Thursday, March 24, 2005

Gardner to Pen New Moriarty Novel

"John Gardner, author of 14 original James Bond novels and 2 Bond novelizations, has announced via his official website that he has signed a contract to pen a third book in his series of novels chronicling the nefarious activities of Sherlock Holmes' arch nemesis, Professor James Moriarty, 'The Godfather of the gaslight era.'

Gardner wrote his first two Moriarty novels, The Return of Moriarty (1974) and The Revenge of Moriarty (1975) before he took on duties as Bond novelist in 1981."

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

- View of ‘distorted’ Andaman

No pygmy race has been accounted for in volumes of anthropology. The characteristics fit none of the living tribes. But by 1889, when the Sign of the Four was first published, the distant islands had already gained notoriety in England. They had been colonised in 1789 and abandoned in 1796 due to difficult climate, only to be re-established as a penal colony in 1858.

Holmes reads out this passage from a gazetteer to Watson: “The aborigines of the Andaman Islands may perhaps claim the distinction of being the smallest race upon this earth… They are a fierce, morose, and intractable people, though capable of forming most devoted friendships when their confidence has once been gained…”

This lively image fits none of the natives of the Andamans (there is no reference to the Nicobars).

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Scotland 'should retake Holmes' -

Mr Boyle said: "I think we should retake Sherlock Holmes. You look at the worldwide web and you will find that all the web businesses based round Sherlock Holmes are in London, they’re in Illinois, they are in Switzerland.

"Sherlock Holmes is a product of Scottish mind, born in Scotland, trained in Scotland.

"Why don’t we own him? It’s perfectly reasonable that you should have large businesses built round Sherlock Holmes in London, but if people want a whole range of things from academic thought to cheap souvenirs, we may as well do that.

Free Sherlock Holmes Audio Books at Project Gutenberg.

Project Gutenberg offers audio book versions of select works in it's enormous collection of public domain texts. Some are available as computer generated readings but the following are the far preferable human read selections they have available.

Browse By Category: Audio Book, human-read - Project Gutenberg:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (English)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (English)
The Last Bow (English)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (English)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (English)
The Sign of the Four (English)
A Study in Scarlet (English)
The Valley of Fear (English)

Thursday, March 17, 2005

On Books: New Annotated Sherlock Holmes - Palm Beach Post

It's finally here. The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes takes up where the late, and heretofore definitive William Baring-Gould edition left off. Not only do the two volumes offer all the short stories — a volume to be published next year will encompass the four novels — there is an elegant and loving introduction by John Le Carre, of which the above quotes are a fair example, and a preface by editor Leslie Klinger that amounts to a sort of justification for the new edition.

Buy The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories
Sherlock Holmes Sent on Daring New Adventures by Author Luke Steven Fullenkamp

Sherlock Holmes And The Search For Excalibur

From Press Release...
Luke Steven Fullenkamp has recently published the third and final book in a trilogy continuing the story of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle left off, reinventing the classic crime solvers and adding enough adventure and romance to introduce Holmes and Watson as they’ve never been seen before...

Fullenkamp has re-imagined the detective characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while adding adventure and romance elements to the mystery core of the classic books. In each of his books, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are sent on daring adventures unlike anything they have ever experienced before.

“Holmes purists of today might very well despise this book because of its fork off of the ‘Doyle’ beaten path,” said William Fox, a reviewer from Los Angeles. “I believe that is what will make thousands more love it. It's a Holmes and Watson who people can relate to, and believe existed! ... Sherlock Holmes has gone from a living calculator to an actual human with emotions and an occasional humor to him.”

Buy Sherlock Holmes And The Search For Excalibur

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Vanishing Robbers

By Laurance R. Doyle
SETI Institute
posted: 10 March 2005
06:25 am ET

Author’s note: When I once read that Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes did not care about the Earth’s orbit I thought it might be a good idea to have him collaborate with the Royal Greenwich Observatory. So being in both the "Doyle" and the "Astronomy" Clans, I thought I’d give it a go. So here is the two-part "Case of the Vanishing Robbers" -- Laurance R. Doyle

"But how did the men escape without being noticed? Can they have retraced their footsteps? And the box? And the funny crisscross prints in the mud? And the hole with the metal bottles in it?"
"Now Watson, you know how I dislike to give away the answer before it is time. You have always, I assume, enjoyed, or at least tolerated, my flair for the dramatic up to now. Patience, and you will come to hear it all. But I will tell you this. By the way these men tried to cover their escape, we know that they will undoubtedly try another robbery soon." With that we flagged down a carriage.

"Coachman," said Holmes, "to the Royal Greenwich Observatory. They will certainly be up on such a clear night."

"What?" I said, more than mildly surprised. "I thought you had no interest in astronomy? You once said that it didn’t matter to you whether the Sun went around the Earth, or the Earth around the Sun."

"I may have been premature, Watson. At any rate, it is never too late to learn something new, eh?" he said with a grin. The complicated whims of this man never ceased to surprise me.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Otto Plaschkes - Obit - Times Online

Otto Plaschkes
Film producer whose Georgy Girl helped to set the tone for Sixties Swinging London

OTTO PLASCHKES was an Austrian-born Jew who escaped the Nazis in the Thirties and helped to define the image of Swinging London in the Sixties when he produced the film Georgy Girl. He worked with such varied British talents as David Lean, Harold Pinter and Ewan McGregor, and it is believed that William Golding used him as the model for the bespectacled schoolboy Piggy in Lord of the Flies, a claim the author apparently never denied...

...Subsequent films include the military drama The Bofors Gun (1968); Butley (1976), which starred Bates as a homosexual teacher and was directed by Harold Pinter; Hopscotch (1980), an espionage comedy with Glenda Jackson and Walter Matthau; and The Holcroft Covenant (1985), a thriller with Michael Caine. There were TV adaptations of The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles (both 1983), with Ian Richardson as Sherlock Holmes.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Egad, Holmes! To Jail? - New York Times

Q. You recently wrote that the literary Sherlock Holmes had never been to New York. But wasn't his great portrayer, Basil Rathbone, once arrested in New York

A. He certainly was, on an indecency charge, no less, along with his fellow cast members of "The Captive," when the police shut down that play in 1927.

It was the era of Prohibition, and the administration of the ethically dubious Mayor Jimmy Walker was eager to deflect complaints about bootlegging and bribery by showing it was cracking down on corruption. So the police took it out on Broadway, in a series of raids on "corrupt" productions...