Help me catch back up with our book of the month program and make it awesome! Wouldn't it be awesome if each month we have hundreds of people on this website reading the same book around the same time and chatting about it?!
DATo wrote:Hi Gannon - I don't think you will find any other obviously falsified facts in Sherlock Holmes stories ... at least I didn't. I know Doyle was tired of writing the "Sherlock stories" and at first I thought that maybe this was just his way of telling his publishers that he wanted out; in other words, as a veiled threat that he would write absurdities till the reading public, which had heretofore demanded more stories, would become so critical of him that that this would force him to stop writing. This would be, in fact, exactly what he wanted. But then I remembered that this story was in one of his first collections - The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes - so that explanation doesn't seem to work.
RuqeeD & Bighuey - I haven't read those stories but now you have sparked my interest. I will have to look into them. I DID read Swiss Family when I was a kid and really loved it but I was unaware at that time of the inaccuracies. I should give that one a re-read as well. It is sort of fun to play "literary detective" this way *LOL*
Maud Fitch wrote:My pet peeve is what I call piggyback publishing, when books are written and published in the style of a current bestseller, right down to similar titles and copycat covers. Be original I say!
Bighuey wrote:Ive never really done it with books, but I like to play detective with movies. The newer movies you rarely see any boo-boo's, but the older ones they are fairly common. For instance, one movie I saw had Cary Grant going through a door with a white towell over his arm, when he came through the other side the towell had stripes on it. I suppose it is the computer age, they can see things like that where they slipped past before and its probably the same with books.
Bighuey wrote:I havent seen those, but there was one scene in Sparticus where one of the Roman soldiers was wearing a wrist watch.
RuqeeD wrote:One thing that drives me to frustration is if a book is going so well, and you've invested time into it only to have an anti climatic ending or something occurs that makes the whole plot sort of redundant. The only one I can think of the top of my head right now is the Hunger Games trilogy.
The first book went really well, it was exciting and (for me) something different and I enjoyed reading about this bleak future which, ok even if it doesn't seem likely, still makes for good reading. However, the underlying essence of the story was the Protagonist's need to save her sister....we then move through the next (rather disappointing) book and on to the final only to see her sister die which to me made the whole thing utterly redundant. I would have understood if it added to the story and developed the character but imo it did neither and just made for a shoddy ending.
Other things that annoy me when you come to the end of a series and the author has to have some fairy tale what happens in 12 years time tacked on to the end. Like in Harry Potter and in the Hunger Games. I think it takes away from the moment and meatiness of the book and its so prosaic, it bugs me.