meilufay’s #CBR4 review #68 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan-Doyle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of short stories. If one is reading Sherlock Holmes in publication order, then one would read this volume after A Study in Scarlet and the Sign of Four. I really enjoyed A Study in Scarlet and found the Sign of Four well enough to continue on with the series. Fans of various incarnations of Sherlock Holmes will recognize some of the situations and characters in these volumes, in particular Irene Adler, who was featured in both the Robert Downey Jr movies and in the second series of Steven Moffat’s Sherlock.
The problem with reading Sherlock Holmes stories en masse is that they all bleed together. Although the particulars of each case are different, that’s like saying the particulars of every episode of Scooby Doo are different. Something seemingly impossible happens then Sherlock Holmes reveals how it was practically accomplished. In a good story, one is engaged enough in the characters and intrigued enough by the set up to enjoy reading through to the conclusion. In a mediocre story, the whole thing can become a bit monotonous and boring.
It’s interesting to me that three books in and Sherlock Holmes’ great antagonist, Moriarty, has still not shown his head. I’ll be interested to see if the series is revitalized by this famous villain because right now it’s feeling very repetitious to me.