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The Sherlock Holmes Companion: An Elementary Guide

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Despite being more than 120 years old, Sherlock Holmes remains unchallenged as the world’s preeminent fictional detective, with fans new and old continually delving into his files of baffling mysteries. This expansive volume gathers together an astounding range of Holmesian information that can be read cover to cover or dipped into at random. There are synopses of the four ...more
224 pages
Published December 2009 by Aurum Press (first published 2009)
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Berna Labourdette
Apr 09, 2017 Berna Labourdette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Para todo fanático es una lectura imprescindible. No sólo viene con una reseña de todos los relatos del canon holmesiano (ilustrados con grabados de la época), sino también con mucha información extra (muchísima trivia, detalles de la vida de Conan Doyle que habrían influido en la escritura de Holmes, fotografías, dibujos, información sobre las series de televisión, películas y actores que han interpretado a Sherlock o Watson, en su gran mayoría trabajo de verdaderos expertos en Holmes, ojo con ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, 2012-reads
Filled with tons of photos, interviews with TV/movie and pastiche personalities, and a brief synopsis of all 60 of the short stories and full length novels from the canon, this is an A+ companion book for all the Sherlock geeks fans out there.

This is not a serious scholastic study of the SH canon; rather it serves to whet and/or nourish the interest in the mystique of this legendary fictional detective for the casual to more invested geek fan.

I learned a few things I hadn't previously known (for
Tory / Bao
Mar 28, 2015 Tory / Bao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good companion book. I've learnt several facts that I didn't know about the Sherlock Holmes stories' origins, such as why the supposed first death of Sherlock was written as it was, Sherlock Holmes Societies, etc.

It is up to date with the latest films that adapted Sherlock, from the Sherlock Holmes series with Robert Downey Jr. to the very popular BBC's Sherlock. I enjoyed reading the various interviews with several actors and I also learnt that House is implicitly about Sherlock -- I had enjo
Dec 05, 2013 HBalikov rated it really liked it
Here's a book with the right title. This is a "companion" to most things Sherlockian.

"Read" is a relative term. I will come back to this compendium in the future. Though it doesn't include Cumberbatch's Holmes or the current TV show, "Elementary," it has a fine grasp on the rest, since ACD put pen to paper.

If you want summaries of the ACD stories, it has that. If you want profiles of the key ingredients: Watson, Hudson, etc., it has that. If you desire interviews with authors influence by Sherlo
Dec 03, 2012 Leelan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book. It's been at least twenty years since I read any Sherlock Holmes books. This was a good refresher. This book is filled with tons of information and pictures. It gives a great history of Arther Conan Doyle and the writing of the stories. That said, this is not an in-depth exploration of Holmes or Doyle. Just a quick history of the character in his various incarnations, from print, to stage, to big screen and to television. If nothing else Smith's book will whet your appetit ...more
Nov 03, 2015 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed reading this. I have been a Holmes (& Watson) fan for a long time. After reading this companion, I'm going to have to go back and read all the canon yet again. Daniel Smith summarizes all of the stories without giving away any of the endings, and pulls in lots of good outside info as well. There are interviews with actors and writers, pictures of illustrations from many editions, and articles about the spread of Holmes as a cultural icon, all very engagingly written. If you' ...more
Jan 04, 2014 Jc rated it really liked it
A nice introduction to the world of Holmes, Watson, and Doyle. For a new-comer to the Canon, this will give you a LOT of useful background,
including synopses of the stories (sans spoilers). For the more learned reader of the Great Detective, this is a nice review which still may show you some things you didn't know. Of special interest are some short discussions of what various actors who played Holmes or other characters on stage or screen, thought of the personalities, stories, and other parti
Lynn Alan Heath
Feb 16, 2014 Lynn Alan Heath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographical
For anyone who loves to read (or watch) Sherlock Holmes, this is the book of books. It is filled with information about everything Sherlock Holmes.
Sep 18, 2012 Lise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A brilliant guide and source for Holmes-related information. Gorgeously laid out in a clear format, very pleasing to the eye.
Tracy Alan
Jun 03, 2012 Tracy Alan rated it liked it
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Mostly skipped the recaps of the Sherlock stories, but loved the interviews and written articles about the characters, Conan Doyle, and story aspects!!! Great companion!! :)
May 18, 2011 Quirkyreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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