|Title||:||Sherlock Holmes: My Life and Crimes|
|Number of Pages||:||208 Pages|
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Sherlock Holmes: My Life and Crimes Reviews
I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and a self-proclaimed purist,thus it is hard to find non-canonical Sherlock Holmes works that I can be entertained with. Being a fictional autobiography and considering my past, mixed experience with Sherlock Holmes pastiches, I approached this book with skepticism. However, I found it to be perfectly satisfying. The author approaches the characters in a very unassuming way, and (thankfully) takes hardly any liberties with their quirks and general natures. He writes his Holmes and Moriarty to be very approachable as they are already recognized, and creates a wonderfully believable past for SH, detailing his training with the Pinkertons in the US, his own personal training, and his journey to his establishment as the best and only consulting detective in the world and best friend of Dr. Watson. I was prepared to find myself criticizing the author's words with exclamations such as "Holmes would never say that!" or "that is so out of character" and the like, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I especially enjoyed the alternative "true story" of Holmes' and Moriarty's deaths and the nature and development of their relationship (with a good bit of influence from Mycroft), which also played out as a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast could well believe. The author satisfactorily captured the writing style of Holmes, demonstrated by ACD in the stories "The Lion's Mane" and "The Blanched Soldier." Overall I found the story an entertaining and exciting character development, and thought that it ended way too soon. I also recommend other works by the author, Michael Hardwick, as I have so far found him to come the closest to capturing the real essence of Conan Doyle's beloved characters, set down so long ago.
The book was about how Sherlock Holmes started his crime detective work and it started in his life because he met this women at this ball and he liked her but he doesn't think that he should be in a relationship with her because he thinks that life is better alone. Then, she has a problem where she needed help with a situation with her brother because he was missing and she thinks something is going on with her brother like something bad already happened or something is going to happen. So she asked him for help but he refused to do so. But, then she tried to bribe him on helping her and you know what she did, she kissed him because that's really what he wanted, so he ended up helping her out and within the end it all worked out. He cracked the case and for now on he is going to crack other crimes.The message of the story is you should never do anything alone.The three quotes:1. "Sherlock prefers to be alone".2. "Everything has a story to it".3. "Everything is not going to go as planned".These three quotes are significant because they mainly tell what the story is mainly about, it tells the real meaning of the story and they reflect that you can change a lot about your personality and your thoughts from others and on how you really feel.
Great pictures that illustrate places and things from the original books... Not really anything new in regards to Holmes and his character, although it does totally retell the story of Holmes and Moriarty. It's a solid story, well constructed and built on good research and a love of the character. It just doesn't have that little zing! that makes for a really entertaining story.Some of it may be that it's told BY Holmes, rather than about him. The canonical stories told from his POV suffer by it, and it may be what flattens these stories too. The magician's tricks aren't half so entertaining when he's taken you behind the curtain with him.
This book takes place when Holmes is just getting started on his journey to becoming the worlds greatest detective. Holmes and Moriarty take the stage as the main characters in this novel. This book explores may themes such as trust and mystery as Holmes has his first encounter with Prof. Moriarty. Some thematic elements are be careful who you trust and to understand what you may be getting yourself into. You would have difficulties with this book if you have trouble with complex story lines.
The book is written in the form of a memoir from a retired Sherlock Holmes. Holmes recounts exactly what he did during the three years from when he "died" at the falls to when Conan Doyle resurrects him again.Like many other authors, Hardwick perpetuates the doltish Watson caricature. That is why I liked the Jeremy Brett incarnation of Holmes; the Watson character is truer to what ACD wrote. Watson after all is a doctor and a military man who can handle a weapon. Not quite the bumbling oaf that many have portrayed him as.
A very good fictional autobiography of Sherlock Holmes, including his life as a private detective for the Pinkerton agency, and his version of the famous moment that he met his biographer Dr. Watson in the medical laboratory at St. Bart's.Also, what really happened at Reichenbach Falls and the three ensuing years that the detective was "missing" from the world, how clever Moriarty really was, and who first postulated the theorem that E equals mc squared.
For me the appeal of the Sherlock Holmes stories lies in the relationship and the interaction between Holmes and Watson as much as the mysteries. So I didn't find this book appealing and stopped reading fairly early.