A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

71. Graphic Classics : Arthur Conan Doyle

Graphic Classics: Arthur Conan Doyle edited by Tom Pomplun
Graphic Classics, Vol. 2

Pages: 144
Ages: 13+
Finished: Apr. 2, 2009
First Published: 2005
Genre: graphic novel, short stories, classics
Rating: 4/5

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

First sentence:

The cheese-mites asked how the cheese got there, and warmly debated the matter; the orthodox said - that it came from the air, and the heretics said - from the platter.

Comments: Here in this one large collection are adaptations of two Sherlock Holmes stories plus six more adventurous or ghastly stories and a parable. Each story is written/illustrated by a different person with a wide variety of styles shown from the serious to the cartoonish and even the quite strangely weird. A fabulous collection really, that couldn't better showcase the scope of Doyle's works.

I am quite familiar with Doyle, having read the entire Holmes canon, but from there my experience is lacking. I've read The White Company, an historical fiction novel, and can remember two short ghost stories, though I probably ran into a couple more in high school anthologies, I'm sure. Rick Geary's take on Holmes was pure brilliance. With his experience on his own Victorian series, he knows how to write and draw this type of material. If you ever read this Mr. Geary, why don't you think about doing a series of Holmes books sometime in the future. I for one will be standing in line! Rod Lott and Simon Gane also presented a very good adaptation of Holmes, though. My favourites aside from Geary's treatment of Holmes were Captain Sharkey, a pirate story, The Los Amigos Fiasco, a macabre yet humorous story and The Great Brown-Pericord Motor, the story of a man whose own greed turns himself insane. I certainly have an itching to get my hands on a volume of Doyle's short stories sans Holmes.


  1. I've seen these at my library but I have a serious problem with abridgements. Hm, adaptations are different...

  2. I agree with you on abridgements and usually on adaptations too but since these are graphic novels it's almost like changing them into an entirely different media. Like you read the original book, then watch the movie adaptation , or read the graphic novel adaptation. Quite a different experience: reading text vs reading graphic text.