Steeling myself for the heartbreak. Tanemura, every time I start to not believe the story is going anywhere, you bring it right back and prove to me ySteeling myself for the heartbreak. Tanemura, every time I start to not believe the story is going anywhere, you bring it right back and prove to me you know exactly what you're doing....more
It's always a nice surprise picking up a book in a bookstore and then finding out it's signed.
Retellings are hard. It's hard to create something new,It's always a nice surprise picking up a book in a bookstore and then finding out it's signed.
Retellings are hard. It's hard to create something new, something original out of a well-established story. It's especially hard, I think, to do so with a world as complete and whole as ACD's Sherlock Holmes.
But Cavallaro does it right. She doesn't BBC Sherlock it, nor does she Dorothy Must Die it. Instead ACD's canon remains as it is, and we are left with characters, descendants, who shape their own destinies, while still obviously affected by the past.
What I'm trying to say is that Charlotte and James are Holmes and Watson, but they are not the Holmes and Watson. Sum, not total.
And I think that makes the greatest difference. Because there's a sense of relief in that you don't have to look for comparisons, you don't have to strive to make sure their characters line up with their original incarnations, you don't have to analyze every sentence to make sure it sounds right. In short, there is no need to defend the canon because Charlotte and Jamie are just as weighed down by it as you are. They're aware of their ancestry and all its consequences in the real world.
Does that mean there aren't the usual Sherlockian funtimes? (view spoiler)[Moriarty? (hide spoiler)] No. But that's okay, because honestly I don't think who's going to read isn't going to imagine it not spiraling down into a mystery.
All this aside, I do want to note that even if this hadn't had the Sherlockian background it does, I think I still would've loved this novel. Cavallaro's characters, plot (even with its clichés-and yes there are some), and especially her writing make this book. She has the kind of writing, clear, tight, and yet distinct, that makes me want to take it by the hand and whisper "we're going to be friends for a long time." And it was her writing, more so than the Sherlockian elements, that made me pick this book up in the first place.
So. If you've loved Sherlock, read this book. If you love mysteries, read this book. If you like YA, read this book. It needs more praise, love, and fangirling. And there's really only one of me, so the gushing range on this is limited to like 5 people.
There are great books in life. But this one was one of those perfect ones. It just hit me in all the right spots, made me laugh, sigh, and just love tThere are great books in life. But this one was one of those perfect ones. It just hit me in all the right spots, made me laugh, sigh, and just love to be there, reading and rereading the entire book.
Was some of it cliché? Yes.
Was some it a little over the top? Yes.
But I loved it, and that's all that really matters....more
Even though this was in French, and there is an English equivalent, the gn series was created for the French translation of Pullman's text and that'sEven though this was in French, and there is an English equivalent, the gn series was created for the French translation of Pullman's text and that's the way I'm reading it. And it works wonderfully well. The art isn't the greatest, but there is so much care and love for this series that I can't help but adore it.
And weirdly, despite having only read HDM in English, I felt the beats of it echo in the words. Translations can be off, but this one just makes me melt into mush all over again. As this is seriously probably my favorite series ever, I can't describe to you how heartfelt reading this gem made me feel. I can't wait to have enough cash to go buy the first and third volumes of this. ...more