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Richard Russell Riordan JuniorÂ (born June 5, 1964) is an American author. He is known for writing theÂ Percy Jackson & the OlympiansÂ series, about a teenager namedÂ Percy JacksonÂ who discovers he is a son of theÂ Greek godÂ Poseidon.
Riordan's books have been translated into forty-two languages and sold more than thirty million copies in the US.Â 20th Century FoxÂ adapted the first two books of his Percy Jackson series as part of aÂ series of films. His books have spawned related media, such as graphic novels and short story collections.
He conceived the idea for theÂ Percy JacksonÂ series as bedtime stories about ancient Greek heroes for his son Haley.Haley had been diagnosed withÂ ADHDÂ andÂ dyslexia, inspiring Riordan to make the titular protagonist hyperactive and dyslexic.
Riordan published the first novel in the series,Â The Lightning Thief, in 2005. Four sequels followed, with the last,Â The Last Olympian, in 2009. Prior toÂ Percy Jackson, Riordan had written theÂ Tres NavarresÂ series, a series of mystery novels for adult readers.
In 2022, Riordan co-wrote the pilot for theÂ Percy Jackson and the OlympiansÂ series onÂ Disney+Â and is executive producer for the show.
Rick Riordan's Books and Novels have garnered many Awards over the years such as:
â€¢1998Â Shamus AwardÂ for Best First PI Novel andÂ Anthony AwardÂ for Best Paperback Original forÂ Big Red Tequila
â€¢1999Â Edgar AwardÂ for Best Paperback Original forÂ The Widower's Two-Step
â€¢2008Â Mark Twain AwardÂ forÂ The Lightning Thief
â€¢2009Â Mark Twain AwardÂ forÂ The Sea of Monsters
â€¢2009Â Rebecca CaudillÂ Award forÂ The Lightning Thief
â€¢2010 School Library Journal's Best Book forÂ The Red Pyramid
â€¢2011 Children's Choice Book Awards: Author of the Year
â€¢2011 Children's Choice Book Awards: Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year forÂ The Red Pyramid
â€¢2011 Wyoming Soaring Eagle Book Award forÂ The Last Olympian
â€¢2011 Milner Award for Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
â€¢2012Â Indian Paintbrush AwardÂ forÂ The Red Pyramid
â€¢2013 Best Fiction Book for Children inÂ BulgariaÂ forÂ The Mark of Athena
â€¢2017Â Stonewall Book AwardÂ for Children's literature forÂ The Hammer of Thor
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1. Percy Jackson and the olympians series
â€¢The Lightning Thief
â€¢The Sea of Monsters
â€¢The Titan's Curse
â€¢The Battle of The Labyrinth
â€¢The Last Olympian
Percy Jackson & the OlympiansÂ is aÂ pentalogyÂ ofÂ fantasyÂ novels written by American authorÂ Rick Riordan, and the first book series in theÂ Camp Half-Blood Chronicles. The novels are set in a world with theÂ Greek godsÂ in the 21st century, and follows the protagonistÂ Percy Jackson, a youngÂ demigodÂ who must prevent theÂ Titans, led byÂ KronosÂ (Cronus), from destroying the world.
Percy Jackson is just a normal twelve year old boy. Sure he's got problems with school, bullies, and authority but at that age who doesn't?
Getting kicked out of school after school does have a way of making one think he's a screw up though.
One day though on a seemingly innocent visit to the beach with his mother Percy's life changes forever. Finding out his best friends is a satyr and being chased by the Minotaur into a camp for demigods is only the beginning of Percy Jackson's new life.
Here he makes friends with children of similar parentage and finally finds himself a place where he belongs.
Peace can only last for so long though once it is discovered which god has fathered Percy. Monstrous attacks begin and Percy is sent on a quest to retrieve Zeus's stolen master bolt (the lightening bolt from which all other bolts are made) and return it before the summer solstice to stop an all out war between the gods.
Along the way is more adventure than one boy can handle, danger at every turn, and new heights of treachery.
An absolutely fantastic tale marvelously woven by the author Rick Riordan.
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The continuation of the Percy Jackson Series.
The Heroes of Olympus is a pentalogy of fantasy-adventure novels written by American author Rick Riordan. The novels detail a conflict between Greek demigods, Roman demigods, and Gaia (Roman name Terra).
In the fourth book of the series, there is also a semi-large fight against Tartarus, which, in Greek mythology, was the darkest and deepest point of the Underworld.
The series can be read as a standalone volume, but is meant to be read afterÂ Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Riordan introduces Roman mythology in the series alongside several new characters, primarily from the Roman Camp Jupiter.Â
â€¢ The lost Hero
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â€¢ The son of Neptune
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â€¢ The mark of Athena
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â€¢ The house of Hades
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â€¢ The Blood of Olympus
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The Trials of Apollo
The Trials of ApolloÂ is aÂ pentalogyÂ ofÂ fantasyÂ adventureÂ andÂ mythological fictionÂ novels written by Rick RiordanÂ that collectively form a sequel to theÂ Heroes of OlympusÂ series.
It is set in the same world as the Riordan talesÂ Percy JacksonÂ andÂ Heroes of OlympusÂ and the references to characters and happenings from earlier series prove this.
The series follows the trials of the godÂ Apollo, who has been turned into a mortal named Lester Papadopoulos as punishment from his father and king of the godsÂ Zeus.
Zeus is angry at Apollo for a variety of reasons, most notably for the younger god's allowing his Roman descendantÂ OctavianÂ to rise to power duringÂ The Heroes of OlympusÂ series by giving him his blessing.
The final book ofÂ The Heroes of Olympus, titledÂ The Blood of Olympus, takes place about six months before the beginning ofÂ The Trials of Apollo.
How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour.
But Apollo has many enemiesâ€”gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go... an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
â€¢ The Hidden Oracle
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â€¢ The Dark Prophecy
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â€¢ The Burning Maze
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â€¢ The Tyrant's Tomb
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â€¢ The Tower of Nero
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The Kane Chronicles
The Kane ChroniclesÂ is aÂ trilogyÂ ofÂ adventureÂ andÂ EgyptianÂ mythological fictionÂ books written by American authorÂ Rick Riordan. The series is set in the same universe as Riordan's other franchises,Â Camp Half-Blood ChroniclesÂ andÂ Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.
The Red Pyramid
Since his motherâ€™s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carterâ€™s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wantsâ€”school friends and a chance at a â€œnormalâ€ life.
But Carter has just what Sadie longs forâ€”time with their father. After six years of living apart, the siblings have almost nothing in common. Until now. On Christmas Eve, Sadie and Carter are reunited when their father brings them to the British Museum, with a promise that heâ€™s going to â€œmake things right.â€
But all does not go according to plan: Carter and Sadie watch as Julius summons a mysterious figure, who quickly banishes their father and causes a fiery explosion. Soon Carter and Sadie discover that the gods of Ancient Egypt are waking, and the worst of themâ€”Setâ€”has a frightening scheme.
To save their father, they must embark on a dangerous journeyâ€”a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and its links to the House of Life, a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
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The Throne of Fire
Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods havenâ€™t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yetâ€”the chaos snake Apophisâ€”is rising. If they donâ€™t prevent him from breaking free in a few daysâ€™ time, the world will come to an end. In other words, itâ€™s a typical week for the Kane family. To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished. First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly? Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.
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The Serpentâ€™s Shadow
When young magicians Carter and Sadie Kane learned how to follow the path of the Ancient Egyptian gods, they knew they would have to play an important role in restoring Maâ€™atâ€”orderâ€”to the world. What they didnâ€™t know is how chaotic the world would become. The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatening to destroy the earth in three daysâ€™ time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those who remain are weak. Walt, one of Carter and Sadieâ€™s most gifted initiates, is doomed and can already feel his life force ebbing. Zia is too busy babysitting the senile sun god, Ra, to be of much help. What are a couple of teenagers and a handful of young trainees to do? There is possibly one way to stop Apophis, but it is so difficult that it might cost Carter and Sadie their lives, if it even works at all. It involves trusting the ghost of a psychopathic magician not to betray them, or worse, kill them. Theyâ€™d have to be crazy to try it. Well, call them crazy. With hilarious asides, memorable monsters, and an ever-changing crew of friends and foes, the excitement never lets up inÂ The Serpentâ€™s Shadow, a thoroughly entertaining and satisfying conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.
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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
is aÂ trilogy ofÂ fantasy novelsÂ written by American authorÂ Rick RiordanÂ with the subject ofÂ Norse mythologyÂ and published byÂ Disney-Hyperion.
It is based onÂ Norse mythologyÂ and is set in the same universe as theÂ Camp Half-Blood ChroniclesÂ andÂ The Kane ChroniclesÂ series. Â
The main protagonist, Magnus Chase, son of the Vanir god of fertility Frey, narrates the novel in first person. He is a cousin of Annabeth Chase, a main character of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus series, who links the two series together.
â€¢ The Sword of Summer
â€¢The Hammer of Thor
â€¢ The Ship of the Dead
The Ship of the Dead
Percy Jackson's Greek Gods
"A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week."
So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who's who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus.
Percy does not hold back. "If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that."
Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume--a must for home, library, and classroom shelves--as stunning as it is entertaining.
â€¢ Percy Jackson Greek Heroes
Who cut off Medusa's head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I've had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I'm going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan's legions of devoted fans--and for anyone who needs a hero.
So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you've got arrows in your quiver. We're going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we'll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let's do this.
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I hope you enjoy reading these books, as they were
my favourite series growing up.
The Author we will be reviewing next (week) will be an African Author.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie born 15 September 1977); is a Nigerian writer whose works include novels, short stories and nonfiction.
Her work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, includingÂ The NewYorker,Â Granta,Â
The O. Henry Prize Stories, theÂ Financial Times, andÂ Zoetrope.
She is the author of the novelsÂ Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writersâ€™ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award;Â
Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and aÂ New York TimesÂ Notable Book; andÂ Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one ofÂ The New York TimesÂ Top Ten Best Books of 2013. Ms. Adichie is also the author of the story collectionÂ The Thing Around Your Neck.
Ms. Adichie has been invited to speak around the world. Her 2009 TED Talk,Â The Danger of A Single Story, is now one of the most-viewed TED Talks of all time. Her 2012 talkÂ We Should All Be FeministsÂ has a started a worldwide conversation about feminism, and was published as a book in 2014.
Her most recent book,Â Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017.
A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Ms. Adichie divides her time between the United States and Nigeria
Purple Hibiscus is a novel written by theÂ AuthorÂ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
HerÂ debut novel, it was first published byÂ Algonquin BooksÂ in 2003.
Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear. Although her Papa is generous and well respected, he is fanatically religious and tyrannical at homeâ€”a home that is silent and suffocating.
As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the confines of their fatherâ€™s authority.
Books cram the shelves, curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and their cousinsâ€™ laughter rings throughout the house. When they return home, tensions within the family escalate, and Kambili must find the strength to keep her loved ones together.
Purple HibiscusÂ is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.
â€¢Hurston-Wright Legacy AwardÂ 2004 (Best Debut Fiction Category)
â€¢Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2005: Best First Book (Africa)
â€¢Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2005: Best First Book (overall)
â€¢Shortlisted for theÂ Orange Prize for FictionÂ 2004
â€¢Longlisted for theÂ Booker PrizeÂ 2004
â€¢Nominated for the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association)
â€¢Best Books for Young Adults Award (2004)
â€¢Shortlisted for theÂ John Llewellyn Rhys PrizeÂ 2004/2005
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Half of a Yellow Sun is a novel written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Published in 2006 by 4th Estate in London, the novel tells the story of the Biafran War through the perspective of the characters Olanna, Ugwu, and Richard.
A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as â€œthe 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,â€ Half of a Yellow Sun re-creates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafraâ€™s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the chilling violence that followed.
With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal.
Olanna is the professorâ€™s beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olannaâ€™s twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and the three must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.
Epic, ambitious, and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a remarkable novel about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and raceâ€”and the ways in which love can complicate them all. Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise and the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place, bringing us one of the most powerful, dramatic, and intensely emotional pictures of modern Africa that we have ever had.
It received critical acclaim and won theÂ Women's Prize for FictionÂ in 2007. In 2013, it was adapted into aÂ film of the same name.
Half of a Yellow SunÂ received the 2007Â Women's Prize for Fiction.The award is given annually for the best original full-lengthÂ novelÂ written by a woman in English; Adichie's prize amounted to Â£30,000.
The novel was well received by critics and included in theÂ New York Times's "100 Most Notable Books of the Year".
â€¢ In 2019, Half of a Yellow Sun was ranked by The
Guardian as the 10th best book since 2000.
â€¢ On 5 November 2019, the BBC News included
Half of a Yellow Sun on its list of the 100 most
â€¢ In November 2020, Half of a Yellow Sun was
voted the best book to have won the Women's
Prize for Fiction in its 25-year history.
â€¢ In 2022, Half of a Yellow Sun was included on the
"Big Jubilee Read" list of 70 books by
Commonwealth authors, selected to celebrate the
Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
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AmericanahÂ is a 2013 novel by the Nigerian authorÂ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, for which Adichie won the 2013 U.S.Â National Book Critics Circle AwardÂ for fiction.
AmericanahÂ tells the story of a young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who immigrates to the United States to attend university.
The novel traces Ifemelu's life in both countries, threaded by her love story with high school classmate Obinze. It was Adichie's third novel, published on May 14, 2013 byÂ Alfred A. Knopf.Â
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time.
Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passionâ€”for each other and for their homeland.
â€¢ The book was selected as one of the 10 Best
Books of 2013 by the editors of theÂ New York
Times Book Review.
â€¢ It won the 2013Â National Book Critics Circle
AwardÂ (Fiction), and was shortlisted for the
2014Â Baileys Women's Prize for Fictionof the
â€¢ TheÂ Chicago TribuneÂ awarded Adichie its 2013
Heartland Award for Fiction,
"recognizingÂ AmericanahÂ as a novel that engages
with important ideas about race, and does so with
style, wit and insight."
â€¢ In March 2017,Â AmericanahÂ was picked as the
winner for the "One Book, One New York"
program, part of aÂ community reading initiative
encouraging all city residents to read the same
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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen SuggestionsÂ is anÂ epistolaryÂ formÂ manifestoÂ written by Nigerian authorÂ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.Â
Dear IjeaweleÂ was posted on her officialÂ FacebookÂ page on October 12, 2016,was subsequently adapted into a book,and published in print on March 7, 2017.
Before becoming a book,Â Dear IjeaweleÂ was a personal e-mail written by Adichie in response to her friend, "Ijeawele", who had asked Adichie's advice on how to raise her daughter as a feminist.
The result of this e-mail correspondence is the extended,62-pageÂ Dear IjeaweleÂ manifesto, written in the form of a letter.Â
While the manifesto was written to a female friend, the work's audience scope has been recognized to extend beyond only the mothers of daughters.
A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist.Â Dear IjeaweleÂ is Adichie's letter of response.
Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions--compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive--for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman.
From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can "allow" women to have full careers,Â Dear IjeaweleÂ goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century.
It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.
The fifteen suggestions ofÂ Dear IjeaweleÂ begin, respectively, with the following prompts:
1. Be a full person.
2. Do it together.
3. Teach her that 'gender roles' is absolute
4. Beware the danger of what I call Feminism Lite.
5. Teach Chizalum to read.
6. Teach her to question language.
7. Never speak of marriage as an achievement.
8. Teach her to reject likeability.
9. Give Chizalum a sense of identity.
10. Be deliberate about how you engage with her
and her appearance.
11. Teach her to question our culture's selective
use of biology as 'reasons' for social norms.
12. Talk to her about s*x and start early.
13. Romance will happen so be on board.
14. In teaching her about oppression, be careful
not to turn the oppressed into saints.
15. Teach her about difference.
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Next week we'll be introduced to the world of
Mystery, Crime and Detective Fiction.
We'll get to meet 2 of the most prominent Fictional
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan DoyleÂ KStJÂ DLÂ (22 May 1859Â â€“ 7 July 1930) was a British writer and physician. He created the characterÂ Sherlock HolmesÂ in 1887 forÂ A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and fifty-six short stories about Holmes andÂ Dr. Watson. The Sherlock Holmes stories are milestones in the field ofÂ crime fiction.
Doyle was a prolific writer; other than Holmes stories, his works include fantasy and science fiction stories aboutÂ Professor ChallengerÂ and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldierÂ Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction, and historical novels.
One of Doyle's early short stories, "J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement" (1884), helped to popularise the mystery of theÂ Mary Celeste.
His first work featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson,Â A Study in Scarlet, was written in three weeks when he was 27 and was accepted for publication byÂ Ward Lock & CoÂ on 20 November 1886, which gave Doyle Â£25 (equivalent to Â£2,900 in 2019) in exchange for all rights to the story. The piece appeared a year later in theÂ Beeton's Christmas AnnualÂ and received good reviews inÂ The ScotsmanÂ and theÂ Glasgow Herald.
Holmes was partially modelled on Doyle's former university teacherÂ Joseph Bell.
In 1892, in a letter to Bell, Doyle wrote, "It is most certainly to you that I owe Sherlock HolmesÂ ... round the centre of deduction and inference and observation which I have heard you inculcate I have tried to build up a man",and in his 1924 autobiography, he remarked, "It is no wonder that after the study of such a character [viz., Bell] I used and amplified his methods when in later life I tried to build up a scientific detective who solved cases on his own merits and not through the folly of the criminal."
Robert Louis StevensonÂ was able to recognise the strong similarity betweenÂ Joseph BellÂ and Sherlock Holmes: "My compliments on your very ingenious and very interesting adventures of Sherlock Holmes.Â ... can this be my old friend Joe Bell?"
Other authors sometimes suggest additional influencesâ€”for instance,Â Edgar Allan Poe's characterÂ C. Auguste Dupin, who is mentioned, disparagingly, by Holmes inÂ A Study in Scarlet.
Dr. (John) Watson owes his surname, but not any other obvious characteristic, to a Portsmouth medical colleague of Doyle's, Dr. James Watson.
A sequel to A Study in Scarlet was commissioned, and The Sign of the Four appeared in Lippincott's Magazine in February 1890, under agreement with the Ward Lock company.
Doyle felt grievously exploited by Ward Lock as an author new to the publishing world, and so, after this, he left them.
Short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes were published in the Strand Magazine. Doyle wrote the first five Holmes short stories from his office at 2 Upper Wimpole Street (then known as Devonshire Place), which is now marked by a memorial plaque.
Doyle's attitude towards his most famous creation was ambivalent. In November 1891, he wrote to his mother: "I think of slaying Holmes,Â ... and winding him up for good and all. He takes my mind from better things." His mother responded, "You won't! You can't! You mustn't!"
In an attempt to deflect publishers' demands for more Holmes stories, he raised his price to a level intended to discourage them, but found they were willing to pay even the large sums he asked.
As a result, he became one of the best-paid authors of his time.
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by British authorÂ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Referring to himself as a "consulting detective" in the stories, Holmes is known for his proficiency with observation, deduction,Â forensic scienceÂ andÂ logical reasoningÂ that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients, includingÂ Scotland Yard.
First appearing in print in 1887'sÂ A Study in Scarlet, the character's popularity became widespread with the first series of short stories inÂ The Strand Magazine, beginning with "A Scandal in Bohemia" in 1891; additional tales appeared from then until 1927, eventually totallingÂ four novels and 56 short stories. All but one[a]Â are set in theÂ VictorianÂ orÂ EdwardianÂ eras, between about 1880 and 1914. Most are narrated by the character of Holmes's friend and biographerÂ Dr. John H. Watson, who usually accompanies Holmes during his investigations and often shares quarters with him at the address ofÂ 221B Baker Street, London, where many of the stories begin.
Though not the first fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes is arguably the best known.
By the 1990s, there were already over 25,000 stage adaptations, films, television productions and publications featuring the detective, andÂ Guinness World RecordsÂ lists him as the most portrayed literary human character in film and television history.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes
Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes
Yuko Takeuchi as Miss Sherlock
Holmes's popularity and fame are such that many have believed him to be not a fictional character but a real individual; numerous literary and fan societies have been founded onÂ this pretence.
Avid readers of the Holmes stories helped create the modern practice ofÂ fandom. The character and stories have had a profound and lasting effect onÂ mystery writingÂ andÂ popular cultureÂ as a whole, with the original tales as well as thousandsÂ written by authors other than Conan Doyle beingÂ adaptedÂ into stage and radio plays, television, films, video games, and other media for over one hundred years.
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