Jun. 4, 2017

Book might be a strong word here…

Sherlockian Ruminations from a Stormy Petrel by Brenda Rossini

My thanks to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my copy of this book.

This novelty is only 42 pages, starting on page five and running through page 27. Chapbook, pamphlet, research paper—these might be more descriptive of the end product. One of these days I have got to start reading reviews of the book before requesting it for review. This one was my bad, not the author.

That said, I have read the book now four times. To be very honest, I must be totally missing any point this “book” wants readers to understand. Brenda Rossini seems to be endeavoring to make scholastic exploration of various stories. I flatter myself that I am not a dullard, but this is going nowhere with me.

Judging from other reviews I have read now about this book, I am in the minority among Holmes readers. In my defense, I read Holmes for the adventures, the mysteries, and the final deductions. Had I known that this was a scholary paper, I would have never asked for a copy. The study of hidden meanings in the writings doubtless work for a certain audiance. I am missing the whole idea...

Mark Twain once wrote in The Prince and the Pauper, concerning Tom’s problems posing as the king how things are misunderstood. Lady Jane Grey has fired a Greek phrase at Tom, as the King knows Latin and Greek. Twain talks about the “serene blankness of the target’s face showing the bolt was overshot.” I understand that feeling!

I hope that others will get more out of this than I can. But in fairness to me, I did read it four times. I just don’t get it.

I can only give the “book” one star.

Quoth the Raven…