The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

I grew up on Sherlock Holmes. I have raided these stories countless times over my life, and I've compared them endlessly to the pastiches, knock-offs, parodies, and various screen and radio adaptations. This is no small feat, considering that only Dracula rivals the Great Detective in sheer amounts of spin-off material. As a result, I … Continue reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, M.D. by Nicholas Meyer

I went through these out of order, so I can now say that to my mind the three books in this series get progressively better. This one, being the middle book, is average... just average... really average. But not without merit as the characters are personified to the hilt. Holmes meets up with the likes … Continue reading The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, M.D. by Nicholas Meyer

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. by Nicholas Meyer

When this book was released in 1974, it was hailed nearly universally as a popular masterpiece. It kicked off the modern era of Holmes pastiche. Two years later it was made into a movie. Indeed, Nicholas Meyer is a respected writer in my book. I recently enjoyed the 3rd book in this series, The Canary … Continue reading The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. by Nicholas Meyer

The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson by Nicholas Meyer

There are a number of different takes on Sherlock Holmes these days, and few of them try to capture the character and spirit of storytelling as set down by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II, Star Trek VI, Time After Time) not only gives us a story that demonstrates a superior understanding … Continue reading The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson by Nicholas Meyer