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Investigating Sherlock: The Unofficial Guide

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An essential companion to the hit BBC show

He’s been depicted as a serious thinker, a master of deduction, a hopeless addict, a bare-knuckle fighter. His companion is a bumbler, a sympathetic equal, someone helpless in the face of his friend’s social inadequacies. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson remain the most-adapted fictional characters of all time. In 2010, when Ben
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Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by ECW Press
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Khulood
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-in-2015

"The world's most famous man who never was" - Orson Welles

An unofficial guide of Sherlock.. Call me intrigued!


The author doesn't give you the usual fan guide that gushes about a show/celebrity/fandom, au contraire, she takes you back to the very beginnings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, his life, and how he created Sherlock Holmes.

She then goes to give you the background of both Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, and how everything led to the moment they decided to give us the modern day Sherlock we kn
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Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
**I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, al opinions are my own**

At A Glance

Genre:
Young Adult; Mystery
Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: no
Cliff Hanger: no
Rating: 3 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 8
Plot: 7
Characters: 8
World Building: 8
Flow: 7
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 8
Ending: 8

Total: 7

In Dept

Best Part:
SHERLOCK!
Worst Part: Repetitive if you watched the shows...
Thoughts Had: oh nice!; good tie in.

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
n/a
R
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N.N. Light
Have you been Sherlocked?



If you love the series, Sherlock, you need to own this book. Filled with interesting facts, episode guides and Nikki Stafford's whimsical writing, it's a must-read.



I love Nikki Stafford and own her Buffy the Vampire Slayer guides (Bite Me!).



If you know someone who is a fan, please do them a favor and buy this book for them! They'll love you for it!



Note: There are spoilers in this book so if you haven't seen a particular episode, please skip over it.



Disclaimer: I re
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Rosy
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was written for The Review Diaries
You can read the full review here

Thanks to Netgalley and ECW Press for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

I am a huge fan of the BBC Sherlock series, so I was incredibly excited to dig into this unofficial companion guide, and whilst it was an interesting enough read, it failed to really grab me and inspire me in the way I was hoping.

For massive fans of both the TV show and the original stories, this companion won’t provide anything ne
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Robin
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely for the obsessed. I am not that big a Sherlock fan. I often find the story trajectory contrived, Sherlock just tooooo facile with his mind palace. But my family are fans, and I love being with them while they watch and argue over plot lines. And, I'm reading this one because we're doing a display (at the library) on what to read while waiting for the next season of your favorite tv series to come out on DVD.

Best part of this book: I absolutely loved the introduction of the character
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Beth
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-this
A brilliant read and a fantastic Christmas present for every Sherlockian - 4*

This book stole my day yesterday and I gladly let it be taken by this guide. Okay, it's not the official guide but who seriously cares? This book offers biographies of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock Holmes; it offers an analysis of every episode of the BBC Sherlock series; it highlights the links from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original series and how this influenced and impacted on the BBC
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N.N. Light
Have you been Sherlocked?

If you love the series, Sherlock, you need to own this book! Filled with interesting facts, episode guides and Nikki Stafford's whimsical writing, it's a must-read!

I love Nikki Stafford and own her Buffy the Vampire Slayer guides (Bite Me!).

If you know someone who is a fan, please do them a favor and buy this book for them! They'll love you for it!

Note: There are spoilers in this book so if you haven't seen a particular episode, please skip over it. :)

Thank you to Netg
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Brooke
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nikki Stafford cannot be beat in the game of analyzing episodic TV. I loved this guide as much as I love her Finding Lost series. It is nice to be able to pick this up whenever I need a BBC Sherlock fix in the loooooooing wait between seasons.
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Siri Olsen
Honestly, I didn't particularly enjoy this book, but I think it was mainly a case of me not being the intended recipient. The book is written mainly for more, shall I say, ordinary fans, who have watched the show a couple of times and want to know a few funny anecdotes and some trivia. I'm sure those people would enjoy this book a lot. For a very big fan such as myself, who has watched the show many times and spent a lot of time analysing the more subtle meanings and symbols in the show, it was ...more
Cathlina Bergman
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, as a fan of the series. I love the commentary about little details that may have been missed in the episodes, and I especially liked the connections with the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

that last point is the only reason this only gets four stars instead of five. There were several small but obvious errors in the author's summary of the Doyle stories. They are things that would have been clear with just a cursory rereading of the stories, since I am not a Doyl
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Choco Panda
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books
Seriously. You can't watch the TV show without reading this as well. It gives you insight about the characters, compares the TV show to the books or short stories that they borrowed it from, helps you pick up on things you may have missed when watching it, and so, so, much more. I had recently just finished up watching the fourth season (I know, SO late to the party), and after reading this book along with the first three, I couldn't help but miss how the book pointed out all the important infor ...more
Nadhilla Melia
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is exactly the book I've been looking for to fuel my Sherlock obsession. I absolutely love the deep character analysis of Sherlock and what all the episodes did for his character. I always knew there was so much to be analyzed about the show and the psychology behind Sherlock Holmes and I'm so happy this book provided it for me. The perfect love letter to the TV show. I only wish season 4 was also covered. ...more
Gabriella Batres
A glorious book for an inside look on series 1-3 of BBC’s Sherlock. Having been a Holmes fan for years, watching the series in its entirety 14 times, there were still things I had not observed (Sherlock would be ashamed of me). Hoping for an updated version for series 4 and I’m looking forward to rewatching the series a 15th time.
Yolande
Nope! Not my favorite.
The book is well structured, and reads well, but there's that weird 'no spoiler' feeling. It's slightly useless, especially considering that most people reading the books have seen the show.
Read it, and done
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Zala
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author summerises certain things really well but I didn't like the overly familiar writing stile and I didn't agree with some of her views. Also, I found a few mistakes but with such a monumental character, who can keep track? ...more
Mee Kay
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting for anybody who likes to get a deeper/ different view on things
Lynn
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book made me want to go back and rewatch all the episodes! Lots of fun, informative, and well written.
Eddie
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio
Fun read. Hitting the stories' references were helpful to me. ...more
Pat Maust
More in depth than I realized. Loved Sherlock and the books. Compared one to the other and I was confused for some of it. True Sherlockians would love this.
Roberta
For huge fans of the BBC TV show and the original Conan Doyle stories, this unofficial guide probably won't tell you anything you don't already know. On the other hand, if you are a big fan, you will probably want to read this anyway. And, if you are only a semi-big fan, this book isn't half bad and you can be grateful that someone else read all the interviews, perused The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders and watched the programs eighteen times.

I like the way the episode guide is arranged.
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Ro
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and detailed romp through the first three seasons of the BBC Sherlock program.
I really wish that season 4 had been included. The show is rich and detailed and one can watch episodes more than once and get subtle nuances of characters, especially as the series develops. This was a good time.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
This unofficial guide begins with an account of how the show came to be - if you're a fan of the BBC Sherlock, you're probably already aware of the way it came to be, scribbled out on a train journey between Cardiff and London. It travels on, coming across as being a fairly careful, neutral account - simply what happened. This account goes on to say how the actors were cast, and also includes a short history on Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Doyle himself. Throughout it contains intere ...more
Cups and Thoughts
First of all, a huge shoutout to Sam over at ECW Press for sending over this book! She knows how obsessed I am over Sherlock and offered to send me this book to add in to my collection. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!❤

“He’s been depicted as a serious thinker, a master of deduction, a hopeless addict, a bare-knuckle fighter. His companion is a bumbler, a sympathetic equal, someone helpless in the face of his friend’s social inadequacies“… that’s all you have to know about Sherlock and John, rea
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Paul Franco
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Specifically the current BBC show, not Elementary, the movies, or anything else.
It starts, as one would expect, with a chapter on how the series came to be, with the long train rides during the filming of Dr Who giving the creators time to come up with this idea. There’s also a bit on the casting; it’s hard to remember Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t a gigantic star before this show started, whereas Martin Freeman could at least be called semi-famous. Also a big chapter on Conan Doyle, from his star
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Sheldon Wiebe
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, my actual rating is 4.5 stars - despite a book filled with marvelous insights and theories, Ms. Stafford loses points for the so-very-obvious mistake of getting Elementary's network wrong (CBS, not NBC!).

Stafford certainly knows her Sherlockian stuff - and has done a lot of homework (her list of reference material is extensive). She's also not afraid to take the mickey out of the writers when they screw up - pointing out that the treatment of Asians in Sherlock's second season one episode
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Morgan
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I finished the movie series a while back and I wish I had had access to this book back then. It was so great to see how the show came to be and all the love that they put into it. Everyone worked so hard to make it so magical, and in my opinion they did so splendidly.

I love seeing how the things I love some to be. It was great how the author went through and explained all the characters and the writers. I loved all
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Michelle
I won this through Goodreads, and it was really interesting. It look me forever to finish just because I already knew what was going to happen. :) But as someone who only knows a little about the original Sherlock Holmes, I appreciated the author's explanations of how the modern Sherlock ties into the canon.

There's one part where I REALLY disagreed with the author; in "The Great Game", the news reports Connie Prince as age 48, but the morgue/police know that she's 54. The author says that this
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Matthew Ledrew
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adaptation
Got it for Christmas, simply amazing. Loved it from cover to cover. Not usually a fan of 'companion' style books, but have met and respected Stafford at previous author panels and conventions. Now I get it: this isn't just an episodic guide like some auxiliary material, its a full-fledged history and scholarly analysis, reading more like a witty and well-crafted documentary than a fluff piece.

Now I'm going to have to track down 'Bite Me' and 'Finding Lost' to see what I've been missing out on.
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Helene
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting and handy book for all BBC Sherlock fans!

The book is well written, all the facts about the first 9 episodes (series 1 to 3 for now as the Special is not yet released and series 4 is still not filmed on this day) are thought through and have been clearly researched extensively.

I would highly recommand this book to all english speaking fans of the show here in France as it is a very good way to explore the episodes in a fan point of view rather than a cast/crew point of
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