Retelling Sherlock

A Study in Scarlet Women

I’ve never actually read Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels about the Sherlock Holmes, but I’ve watched every retelling of the story. To the point that I know how his mind works, how he analyzes every clue – his voice. And Sherry Thomas captures this expertly in Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1). But in her retelling Sherlock Holmes is a woman – and this made it more interesting to me.

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What If…

Alter

My stage plays back in high school always started with the question, “What if?” I think the whole genre of speculative fiction started with this question. One of my lingering hypotheticals is What if all modern creature comforts were taken away from the world and I had to survive by hunting for my own food, building a fire to keep warm, defending myself against zombies? Ok, maybe edit that last one to predators. The book, Alter, by Jeremy Robinson asked the same question (minus the zombies) and I’m glad I decided to listen to its answer.

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Michelangelo & Kalian Gaines

Intrinsic

My husband and I went to an exhibit of Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel yesterday at the Christ Cathedral. His mastery of the human form was obvious in every brush stroke, but Michelangelo always identified himself as a sculptor not a painter. Kalian Gaines in Philip C. Quaintrell’s Intrinsic (The Terran Cycle Book 1) was a history professor and always thought of himself as human. Two very different characters, but if Michelangelo never took that paintbrush or if Kalian Gaines never tried to harness his powers – we would never know what one man can do to make a difference.

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Dashing Heroes: Hadrian and Royce

The most entertaining author’s note I’ve ever listened to was written and read by Michael J. Sullivan at the beginning of The Crown Tower, the first book of the Riyria Chronicles. He described how his wife, Robin, schemed to get him to write the prequel to his vastly successful trilogy, The Riyria Revelations, because she developed an infatuation for Hadrian Blackwater. I am only two books into The Riyria Revelations, but I have grown fond of Hadrian and Royce, a pair of dashing heroes has never been so perfectly crafted. If I could choose any team to go on an adventure with, I would go with them.

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