The Best and Wisest Men Go On Hiatus

After watching the comm for a couple of weeks and thinking about it a lot, I've decided to put our reading on hiatus for a while. It's a big job to keep up with, even with the help of my fellow mods, and there just doesn't appear to be much interest, which is totally okay. I've really enjoyed the discussions we've had, and it's my hope that the hiatus will be temporary. Sherlock's second season begins in a few short months, including a Hound of the Baskervilles episode; perhaps that will renew interest in rereading the originals. In the meantime, maybe myself and the other mods can come up with strategies to keep the comm a fun and exciting place. Thanks to everyone who contributed; I really appreciate your ongoing enthusiasm and really thoughtful discussions. Keep a weather eye out, and I'll be sure to inform you when we climb out of Reichenbach Falls.

Watchalong News

First off, happy birthday to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We are all indebted to him for such fantastic work and such unforgettable characters. Congratulations to the BAFTA winners, as well, which were of a decidedly Sherlockian bent.

According to the polls, there is in fact an interest in a watchalong. What we'll do is this: we will collectively decide on a date and a list of our favorite Hardwicke episodes. We'll pick a start time, and simply watch the episodes in order for however many hours we can stand. This will allow people to pop in and out at will, and give all of our timezones a chance to participate. I am welcome to any and all suggestions in terms of dates and episodes. Regrettably, this coming weekend is out because of Memorial Day in the US. I'll be taken away from internet access and wouldn't be able to even start the post.

So it'll be a bit later, but the watchalong is a go! What day/episodes would you like to suggest?
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Poll - Edward Hardwicke

As most of you have heard, Edward Hardwicke, talented actor and the Watson to Jeremy Brett's iconic Holmes, passed away this week. By all accounts, Hardwicke was a lovely man, and certainly played the role of Dr. John Watson with memorable skill.

It was suggested to me by some members of the comm that we should hold a watchalong in memory of Mr. Hardwicke. I know a lot of our members are Granada fans, and for those of you new to the fandom, probably courtesy of Sherlock, the Granada series is certainly worth watching, not the least for Hardwicke's Watson. So! Everybody put in your two cents in regards to the watchalong. It would also really help me if, assuming you would like to do the watchalong, you could make suggestions in regards to dates, times, and episodes that work for you. Just leave 'em in the comments.

Would you like to participate in an Edward Hardwicke memorial watchalong?

I have another idea I'll post in the comments.
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Hound of the Baskervilles, Ch. 7-8 - Discussion Post...of sorts

Some of you may have been wondering where the hell this week's discussion post has gone.

Some of you may not have wondered at all.

The story is a sad one, but I shall spare all of you the horrible details. Suffice it to say that when I started the job I have now, I had no idea there would be so much overtime involved. Or illness. Children are plague bearers, essentially. AVOID.

Since it is so late in the week and I was such a failure at getting this off the ground, what we'll do is double up on the discussion next week. That means Tuesday we'll hit up chapters 7-10.

Happy reading. Don't fall into any mire.
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Poll - Hound of the Baskervilles

Well, friends, I am desperately sorry for last week's radio silence. LJ's twitching made even logging on difficult, and posting nigh impossible. I cursed futilely and then comforted myself with brownies. So there you go.

At any rate, according to the publication schedule we're following, this week we're due to start Hound of the Baskervilles, aka Everyone's Favorite Holmes Novel. I realize I cheated and told you to read Empty House, but I for one can't handle ending on Holmes' death, so we veered a bit off course. Hound was published in between Final Problem and Empty House, though, so we should get started. All that remains is asking how you want to go about it. So...

Poll #1729172 Hound of the Baskervilles

How would you like to read Hound of the Baskervilles?

One chapter per week. I'm a busy person.
Two chapters a week. This is the good novel.
Three chapters a week. I LOVE IT.
Four chapters a week. I AM INSANE.
I'm not reading, so I choose zero chapters. Fie on you.

Next Monday, we'll kick off the discussion!