Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Birthday Blog Party for Sherlock Holmes!

The party is afoot!  I'm so glad you could join me in celebrating one of my favorite characters of all time.  Just a couple of instructions on how this works, so settle into your armchair with your pipe or cup of tea or brandy or whatever you're celebrating with.  Then, copy The Good Old Index of Questions onto your blog (or put them in a note set to "Public" in Facebook if you don't blog) and answer them there -- and please include a link back here somewhere in your post!  Then come back here and add a link to your post to the link-up widget.  And then enter the giveaway!  How absurdly simple, right?

EDIT:  There is no time limit on this party!  The giveaway ends Jan 13, but you can join the party and link-up any time.

Feel free to add one of these images to your post, or the one I used above.






The Good Old Index of Questions

1.  When and how did you first encounter Sherlock Holmes?

2.  Please share a fact or two about yourself related to Holmes.  (You've read the whole canon, you've been to Baker Street, you're an official BSI member, etc.)

3.  What are three of your favorite Holmes adventures?

4.  What draws you to the Sherlock Holmes stories?

5.  If you were going to give Sherlock Holmes a birthday present, what would it be?

6.  If you could climb into a Holmes story and replace any one character for a day, who would you like to be?

7.  Please share some of your favorite Holmes-related quotes!


The Link-Up


The Giveaway


I am giving away three brand-new books!




  • In the Company of Sherlock Holmes:  Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger.  This is a hardcover copy of the book, which was published just before Christmas, and contains stories by authors like Cornelia Funke, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Connelly, and Harlan Ellison.  I have not finished reading my own copy, so I can't tell you what the content level is, but you can read here what I thought of its predecessor, A Study in Sherlock.  Please note that these are inspired by the canon, so while some stories include the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, some are about characters who have been influenced by the canon stories and so on.


  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Paperback, with an afterword by Anne Perry.


  • Sherlock Holmes:  The Essential Mysteries in One Sitting by Jennifer Kasius.  This is a tiny hardcover book with recaps of twelve famous canon stories and illustrations, including many by Sidney Paget.  It also has little essays on "The Life of Sherlock Holmes" and "Essential Characters in the World of Sherlock Holmes."  Great fun for new and long-time fans of Holmes alike!


This giveaway is open world-wide.  I will choose the winners one week from today, which is Tuesday, January 13, 2015.  I will then email the winners at the address provided to the widget, and they will have one week to reply with their mailing address.  If a winner does not reply by Tuesday, January 20th, I will disqualify them and pick a new winner.

PLEASE make sure your information for the giveaway widgets includes your current email address so that if you win a prize, you'll get my email informing you that you won!

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23 comments:

  1. Blogger doesn't like me. Okay. First, I apologize for putting two blogpost links in, but the first one is wrong. So sorry.

    Choices: Laurie King, Hound of the Baskervilles and "Essential Mysteries" in that order.

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    1. Fear not! I used my wizardly powers to delete the wrong link :-) All fixed!

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    2. Excellent! You have powers I had not perceived! :)

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  2. This looks like so much fun! I'm kind of a newbie Sherlock Holmes fan, but I'm a fan none the less. (-: If I were to win one of the give aways I'd like to win In The Company of Sherlock Holmes. It looks like a really cool book! Hopefully I can join the party on my blog. It's a busy week for me, but I'd love to join.(-:

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    1. Newbie fans are welcome! I hope you find time to join the party :-)

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  3. Hello, I just entered the party :) Did the tag and will get to work with a couple of my own Sherlocky Holmesy posts for the week!

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    1. Excellent! I'm hoping to have time this evening to start reading peoples' posts :-) Looking forward to your other Holmesian posts too!

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    2. Oh, and if you want to link your other posts here during the week with the Linky thing, that's fine by me!

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  4. I entered the party, too! :D I don't know if I'll be able to do much else, but I did do the tag :D

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    1. Well, the tag is kind of all I have planned for this party :-o It's not a big hullabaloo like the Tolkien party cuz I was busy over the holidays. And everyone else was too, so... it's a small party :-)

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  5. Hopefully we can answer the questions without doing all the linking & stuff? I don't really want to be involved in the drawing.

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    1. Sure, you can answer the questions without linking up here. The point of the link-up is just that we can all read each others' answers, then, and get to know some new bloggers, make some like-minded friends, etc. Adding a link to a blog post doesn't enter you into the drawing. Just like there are ways to enter the drawing without participating in the link-up :-)

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  6. Thank you! This was a lot of fun! :)

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    1. Thanks for participating! I can't wait to have time to read your answers :-D

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  7. Thanks for the party!! I had a lot of fun answering the Good Old Index of Questions!!

    My first choice would be Sherlock Holmes: The Essential Mysteries in One Sitting.
    My second choice would be In The Company of Sherlock Holmes.
    And my third choice would be The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    Thanks again!!

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  8. I am kind of late to the party, but I posted about it too!

    And to answer that question, of the prizes, I like the In the Company of Sherlock Holmes.

    -James

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    1. I know not everyone has time to blog every day, so that is totally fine! I know some people don't even get to read blogs except on weekends, or only during the week, etc, so there's no time constraint on this :-)

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  9. I am a bit late but I just discovered your blog. Would you allow me to translate the questions to French for my blog is in French and some of my readers don't speak English ? I will obviously link to your blog.

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    1. Sure! That would be really cool! And like I just said to James in the comment above, you're not late. I look forward to reading your answers! (Albeit translated into English, lol. I took a little French in high school, but the German I took in college pretty well replaced it.)

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    2. Great ! My answers are on my blog. I hope you can google translate them and get something that makes sense. If you want, I can also translate them for you :)

      Thank you for organising this party. It was a great idea and I had much fun answering your questions :)

      I'd like to take part in the giveaway and if I win, my first choice would be : ' In The Company of Sherlock Holmes', my second choice would be : 'Sherlock Holmes: The Essential Mysteries in One Sitting' and my third choice would be : 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'.

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  10. It's too bad I just remembered about this party, I hope I made this right.
    My preferences of prizes:
    1st : In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, 2nd : The Essential Mysteries in One Sitting, 3rd : The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Thanks for organizing this party.

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    1. Better late than never! I'm glad you had time to participate :-)

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