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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

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A Study in Scarlet ★★★☆☆

Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection -  Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry

This is my first real dive into the world of Sherlock Holmes, aside from a couple of short stories, so I'm not sure how A Study in Scarlet ranks in comparison. But I have a few thoughts, from my SH newbie status:


The origin story of Dr. Watson meeting and understanding SH's work was fascinating and really a lot of fun. Although I suspect I might get sick of Dr. Watson's sycophantic fawnings over SH in time, I was super-amused by his somewhat deliberate strokings of SH's ego. Flattery, it seems, really will get you anywhere, and Dr. W may not be as clever as SH, but he appears to be a good study of character. 


The Part II left turn into Utah really had me scratching my head, wondering if the Audible editors had accidentally inserted a completely different book into my download file, so thank you to all my fellow BL'ers who warned me that this is a common story construction with ACD, so I will now expect it and not be wondering wtf happened to the story I was listening to. 


As a mystery presented and solved, well I certainly couldn't have solved it myself from the clues given, but it was still a lot of fun. 


Last thought: Am I supposed to feel any compassion for

Jefferson Hope and his grand passion? I really wanted to give him an extra kick, instead. He supposedly loved Lucy, but once he found out she had been forcibly married, did he make any attempt to rescue her? Nope. Apparently, once she'd been contaminated by another man's peen, then he had no use for her, and he took off to the mountains to mope and stew over the injustice done to HIM (!!!), while Lucy is left to her miserable life of rape and (eventual) death. His whole revenge plot was even explicitly about the insult to himself, and the theft of his property/future wife.

(show spoiler)

Be damned to them all. 


Audiobook, via Audible. This is part of a compilation of the complete Sherlock Holmes collection, all read by Stephen Fry, who is a god among men when it comes to voice work.