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View Poll Results: Which book shall we read for April?
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 8 19.51%
The American Senator by Anthony Trollope 12 29.27%
A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes 6 14.63%
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton 7 17.07%
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles 4 9.76%
A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 19 46.34%
Animal Farm by George Orwell 16 39.02%
The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek 6 14.63%
All Men Are Mortal by Simone de Beauvoir 7 17.07%
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper 7 17.07%
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:47 PM   #16
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I voted for both A Study in Scarlet and Animal Farm as well as a couple of the others. I would be happy for either to win; I have read them both but a long time ago.

I really hoped the Trollope would win, as I haven't read that one, but unless there's a late surge, it doesn't look likely.
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I went for Hawthorne, Trollope, Doyle and Orwell. It looks like it will be one of the last two. I wouldn't mind either--though I have a slight preference for Doyle as a result of watching Sherlock.
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I only saw one episode of Sherlock because it was on a commercial channel and I don't usually watch them. I thought it was brilliant and now want to see them all!
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I only saw one episode of Sherlock because it was on a commercial channel and I don't usually watch them. I thought it was brilliant and now want to see them all!
That was probably the version where the late Jeremy Brett plays Holmes. He was good I agree. When he was a young man he played 'Freddie' the young man who pursues Eliza Dolittle (Audry Hepburn) in "My Fair Lady." His versions of the stories do stick pretty well to Doyle's original stories.
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That was probably the version where the late Jeremy Brett plays Holmes. He was good I agree. When he was a young man he played 'Freddie' the young man who pursues Eliza Dolittle (Audry Hepburn) in "My Fair Lady." His versions of the stories do stick pretty well to Doyle's original stories.
This is the new BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson in a contemporary setting where computers and cell phones are used with more frequency than spyglasses. Aside from the technology, it's very much in line with Doyle's creation.
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I only saw one episode of Sherlock because it was on a commercial channel and I don't usually watch them. I thought it was brilliant and now want to see them all!
I happen to really like Sherlock. I know it's a different take on Holmes and Watson, but it feels right.
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I happen to really like Sherlock. I know it's a different take on Holmes and Watson, but it feels right.
I agree. Much moreso than CBS's Elementary. That one goes too far afield, in my opinion.
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I agree. Much moreso than CBS's Elementary. That one goes too far afield, in my opinion.
Elementary is good too.
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It's a lot of fun, I agree. But it's not Doyle's creation.
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This is the new BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson in a contemporary setting where computers and cell phones are used with more frequency than spyglasses. Aside from the technology, it's very much in line with Doyle's creation.
Yes, that's the one I saw just recently - brilliant.
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It's a lot of fun, I agree. But it's not Doyle's creation.
Nothing other then Doyle's books are his Holmes and Watson.
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This is the new BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson in a contemporary setting where computers and cell phones are used with more frequency than spyglasses. Aside from the technology, it's very much in line with Doyle's creation.
I love this show and have become quite the fan of Benedict Cumberbatch! I can't wait to see him in the new Star Trek movie.
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I love this show and have become quite the fan of Benedict Cumberbatch! I can't wait to see him in the new Star Trek movie.
He does get around. I saw him not too long ago as Frankenstein's creation in a film version of the hit play where he and Jonny Lee Miller alternated from night to night playing Dr. Frankenstein and the creature. I believe they made two film versions as well, the other one starring Miller as the creature and Cumberbatch as the doctor. There were lots of changes from Mary Shelley's book, but it was far closer to the spirit of the original than was the classic starring Boris Karloff. I also just discovered he stared in a show called Hawking for the BBC; a dramatization of the early career of Stephen Hawking.

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Oh, yes. I realize this is getting a bit afield of the topic, but I couldn't resist sharing this photo I just found:
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Oh, yes. I realize this is getting a bit afield of the topic, but I couldn't resist sharing this photo I just found:


My husband and I were actually talking about this, this morning. Is that his given name? I can't imagine him as a baby or young child; talk about the burden of having a name "bigger" than you are.

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