Today is commonly accepted as Sherlock Holmes' birthday -- you can read some of the reasons here. As you know, I am throwing a birthday blog party for Holmes on my other blog, which you are cordially invited to join :-) Here are my answers to the Good Old Index of Questions that comprise a big part of the party. (There are also giveaways, so check it out if you're a Holmes fan!)
1. When and how did you first encounter Sherlock Holmes?
I made his acquaintance in the junior fiction of the public library when I was somewhere between the ages of 12 and 14, when I found a coffee-table-book-sized copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles with a terrifying image of a slavering black dog on the cover. The cover both scared and fascinated me, and I wound up taking it home and reading it. Try as I might, I cannot find a picture of that edition, or any information about it, but I know it was from The Educator Classic Library Series because I have two other books of the same size and era from that series. The cover was done in greens, and loosely based on this Sidney Paget drawing:
2. Please share a fact or two about yourself related to Holmes. (You've read the whole canon, you've been to Baker Street, you're an official BSI member, etc.)
I hosted a read-along of The Hound of the Baskervilles last fall on my other blog. And a couple of years ago, I re-read the whole canon in twelve months.
3. What are three of your favorite Holmes adventures?
The Hound of the Baskervilles, "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle," and "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches"
4. What draws you to the Sherlock Holmes stories?
The characters, primarily. At this point in my life, twenty years into our "acquaintance," they are dear friends. Initially, though, I liked the smart mysteries and how omniscient Holmes seemed. To a young teen, he had power and majesty and all the things I felt I lacked.
5. If you were going to give Sherlock Holmes a birthday present, what would it be?
Well, what he'd really like best would be a case to solve. Lacking one of those, I'd probably get him tickets to a violin concert. I wonder what he'd think of Lindsey Stirling?
6. If you could climb into a Holmes story and replace any one character for a day, who would you like to be?
I would love to be Mrs. Hudson in "The Empty House." Okay, nearly getting a heart attack from a back-from-the-dead Holmes would not be the funnest, but she gets to be his sidekick in that one and move his wax dummy around, which would be exciting. Also, it would be fun to be Mrs. Hudson most of the time, watching famous and exciting and scary people go up and down the stairs and wondering what your lodger is up to this time. Cleaning up his infernal messes might be less fun, but I have 3 little kids... couldn't be worse than what I deal with on a daily basis already.
7. Please share some of your favorite Holmes-related quotes!
|"The Lion's Mane"|
|"The Red Circle"|
|"The Red-Headed League"|
Happy birthday, dear Sherlock! Happy birthday to you.