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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Prior to this, the only Sherlock Holmes I had attempted to read was "The Hound of the Baskervilles" which I started at least twice but never finished. I've enjoyed the PBS series "Sherlock" and a friend mentioned that some of the events in that corresponded with what she'd read in the stories/novels. So when this one came up as free on Amazon, I downloaded it and decided I'd give it a try. I enjoyed the stories, but I don't follow the clues that Holmes sees/hears as he investigates--so his reveal is always a bit of a surprise to me. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Apr 24, 2016 |
A collection of short stories as told by Dr Watson of his cases with Sherlock Holmes. Watson (author Doyle) isn't afraid to demonstrate Holmes' personality tics and general moral faults, while admiring Holmes' ability to find a needle in a haystack through keen observation and precise deduction. Holmes is CSI before there was CSI and does it without the tools of today's TV shows. Holmes listens to his interviewees in great detail, is quick to observe the littles things (her left hand was more worn than her right with that crease in her dress she therefore was spending great deal of time sewing) and is able to connect all the dots and even add the missing dots. Entertaining and very easy to read, leave and pickup because each story is only an hour or so read. ( )
  rayski | Apr 2, 2016 |
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  ChrisPisarczyk | Mar 17, 2016 |
One of the things that makes Sherlock Holmes great as a character stems from Doyle’s hatred of him. Other mystery writers tend to make the mistake that super hero fiction is swamped by - that of producing an infallible, godlike character that over time becomes uninspiring due to their inability to be wrong or to be beaten. Doyle avoided both of these traps. He despised the popularity of Holmes so much, compared to that which his “serious writing” attracted, that he ended up treating him with quite a blasé attitude, as if he wanted to ruin Holmes’s reputation by making him appear damaged in some way. This approach resulted in the character being brilliantly flawed, such as being arrogant and charming by turns, his use of drugs, his ever-changing attitude toward women and, overall, his unique capability to be both brilliant and fallible, sometimes in the same story. Doyle ended up producing one of the most intriguing and well-rounded characters in mystery fiction and one that would have the necessary attraction and weight to both entertain and to seamlessly fit in with the cultural norms of future generations.

The story ‘The Copper Beeches’ in this collection sees Doyle enabling Holmes to upbraid him for his writing style, telling him that he should stick strictly to the facts of the case and not embellish with too much language. Of course Holmes is talking to Watson in the story but the subtext is clear – Doyle is fighting every instinct to make the Sherlock Holmes stories dull, mechanical and scientific, so much so that he has his greatest character deduce as much from the pages of his own stories! That is meta psychology in the purest form. He’s not wrong of course to embellish and make the tales deeper and more interesting; this is what saves them and the character in the end.

This collection is a good place to start reading Holmes as 3 of the 4 novels are weaker than the short stories anyway, certainly the two novellas that come before this collection are, and these stories represent some of the “Golden Age” of Holmes, with memorable characters and scenes throughout - not to mention that they retain the classic trope of Watson reporting and Holmes deducing. I prefer the short stories because they seem to distill the best of the novels/novellas while removing the fluff. Leaving aside ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ Doyle was always better in the short form in my opinion.
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  MartynChuzz | Feb 22, 2016 |
I've always been a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. This book contains 12 stories of Holmes and his trusty sidekick Watson, published in The Strand magazine in 1891. The stories never grow old. They are brilliant, especially The Speckled Band, which struck me when I was a child and has resounded ever since. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sir Arthur Conan Doyleprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bonura, GiuseppeContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Green, Richard LancelynEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ibeas, Juan ManuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paget, Sydney EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Queen, ElleryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosati Bizzotto, NicolettaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Edgar WadsworthEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tull, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Illustrated Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

The adventures of Sherlock Holmes ; The memoirs of Sherlock Holmes ; The return of Sherlock Holmes ; The hound of the Baskervilles ; A study in scarlet ... the Bruce-Partington plans (Masters Library) by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Complete Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


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To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman.
'You have the grand gift of silence, Watson,' said he. 'It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.'
'I think, Watson, that you are now standing in the presence of one of the most absolute fools in Europe. I deserve to be kicked from here to Charing Cross.'
'Crime is common. Logic is rare.'
'Data! data! data!' he cried impatiently. 'I can't make bricks without clay.'
'If I claim full justice for my art, it is because it is an impersonal thing – a thing beyond myself. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell. You have degraded what should have been a course of lectures into a series of tales.'
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This is the main work for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the original collection of 12 short stories. Examples of this work include the Oxford World's Classics edition (ISBN 0192835084), the Scholastic Classics edition (ISBN 0439574285), Books of Wonder #0001 (ISBN 9780688107826). Be careful not to combine with omnibus editions that contain other works, as they sometimes carry the same title as this work, or with adaptations, abridgements, etc.
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  1. A Scandal in Bohemia
  2. The Red-headed League
  3. A Case of Identity
  4. The Boscombe Valley Mystery
  5. The Five Orange Pips
  6. The Man with the Twisted Lip
  7. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
  8. The Adventure of the Speckled Band
  9. The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb
  10. The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
  11. The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
  12. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

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Sherlock Holmes shook his head with a smile. "Beyond the obvious facts that our visitor has at some time done manual labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of writing lately, I can deduce nothing else."

"How did you know all that, Mr Holmes?" our visitor asked?

"Your hands, my dear sir. Your right hand is a size larger than your left. I won't insult your intelligence about the snuff and the Freemasonary, especially as, against the strict rules of your order, you wear a breastpin."

"But the writing?"

"Your right cuff is shiny for five inches, and your left has a smooth patch near the elbow ehre you lean it on the desk."

"But China?"

"The tattooed fish above your right wrist could only have come from China."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0192835084, Paperback)

Complete in nine handsome volumes, each with an introduction by a Doyle scholar, a chronology, a selected bibliography, and explanatory notes, the Oxford Sherlock Holmes series offers a definitive collection of the famous detective's adventures. No home library is complete without it.
Comprising the series of short stories that made the fortunes of the Strand, the magazine in which they were first published, this volume won even more popularity for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Holmes is at the height of his powers in many of his most famous cases, including "The Red-Headed League," "The Speckled Band," and "The Blue Carbuncle."

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This splendid collection of mysteries carries readers back to a gas-lit era, when literature's greatest detective team lived on Baker Street. A dozen of Holmes and Watson's best-known cases include The Speckled Band, The Red-Headed League, The Five Orange Pips, The Copper Beeches, and A Scandal in Bohemia.… (more)

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