You know what? Book reviews are not my thing. I’ve never ever written a book review, not even for school projects. But now, I realized I was running out of ideas on what I could write my next blog post about. So I was like, “Okay, let’s do a book review.”
But this is what bloggers do. When we’re out of ideas, we try borrow someone else’s idea. At least ME.
I’m this type of girl who reads book reviews just for the sake of reading the review. Very rarely do I get motivated to actually read ’em. I’ve had such instances from many book bloggers, though. So today, I’ll try to write a convincing book review.
How the heck did I get hooked onto this book?
You remember my birthday gift? The Sherlock Holmes collection? I just picked out this book and started reading.
Quit bragging, Divi.
How I feel about this book-
Let’s jump to the story. First of all, this book is very iconic. The previous week I had read The Hound of the Baskervilles and to be honest, it did not strike me that deeply. However A study in Scarlet (referred to as ASiS henceforth, as I’m tired of typing the whole name), is very, very gripping. I sat to read this book for a week and I got half of it done. I sat another 2 hours and got the other half done. So that explains a lot about the climaxing of the book.
This is the very first time Sherlock Holmes is introduced to his long time companion Dr. John .H. Watson. It’s pretty vague and uncomfortable because Sherlock ‘deduces’ anything and everything about that particular person instantly. It’s pretty overwhelming in the start but soon, us readers catch up to Sherlock’s wits.
The story has two parts, the first one being the part where Sherlock and Watson get the case and the former identifies the Culprit/accused/murderer(is that a SPOILER?). The second part is the back story or what you’d call in a movie, a ‘flashback’. This doesn’t have any significant plot twists, unlike The Hound of the Baskervilles, but the story just does well on its own.
Characters (only the obvious ones)-
I won’t spoil anything but the significant Characters are:
1. Sherlock– Obviously. He is a detective residing in 221B Baker street, obvious again. He basically calls himself a ‘consultant’ detective. He does have a huge head and is VERY egoistic. But he wears it all very modestly. Also, he is a sarcasm enthusiast.
2. Dr. Watson– Perhaps my favorite character in the book. Dr. Watson is an army doctor who came back from Afghanistan and has to share the residence with Sherlock. In fact, the story is narrated from his point of view, so the way the way he chronicled the events are very impressive, considering he’s a doctor. He is very humble, skillful and witty. I feel this poor man is over shadowed by Sherlock and should be a little more considered.
3. Tobias Gregson– He’s a detective. Not as great as Sherlock though. Just a considerable detective.
4. Lestrade– Another detective. Now this guy, I pretty like him. Because he is a bit humble than Gregson’s pride. He is the person who puts forth the case to sherlock, when these detectives couldn’t crack the case. He’s smart too. He knows which points are necessary and which are crap. I’m also not sure about what this guy’s first name is.
Those are the characters I can describe, without giving out spoilers.
My opinions that nobody asked for-
- The language is pretty old.
“it was written in the 19th century, for god’s sake, Divi!“
- The chemistry between all characters was very well set up.
- It makes us want to read more to find out what happens. Or to be precise, why it happens.
- Dr. Watson is underrated.
- Sherlock’s humor is very sarcastic.
- Dr. Watson is underrated. Just mentioning it again so that you wouldn’t forget it.
- And, I think this story is fittingly narrated by Dr. Watson, because if it were narrated by Sherlock, we would be lost in his complex mind. And he wouldn’t even waste time in chronicling his adventures :)
So if you’d ask me what I’d rate it—–
4 stars! I would have loved to read some plot twists but I think it was great! But the writing part, marvelous.
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