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Eliminate the Impossible

Eliminate the Impossible The book begins with a brief examination of the effect that the stories have had on modern crime literature It goes on to examine the origins of the character of Holmes himself from his appearance to

  • Title: Eliminate the Impossible
  • Author: Alistair Duncan
  • ISBN: 9781904312314
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • The book begins with a brief examination of the effect that the stories have had on modern crime literature It goes on to examine the origins of the character of Holmes himself from his appearance to his drug use and supposed dislike of women We then move onto a mini biography of some of the significant characters in the series Each of the original stories by Conan DoylThe book begins with a brief examination of the effect that the stories have had on modern crime literature It goes on to examine the origins of the character of Holmes himself from his appearance to his drug use and supposed dislike of women We then move onto a mini biography of some of the significant characters in the series Each of the original stories by Conan Doyle is examined in an effort to explain some of the esoteric aspects and an examination is made of the attempts to form a proper chronology for the stories as Doyle did not write the stories in strict chronological order The second half of the book focuses on Holmes s career on the screen There is a brief examination of some of the notable actors to have portrayed Holmes and the films in which they appeared Finally we look at the possible requirements for a definitive screen portrayal of the canon.

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    1. Alistair Duncans fine effort deserves to be a part of every Sherlockian/Holmesian collection. The canonical section with notes to the stories compares well to Dakin. I also found the section of portrayals on film both enlightening and entertaining. The main weakness is that the honey is spread too thin. The reader, (this reader,at least) wants more. Duncan has a vast knowledge of all things Sherlockian and Holmesian (as well as at that Doyle stuff), but only a small part of it is conveyed to the [...]

    2. Eliminate the Impossible is a very enjoyable book, and a well-researched one at that. It offers a wealth of information that would interest both novices and well-versed Sherlockians alike. As the author mentions in the book, it is better if the original books are read first, but only a passing knowledge is really needed (you could probably even get by if you’ve watched the Jeremy Brett television adaptations).I feel it is the perfect companion to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. [...]

    3. A comprehensive review of all the Sherlock Holmes stories and a very honest, and sometimes quite tough review of the actors that have played the main characters.

    4. Clever title, interesting cover, cursory look at the background and major characters, evaluation of some major actors who have played Holmes (up to 2008, so no Miller, Cumberbatch or Downey) and a look at what is problematic with each of the 60 stories adds up to a fun but not very meaty book. I would have preferred a more complete critique of each story and more thorough coverage of the actors and productions.

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