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Sherlock Holmes FAQ: All That's Left to Know about the World's Greatest Private Detective

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  8 reviews
(FAQ). The Sherlock Holmes FAQ is a one-stop guide to over a century's worth of mystery, mayhem, and most of all, deduction. Digging deep inside the manifold worlds of Sherlock Holmes, the FAQ is a dramatic and detailed digest of the Baker Street sleuth in all of his many guises, as TV and radio star, movie phenomenon, and, of course, literary giant. Chapters investigate h ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Applause Theatre & Cinema Book Publishers
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Sep 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
The title is misleading- this is not a "Frequently Asked Questions" collection. This is a quick bio and synopsis of Holmes and of Conan Doyle. It was a rather disappointing read :(
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
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I love the Sherlock Holmes stories so I found this book fun. It discussed a little about each story, and then about some of the movies and television shows based on his books. Some of these were a surprise to me. I never watched The Seven-Per_Cent Solution and did not realize it was a Holmes story. It was not a Conan Doyle story, however. It was dry enough to put me to sleep a couple times.
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This book can serve as an excellent introduction to Sherlock Holmes or as a reference to longtime fans of 221B. It provides the reader with a lot of biographical material on Conan Doyle, the times in which he lived, the creation of the stories themselves, as well as the cultural impact of Sherlock Holmes and the huge amount of plays, movies, television adaptations, and literary spinoffs and spoofs that he has inspired over the decades since he debuted in 1888.

Each of the four novellas and 56 sh
J.J. Lair
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
The first thing, FAQ often means Frequently Asked Questions. There’s no questions in this book.
The first few chapters on the origin of Holmes was very interesting and I learned a lot, but it was slow. Doyle molded Holmes from a few pieces of clay, but all the men that Holmes is modeled after got long winded.

Once we get into the stories and analysis of the stories, I really enjoyed the book. I learned a lot about the character. I realized I missed clues and symbolism in the stories when I read
Marathon County Public Library
Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes is probably the most widely-known and beloved character in English literature. His adventures, as chronicled in four novels and 56 short stories, have enthralled millions of people over the decades. Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, have also been portrayed in dozens of plays, radio programs and films by the likes of Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett and Benedict Cumberbatch. SHERLOCK HOLMES FAQ is a one-stop shopping guide to all things Holmes, detai ...more
Sara Diane
I got this through Netgalley.

This fun, fact-filled book is a great companion for any Holmes fan. But be warned, if you haven't finished reading the original works by Doyle, you will want to hold off on this FAQ. Thompson gives a rundown of all the stories and in doing so, often reveals the outcome. I had to skip though about half of the summaries since I'm still reading through Doyle's work. But I did appreciate the depth of research that Thompson brings (though a time or two I thought he did r
Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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This is a terrific 21st century take on Sherlock Homes. It comes complete with synopses for all the stories and some of the movies and television shows. He writes about Arthur Conan Doyle's life, career, and interests. He also sets the stage with details about the London fog, Scotland Yard, and even the Underground. His comments on Doctor Who and Benedict Cumberbatch add fun to his lively writing style and it's well-researched.
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nice book of the history/story of sherlock holmes!
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English author Dave Thompson has spent his entire working life writing biographies of other people, but is notoriously reluctant to write one for himself. Unlike the subjects of some of his best known books, he was neither raised by ferrets nor stolen from gypsies. He has never appeared on reality TV (although he did reach the semi finals of a UK pop quiz when he was sixteen), plays no musical ins ...more