This should go without saying, but I so loved the surprise ending of this episode that I'm going to say it anyway just in case: there are major spoilers for the third season finale of Sherlock in here. If you haven't seen His Last Vow yet, I beg you not to read further. Now that … Continue reading His Last Vow: Moffat Does Everything I Normally Hate and Yet I Loved It
I sat on this review for a few days, hoping that I could stir up more thoughtful commentary. Instead, I'm left with a late review filled entirely with the thoughts I had as soon as the credits rolled on Sunday night: that The Sign of Three was a hilarious, adorable and completely endearing waste of … Continue reading Why is Sherlock’s Third Season Treading So Much Water?
When Sherlock busted through a glass window on Wednesday night, said window might as well have been laser etched with the words "THE FOURTH WALL!" written in comic sans. Because folks: that was some bullshit. Let me put all of my cards on the table here before I really get into it: I hate on-screen, … Continue reading The Empty Hearse: Equal Parts Love Letter and Restraining Order
On Sunday, Caitlin Moran -- bestselling author of How to Be a Woman and longtime writer for The Times -- hosted a Q&A panel for the BFI following the screening of the newest Sherlock episode, due out New Year's Day. And people are pissed. Apparently Moran dared to ask stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman … Continue reading Caitlin Moran’s Sherlock Fanfiction Stunt Isn’t a Big Deal
Normally the trajectory for any successful modern author is to write a book, have it adapted for a movie or a TV show and then sit back and collect easy Executive Producer royalties. Instead, Neil Cross went about things ass-backwards. He created the best modern detective show on TV (sorry, Sherlock) and then wrote a … Continue reading The Luther Tie-In is a Suprisingly Good Read
I caught the sneak preview of the first episode of CBS's modern Sherlock show, Elementary, and... I didn't hate it. Given that I was very much predisposed to hate it, that's higher praise than you'd think. I'm a huge fan of the Mark Gatiss/Steven Moffat version and there was a long and ugly saga surrounding … Continue reading Miller and Liu Make Elementary Work — Barely
Benedict Cumberbatch went on what was possibly the world's worst media tour for Parade's End over the past couple of weeks. Most infamous was his interview with the Radio Times in which the Sherlock actor bemoaned the shittiness of Downton Abbey's Season 2 (which he called "fucking atrocious") and threatened to move to the United … Continue reading Parade’s End, Part I: A Bit of a Mess
The difficult thing about a book blog is that, unlike movies, nothing really compels me to exclusively read and review new releases. Mainly because trustworthy, unbiased and professional reviews are hard enough to find for new books -- let alone to find on a website that collects and processes them as efficiently as Rottentomatoes. So … Continue reading Neil Gaiman and the Problem of Fan Interaction
Professor Moriarty is just excruciatingly dull. Please don't read it. I kept going with the hope that something about it would pick up, but it just goes around and around in circles. I found it so hard to focus that I kept waking up every five pages with no clear idea of what was happening, … Continue reading Moriarty Sucks. Don’t Read It.
First, I'd like to point out that this is Kim Newman. So just absorb that for a moment. Second, I'm a little further along in the book than I was in my last post, and Moriarty is still failing to establish itself as a real stand-alone novel. Instead, it seems to be a collection of … Continue reading Sherlock Fever, Part 2: In Which I Question the Point of This Novel