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Old 06-12-2017   #811
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Which is your favourite adaptation of Baskervilles? I plan on having a marathon of lots of them when I am done with the novel. Only the Universal and Hammer films are fresh in my mind.

I caved and did The Empty House because I wanted to do it while The Final Problem was fresh in my mind. I do overall wish Doyle had left Holmes in the abyss and simply set all additional stories before his death, but this story did bring him back in style. I think Final Problem/Empty House, while fantastic and exciting Holmes stories, too often influenced adaptations when it came to making the threat, mystery and adventure all about Holmes himself, which is a trap the recent BBC show fell into after a splendid first two series.

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Rathbone was great, such a classic! I love the 1959 film with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. I'm such a sucker for Lee and Cushing was quite the Holmes aficionado, he played the part faithfully. Jeremy Brett was a great Holmes!

I am in full agreement in regards to the BBC adaptations, I feel because most of the Canon, up to Holmes' death, was very linear, it's sometimes hard to watch such an amalgam of stories. Of course this is the ever present dilemma in book to film/tv conversions. Though, I think one of the reasons Doyle's stories work so well across mediums is because they can show the landscapes which Doyle spends much time describing, (a benefit I think) and edit out of all the cab riding they do...this helps most adaptations include a high level of dialogue and drama.
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Trying to gather enough discipline to read at least half of Leopardi's Zibaldone. For those who don't know, it's an absolute behemoth of a book.

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Which is your favourite adaptation of Baskervilles? I plan on having a marathon of lots of them when I am done with the novel. Only the Universal and Hammer films are fresh in my mind, though my favourite screen Holmes is Brett just pipping Rathbone.

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Which is your favourite adaptation of Baskervilles? I plan on having a marathon of lots of them when I am done with the novel. Only the Universal and Hammer films are fresh in my mind, though my favourite screen Holmes is Brett just pipping Rathbone.
I love seeing how different film/tv renditions imagine the rooms at Baker Street: antiqued walls, cutlasses, and other materials in which can help to tell the stories of Holmes' ongoing research and expertise.
Love this, though Rigby's voice in this clip makes me wince a little. lol
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One Holmes series viewers may be unaware of is the 2013 Russian version.


Igor Petrenko (Sherlock Holmes) and the late Andrei Panin (Watson) star. This has clickable English subs.
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Too depressed to read anything new, so I am going through Sarban's work again. I would say he is tied with Aickman as the most consistently excellent writer of classic British supernatural fiction.

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Lately, I've developed a habit of reading two short stories and a handful of poems from Baudelaire's The Flowers of Evil each morning. After I come home from work, I then read parts of Leopardi's Zibaldone. I'm trying to save more money, so I'm using my present circumstances as a way to become more intimately familiar with the books I already own.

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Last night I devoured The Hound of the Baskervilles. A thick Gothic atmosphere and a brooding moor landscape bred a miasma of palpable supernatural fear and dark folk mystery. By some margin the finest Holmes novel so far, and, along with The Adventure of the Speckled Band and Silver Blaze, one of the great sleuth's finest cases.

While the previous two novels were let down by off-kilter pacing and elongated flashbacks, here the story was given full room to expand and breathe, aided by Doyle's judicious move to keep Holmes out of the narrative for the middle portion, which aided the atmosphere and tension considerably as Holmes is a character who is too powerful to be kept around for too long a portion of time if the danger and helplessness are both to be ramped up.

I then watched the 2009 Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr. action film, which I expected to despise, but it was surprisingly entertaining fluff. I loathe modern Hollywood and its blockbusters, but this was pleasant and pulpish Indiana Jones fodder. Hardly as essential as Brett or Rathbone, but a nice distraction. I may check out the sequel.

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Continuing my way through Michael Cisco's 'The Narrator'. Roughly two thirds of the way through it now.

Last night I finished Simon P. Murphy's short story collection 'His Master's Wretched Organ', which I really rather enjoyed. I gave it the full five stars on Goodreads at any rate.
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