Hi Everyone! How was your weekend? I know a lot of people were worrying about Hurricane Irene, but here in Cleveland we did not have to endure any extreme forces of nature. In fact, it was quite a pleasant weekend. When I was not working or driving around for the sole purpose of listening to The Help by Kathryn Stockett on cd, I was immersed in two very different interpretations of the great and timeless Sherlock Holmes.
I began the weekend reading Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock. In this first book in a series readers are introduced to a thirteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes. Young Holmes is the son of a Jewish scholar and a wealthy upper-class woman. Disowned and shunned for their mixed marriage, the Holmes’ live in poverty. Sherlock is intelligent, observant, and bored out of his mind at school. His truancy habit leads him to his first case-the murder of an unknown woman in a disreputable London neighborhood. Authorities quickly apprehend a suspect, a young Arab man who declares his innocence. Unable to resist involvement, Sherlock begins searching for clues to support the man’s claim. Readers familiar with the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will recognize the Baker Street Irregulars, Inspector Lestrade, and even Irene (though she is Irene Doyle, not Adler). I am about half way through the story and enjoying it very much. I will definitely continue with more of the series.
I also spent the weekend enjoying a modern version of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, brings the consulting detective and his assistant/friend/flatmate Watson into 21st century London. This modern Sherlock is an odd, emotionally detached, and slightly anti-social character. I am quite amused by this. In fact, this character reminded me of one of my favorite characters-Dr. Gregory House. I would love to see those two characters work together! Holmes still carries a magnifying glass, and relies on intuition and the power of deductive reasoning, but he also carries a cell phone, texts, and using GPS. Dr. Watson, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, recounts their adventures on his blog. I can’t wait for the second season, airing sometime in 2012. The second season is going to include The Hound of the Baskerville. I’ll bet that episode is going to be awesome and creepy.
Still want more Holmes? Try these graphic adaptations:
These graphic novels are illustrated by Ian Culbard and adapted by Ian Edington.
How about a different take on a young Sherlock Holmes?
According to the book jacket, Death Cloud by Andrew Lane is the “first teen series endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate.” I am interested to see how the two young Sherlocks compare.