Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Descriptions of Sherlock Holmes

Last Sherlock Holmes post for quite some time. I promise!

We all know Sherlock Holmes is absolutely brilliant and has a logical mind rivaled by none. However, as I was reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, I kept a log from each story of other interesting information and descriptions of Holmes to help me form a better picture of the character. I’ll pass it along here for anyone who is interested.

“A Scandal in Bohemia”
Holmes is bohemian both in his d├ęcor and lifestyle. Incidentally his rooms are a mess. These two facts are referenced time and time again throughout the book. (It’s interesting that the 2010 movie is the only one I’ve seen in which Holmes dresses in a bohemian style at all.) Holmes keeps a picture of Irene Adler as she is the only woman who has ever outwitted him. Holmes also starts a fistfight in the streets in this one, all in the name of faking an injury while disguised as a priest.

“The Red-Headed League”
Holmes comes to fisticuffs, and also likes to carry a riding crop to use as a weapon.

“A Case of Identity”
Holmes has a bejeweled gold snuffbox from the King of Bohemia and wears a beautiful ring from the royal family of Holland. Holmes keeps his riding crop in his room and uses it to threaten at least one malefactor.

“The Five Orange Pips”
Holmes takes on the Ku Klux Klan. Holmes is a violin player, a boxer, a swordsman, and a lawyer.

“The Man with the Twisted Lip”
Holmes goes under cover in an opium den, where Watson is surprised to find him while dealing with a patient. At one point, Holmes pulls all the bedding off his bed and sits cross-legged on the piles of sheets and pillows on the floor, staying up all night with a huge pile of tobacco and his pipe.

“The Speckled Band”
Holmes can bend steel bars with his bare hands! He also fights a poisonous snake.

“The Beryl Coronet”
Holmes disguises himself again. Plus he gets to pull a gun on the bad guy.

“The Copper Beeches”
Holmes and Watson bust down a door, guns in hand.


Erica said…
I need to read more Sherlock Holmes. :-)