First off, I would like to congratulate Mr. Chris Hadfield on his safe return after spending five months at the International Space Station. He has become somewhat of a celebrity, right up there with Neil Armstrong, but fame is not all that him and his fellow astronauts sought. No, their main task was to perform a series of tests in order to measure the changes in their bone density, nutrition levels and other similar effects directly related to prolonged stays in space. If we ever hope to set foot on mars, we have to be able to counteract such effects, which makes this information highly valuable. With his return, however, we probably won’t see any more astronauts trekking through space for the next few years, but that just means plenty of time for the space engineers to do what they do best; take what we have and make it better.
And now for my own personal review of the sixth story in my Sherlock collection; The Man with the Twisted Lip.
After a distraught Mrs. Whitney stumbles into the home of Dr. Watson, he sets out to find the ladies husband, who seems to have wandered off somewhere to indulge in a batch of opium. It wasn’t long before he found Mr. Whitney, pale and incoherent, sitting more or less alone in a pub. After sending him home in a cab, who should Dr. Watson also encounter but his friend Sherlock, disguised as a decrepit old man with an opium pipe in his lap. And then off they rode from their, the confident Sherlock leading a rather confused Watson as he blindly follows the great detective on yet another quest. Funny enough, this quest will lead them right back to the opium den in which Dr. Watson had located Sherlock that very evening, for he wished to look into a crime involving someone elses husband and coat pockets loaded with pennies and halfpennies. What does all of this add up to? You’ll just have to read and find out, but I can assure you that it will be quite thrilling adventure. This is one of the first stories which introduces Dr. Watson’s wife, if only very briefly, showing that his life does not revolve solely around Sherlock and his crazy quests. You also get a look at just how far Sherlock is willing to go to solve a puzzle, even if it means deceiving his best and only friend.
That’s all for today. As always, I encourage you to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below, and until next time, happy reading!