For a long time, my knowledge of Sherlock Holmes didn’t surpass the Sherlock Holmes-themed episode of Wishbone (see Best Kids TV), based on “A Scandal in Bohemia.”
I knew that Sherlock Holmes was a great detective, that he worked closely with Dr. John Watson, and that he was partial to pipes and deerstalker hats.
But there is so much more awesomeness to be had in this legend.
The Complete Brigadier Gerard by: Arthur Conan Doyle
Because this sentence is not an atypical one:
“Sometimes after a glass or two or of wine, I have found myself capable of thinking out surprising combinations, and have felt that if Napoleon had entrusted me with an army corps, things might have gone differently with him.”
Really, that’s the whole reason I recommend the book; if you got a kick out of that sentence, like I did, then you’ll enjoy the book.
It’s all about a bombastic Frenchman who served in Napoleon’s army. Each chapter centers around a daring exploit the great Etienne Gerard participated in, and it’s all told via reminiscence.