Elementary – Early Thoughts On the Latest Sherlock Holmes Pastiche

There’s been quite a bit of speculation on whether or not we Americans can make a successful television series out of Sherlock Holmes.  Particularly following on the heels of the BBC’s wildly popular and praised Sherlock (of which I am a HUGE fan). What no one seems to be mentioning is that it’s all been done before.  Multiple times.  I mean, what were House and … Continue reading Elementary – Early Thoughts On the Latest Sherlock Holmes Pastiche

A Little Too Elementary, My Dear Watson. The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr (Audio Book)

The Italian Secretary is Caleb Carr’s attempt at a Sherlock Holmes mystery – and as far as that goes it’s not bad.  The character’s stay true to the originals, Carr has nicely captured Watson’s narrative voice, and the mystery itself is no more or less plausible than any of Doyle’s.  The text is significantly helped in being read by Simon Prebble. But when held up … Continue reading A Little Too Elementary, My Dear Watson. The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr (Audio Book)

Vive le Genre!

Lately there has been a renewed interest in genre fiction. Whether it’s Stephen King’s lurid covers on retro paperbacks in the grocery aisle, Michael Chabon’s serialized adventure story in the New York Times Magazine, or Arturo Pèrez Reverte’s Captain Alatriste swordsman-for-hire series, – the pulp novel is suddenly being taken seriously. And I’m glad. Books written & read for entertainment and good writing aren’t mutually … Continue reading Vive le Genre!