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Subject: Sherlock Holmes
Date Posted: 11/27/2009 1:30 PM ET
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I am such a Holmes buff.  I've been a fan since my mom used to read me the stories when I was young.  I've read all four novels and nearly all the short stories, and they're just so good.  There's nothing cozier than a post-Holiday afternoon inside with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  And now there's a new Sherlock Holmes movie coming out too!  It looks much more actiony than Basil Rathbone, but I'm still excited.  Any other Holmes fans here?  What are your favorites?

My fave Holmes stories are The Speckled Band, The Sussex Vampire, The Adventure of the Cardboard Box and the Adventure of the Blanched Soldier.  All the novels are great, although The Sign of Four is my least favorite.

Date Posted: 11/27/2009 7:15 PM ET
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A new Holmes movie?  I hadn't heard that, and I'm afraid to ask who's playing him!  LOL  There is no topping Basil Rathbone, and I'm afraid I'd just be sitting there saying "but that's not Sherlock Holmes..." through the whole movie.  I watch those old movies every time they're on--haven't read the books in a good long time though.

Date Posted: 11/27/2009 9:00 PM ET
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0988045/

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Date Posted: 11/27/2009 9:41 PM ET
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Really!?  Okay, that might actually work--I'll look for it when it comes to cable!

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 6:52 PM ET
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Having never seen a Rathbone version of Holmes, this new flick outta be good. I want to see it!

Off to go dig up my Doyle collection that I've never read.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 8:02 AM ET
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I'm a fan!!! I own and have read all the novels and stories. I really need to go through them again because I read them over a long period of time, and I don't remember many of the names. But YES! I love Mr. Holmes. Have you read the one that's written in his own POV?

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:53 PM ET
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When I started thinking about what book I'd read for the biographical fiction category, a thought flashed into my mind that I could read one of the recent novels based on Sherlock Holmes.   Shows how real his character has become for me, I had to remind myself that he's fictional! 

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 9:48 PM ET
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Art- I have read one of the stories from Holmes' POV, The Blanched Soldier.  It's a great story, but I missed Watson.

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 9:33 AM ET
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I have never read any Holmes but I was at Walmart the other day and found this paperback with alot of Holmes novels and short stories.  It was volume I and it has like 1000 pages in it.  I also ordered another Holmes book off of PBS to read for the classic challenge.  I will be getting my Holmes reading in this year.

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 1:11 PM ET
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I read "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Red-Headed League" last night. Loved them more than Baskervilles. Holmes's cocaine habit is mentioned in "Bohemia." Interesting.

Date Posted: 1/2/2010 7:41 PM ET
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If you a Holmes purist, the movie will be a big disappointment.   A co-worker went to see it last week, and they have transformed him into martial arts expert and a super hero.  If you like action adventure then it will be great, just FYI.

Date Posted: 1/2/2010 8:52 PM ET
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I'm a Holmes purist but I liked the movie.  The villain was over the top but Holmes' boxing & martial arts knowledge is canon, and the banter between Downey & Law was terrific.

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Date Posted: 1/2/2010 9:23 PM ET
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We saw the movie yesterday. It was a great, though having only read one story of Holmes, not sure how close the characters are to the books. There was a lot of humor in the story, and the deductions were great. And like Vanessa said the bantor between Law and Downey really made the movie.