As usual, Christmas has provided me with reading material for the new year. One of the books I received as a gift was The Pictorial History Of Sherlock Holmes, atitle which is pretty much self-explanatory. I haven't started it yet, but it appears to discuss all the physical appearances of The Great Detective, from the original drawings by Sidney Paget, to photographs of stage actors who played Holmes, like William Gillette, to the movies, and also ads and commercials which use the famous profile to sell numerous items. It looks like it's going to be a fun and informative read.
I also got a pretty massive book of writings by Mark Twain. It contains Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court, The Prince and the Pauper, plus twenty-nine of Twain's short stories. Strange that it doesn't include Tom Sawyer as well, but I own a couple copies of it, so no matter. I've never read A Connecticut Yankee or any of his short stories other than the one about the jumping frog, so I'm looking forward to tackling this one as well. It'll probably take me some time though, since it's too big to slip into my purse and carry to work to read on breaks. Twain is always witty and amusing, so it's something to look forward to. Books make such great gifts!