Continuing our exploration of the ins and outs of pop culture Bromance, today’s subjects hail from late 19th Century England. A relationship which has, in many ways, set the standard for the hero and sidekick dynamic so prevalent in today’s fiction, we would be remiss not to acknowledge the strange friendship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.
Parting is such sweet sorrow…especially when parted from your favorite show for as long as us Sherlockians have been. The last episode of BBC’s Sherlock season 2 aired in January of last year, leaving fans in suspense and tears for what has to be a record of a hiatus. Sure, the show’s lead stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, are off being awesome filming The Hobbit (which they are both in), and Star Trek: Into Darkness (featuring Benedict as the villain), but is that really an excuse to keep us waiting for so long? Production of season 3 is said to start filming in March of this year, with a release date sometime in late 2013 or early 2014.
How exactly do they expect us to wait for so long? Fear not, the Evil Geeks have your back. Below are 30 ways to survive the worst hiatus known to mankind. Be warned, this list includes spoilers for seasons 1 and 2.
We reserve our 8th day of Geeks-Mas for those literary concoctions that rattle the mind and soul (and also lay the groundwork for some pretty kick-ass movies! Ex. A little book about a wizard named Harry!) So if your nerd is a bookworm, then here’s an honest-to-god list that you can’t go wrong with…Enjoy!
Do you like pulp? Check out the Shadow’s Sanctum website. They specialize in 2 for 1’s printed from the original magazines with the two column page style and the actual pictures that originally accompanied them. They have a vast collection of both Doc Savage and The Shadow but others as well. Starting in January they’ll begin publishing reprints of the The Spider too! So if that’s your thing like old Biff here or if you’re looking for some rip roaring old school adventure than check it out, there’s a lot to choose from. You can see a list of their entire collection by going here.
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I don’t suppose you need us to recommend current popular literature, there are plenty of places for that. So instead I’ll offer some old favorites.
I’ll start off with the only man who can out-Batman the Dark Knight himself, Sherlock Holmes. Actually reading the old Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales can be very surprising to someone who was only familiar with the popular portrayals of the character. In recent years, some of the adaptions have followed the characterization a bit more closely, but before having read these myself years ago I was under the impression that Watson would have been mildly retarded and that Moriarty was more along the lines of Dr. Claw in his ominous presence.
Plus, with these stories being in the public domain you can get them very cheaply… or you can splurge and buy a relatively inexpensive high-end printing of them.
Hello Gang! Like my man Kang, I’m throwing you out an oldie but a goodie that many of you may have already read; but you never know, new nerds are born each day! So my recommendation to you is J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” I know, I know, this is a really old one and that is true, but it is still fantastic. As a kid this was one of my favorite books and although it may not have the epic feel of the LOTR trilogy, it is the setup to the entire tale. Tolkien laid tremendous groundwork in Middle Earth with this book, which can seem childish at times, but is a forever classic! It’s pretty small so you should be able to get through it in a few days and its available everywhere. If its new to you and wets your appetite, then go on and read The Lord of the Rings trilogy. For nothing else, those books will give you a new-found respect for Peter Jackson and his team for the amazing visual displays and dynamic storytelling that we use been given. If you eat that up and want more, then I suggest Tolkien’s last book “The Silmarillion,” which basically is an offshoot of tales that really explain the legends of the First Age of Middle Earth. OK kids, that’s all I’ve got… Enjoy!
Remember to come back tomorrow for The 12 Days of Geeks-Mas Day 9: Nerdy Travel
Seasons Greetings Nerds!
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