Sunday, December 11, 2005

Sherlock Holmes, At Your Door

Sherlock Holmes can be delivered to your door, in its original serialized form, thanks to the grand people at Stanford University! Actual facsimilies of the Strand Magazine, with illustrations, are available to anyone who signs up.

In this electronic world, where we've all been trained to expect things to be available instantly, this is a refreshing return to the olden days. Soap operas still do this today, as do the better fiction-blogs: leaving the audience hanging with a what happens next? Make them wait, in great anticipation, for the next entry. Doyle was an expert at suspense; I'm certain his works will have much the same effect today as they did a hundred years ago.

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