by Steve Tribe
Cover Artist: Colin Hutton / Hartswood Films LTD.
Review by Gayle Surrette
Dey Street Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780062402349
Date: 27 October 2015 List Price $29.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Do you love Sherlock Holmes and Watson in all their incarnations? How about Sherlock? Reading Sherlock: Chronicles was a delight.
I've been a fan of Sherlock Holmes since grade school and ran through all the books by Conan Doyle, as well as the comic versions, I could find. In later years, I read the collected works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, thereby getting to read all the ones I'd never previously seen. Then came pastiches and retooled characters in the future environments or far away lands. And the movies, I mustn't forget the movies and the series. Even so, in reading the introductory material in the Sherlock: Chronicles, I learned some new information about the characters, the author, and even gathered a list of movies titles that I'd somehow missed.
While the introductory material is well worth the purchase of the book, along with its amazing photography, there's more. The book covers the first three seasons with sections on character traits, behind the scenes photos, information on costumes, set dressing, and bits of scripts that were deleted scenes.
It took me a long time to go through this book as I re-watched some of the episodes with the book open on my lap to get a feel for what went on to make the magic -- the behind the scenes that made it so real to a viewer.
Normally, I'd say a coffee table book is nice for the photos but not really worth having after you page through it a few times. Sherlock: Chronicles is actually a wealth of information and a resource for anyone who has a love of the original character and this amazing update to modern time.