Random Borrowing #13: Sherlock

Today’s pure randomness resulted in the novel The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King. It is the latest in a series of books featuring a recurring character Mary Russell who meets and becomes the partner of Sherlock Holmes. This looks like a really interesting series. If I ever read it, I’ll start at the beginning.

The stories appear to be set when Sherlock Holmes was in the original stories. This book is set in 1924.


I selected a random page (9). It appears that Sherlock Holmes has a son, who is sick and is being taken to larger town for medical attention.

Link to Music Composition

Maybe the idea of taking an established character and putting your own character in the story with it is key here. This kind of idea is one of the recommendation of Arnold Schoenberg in his book The Fundamentals of Music Composition, as a practice exercise, where the idea is to take an existing theme by one of the masters and do your own variations as practice.

Another item for the To Do list.