Friday, February 10, 2012

Read This, Watch That: Fog of London Edition

We're feeling a pull to visit over the pond this week. We want to walk around in a fog and feel a bit like we're walking through the past. But airline tickets aren't really in our budget. So, here's our Read This, Watch That full of atmospheric dramas to take us straight to London without passing through customs first.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (see full review here)
On the very day that Rory Deveaux arrives at the London boarding school where she will spend the year, the first in a series of grisly murders occurs--murders that mimic exactly those of  Jack the Ripper. As the gruesome events unfold, the police have no leads. That is until Rory sees a strange man near the scene of one of the murders.  Even stranger, Rory's roommate who is right there with her doesn't see the man. What's that about? Is the strange man the murderer? Is he after Rory?
I'm not sure how she does it, but Maureen Johnson weaves together a murder mystery with romance, humor, and the supernatural and somehow it works--brilliantly.  Once you start, you will be turning the pages compulsively. (from this post)

Watch This
Sherlock (The BBC TV Show)
Do you already know about Benedict Cumberbatch? I'm guessing that you might... but he a) has the most fun name ever, b) is quickly becoming our favorite interpreter of Mr. Sherlock Holmes ever. He's prickly, whip smart, ridiculously quick witted and totally tact-less.

And don't get us started on Watson, played by Martin Freeman (who you might know from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) he's the perfect foil to Holmes and gives the show a bit of heart as well.

You can catch the first season of this show on DVD from us and you'll probably find yourself watching them back-to-back. It's easy to marathon a show that is this smart and well acted. Also, if you catch up now, you'll be totally ready for when season two hits PBS in the beginning of May.


WardL said...

Thank you, Thank you for introducing me to Sherlock. All television is quite dull in comparison. Name of the Star was really good as well.

nico said...

Yay! We are so glad you enjoyed both the book and the TV show! We love them both :) Thanks for commenting!