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I enjoyed this read a lot more than I had originally intended. Loved the way Sherlock's mind works.
I have seen both movies before reading the book, or any of the sherlock books, which I never do. I am always the one to read the book then go to the movie, so I can be sure to leave the movie disappointed and then make everyone around me who didn't bother to read it feel stupid as I flood their minds with details the movie had to leave out. (Note to self: perhaps I have mastered the pompous attitude I was going to try to attain.)
In this case I liked having seen the movies ahead of time, that way I could imagine Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as I was reading. There are worse images, I think you could agree. Anyway, this book gets my heartfelt recommendation, for whatever that's worth.