Friday, August 7, 2009

Daily Thoughts 8/7/2009

Louisa May Alcott

Daily Thoughts 8/7/2009

I am almost done weeding the 700s. We also choose items to be moved to storgage, select things which need mending, and suggest location changes as part of our weeding process. It has been a slow steady process. I'll probably be starting on the 800s with a colleague.

I finished reading Harry and The Pirates by Brian Lumley on the train to work. It was an enjoyable short work. I've picked up a copy of Keeping Customers, A Harvard Business Review Book, Edited with an Introduction by John J. Sviokla and Benson P. Shapiro.

Our bookmobile has been going out once a week to the senior centers. We are getting a lot more requests for large print books. Today, I looked for some books on vikings which one of the older gentlemen requested. We also have gotten some requests on the artist Erte recently.

On the train home, I read The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson. A lawyer rents an office at the location of 221B and receives letters addressed to Sherlock Holmes. One of them contains a mystery. There is only a very tenuous link to Sherlock Holmes in this novel. It reads much more like a suspense novel than a mystery. This combination threw me off while I was reading it. It was not what you expect when you read a story that is tied to Sherlock Holmes. The story was entertaining, but it was not what I was looking for which was a Sherlock Holmes pastiche with Sherlock Holmes characters.

I also watched Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Watson. This was a dvd of a black and white film. Sherlock Holmes spirits a scientist out of Nazi occupied Switzerland. He must stop Professor Moriarty from getting the scientists invention and selling it to the nazis. This is Sherlock Holmes in the service of the allies during World War II. It had a very anachronistic feeling to it. You usually think of Sherlock Holmes being in gaslight. It was a different take on Sherlock Holmes as a kind of war hero. The film was released in 1942. The film was based on the Sherlock Holmes short story, The Adventure of the Dancing Men.

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