Thursday, September 10, 2015

Investigating Sherlock by Nikki Stafford + Lots of Fun Gifs


Investigating Sherlock: The Unofficial Guide by Nikki Stafford

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own (I do not own any of these gifs - they just make the review more fun!)

Official Summary: He’s been depicted as a serious thinker, a master of deduction, a hopeless addict, a bare-knuckle fighter. His companion is a bumbler, a sympathetic equal, someone helpless in the face of his friend’s social inadequacies. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson remain the most-adapted fictional characters of all time. In 2010, when Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman stepped into the roles, they managed to meld many previous incarnations into two glorious performances. Over Sherlock’s first three seasons, the Emmy-winning series has brought new life to stories almost 130 years old and, with its Holmes and Watson for the 21st century, created a worldwide fandom unlike any other.

Investigating Sherlock, written by bestselling author Nikki Stafford, examines each episode through in-depth and fun analysis, exploring the character development and cataloguing every subtle reference to the original stories. With biographies of Cumberbatch and Freeman, as well as Arthur Conan Doyle, Investigating Sherlock is the ultimate guide to the great detective.



Review: I am a huge fan of the BBC Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Stafford's guide and look behind-the-scenes is perfect for any fan. I read this on my Kindle, but I would really like a physical copy that I could more easily flip back and forth between. This book would be handy to have around when you are re-watching every episode of the three seasons out so far as Stafford breaks them all down.


The book begins with information about the series, Cumberbatch, Freeman, and even Arthur Conan Doyle. After this informative and interesting introduction, Stafford brings readers through every single season, episode by episode. This is the bulk of the book and it's great. I liked learning more information about each episode, from which stories/books certain moments were taken from in the Doyle canon, as well as little tidbits that Stafford points out. These particular moments really make you want to go back and play closer attention!


Stafford includes a lot of information that I had never known about before, such as the idea of Sherlock's Mind Palace coming from a real life person who taught Mark Gatiss about it, as well as some other things that occur in the series. Speaking of Gatiss, Stafford mentions him and Steve Moffat a great deal in terms of their inspiration behind the series and individual episodes. All of these details just go together to create a fun guide for fans!

No, by all means...buy the book (no need to look so upset!)

If you're a big Sherlock fan (and why wouldn't you be?) this book deserves a spot on your bookshelf!


19 comments:

Melliane said...

I haven't watched the series I confess so I'm not sure it would be as appealing for me...

Blogoratti said...

Wonderful review, I haven't watched the series though.

Erika Sorocco said...

I've never seen the show myself - must get on that!

xx

Brandi Kosiner said...

I actually am not hardcore Sherlock, but it does have its appeal even to me

cleemckenzie said...

This book is mine as soon as I can buy it. I loved that show and hated that it stopped.

Kindlemom said...

I think I would love this as well, I'm also a huge fan of the show and am so anxious for it to start up again already!

Liviania said...

I love the use of gifs. Perfectly suited to this review!

Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger said...

I want to watch the series one of these days,and maybe then I'd read one of the many books featuring Sherlock! Great review. :D

Faye M. said...

Oooh, this is interesting! I'd actually LOVE to have something like this of my favorite TV shows! Would be nice to know some trivia and maybe annotations/comments from the director and actors, too! Would be good to have this nearby when I do watch this show :D

Faye at The Social Potato

The Bibliophile Babe said...

Oooh, this sounds cool!

Diva Booknerd said...

I can't believe I've never seen the series, but I know how much of a following it has, almost cult like. have you seen the US one, Elementary? I haven't watched that one either, but just curious how the two compare. I love the sound of the UK version more, might check it out this weekend actually and see what all the fuss is about. Wonderful review Lauren, so glad you enjoyed this one <3

Jennifer Humphries said...

Oh my gosh! This is awesome! How have I not heard of this before? The BBC Sherlock series is pretty much my favorite series EVER!! I am anxiously awaiting the next installment that starts in December!

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

This is one of those shows I keep saying I am going to watch. One day!! I'm sure this book is awesome for fans though.

Lisa @ Lost in Literature said...

I so love the gifs!!! <3

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I love Sherlock, so I think I need this book!

Beth said...

I LOVE Sherlock, but I'm not a huge fan of companion books. I had a Downton Abbey companion book a while back, and I never really read it properly, which is a shame. This does sound really interesting though...
Argh, now I'm trying hard to stick to my book buying ban, and the world does NOT want me to!
Beth x
www.thequietpeople.com

Cait @ Paper Fury said...

I'M INTRIGUED! :D I love the Sherlock show, though I have to admit...I'm one of the annoying minority who prefers the RDJ movies and Elementary. ;) But I adore the cleverness of the BBC version and a behind-the-scenes book!? WHAT COULD BE BETTER!??!

Nikki Stafford said...

Thank you so much for the review!! I'm now trying to figure out how to publish an electronic version of the book where you intersperse gifs throughout. :-D

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

I haven't really got into Sherlock (don't shout!), but I haven't really tried, either, it's something I just thought I wouldn't be into, but my tastes have changed a lot over the past few years, so I'm thinking about starting with the series first. ;)