“The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This one was published in October 1921, and while the date of the story is unknown, we, and the page boy Billy, are assured by Watson that the ploy being discussed has been used once before, which we've seen in "The Adventure of the Empty House," marking Holmes' return from the Great Hiatus.  Remember that … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Middle-Earth Traveller: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor by John Howe

When it comes to the visual interpretations Middle-Earth, there are three artists whom I rank as personal favorites.  First, there is Tolkien himself, whose illustrations accompanied the original editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  And then there is Alan Lee and John Howe, whose magnificent illustrations informed Peter Jackson's cinematic versions … Continue reading A Middle-Earth Traveller: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor by John Howe

“The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"I see no more than you, but I have trained myself to notice what I see." Published in October 1926 and taking place in January 1903, during the time when Watson had married, his only "selfish action" in Holmes' estimation of their time together.  And that brings up a major point: this story is one … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Lost World by Michael Crichton, 1995

It has been six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park.  The dinosaurs are destroyed.  The park is indefinitely closed.  But there are rumors... something has survived. Of course it did.  As Dr. Ian Malcolm reminded us, "Life finds a way."  And if you want a sequel to a megahit novel-turned-movie, it's a foregone … Continue reading The Lost World by Michael Crichton, 1995

“The Adventure of the Illustrious Client” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

As stated elsewhere, due to copyright locks, this is where I part ways with the Stephen Fry narration as they are unavailable here in the States.  But I have my trusty version narrated by Simon Vance, so I'm still in great hands. With this story, we officially begin the final collection of the Great Detective's … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle