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The Mary Russell Companion (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Laurie R. King

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The world of Mary Russell, apprentice-turned-partner of the great detective Sherlock Holmes, has long fascinated her followers. Over the course of ten Memoirs and a number of short stories, Russell has revealed much about her life—but far more has gone unexplored.
Filled with new and original material, The Mary Russell Companion helps to close that gaping chasm of ignorance. With lavish illustrations and a firm commitment to academic formalities, the Companion serves as a guide to all things Russell.
First and foremost, it is an Entertainment. Fun and informative essays alternate with the words of Miss Russell herself, with supplemental material that appears here in print for the first time.
Second, it is an aid to scholarship. Key elements of the Memoirs are brought together in one place: maps of Russell’s travels, a detailed chronology of the books, biographies of the central players (those known to Arthur Conan Doyle, those known to the world at large, and those seen exclusively in the Russell Memoirs), and reviews of this remarkable woman’s extraordinary set of skills: all that is known about Russell’s history through the first ten of her Memoirs.
In the interest of scrupulous scholarship, the first two chapters of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice are given a close and detailed series of annotations with the assistance of the Crime world’s preeminent Annotator, Leslie S. Klinger, focusing on everything from a description of gorse to an analysis of the number of times Sherlock Holmes laughs, chuckles, and expresses amusement in the Conan Doyle stories.
Beyond a compilation of facts, however, the Companion aims at context and analysis, with commentaries on many aspects of Mary Russell’s life. Is Russell a feminist? What are her thoughts about God? Why did she choose Laurie R. King as an agent to publish the Memoirs—and what does she think about their being called “novels” “by” Laurie R. King? How do Russell’s thoughts and experiences intersect with those of her literary agent, and how much did King borrow from Miss Russell’s academic work when it came to writing her Master’s Thesis?
Yes, there’s even a discreet chapter on the Russell-Holmes love life.
A floor plan of the Sussex house Russell shares with Sherlock Holmes and Mrs Hudson is joined by a review of what generations of Holmes scholars have said about its location. There are three interviews between Miss Russell and her literary agent, one of which, new for the Companion, celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the first Russell/King collaboration, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. There are even recipes contributed by Mrs Hudson, and her musings on the comparative stimulants of tea and coffee in the Holmes household.
Until Miss Russell chooses to pen her own Companion, The Mary Russell Companion is the definitive guide to the world of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 9301 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 323 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Laurie R. King (30 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00K1P7A84
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Marvelous -fans will love this 1 mai 2014
Par Shy Guy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed this . . .companion. It is a completely apt name for something that contains excerpts (with pictures-yay!), annotated previously published works, a series of interviews between LRK and Russell that are charmingly difficult for LRK, maps, character outlines among other fun things. It's like Pinterest meets LRK's notes, meets Marie Russell. Conan Doyle fits in smoothly as well. I felt like I spent the morning with people I found fascinating and entertaining, and who gave me a Mrs. Hudson recipe.

No spoilers to give away--just a lovely fun time immersed in Laurie's and Mary's world. Even for the biggest fan I am sure there is something you have not seen yet, as well as new ways of looking at previously published works.

I recommend reading on a ereader- not a paper white. Color pictures and links will work so much better on the Kindle Fire or IPad.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful! 1 mai 2014
Par Sabrina - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a must have for every fan of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes novels. Tons of extras, historical fact, and even a map of Holmes and Russell's cottage.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absolutely delightful. 6 mai 2014
Par Douglas Kott - Publié sur Amazon.com
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And all the more so, for knowing it is a private labor of love, by the author, her family and friends (and not the publisher).

The annotated "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" is just about priceless. It is illustrated, with lots of photographs and art work, but the annotations alone are fascinating.

I agree, a color-compatible iPad or e-reader is the best choice for reading.

Thanks, to all who worked on this!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must for any Mary Russell fan 4 mai 2014
Par Kona305 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a must for any Mary Russell fan. Beautifully illustrated and detailed, the Companion is a resource for all who enjoy this marvelous series. The Beekeeper's Apprentice appeared 20 years ago this year, and the Companion is an homage to all things Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 My bottom line is, I would like to see each book have the same scrutiny applied as to the first. 29 mai 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For a Companion to the presently published this is a decent piece of scholarship; however, I am always a bit skeptical about Companions or Compendiums written before the last work has been published: And if I understand the "game" as Ms King calls it, Mary Russell isn't dead yet and her Memoirs aren't finished being published.

My main criticism for this Companion, though, is that Ms King seemed to invest a great deal of attention to the first in the series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice; but appears to lose the intensity of focus once into the rest of the series - as if she ran out of time or patience or interest in finishing. It strikes me as comparable to a student's assignment to address a body of work and the student simply ran out of time or space or interest in the topic and skimmed over the later works. Don't misunderstand, however, this Companion is well written, delightfully footnoted, and tenaciously researched. It is just, quite sadly, not a companion for all the works, but only the first. My bottom line is, I would like to see each book have the same scrutiny applied as to the first.
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