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Subject: January Book of the Month
Date Posted: 12/7/2009 9:07 AM ET
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I know that everyone has the holidays on their mind but I wanted to give everyone ample time to select and order the book for January. Feel free to nominate a book on your challenge list. Please try to keep nominations to only two per person. I was thinking of keeping the nominations open until December 14th and voting until December 21st. That would give everyone enough time to get the book for January.
Subject: I Nominate Sherlock.
Date Posted: 12/7/2009 11:28 AM ET
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The Adventures and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Unabridged Classics)
The Adventures and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Unabridged Classics)
Author:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sherlock Holmes movie is coming out Dec 25. It'd be nice to read the book (or are they short stories?) before seeing it just to get into the mood.



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Date Posted: 12/7/2009 6:03 PM ET
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Doyle wrote four novels starring Holmes:

  • A Study in Scarlet
  • The Sign of Four
  • The Valley of Fear
  • Hound of the Baskervilles

Do you think it would be easier to pick one of the novels or would you like to read a couple of short stories? Doyle wrote over 50 stories. I think if we list one or the other it will be easier to follow.  

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 6:45 PM ET
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Sherlock Holmes is on my 2010 Classic Challenge lit too - this is the collection I have:  http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780890090572-Original+Illustrated+Sherlock+Holmes

I"m game for whatever you guys think will work.



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Date Posted: 12/7/2009 7:26 PM ET
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Kelly,

You have a large collection. I have the first parts: the adventures and the memoirs.  I vote for the short stories because it'd be fun to share what we thought was our favorite and why.

Scandal in Bohemia

A Case of Identity

The Red-Headed League

The Boscome Valley Mystery

The Five Orange Pips

The Man with the Twisted Lip

The Blue Carbuncle

THe Speckled Band

The Engineer's Thumb

The Noble Bachelor

The Beryl Coronet

 

Memoirs...

Silver Blaze

Yellow Face

Stockbroker's Clerk

Gloria Scott

Musgrave Ritual

Religate Squires

Crooked Man

Resident Patient

Greek Interpereter

Naval Treaty

Final Problem

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 12:04 AM ET
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I actually just finished rereading The Adventures and am now picking up The Return of Sherlock Holmes, so I'd be game for any of the stories.

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 2:45 AM ET
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Sounds great to me, too. A Study in Scarlet is on my challenge list, and I'd love to explore some short stories to flesh out my idea of Holmes. How many will we be looking at?

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 7:41 AM ET
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These are the top five stories considered the best from Doyle himself: "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" "The Red-Headed League" "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" "The Adventure of the Final Problem" "A Scandal in Bohemia" I think whatever we do these five should be included. A study in Scarlet looks to be a quick read weighing in at only a 100 or so pages.
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Date Posted: 12/8/2009 11:16 AM ET
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What do people think about either switching the classic challenge January and May books (set during a war/classic mystery) or moving the Sherlock Holmes 'book of the month' to May?

A whole lot of people, in the classic challenge topic, have A Farewell to Arms as their January book - I don't (already read it), but I'll nominate that.

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 11:42 AM ET
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That sounds good, Rick.

January : Holmes

May: Farewell

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 8:02 PM ET
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That works for me as well. I am not reading my list in any order. Whatever comes to interst me in a given week is how I am proceeding.
Date Posted: 12/9/2009 7:29 AM ET
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Sherlock is a fabulous idea.  I have The Complete Sherlock Holmes in 2 volumes but I haven't cracked it for years.  So I am up for any selection.

In fact, I'm going to start reading right now. Thanks for the idea!   :o)

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In fact, I'm going to start reading right now. Thanks for the idea!   :o)

Hey you! Cheater! 

LOL! I tease.

Enjoy!

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 10:48 AM ET
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Hey you! Cheater!


I admit it!! LOL   I am having a terrible time not starting any of the books on my list before January 1st. 

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 2:34 PM ET
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I was having a hard time too until I put them all away out of sight.  Now I'm fine!

Are you guys really going to try to read the book in the correct month?  I'm going to jump into the short story collections as soon as January gets here, then read the novels in order of length--short to long.

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Date Posted: 12/9/2009 4:37 PM ET
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I have the whole collection of Sherlock Holmes books and have only ever read the Hound of the Baskervilles.  So, I would love to join you for this BOM.

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 7:09 PM ET
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Diane the books are not in any particular order in my mind. I am going to do something similar to you. Just start with what I feel like and move from there.
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Date Posted: 12/9/2009 7:16 PM ET
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Heh, I'm definitely not going to go through the challenge in order. If we choose Holmes as our BOM, I'll obviously be starting with that; otherwise I was planning on jumping into Ulysses right away, before I lost my nerve. :) Beyond that, I'm just playing it by ear. 

I think taking Doyle's top 5 as our starting point is a fantastic idea! Do we want to add some more short stories, or maybe one of the longer works?

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 7:35 PM ET
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I actually looked at the numbers in the challenge and thought of them as the numbers of the months.  That appeals to me, so I may read mine in the order listed.  Of course, I might read some Sherlock Holmes (not on my list) along with you all.

Date Posted: 12/10/2009 9:13 AM ET
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I've never read any Doyle, so I'm in!    In anticipation of ordering through PBS on my mind, I have to ask, will the stories chosen be found in "The Adventures..." or "The Return..." or both?



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Date Posted: 12/14/2009 10:11 PM ET
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Nominations are closed.

Sherlock is it.

Now let's vote on what we want to do.

Any suggestions?

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 11:25 PM ET
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How about some of Doyle's favorite short stories and The Hound of the Baskerville?  I initially suggested A Study in Scarlet, but few are available at PBS. There are plenty of Hound, though and it too is a short read.

  • "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"
  • "The Red-Headed League"
  • "A Scandal in Bohemia"  

 

These stories are frequently together in the same book.



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Date Posted: 12/15/2009 5:35 AM ET
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That works for me.
Date Posted: 12/15/2009 5:51 AM ET
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I'm game too.

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 6:17 PM ET
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Think we could include The Final Problem and/or The Empty House?  It'd be interesting to discuss Doyle's intention to kill off Holmes and then resurrect him.



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