Sherlock Holmes isn’t like any other detective. Instead of using hunches or premonitions, he uses inductive reasoning and actually uses the evidence around him through science and clear thinking. Sherlock may seem unorganized and messy but that doesn’t at all mean he’s not clever. Although Sherlock is the main character of the story, his counterpart Watson is always the narrator. He tells the story like, well, a story and it seems that he is telling it from a later time apart from when he knew Sherlock. However, you can tell that they were very good friends. Watson is almost a foil of Sherlock, he being organized and hesitant, while Sherlock is chaotic and willing to take risks. Sherlock is street smart while Watson is book smart.
I honestly decided to read The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes instead of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes mainly because of time constraints. School and life in general has been piling up and I needed to go back to something simple, which would be the book I’m blogging about now. It contained eight famous stories of Sherlock’s cases like ‘The Speckled Band’ and ‘The Reigate Puzzle.’ Stories like these were well-known during the time of the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who published many Sherlock stories. In fact, Conan Doyle actually killed off Sherlock in one of his books, but due to his popularity he was brought back for readers to enjoy.
What I love about the Sherlock Holmes stories is the tone and feeling I get when reading them. I feel like they would be best read on a dark and stormy night when everyone in the house is asleep. Although we are nowadays accustomed to suspense, with moviemakers and authors having to make things scarier, Sherlock Holmes can still give you shivers from the way he effortless solves his mysteries and he will make you smile with the humor he brings in rough times.