I got the book!

Although I’m a self-confessed horror fiction fan, I concede that reading terrifying stories for a sustained period of time could be tiresome, even boring and depressing. I have to space them out over a long period of time, something I could get to later when I need my dose of horror again.

So what do I read in the intervening time? I try to read anything that piques my interest and not be limited to certain genres. At the very least, I would try a highly rated book in a particular genre and see if I like it. Currently I’m reading Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside by Katrina Firlik, a neuro-surgeon. In this book, she talks about the different aspects of her job – how she got into it, the emotional side of medicine, the intricacies of the brain and how little we still know about it and even lawsuits. I’m still halfway through it but I’m enjoying it so far.

Another thing I’m into is detective fiction, specifically Sherlock Holmes. The first Holmes story I read was The Adventure of Three Garridebs, which was included in my grade school literature book. I liked it so much, I’ve re-read it a dozen times. It wasn’t until I met Geejay that I found out there are more stories about Holmes out there. I saw him with his nose buried into a thick paperback, Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories. When I saw the cover of the book, I nearly snatched the book from him. I didn’t of course, as I didn’t know him well then. But you can bet that I hurried to a local bookstore to find the same book. Imagine my delight when I saw that there were 2 volumes of them! Needless to say, I bought both books and had a terrific time reading more about my favourite detective.

I later discovered that several writers have written stories based on the characters Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has created. Heaps of new tales have been now been printed which features Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Professor Moriarty and Irene Adler which Conan Doyle have no hand in creating. The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a copy of which I bought in a book shop in Canberra, boasts of new Holmes tales written by Edward D Hoch, Stephen King, John Lutz and other authors. The compilation was a good one, but it never reached the quality of Conan Doyle’s creations.

A couple of weeks ago while I was looking for new stories to read, I found out that Conan Doyle’s son, Adrian (with John Dickson Carr), had tried his hand at creating new mysteries for Holmes to solve. It was an old book and although it has been re-printed lately, it’s only available in online bookstores such as Emporium Books. Not sure if I wanted to shell out nearly $20 for the book (including shipping), I started to look in second-hand bookstores around the CBD without success.

Then I remembered Penny Syber’s book shop along Chapel Street, which has a big collection of old books. Last weekend, we went there and I headed straight for the crime fiction section and there, waiting for me, is a copy of the book! Sure, it has creases on its cover and the pages are yellowed with age but so what, I could still read what’s printed. It was selling for a mere $5 (except one could argue we spent money on the petrol and parking too going there from Werribee but hey, we made an afternoon of walking along Chapel Street and browsing the other shops too).

So, have I read the book yet? Nope, it’s now nestled in our bookshelf, waiting for me to finish with brain book I’m currently finishing. I’m already excited though, imagine, 12 new adventures with Holmes! I sure hope they’re all good stories and worth the trouble and the wait.

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