Book Review: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

adventures sherlock holmesMy Goodreads review: Following Sherlock Holmes through a series of his investigations with Watson is really engaging. Most of them always start with some form of peculiar  detail and then turns around to change around just from the little details that he observes.  That is the charm of Sherlock Holmes and it keeps us wondering what his next step is and how each case will end.  Its a very enjoyable read. 

This is a book with 12 investigations of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  Dr. Watson, his trusted companion, is the narrator of each of these stories.  He documents each one through his eyes and his experience.  When Holmes exits the picture or when certain characters involved in the case leave his field of vision, we jump forward to when he witnesses some more.  This allows us a lot of mystery as we read.  We know that its the most accurate version from Watson`s mouth and this is also what pulls us in.  He puts in his initial assessment and then his discussion with Holmes who clarifies his route of action most of the time after the fact.

I never thought about this but the image of Sherlock Holmes created by Arthur Conan Doyle is compelling because of this missing detail and because its the opinion formed by Watson himself.  The missing parts of where Holmes investigates on his own is where we wonder when he comes back what crazy approach he is going to use next to track down or capture the unknown culprit red handed.  It leaves the readers wondering and often times I found myself trying to figure out what the next move was or who the next culprit was.  There was maybe 3-4 times that I figured out who was the culprit but I usually would get the twist and details of the actual story wrong.

This is also what makes Sherlock Holmes a very attractive character.  He inspects and sees the little details that we normally would not associate with how he gathers his information.  It takes a lot of general knowledge (I guess, or extensive) to be able to pull those links together from the people he observes or the evidence that he finds and inspects.

Overall, I really did find this a very fun novel to read.  I loved the character of Sherlock Holmes and will probably seek out his other novels.  I always like a good mystery and makes me guess throughout reading it.  It allows me to be involved throughout the story and that makes it very recommendable and a great Classic to me!

Agatha Christie vs. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This question has been been a huge debate for me during the last year.  Sure sounds like I have nothing better to do, but when you have been reading as long as I have, I’m guessing Classics turn into something of a debate (once in a while).

Agatha Christie or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

Last year through some coincidence, I came by the idea of reading several Agatha Christie’s novels featuring the investigations of Hercule Poirot.  Agatha Christie is considered the Queen of Mystery.  Have you read any of her books? I read And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, Hercule Poirot’s Christmas and Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case.  I still have a lot of reading to do because she doesn’t only create the character of Hercule Poirot but also the character of  Miss Marple which I have yet to explore.  Her stories are pretty amazing and a lot of times, it involves some sort of sudden unexpected twists in the end.  Hercule Poirot is a quiet Belgian man who has a quick mind and investigates a lot into details.  He has this ambiguous, vague way of showing his cases.  Its been a year since my last time I picked up one of her books.  And Then There Were None is the first book I read from Agatha Christie and I believe its also one of her most popular.  This one is an independent story and frankly, it may start a bit slow but it sets up this beautiful scenario so we know our characters and the flow of events are pretty awesome because it keeps you guessing all the way.  I’ll probably go back and write a better review eventually.  So Agatha Christie is definitely the Queen of Mystery to me and I’ve only read just a bit of her long list of novels.

On the other hand, the one who is more popular is our dear Sherlock Holmes.  Who created this character? The pioneer of mysteries himself, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  My first confession here is that I actually never finished  Hound of Baskerville. I’m currently reading The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes.  I will have a review on it when I’m done but so far, I’m about half way through the book.  I’ve read maybe about 5-6 short stories and I’m getting a jest of what his style is.  Maybe its because I’m older now so I appreciate his writing a lot more than when I first picked up Hound of Baskerville.  He has a pretty cool writing style.  Sherlock Holmes is all about the details in the case and that’s how he makes his deductions.  Its also the idea of the chemistry he has with Watson that makes the story interesting.  The stories are normally narrated by Watson’s point of view.

Point of this is that I’ve only recently dived into the world of both of these phenomenal mystery authors and I wonder what others think about them.  I subconsciously started to compare the two authors and wonder which one is more liked amongst other readers. As for me, I’m still undecided…and I’m guessing I should base my final preference after I’ve read other books.

So, Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes? Hercules Poirot or Sherlock Holmes?

Have you read novels from these authors?

If you have, what do you think about them? Do you prefer one over the other?

If you haven’t (and you are into reading fiction), what are you waiting for? Go and read them 🙂

Oh right, and if you have read them, suggest and recommend away! I love to expand my reading list.