Thursday, 10 September 2015

Review: Investigating Sherlock - The Unofficial Guide by Nikki Stafford

Investigating Sherlock - The Unofficial Guide by Nikki Stafford

Publishing Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: ECW Press
Pages: 240 pages

The premise: For fans of the BBC hit show Sherlock, this lovely book by Nikki Stafford investigates each episode thoroughly and gives a more in-depth look to the story lines and characters. There are also extra tidbits included such as biographies for Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and of course, Arthur Conan Doyle.

My overall thoughts and review: For those of you that don't know this about me, Sherlock is hands down one of my favorite TV shows EVER. I've watched all three-seasons a few times and it never fails to disappoint. I'm also eagerly awaiting the new season and christmas special, so this was definitely a nice book to ease the wait a little! ;) This book is an awesome good time for Sherlockians because not only does it examine every episode again, it also points out a few things that you may not know from simply watching the episode. Stafford has compiled extra tidbits titled "did you notice" that allows you to go back and rewatch the episode and notice something small in the background that you may have passed from an earlier viewing (For example: she points out a quote on John's mug in one of the earlier episodes which was super interesting). Stafford also very nicely lists out the differences from the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories and the Sherlock adaptation, which is fun for those familiar with the original stories. There was many moments throughout the book where I was reading and I was saying out loud to myself "A-ha!" or "Yesss!" :) Overall this was an incredibly fun book to read and like I mentioned earlier, definitely eased the pain of waiting for the new series a little bit. It made me fall in love with the series again and definitely made me want to plan another rewatch. I think Sherlock fans will be genuinely pleased with this book! :)

My rating of the book:  (5/5 stars) 

Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader's copy from ECW Press for consideration/review. All opinions are my own. 

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