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** So NASA is holding a special televised news conference on Monday "to discuss the Chandra X-ray Observatory's discovery of an exceptional object in our cosmic neighborhood." Now that sounds interesting. Hmmm.

** Thanks to the brilliant Sherlock, I've decided to correct my heretofore scattershot and disorganized reading of Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes works by reading through them all in their original order of publication. I'm two novels into this project now and enjoying myself quite a bit. I'll probably use this as an excuse to revisit the Professor Challenger stories, too. (I love The Poison Belt!)

I wanted to ask you, my friends, for recommendations of Holmes pastiches. I know that the field is vast, and I want to sample the best (and leave the rest). I'm particularly interested in those that lean toward science fiction and speculative literature, as opposed to straight mystery. Neil Gaiman's "A Study in Emerald" is one of my favorite short stories of all time, and I need to read all of Shadows over Baker Street. I've noted that Sherlock Holmes in Orbit, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Gaslight Grimoire, and Gaslight Grotesque all seem like good starting places. As for the subgenre of Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper fiction, I gather that Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson is the novel most respected by scholars of "Ripperology."

Do you have any suggestions for me?

** In other news, I'm quite intrigued by the new official trailer for 2011's Jane Eyre, starring Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, and Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska as Jane. It looks like the film may emphasize the gothic aspects of the story, rather than just focusing on the period romance. If so, that's very refreshing. I look forward to seeing it.

** Happy early birthday wishes to adamantrealm, sneezythesquid, bibliotrope, and m_stiefvater. May you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

"I had no idea that such individuals exist outside of stories."
- Dr. Watson, A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle


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Nov. 13th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Edward B. Hanna's WHITECHAPEL HORRORS. It's even footnoted (grin).
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Nov. 13th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
There's a Poul Anderson story that involves a detective on another planet investigating a childstealing. I think it was titled "The Queen of Air and Darkness." And there's an earlier story that got into Boucher's Treasure, "The Martian Crown Jewels," though to my mind it's rather slighter, being closer to pure pastiche.
Nov. 15th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I'll look these up immediately. Thanks so much for your help.
Nov. 13th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
Don't forget Dorothy Sayers on Holmes from the Mythopoeic Press. Wonderful articles from her on Holmes and it ends with her short story in which Lord Peter meets Holmes.
Unfortunately, it is currently out of print, but hopefully you have a copy someplace.
Hey it's by us, you know it's good. ;)
Nov. 15th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Hey it's by us, you know it's good. ;)

Absolutely! :) Thanks a million for reminding me. How could I forget? I'll definitely plan to track this down.
Nov. 13th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
I remember THE SEVEN PERCENT SOLUTION by Nicholas Meyer being pretty good. (He wrote the script for the movie version as well.) He did two other Holmes books: THE CANARY TRAINER and THE WEST END HORROR, but I haven't read those myself.
Nov. 15th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I'm going to look this up. It's just the kind of thing I was looking for. Thanks!
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Nov. 13th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not normally a huge Sherlock fan, but I adore the BBC series!
Nov. 15th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Yay! Another Sherlock fan! Isn't it brilliant?
Nov. 14th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Shadows Over Baker Street looks good.
Nov. 15th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm anxious to read the entire thing cover to cover.
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Nov. 14th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
I ordered Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson last week (Amazon still hasn't delivered--the price of super-saver, alas). I'll let you know if I enjoy it.
Nov. 15th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'd love to know your thoughts on it.
Nov. 15th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Pardon my intrusion; I read this via FriendsFriends.

I was a Granada Holmes fan; Jeremy Brett was my Holmes. However, I never read all of canon until this year -- partly inspired by the adoration over modern "Sherlock." Now, because I can't seem to get Holmes out of my head, I'm reading pastiches, too. :-)

While "A Study in Emerald" is brilliant, Shadows Over Baker Street was oddly disappointing. There were several good stories, but my reaction was, overall, "Meh." You may decide differently, though.

I liked the three books that Nicholas Meyer wrote; I see someone has listed those.

Oh dear... if you want a Jack the Ripper Holmes story, you could risk reading Michael Dibdin's The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, which is cleverly evil. It will make you want to hurt the author, but he died a few years ago, so too late. :-/

I'm still hunting down Sherlockian books, myself, so this is merely scratching the surface.
Nov. 15th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
I liked Laurie King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice (though she got the pre-decimal British currency all wrong!), but when the sequels went all Mary Sue I stopped following her.
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Nov. 15th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
I love "Sherlock" and heard that there will actually be some more episodes.

Have you ever seen any of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes? They're pretty funny in being the loosest of interpretations. Especially when the Nazis are included.

I haven't read many pastiches, but I've heard good things about June Thompson's books. However, they're rare and sometimes hard to track down.
Nov. 15th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Tragically, it's the Rathbone/Bruce Holmes the average shmendrick on the street thinks about when they hear the name Sherlock Holmes.
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Nov. 17th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
At the risk of appearing to blow my own horn, I have a pastiche in the latest issue of Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and another -- "The Adventure of the Haunted Bagpipes" -- will appear in the next issue.

Just so you know, y'know? ::g;:
Nov. 17th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
SQUEE! I am such a newbie, I wasn't aware. I am so grateful that you told me. I just love your fiction. Thank you!!! *runs off to track this magazine down*
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Nov. 21st, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
Wanted to recommend to you that you read these stories written in a Holmes/Watson style but featuring Baggins and Gamgee in the title roles. Very well done. My friend elderberrywine is on LJ but these stories are most easily accessible at this dreamwidth archive. Enjoy!

Nov. 30th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! Thank you so much. :D
Jan. 10th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
have you read 'The Italian Secretary' by the great Caleb Carr? It's pretty good read too.
Jan. 10th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for this! It's in my stack, as a matter of fact, so I'll just move it a bit closer to the top. ;) I appreciate the rec.
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