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NOT a medical man, yet knows much about medicine Then Scotland Yard contacts Holmes , asking for help with a murder investigation The very different stories , unite masterfully at last , in faraway England Americans in London start being killed for no apparent reason This will give readers a nice taste View all 4 comments. Feb 20, Delee rated it really liked it Shelves: First group-read for the intact official Non-Crunchy-Sans Pants- for no reason that I can figure out NON pants wearing GRs classic reading group.
To be perfectly honest- I remembered the title Whether it is my memory John Watson -physician, and Sherlock Holmes- detective consultant, to each other- both men in need of a room-mate. Thus starting a friendship and working relationship that will most definitely be a formidable pairing. They travel to an empty house in a London- and there they observe a crime scene that includes: Need I say more?
So, what happened was.. I was not surprised and neither did I curse the publishers. As I was ill-prepared for reading, this resulted in me being not disappointed like I was supposed to be. I couldn't loathe it because it was equally good. Jefferson Hope, the murderer of But I did, so atleast I got some expression right. You see, I was not aware of such shortcomings and issues so I enjoyed it a bit more than I should have.
And I mean no Okay, what the hell am I going to write for this review without writing spoilers, because everything turns out to be a spoiler. Maybe, I should include this line, for this is best: No, I should not, since almost every reviewer has used this line. So I am not going to write it in my review too and lengthen it unnecessarily, I will skip this. This is going to be damn hard, I can't find a single thing to write about.
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I should also write something like that. Like, Sherlock Holmes is douchebag. But almost every review says same thing. No, I must write something! Maybe, I should review others' reviews and in this process the book will also be reviewed. This sounds like good idea, but may be offensive. So I should mention in my review at last that: I mean no harm disrespect, I just happen to love Sherlock Holmes. View all 29 comments. Written in , the story marks the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, who would become two of the most famous characters in popular fiction.
The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes, a consulting detective, to his friend and chronicler Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigati A Study in Scarlet Sherlock Holmes, 1 , Arthur Conan Doyle A Study in Scarlet is an detective novel by British author Arthur Conan Doyle. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes, a consulting detective, to his friend and chronicler Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": Mysteries are my go to palette cleanser in between denser reads.
I have a few go to series, but as my current contemporary series may be winding down, I am always on the lookout for mysteries both old and new. Even though the phrase "elementary, my dear Watson," has become part of the vernacular, I have never read a single Sherlock Holmes story. Looking to alleviate that, I decided to encounter Holmes and Watson when they first met in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first novella, A Study in Scarlet, c Mysteries are my go to palette cleanser in between denser reads. Complete with color engravings by Gus Grimsly, I immersed myself in a period piece written at the dawn of the golden age of mysteries and settled in for a fun ride.
John Watson was returning to London from his service in the British army after being stationed in Afghanistan. Looking for someone to split rent with, a mutual friend suggested a scientist and amateur detective who he thought Watson might be compatible with. Meeting at a university science lab, Watson first encountered Sherlock Holmes as he investigated the properties of blood in water. Holmes deemed Watson someone who he could live comfortably with and the partnership at B Baker Street began.
As the two men kept different hours while Holmes dabbled in both his detective work and science experiments, Watson and Holmes had little contact in the early days of their living arrangement.
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Watson had little idea that Holmes was even a sleuth, that is until the day a letter arrived asking for Holmes' assistance on a case, which Holmes insisted that Watson accompany him for. The most famous of detective duos had embarked on their first case.
As in many modern detective stories featuring private investigators, Sherlock Holmes solved the mystery before the police detectives even began to suspect whodunit. Also similar to the modern cases I have read, the police receive all of the credit for solving the mystery even though it is Holmes who comes through in record time. In this case, Holmes' record as a scientist is linked to two murdered bodies with the word Rache written in blood on the wall above their corpses.
The police immediately believe that the suspect attempted to write Rachel only to run out of blood, throwing them off the trail. Holmes points out, much to Watson's bewilderment as well, that rache signifies revenge in German. What is the revenge that the murderer is seeking? Only Sherlock Holmes is capable of finding this out. Doyle's novella takes readers to the old west as he tells a backstory in the second half of this novella. In historical fiction focusing on the formation of the Mormon community in what is now Salt Lake City, Utah, Doyle paints his picture of religion, love, and later revenge.
This story is augmented by Grimsley's engravings and black-and-white illustrations, which show the period of both s Utah and s London. I was captivated by the graphics as I had never encountered Holmes or Watson before and was curious as to how they were depicted on paper. The mystery itself is compelling as Doyle's tale moves across thirty years and two continents in a case that finally reaches its apex in London.
Holmes scientific background and deduction skills come into play, and it was refreshing to read a mystery that takes place at a time when detectives had to do all of the sleuthing themselves without the aid of gadgets. Leaving the police baffled, it is obvious throughout that Sherlock Holmes is meant to be one eccentric yet intelligent sleuth. As this is the first of many Holmes and Watson stories, Doyle is first introducing his cast of characters and does not give readers the full spectrum of the Holmes and Watson partnership.
Yet, this novella was compelling enough that I have a feeling that this will not be the last time that I visit B Baker Street. Hopefully, in the next story I read, I will even be fortunate to hear Holmes utter the famous words, "elementary, my dear Watson. View all 13 comments. The steady and reliable narrator, Dr. Watson takes measure of Holmes: Although the illustration below belies it, the producers of the TV show pretty much took the first time Holmes and Watson encounter a dead body and lovingly re-produced it almost to the letter. For a little over a hundred pages, this took a lot longer to plow through than I would have initially thought.
Recommended for those who have an interest in knowing where the legend began and for Sherlock completists. This was a buddy read with a bunch of non-crunchy folks who like to read whilst pants free. View all 24 comments. Jun 29, Luffy rated it really liked it. This was a reread.
I have read this book many times. It still holds up well. Sherlock Holmes is here, intact, unchanged, canon. Both Lestrade and Watson are a foil to Sherlock's genius. I liked reliving the case and its unraveling. It was a nicety to concentrate on the serious side but also the humor. Books like this always hold up. The prose is so modern sounding. Books that came after ASiS, are sometimes so outdated. Sherlock's various incarnations - I wouldn't say pale in c This was a reread.
Sherlock's various incarnations - I wouldn't say pale in comparison - but they make me yearn for reading Doyle's masterpiece. Paula Kalin Terrific when older books still hold up.
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Jun 30, Aug 31, Carmen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Gregson and Lestrade had watched the maneuvers of their amateur companion with considerable curiosity and some contempt. They evidently failed to appreciate the fact, which I had begun to realize, that Sherlock Holmes's smallest actions were all directed towards some definite and practical end. This is the first Sherlock Holmes story, a novel which introduces the now legendary detecting team of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson is looking for a roommate and is introduced to Holmes with some Gregson and Lestrade had watched the maneuvers of their amateur companion with considerable curiosity and some contempt.
Watson is looking for a roommate and is introduced to Holmes with some warnings. I could imagine his giving a friend a little pinch of the latest vegetable alkaloid, not out of malevolence, you understand, but simply out of a spirit of inquiry in order to have an accurate idea of the effects. To do him justice, I think he would take it himself with the same readiness. He appears to have a passion for definite and exact knowledge. This isn't my first, second, or even third time reading this book. Parts of it are etched on my brain, never to be erased.
A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. But the passage stays with me, and is often discussed amongst my friends and family. This is probably the most memorable passage in the book for me, at least. Holmes is rather self-sufficient and self-contained, but in no way is he a cold, callous, rude or even distant man. I dislike when he's portrayed as emotionless or cruel, because even in this first story he's obviously not an anti-social creature.
When he meets Watson he is a bit anxious that his violin playing will disturb him. Later, to make up for all his meandering here and there on the violin, without shape or form - he plays beautiful and famous pieces for Watson in order to please him. And he thrives on Watson's wide-eyed awe of him and his innate trust in Sherlock's abilities.
My companion flushed up with pleasure at my words, and the earnest way in which I uttered them. I had already observed that he was as sensitive to flattery on the score of his art as any girl could be of her beauty. This adoration of Watson somewhat makes up for Holmes the bitterness and rancor he feels on not getting the credit he is due for solving the police's more difficult cases. The book is really divided up into two parts, and the first part is the more enjoyable part.
In the first part, Watson and Holmes meet, slowly get acquainted and suss each other out. Then eventually Holmes's profession is revealed, and the fun starts when a man is found murdered in an empty house. The police are stumped and come to Holmes for help. And Holmes wants Watson along for the ride. The second part is more uncomfortable due to the extreme battering of Mormons and Mormon religion. Mormons are portrayed as evil rapists and slavers.
If you are upset by this portrayal, this book might be very painful for you to read. Not to say that the first part is free and clear. For instance, when Watson sees the body of the murdered man, he remarks: Judging a person - a person who was murdered, terrified and alone! However, this was a common literary trope back then and unfortunately still is today.
Ugliness, disability, and deformities are often shown as "signs" and "proof" of a person's deviance and malevolence. This book focuses on a revenge plot, and there are some great quotes about vengeance in here. Tl;dr - A classic, and for a good reason. Who wouldn't enjoy seeing the world's most famous detective solve his first case with Dr. Watson by his side? And unlike many classics, this is easy to read and fast paced.
Besides a few slang terms no longer in effect, and one or two times I was reaching for my dictionary, this reading presented no problems at all. Doyle possesses a straightforward and exciting writing style - he doesn't spend hours describing the scenery or make his characters talk in an affected way. The story is gripping and will have you turning pages quickly. As Watson would say, There was no need for him to ask me to wait up for him, for I felt that sleep was impossible until I heard the result of his adventure.
You will also find sleep elusive as you chase murderers alongside the fierce Sherlock and the intrepid Watson!
A Study in Scarlet
Available in Spanish as Estudio en Escarlata. View all 22 comments. Aug 29, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: My dear reader of review, I see you have just returned from Afghanistan, in a black cab, driven by an Italian driver, on your way here you stopped for breakfast at a McDonald's where you were served by a pregnant red-headed lady. I am sure you are wondering how I know all this. Well, my dear fellow I have also immediately deduced your gender I have my methods. Now, to the matter of writing this A Study in Scarlet review, that, my friend, is a three pipes problem.
Don't go away just ye Ah! Don't go away just yet! I've finished with that crap now, I am aware that reviewing is a serious undertaking which should not be subjected to this kind of tomfoolery and silly references. The game is afoot! So the first section of the novel introduces our beloved narrator, Dr. John Watson; just back from Afghanistan, looking for an affordable accommodation. Homes does a lot of his patented scrutinizing, crawling, sniffing, tasting thing, to the astonishment of everybody, but none more so than Watson who is an instant fanboy.
Not long after, just when Holmes is about to collar the guilty party, the book goes to Part 2 and something happened which would have flummoxed even Holmes himself if he wasn't confined inside the narrative. I almost gave up on the book then, but gritted my teeth and finished it anyway. I remember being bored by this Part 2 though, it made me feel like a Holmesless man! Rereading the book now I have to say that Part 2 is actually a very good standalone-ish story; full of dark villainy, bloody vengeance, and evil Mormons what?
Anyway, it is lots of fun if you can forgive the lack of Sherlock, it does help a lot, knowing that in advance. So, fair warning, you read this book and you do without Sherlock for quite a while. In any case, Conan Doyle was a first class storyteller, and this Part 2 is not at all dull. If you want a novel without a meaty non-Sherlock sandwich filling, you may want to pick up The Hound of the Baskervilles , but really just read A Study in Scarlet and enjoy it as it is. Free Librivox audiobook , read extremely well by David Clarke. I shouldn't be surprised really, but I insist.
Still, stupid bloody plan! I've watched movies and TV shows, heard stories and read adaptions, but to this day I never read the original work. But while their personalities are quite similiar, their stories still differ a lot, which was to be expected. Suddenly I was in the middle of America, reading a story about Mormons, Secret Societies and the Great Plains - a subplot that had, to my disappointment, no Holmes included.
The murder mystery was interrupted by a large background story that I had no interest in whatsoever.
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This novel was a classic example of a good story that took an undesired turn and therefore changed my formerly positive opinion of it. I still intend to pick up the sequels, this one was nevertheless promising. Find more of my books on Instagram View all 7 comments. Halfway the locale turns exotic--Holmes already knows who the culprit is--and, fittingly, the motive is but half the story!
What a feeling of pervasive excitement the mid 19th century had with these cerebral, albeit universal, yarns of suspense. Dec 28, K. Not related to the book yet This is the book that completes my Goodreads Reading Challenge! My first target was because that was the the annual target of the author Nicholas Sparks as he said in one of his interviews. But I achieved it in September so I changed it to But I achieved on the last week of October and I thought I could still read 25 more.
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So, here I am, proud that I was able to read books!!! Last year, I only read b Not related to the book yet This is the book that completes my Goodreads Reading Challenge! Last year, I only read books and I did not top Nicholas Sparks. Now, I am able to and I still keep my office job. So, how is it to read books in days? It is very rewarding. Reading brought me to a lot of unfamiliar places, time and situations. Reading is very enriching at least in mind, not yet in terms of financial rewards. I no longer worry about so many menial and mundane things that I used to worry about.
Also, when presented with a situation, be it in the office or at home, I now have a bigger perspective and no longer focus on my personal bias and prejudices. I used to have a lot of those before I became a voracious reader. How was I able to read a lot? Two techniques that I developed this year: I bring at least two books everywhere I go. I read before going to sleep. I read before getting out of bed. I read almost the whole Saturdays and Sundays. We have maids in the Philippines. I read while waiting for the car ban we call this color coding at the gym.
I read while on queue at the ATM machine. I read the bible or any related religious book while waiting for the priest to show up during the Holy Mass; and 2 I read books simultaneously. The idea is that if the book becomes boring or the story becomes dragging, switch to an enjoyable one. Normally, the start of the book is very engaging and the end is very interesting but the middle could be a bore.
If this happens, start a new one. If it is good, then I'll be able to finish it in few days and then I go back to the previous book. Because my energy is high, the boring part will be manageable translations: Are there books whose entirety I did not read? I think I did not understand everything but I tried reading each and every word in all of the books. They say that there are indeed books that are intended to be taken as puzzle. Think of Ulysses by James Joyce. He put so many puzzles or riddles in the story that he expected to be interpreted in many different ways by generations to come.
I think this is the beauty of reading and one reason why I enjoy works of great literary masters: So what will be my objective for ? I will read more classics. I have to finish Sir Conan Doyle's canon. To finally finish and try to get the gist of the whole of Ulysses, my "waterloo" book. I am still to read Mark Twain. My long delayed appreciation of Henry James' works. I have to re-discover Charles Dickens. I will read another Virginia Woolf. I need to complete the works of Haruki Murakami since I have the copies already.
I will also need to increase my quota for Filipino works particularly novels written in Tagalog. I should be able to support Filipino authors by buying and reading their works. Top 10 Favorite Reads in Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy; 2. Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac; 3.
Embers by Sandor Marai; 4. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai; 5. Wuthering Heights by Emilie Bronte; 6. The Wars by Timothy Findley and These are the books that I'd like to recommend to you if you have not read them. Except 10, they are all in English. Now about this book This is my first novel about Sherlock Holmes.
I only read two books from this genre before and both of them by female writers: These two are good and well written but I just find all those whodunnit quite uninteresting. Mystery crime books are focused on what happened where, who, why and when actually not just what and authors make them so convoluted for the readers to not be able to predict who is the real murderer. This being the nature of the genre, it normally lacks the human emotion that make me enjoy reading. A Study in Scarlet his first novel and where Sherlock Holmes was introduced to the world, has that emotional drama particularly on revenge because of lost love.
The structure of the novel is very interesting: The first one is about Holmes meeting his narrator, Dr. Watson and they started sharing a room because they cannot afford the rent. There is a crime that two detectives cannot solve and they want to have the opinion Holmes. Before the end of the first story, Holmes is able to tell who the real killer is. When he said "Gentlemen, let me introduce to you Mr. Then suddenly comes the "second" story whose narrative style, characters and setting are totally different that the first. It was quite jarring and I asked myself, is this still related to the first part or maybe the publisher made a mistake during the book binding or reprint as this could be a totally different story, one of the 46 stories?
Only after pages when some names became familiar and I was able to predict the connection. However, I like this "second" story better. The setting is in the heartland USA and it felt like an old western story a totally unexplored genre for me. It has that emotional drama of forbidden love and the father supporting his daughter to follow her heart. Mushy yet yummy for me. Men, real men, writing about love are really interesting for me. They don't go overboard and play or trick your emotion yet they are in it.
I liked this book. My first foray to Sherlock Holmes. I thought why only read that collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories if I could read the whole canon? With me liking his first novel A Study in Scarlet, I think I now have the right motivation to read his other 3 novels and all his 46 short stories. Had this been a disappointment 2 stars or less , I think I would not bother reading all his other works. View all 31 comments. Mormons and murder, aaaiiieeeee! For those who prefer their Sherlock Holmes served up pure and without digression and I am one , it is possible to skip over the long omniscient passage entitled "The Country of the Saints" without losing "the scarlet thread of murder.
Estleman, introduction to Sherlock Holmes: John Watson didn't expect to find an agreeable lodger when he returned to London after being wounded in Afghanistan--but he wasn't expecting Sherlock Holmes. Cold, scientific, incredibly knowledgeable about certain unusual subjects but completely clueless about ordinary things, Holmes is a first-class consulting detective and the only one at that , and the man Scotland Yard reluctantly turns to when it gets lost and confused more often than not.
And then comes an unusual murder--and Watson's life will never be the same. I don't know who Loren D. Estleman is, but he's wrong, I tell you! I haven't had much experience with Sherlock Holmes something I'll discuss in more detail when I review the complete novels and stories , and I started the first volume of his adventures a few months ago almost entirely ignorant and unaware of what Doyle had in store--except for one. I watched the first two episodes of the BBC's Sherlock about a year ago, and I've re-watched "A Study in Pink" several times since and forgotten most of "The Blind Banker" , so the first Holmes story was, I assumed, mostly spoiled--surely some details had been altered, but the central mystery and characters were unchanged.
I was right, mostly: Watson's past, the circumstances that led him to meet Sherlock Holmes, their decision to share a flat, Holmes's character and eccentricities, all were quite similar to the details on the show. The murder case was different from the one in "Pink"--and yet, oddly enough, I was a bit bored. I had spoiled myself by watching Sherlock --perhaps too much. What was the point? And then Sherlock solved the mystery halfway through the book, and Doyle sent us to Mormon country in an extensive flashback to learn the murderer's story.
Thing is, I liked the second part of the story. Hornung's Raffles tales some time later; one was adventure, the other Victorian crime fiction, and here was a nice combination of both. Here was a tale of terror in Utah--terror and murder and revenge--that turned away from London and b Baker Street, something that was interesting, exciting, and wholly unexpected. Although it wouldn't be repeated until "The Valley of Fear" in slightly lesser form , it was enough of a jolt to wake me from my Sherlock -induced slumber and cure me of my indecision about the story.
Now I was hooked--now I was ready to read more about Watson and Holmes. Estleman, you only want to read about Sherlock Holmes doing his thing, by all means, skip over "The Country of the Saints. The Sign of the Four! View all 5 comments. Sherlock Holmes is a dick.
Where as reading original recipe Holmes makes you want to jump into the book and strangle him just for being such a prick. I may have liked him better if this was one of the stories where he was freebasing cocaine out of boredom because at least he would have come across as more human then.
Holmes may be a key character in crime fiction, and while I actually found the mystery and detailed background of the motives in this pretty interesting, I was cringing every time Sherlock opened his mouth. View all 15 comments. Sean O I like Nero Wolfe's self-awareness. He knows he's mean and lazy and brilliant and fussy and can't stand people in large doses.
And that's why he has A I like Nero Wolfe's self-awareness. And that's why he has Archie. Scarlett But i think everyone is not perfect by nature so you cannot complain about it Mar 28, I realized recently that I never reread Sherlock Holmes. I received collected SH for Christmas when I was nine, and read it all with the exception of Hound of the Baskervilles, which I skipped at the time because I was afraid it might involve bad things happening to dogs over vacation.
I enjoyed the stories very much but at this point only remember colorful details and quirky solutions -- some orange seeds, a secret snake, men with red hair, different colors of mud. I don't know what happened t I realized recently that I never reread Sherlock Holmes.