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Hello there, I'm new. "hi" yeah, uh...

Okay, I really liked A Study in Emerald. I really enjoy more "horror" stories that aren't mind numbingly terrifying, but if you think it over, may give you the "chill down your spine syndrome". I hope there's more. I hope that Mr. Gaiman will write more Lovecraftian-horror.
 
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welcome She of Small Combat Boots. is there any shorter way to call you?

anyhow, i was saying, welcome aboard! come join a bunch of weird people in World's End, that's where you'll find most of the posters are!

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Study in emerald won the hugo for best novelette.

You can read about it on the noreascon site and on Neil gaiman's journal


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The Study In Emerald on the site seems different, shorter, than the one I read IRL. Or is it just me?
 
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I think it might be the format. I just reread it after reading the original days ago and nothing seemed to be missing.


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Somehow the Great October Revolution sounds that much more appealing Smile


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The emerald green frame arrived for the poster of A Study in Emerald yesterday. After much fumbling and cursing myself for only allowing an eighth of an inch overlap by the matting I got it assembled and hanging on the wall across from the WC. It looks so cool and now there will always be some reading material for whoever needs it. Wink

What a great idea for a short story.


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Hey Parrot, would love to see a picture of your framed poster! Sounds really cool. I was trying to come up with a good color for this, and when I read your post I thought, "well, duh!". Love to see it.

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I adored it...The whole collection was fantastic.
 
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Reading 'A Study in Emerald' was when I realised Gaiman had gone from being a good writer, to being a great writer. Truly brilliant.
 
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I currently have a copy of Fragile Things with me, and it sounds like my cup of tea. As an interesting tidbit, the guy who makes the Calls for Cthulhu episode was praising it, and said something to the extent that Neil Gaiman was a great author. http://www.callsforcthulhu.com/
Unearthly terrors from the tales of H.P. meet Sherlock Holmes. Should be interesting. I'll give my two cents when I'm finished.


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I've read it now, and I liked it, but I sensed that I was missing something, so I checked the plot summary on wikipedia to see if there was some intellectual or subtle point that I had missed. Nothing like that. As it turns out, I was just stupid enough to decide not to have read any Sherlock Holmes stories before going into this. *sigh*
That's a perfect example of the potential problem with pastiches: you have to know what it's talking about to get it. And now I've ruined any surprise I might get out of it on a reread (assuming I've read some Holmes stories at that point).

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The royal family as murderous aliens?

Been reading David Icke, Neil?
 
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It maybe a coincidence, but Holmes signs himself as 'Rache' meaning a sniffer dog, a bloodhound.
And in the film YOUNG SHERLOCK HOlMES Moriarty goes under the name of Rathe.

Could be nothing.
 
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In what language does 'rache' mean bloodhound?

In German 'rache' means revenge, and it's a direct reference to 'A Study In Scarlet', the first Holmes story.





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Maybe it looked like I was saying Rache just meant bloodhound. I was offering the alternative meaning to revenge.

http://dictionary.die.net/rache

"Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Rach \Rach\, Rache \Rache\, n. [AS. r[ae]cc; akin to Icel.
rakki.] (Zo["o]l.)
A dog that pursued his prey by scent, as distinguished from
the greyhound. [Obs.]"

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It is old english.

http://bloodhoundclub.co.uk/History/20.htm


Bloodhound would be too specific. It is a sniffer dog.

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Great story. One thing did confuse me, and it might just be because I haven't read all of the Holmes stories.

Why does Holmes decide to kill the Elder Gods? From what I've read of him, Holmes, while being of a rational mindpoint, also says that if there is no evidence to prove otherwise, then the impossible is actually possible, or something to that effect. So if there is no evidence to say otherwise that the Elders are not what they say they are, why doesn't Holmes believe it?
 
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I just read this, didn't see the twist coming but in retrospect there are enough clues: "Sherry Vernet" is a giveaway, as Holmes claimed to be related to the French Vernet family and ACD had originally planned to call him "Sherringford".
 
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