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Sherlock Holmes: Doyle's writings vs. Downey's Performance in the 2009 movie of the same name

For the Holmesian among us, how many here think Downey remained true to Doyle's conceptions of Holmes and Watson's characterizations?I for…

Started by Leane Roffey Line

686 Dec 24, 2015
Reply by SouthernGothic

Neil Gaiman

Love and discuss!

Started by Miss Anne Thrope

26 Oct 11, 2015
Reply by Lady N

Reading suggestions for a young, yet exceedingly brilliant child

Good day ladies, gentlemen, and those scoundrels among us!   My darling niece, whom I completely adore, is quite a voracious reader.  She h…

Started by Lady Regina "Reckless" Olivet

32 Oct 3, 2015
Reply by Sapphire Rose

OUR CLASSICS: Lovecraft, Asimov, Shelley, Stoker.... etc

Bring it on!

Started by Miss Anne Thrope

79 Jun 22, 2015
Reply by SouthernGothic

Victorian Vampires: Varney and Carmilla

"Penny dreadfuls" were cheaply printed Gothic novels in serialized form Before Dracula, There Was Varney Before Bram Stoker publi…

Started by Stephanie Abbott

2 May 29, 2015
Reply by Melanie Atherton Allen


Not every book is worth finishing . Tell us about the book you failed to finish and why it annoyed you. Or perhaps  the book you finished e…

Started by Prof. Sebastian Fate

260 Apr 4, 2015
Reply by Prof. Sebastian Fate

Barker and Lewellyn

Basil: Has anyone read Will Thomas's Barker and Lewellyn mysteries? We're partway through the latest one, 'Fatal Enquiry,' and so far are q…

Started by Basil Weeks and Cyril Tewksbury

2 Jul 29, 2014
Reply by Basil Weeks and Cyril Tewksbury

Sherlock Holmes copyright to be tested in Court

Leslie Klinger, noted Holmsian scholar, has filed a civil lawsuit against the Conan Doyle Estate to determine that the characters of Sherlo…

Started by The Duke

19 Jun 18, 2014
Reply by Prof. Sebastian Fate

Good fantasy series?

I need a really good series to read. i really liked The Kiesha'ra Series by Amelia Atwater Rhodes.   

Started by Madame Guillotine

4 Apr 23, 2013
Reply by D. J. Hacker

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is Magical!!!

I think this new book is one of my all-time favorites. It takes place around the turn of the century and involves a complex duel of magic,…

Started by Calamus "Captain Cal" Mandrake

4 Dec 30, 2012
Reply by The Contessa of Vintage


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