Monday, January 15, 2018

Come Along, And Show What You Can Do

Well, the BSI Weekend is over, and people are making their ways back home.  The New York Times posted a nice write up of the weekend yesterday, which is great for folks like me that followed the events from the warmth of our own houses. 

News also broke this week that Millie Bobby Brown of the Netflix hit, Stranger Things, has signed a multi-picture deal to play Enola Holmes, Sherlock's younger sister, based off of the book series by Nancy Springer.

Speaking of books, that brings me to this week's topic: reading.  (This topic probably doesn't come as a surprise to frequent readers of the blog.  In fact, I almost named the blog "I Am An Omnivorous Reader")  Two weeks ago, I posted my list of Sherlockian resolutions, and one of them in particular got some specific feedback. 

Apparently, I'm not the only Sherlockian out there who is tackling the Canon this year.  I received tweets and emails from other folks who are even more ambitious than I am, and are planning on doing all 56 short stories and 4 novels!  And, why not?  These stories are what link all of us to our hobby.  Sure, it's easy to get caught up in new TV shows, pastiches and movies, or analyze the writings through scholarly writings, but how often do we just go back and reread the original stories for fun?

The impetus for me trying to reread a story a week this year was that I found I was only reading the stories to prepare for society meetings, so I would be refreshed on the plot and details.  My purpose for reading was to go into discussions armed with topics and minutiae for the group.  Now, I'll still do that to prepare for meetings, but I want to spend the rest of the year reading these stories for fun.  Because these are fun stories! 

Well, most of them (Looking at you, Veiled Lodger.)

So, join us this year!  You don't have to try and tackle the whole Canon or set a goal to read a story a week, but pick up the Canon and revisit some great fun.  Because we wouldn't be doing this if it weren't fun, right?


  1. re-read the Canon...i haven't done that in ages! great idea! count me in!

  2. This would be so much fun and well worth joining in on.