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Jan 26, 2013

Show N' Read Saturday #7–SHERLOCK


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A weekly meme hosted by Diantha Jones where we share and rate TV shows and movies we've seen, and the books that we have read or have now been inspired to read.


This week I watched:

Sherlock (2010–) on BBC One



Co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves plays Inspector Lestrade. The iconic details from Conan Doyle's original books remain – they live at the same address of 221b Baker Street, have the same names and, somewhere out there, Moriarty is waiting for them. (BBC One)

I was completely shocked by how freaking awesome this show is. From episode one, I was hooked. It's so fast-paced and utterly thrilling that I watched the entire first season/series in one day. The actors are amazing. Benedict Cumberbatch really embodies the modern-day Sherlock Holmes and all of his mind-bending quirks. Martin Freeman (Bilbo!) is just great as Watson and beyond hilarious. He kept me laughing the entire time because he just doesn't have a clue what's going on. I'm currently on season two and can't wait to watch more. If you like crime thrillers, then I highly recommend this TV series.

My rating: 5/5 STARS

In addition, Sherlock Holmes the movie is also pretty cool. It stars Robert Downey Jr. (I love him) and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson. If you're more of the mindless-entertainment watcher and don't really like to think while amidst a cinematic adventure, then this movie is for you. While fun and full of action, it doesn't reek of sheer brilliance like the BBC series. But still, I liked it.

P.S. I did not watch this movie this week. It just seemed wrong to leave it out.

My rating: 3/5 STARs



Currently reading:

The Hour of Predators by Lane Stark (2011)

Two gruesome murders have shocked and divided the community of Bella Coola, a small, isolated village in a remote river valley on the coast of British Columbia. The evidence points to a teenaged Nuxalk boy, and the simmering tension between whites and tribe members heats up. RCMP Inspector Marcus Chao must sort through misleading clues, cultural conflicts, tangled relationships, sexual scandals, and even rumors of sorcery to find the truth.

Marcus is a man whose life has skidded into remorse and misery. His own infidelity has ended his marriage to the woman he still loves, and now he finds himself with only two things to keep his sinking spirits afloat: the need to serve justice and his eternal fascination with solving the puzzle of the crime. This latest puzzle, however, is proving to be a maze of intrigue, and his mettle as well as his principles will be tested. (Goodreads)


This book was submitted to me for review and so far, it's a winner (and the very first crime thriller I've ever read)(Yes, it's true). Marcus Chao (the lead character) is a detective and very Sherlock Holmes-esque. The way he breaks down a scene, tries to picture himself as the perpetrator and see a crime through the culprit's eyes is quite comparable to the storybook detective. There are, of course, major differences between Holmes and Chao in way of personalities, but the bottomline is the same: they always get their man (or woman).

Update 2/28/2013: See my review of this book HERE. I gave it 4 stars. :D


Book I want to read:

Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, #1) by James Patterson (1993)


Seeing as The Hour of Predators has introduced me into the world of crime thrillers, I guess now is the time to find out if the master of crime thrillers, James Patterson, actually deserves this title. I actually own three JP novels, but have never cracked them open. I will one day. One day soon, too. I really want to start with this one (even though Tyler Perry has totally ruined the character for me with his less-than-thrilling portrayal in the movie, Alex Cross).






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