and 'the angel of darkness'. they're both great mystery reads.
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PostSubject: Re: Sherlock Holmes Handbook   Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:40 pm

I have heard the Professor Challenger stories are good but have never come across them in a store, I actually had to buy the Sign of Four and The Valley of Fear online because no store carried them. I would rather purchase something without having to pay for shipping but I think that is the only way I will be able to read his other stories.
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PostSubject: Re: Sherlock Holmes Handbook   Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:12 pm

St Fiacre wrote:
I have heard the Professor Challenger stories are good but have never come across them in a store, I actually had to buy the Sign of Four and The Valley of Fear online because no store carried them. I would rather purchase something without having to pay for shipping but I think that is the only way I will be able to read his other stories.

my library carries his work (and it's a tiny library). you might have a peak in yours. i know the two i mentioned are out in paperback.
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PostSubject: Re: Sherlock Holmes Handbook   Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:07 pm

I actually never thought of the library, I am going to the opening of our library next week I am a donor and they are having a banquet and I never even thought of it. Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Sherlock Holmes Handbook   Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:58 am

St Fiacre wrote:
I actually never thought of the library, I am going to the opening of our library next week I am a donor and they are having a banquet and I never even thought of it. Embarassed

scratch

no, i forget to check my library too. i usually remember after i've spent $15 on a crappy book.
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