eldritchhobbit: (Sherlock/Sherlock and John giggling)
The end of year means LISTS, LISTS, LISTS!


Sherlockian Pastiches

FYI, an update about reading Sherlock Holmes pastiches...

More than two years ago, I asked for recommendations of Sherlock Holmes pastiches and received great replies. (Thank you!) I waited until I'd finished going through all of Arthur Conan Doyle's canonical Holmesian writings in order, but now I've embarked on my pastiche reading. I'm still only "baby steps" into the project, but I thought I'd list the novels I've read thus far, ranked in order from my most favorite to my least favorite. My reviews are general, and though they may contain a few spoilers about the premise of a given work, they don't give away any twist endings or key surprises.

There are new entries on my list since the last time I posted an update.

Here's my ranked list of Sherlock Holmes pastiches read thus far with my reviews. )


Sherlock-Related Teas

I'm continuing to drink my way through the Sherlock Holmes-themed tea blends at Adagio Teas. (You can search for blends by name or by creator here.) My niece and nephew created a monster when they gave me the new teapot for Christmas! In case you're interested, here are my updated amateur "reviews" of the blends I've tried thus far, ranked in order of my enjoyment.

Updated Reviews of Sherlockian Tea Blends )
eldritchhobbit: (Hobbit/Bilbo)
1. My latest unabridged narration for StarShipSofa, which is of Storm Constantine's story "The Rust Islands," is now available to stream or download on the newest episode of the podcast. If you listen, I hope you enjoy! (A full list of links to my unabridged dramatic readings is here.)

2. I'll be a guest next weekend at ConCarolinas, and I now have my schedule. I have the delight of sitting on panels with some truly fantastic folks, including Jack McDevitt, David B. Coe, and The Blibbering Humdingers, among others. Here's my lineup:

Friday, June 1
5pm: The Legacy of Harry Potter
7pm: The Hunger Games
9pm: The Hobbit

Saturday, June 2
11am: Sherlock
3pm: Young Adult Genre Literature

3. By the way, I'm continuing to drink my way through the Sherlock Holmes-themed tea blends at Adagio Teas. (You can search for blends by name or by creator here.) My niece and nephew created a monster when they gave me the new teapot for Christmas! In case you're interested, here are my updated amateur "reviews" of the blends I've tried thus far, ranked in order of my enjoyment.
Updated Reviews of Sherlockian Tea Blends )


"A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King."
- Emily Dickinson
eldritchhobbit: (Sherlock/John and tea)
A friendly reminder to my friends in the USA: for three straight Sunday nights beginning on May 6, PBS will be running the second season of Sherlock. Here's the PBS trailer:



In addition, PBS will be livestreaming tonight's Sherlock Q&A with Benedict Cumberbatch, Sue Vertue, and Steven Moffat at 8:15pm EST. Here's the link!


On a related note, I'm continuing to drink my way through the Sherlock Holmes-themed tea blends at Adagio Teas. My niece and nephew created a monster when they gave me the new teapot for Christmas! In case you're interested, here are my updated amateur "reviews" of the blends I've tried thus far, ranked in order of my enjoyment.

Updated Reviews of Sherlockian Tea Blends )


“I’m really annoyed by pigeonholes and categories and labels. I view them as iniquitous to the spirit of play and of experimentation and of storytelling. The fact at a bookstore, the fiction is divided into fiction and mystery and science fiction, I don’t understand why it has to be that way. To me it’s all fiction, and I think the best science fiction, the best mystery fiction, the best horror fiction ought to be put on par with the best quote-unquote ‘literary fiction.’”
- Michael Chabon

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