Sherlock Holmes is irrefutably one of the most iconic characters in literature along with his equally famous sidekick Watson. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote four novels and 56 short stories all surrounding those beloved characters. Now, obviously reviewing everything Sir Doyle wrote would be extremely tedious and most likely extremely boring for you to read, so this review will overlook the entirety of the Sherlock Holmes series. To begin with, I want to state an observation; I have seen as I have gotten older that teenagers my age don’t want to read Sherlock Holmes for two reasons. Reason number one being it isn’t exactly considered cool because it is quite old and reason two being that they feel that the writing is so old that they may not be able to understand it. First of all, Sherlock Holmes is the best the crime investigator in all of literature and he is so cool that there is an epic TV show after him starring the insanely awesome Benedict Cumberbatch. Only cool characters get TV shows, by the way. Second of all, the Sherlock Holmes series is not all that old at all, or at least it is not nearly as old as some people think. A Study In Scarlet, Sir Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes novel, was published in 1887. This makes his series a mere 130 years old, a very young age compared to other iconic characters in literature. With that established, I shall get on with what you came here to read about.
Sir Doyle has created incredibly intricate and extremely eccentric characters. While being eccentric is not always considered a good thing, in this case, the eccentricity of the characters, more specifically Mr. Holmes, have made them all the more compelling. Sherlock Holmes himself is a character so guarded and mysterious that you want to keep reading for the simple reason that you want to know more about him. Watson is the more relatable character in the series. `He is completely stunned by Sherlock Holmes when he first meets him, and multiple times, you see him learning more about Holmes at the same time as you do. Not only are the characters extremely well-developed, so are the crimes they solve. Each crime is completely different from the previous, and just as intriguing and stupefying. Sir Doyle has done a stupendous job of creating a fictional world and characters that seem so real that your eyes are glued to the pages as if you are watching everything unravel in real life.
Despite everything Sir Doyle did right, there is one thing that I feel makes the novels and stories a bit of a drag at times. Every single event and person is explained with such intricacy and detail that it becomes too much to read. There are times that I have actually put down the book to read something else because my brain was overloading with the amount of information that I had just read. However, it is a small obstacle to overcome because this series is a must-read for any reader.
This series will definitely be re-read because I have a sneaking suspicion that I will discover details the second time around that I hadn’t noticed the first time I read this. I hope this review has been informative and I must once again reinforce that this series is truly a classic and a must-read.
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Until next time, let this following quote from Mr. Holmes himself make you smile – “No, no, no. I’m not insulting you. I’m describing you.”