So some of you may be familiar with my massive edition of the complete Sherlock Holmes, and while it’s beautiful and lovely and wonderful, I also can’t take it anywhere with me because it like four pounds and 1000+ pages and that just doesn’t make for comfortable reading on the subway. So today I went out try and find some shitty little paperback copies of the stories I have left to read so I can actually take them places - and I ran into this beauty. It was only a few bucks more than the cheap editions so I’d say worth it.
(and yes, I know it’s kind of pitiful I haven’t gotten to Hound yet, but I’m weird and must read all the stories in order even though you really don’t have to.)
I stumbled across this edition of Treasure Island today at B&N and immediately needed it on my bookshelf- but at 30 bucks I’m giving myself a day or two to calm down before I go making impulse purchases. But upon further investigation, not only did I discover that this was done by Radiohead’s cover album artist Stanley Donwood (cool), but that there’s a whole series of these beauties by White’s Books. Fantastic!
Considering my only previous experience with Sherlock Holmes were the Great Illustrated Classic and Wishbone (Wishbone anyone??) versions, and knowing how much I enjoyed them, I wanted the real deal.
And when I watched the Robert Downey Jr. movie, I just assumed that it was incredibly Hollywoodized and completely unlike the books, but you know what? It’s actually not that far off… Holmes is an arrogant, sarcastic cocaine addict who likes to play the violin and mope in dark rooms when he’s not off solving cases. He’s also quite funny. RDJ’s pretty spot on.