Disclaimer: This reviews contains a little Mormon history. Believe me it is relevant as well this is the first time that I experiment with using image...moreDisclaimer: This reviews contains a little Mormon history. Believe me it is relevant as well this is the first time that I experiment with using images with this review.
A couple of years back I watched this movie based on the short Sherlock Holmes story, "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire". It was a blast.
The movie was dramatic, suspenseful, and sometimes I think back about it. That good.
Soon after, I picked up the old giant book that has been in my household since I was younger that contained all the Sherlock Holmes stories From A Study to Scarlet to the final stories Sir Arther Conan Doyle in one book.
Then began reading the short story, noting the story was only a few pages long and realizing that the movie had added more to the story instead of the usual way, movies cutting scenes out to fit in the time.
The short story didn't take long to read. Which in itself, I found to be disappointing. Problem occurs and is easily solved. No action or anything.
The story felt rushed and I believe it was around this time that the Author [Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle] was sick of of having to write about his most popular character and even tried to kill him off. Didn't last long of course as even to this day there are still adaptations of Sherlock Holmes written by different authors over the years not to mention, video games, television and movies.
And the must see adaptation! I did and saw it three times in the theaters (usually I don't even go to the movies that often or even re-watch them numerous times at home).
Now I am finally getting to A Study in Scarlet .
The first Novel about Sherlock Holmes written. The beginning starts with Dr. John Watson returning to England after working as a doctor in Afghanistan. Nowadays he doesn't seem to doing much until he meets the famous detective (whoever reads this knows who) and accompany him to a murder crime. By the end of the first act.....(view spoiler)[Sherlock Holmes knows who the man who committed the crime and arrest him. (hide spoiler)]
Then I turn to the next section of the book, and immediately get confused. It takes place in the United States following the story of a man and his adopted daughter who come into contact with Mormons traveling to Utah to practice their religious beliefs. If the man and girl want to travel with the Mormons, they had to agree to become Mormons as well. A completely different story to the one before. Buuuut I kept reading on and eventually it makes sense.
I wasn't expecting the second act to include Mormons in it as I have a bit of fascination with early Mormon history and the branch that broke off from the main church called the FLDS. Reason being in the 1890s, the president then, Brigham Young agreed with the USA that the Church will stop practicing polygamy [despite the fact, Brigham Young continued to practice it with his numerous wives] so he could get the USA off the Mormons' back. Thats when others branches such as the FLDS broke off and continued the practice elsewhere.
As to what I think about it, I thought it was a decent read even if the second part of the book took me by a big surpise which left me at first thinking...
Seriously this is a Sherlock Holmes case? It doesn't make a whole lot of sense! Its not really completed.....
Then after reading the book further on....
Oooooh I just had to read further on...Glad I did. Also glad it wasn't a disappointment like that other story.