There's a new Sherlock Holmes movie coming out, directed by Guy Ritchie and co-starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. (There's also a rumored Judd Apatow version staring Will Ferrell possibly in the works.) Who knows if it will be any good or not? But one thing's for sure, the English have a lasting love for this literary figure. In fact, so does most of the world, as he pops up frequently in all kinds of films and television shows and has for many years now. A character with that type of popularity is someone worth reading up on, fictional or not. Also, movies are far more entertaining when you know about their source material. Seeing a Sherlock Holmes movie without reading any of the stories is like going to a concert where you don't know the words to any of the songs. It's not nearly as fun.