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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

We’re just about wrapping up our chats on The Sign of Four (SIGN). A lot of interesting topics appeared as the discussions flowed, such as the annoying “the” in The Sign of the Four, and the peculiar Miss Morstan. SIGN is one of our favorites at the Baskerville Pups because of the flow of events and interesting narrative. For those reasons, the SIGN forum would be left open for another month.

The #SherlockHolmes SIGN forum is still open for discussions! Join us here:

Meanwhile on Jeremy Brett’s column, we had some fun talking about Bending the Willow by David Stuart Davies, Holmes’ dusty pants in the feature film SIGN, and JB’s sweet relation to Cadbury chocolate (if you’d excuse the pun). We also have a Tumblr for the Baskerville Pups, and the account is full of Sherlock Holmes GIFs and fandoms, if you are interested in following along with our growing community (will leave the other social medias down below, managed by yours truly).

Another great find was based on Holmes’ “…curious little work upon the influence of a trade upon the form of the hand, with lithotypes of the hands of slaters, sailors, corkcutters, compositors, weavers, and diamond-polishers…”

In 1907 Dr. Alfred Gradenwitz, a writer for Scientific American, wrote an article The Influence of Profession on the Shape of the Hand. Now we ponder if SIGN had any influence, and what other great data can the consulting detective lead us to.

Let’s be (unofficial) consulting detectives at the Department of Deductions and Diagnostics (DDD). We share valuable data and interesting finds for thinkers like you. #SherlockHolmes

Now the Baskerville Pups will like to continue the canonical journey with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This compilation written by ACD has twelve stories inside:

  1. A Scandal in Bohemia SCAN
  2. The Red-Headed League REDH
  3. A Case of Identity CASE (no Granada)
  4. The Boscombe Valley Mystery BOSC
  5. The Five Orange Pips FIVE (no Granada)
  6. The Man with the Twisted Lip TWIS
  7. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle BLUE (Christmas Special!)
  8. The Adventure of the Speckled Band SPEC
  9. The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb ENGI (no Granada)
  10. The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor NOBL
  11. The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (no Granada) BERY
  12. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches COPP

This edition can extend until the early next year, since this would be lots of reading. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) would be our Christmas special for this December!

We can also follow along the majority of the stories by watching the Granada series. No specific order is necessary; however, when discussing a particular story, please leave the abbreviation (underline above) at the top of your comment.

Can we read the #SherlockHolmes stories before the Blue Carbuncle BEFORE CHRISTMAS?! Join the challenge on Goodreads with us. We might have a surprise in store!

I think that’ll be all for now! There will be a new article at the end of this month, updating you on our endeavors. You are always invited to share your favorite Sherlockian moments with us. If you or someone you know might be interested in reading the Canon, please join and share. It’s a great pleasure to share our love for Sherlock Holmes with you!

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Welcome to the Baskerville Pups— an online forum for novices in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. The canon of fifty-six short stories and four novels is quite a mountain to climb; so, becoming a fluent Sherlockian could take some time. We welcome all backgrounds, young and old, to group together here and on our forums to delve into the Sherlock Holmes universe, taking it one book at a time. Our community stretches from WordPress, Goodreads and Medium. We will read a book a month. Before starting the book reads, the kick-starting month shall start with an introduction to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes' background. The monthly themes will be introduced and discussed on this WordPress platform, on a post. The Pups will come together to plan the activities and group research. The discussions that we decided on WordPress will then be created on our Goodreads book-club here, since the forum formats may be better organized. By the end of the month, our editor (and Pups if they choose to write) will make a summarizing article (or more) on Medium, based on the monthly theme.

Books we’re currently reading

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Start date: October 10, 2021

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