Apologies for the hiatus from posting-- I was busy with holiday parties, cookie baking, book swapping, and preparations for ALA Midwinter. I did come across a free slice of time yesterday and managed to check out Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. Overall, I thought it was a pretty enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon (I especially liked the somewhat steampunk vision of Victorian London). And as you might remember, I'm a sucker for anything involving Rachel McAdams. If you saw the movie and/or are interested in notable takes on this 19th century detective, nj.com has a fabulous list of books--including our very own Michael Chabon. They write:
"Michael Chabon is among the very best American writers, and his essay on the genius of Conan Doyle — contained in his anthology Maps & Legends (Harper Perennial 2008, 210 pp., $14.99) — is as good an analysis of the mechanics of popular fiction as you’re likely to find. The facile Chabon also offers an homage in The Final Solution: A Story of Detection (Harper Perennial 2005, 131 pp., $12.99), in which we find an aging Holmes battling the diminishing of his powers while taking on one last case."
Happy reading, and Happy New Year!