Following on from my blog post on what to collect (see here) I thought I would move on to look at book preservation - albeit in an amateur way.
I feel that, if you are a collector of all things Sherlock Holmes (or of Victoriana in general), there are some things that you should have. I generally confine my collecting to printed material but there are a few objects that I simply had to have.
Not all that long ago I used Scoop.it to circulate an article that looked at the reasons why some people love Mr Cumberbatch and some reasons why they don't. I didn't write it myself and I did not favour one side over the other. Yet for the simple act of circulating it I came in for some insults on Twitter. One person, by way of retaliation for my obvious insult to her idol, said that I had the most pathetic Sherlockian blog on the internet (or sentiments to that effect).
I don’t need to explain what this is. Most people will already have a pretty good idea and those who don’t can visit the website for details. I have no intention of going deeply into the arguments being voiced by both sides. There are plenty of others out there doing that already.
In 1898 two detective stories were published by Arthur Conan Doyle. Both revolved around train-related crimes and both involved an unnamed detective who was less than successful. They were entitled The Lost Special and The Man with the Watches.
I admit to being firmly on the road to becoming a fuddy-duddy (I hope that means the same in all countries) so, given that I have a lot of teens to 20-somethings on my Twitter, a great amount of what I read is littered with terms I really don’t grasp.
It is important that you note that this is a limited review based on the quarter or so of the book I have read up to the point of writing. It may seem unfair to judge a book based only on a percentage of its content but the comments I will be making will be confined to what I have read and are subject to change as I progress through the book.
Arthur Conan Doyle was a fan of boxing. It was arguably his favourite sport and his love of it was well known. If anyone had been in doubt as to his interest those doubts would have been quelled with the publication of his book Rodney Stone in 1896. This book revolved around the bare-knuckle boxing that took place during the British regency period.