A Study in Scarlet & The Sign of the Four (Sherlock Holmes #1, 2)
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A Sign of the Four, on the other hand, is definitely my preferred of the two. Maybe I pay too much...more
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Overall star rating: 3.5
A Study in Scarlet - 3 stars
There are some truly brilliant parts of this novel, the growing relationship between Holmes and Watson, the interactions between Holmes and the police, the deductive reasoning that sees Holmes pulling solutions almost from thin air, the mystery itself...Why then only three stars? Well... once the mystery...more
Sarò sincera. Fino a poche ore fa conoscevo Sherlock Holmes per i soliti e apocrifi elementi distintivi con cui, da diversi anni a questa parte, il cinema e il teatro hanno impreziosito la figura dell'investigatore più celebre di tutti i tempi. Ma sì, la pipa calabash, il deerstalker, il proverbiale 'Elementare, Watson!'. Ho dunque deciso di colmare questa mia pesante lacuna con la lettura di 'Uno studio in rosso', pubblicato nel 1887, con il quale debuttano il do...more
Whilst the first book is not the most brilliant one in existence, it gives a lovely insight in how the characters of Holmes and Watson got together and began their adventures together. The firs...more
I read the Collector's Library edition which combined the first two Sherlock Holmes novellas, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four. In these we find out how Holmes and Watson meet, and they solve two mysteries. I won't go into the plots here, as it is quite hard to talk about them without giving any spoilerish information away.
Sherlock Holmes is awesome. I love hi...more
'The Sign of Four' was also very enjoyable with the 1880's equivalent o...more
This is first story of ACD's Sherlock Holmes mystery where Holmes and Watson first time meet each other and throuoghout story we see their relationship growing. Also we meet few characters which are present in almost all Holmes cases because he's independent investigater and his work is in interaction with police, detective Lestrade and we witness his deductive reasoning, he is so proud of that part of his way of thinking that sometimes he's so proccupied with his own greatnes...more
On the plus side, Doyle's writing holds up unlike the way that much older writing doesn't for us modern readers. While I think Dickens is a...more
I was surprised by how much I loved this book. I had always wanted to read a Sherlock Holmes novel but only just now got around to it. I assumed it would be difficult to read having been written so long ago but it was surprisingly easy to follow. The characters of Watson and Holmes were fantastically written, and this is especially important being that the novel is written in first person, which I don't often find very enjoyable. Here, however, it worked very well because the...more
I have not read much of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, so I was delighted when I discovered that this is the initial book in his development of the Holmes and Watson characters. This book describes how Holmes and Watson initially got together (shared a rented apartment) and gives an introduction of how Holmes goes about his crime solving endeavors.
Since this was Doyle's...more
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-Surprisingly modern, readable prose for a pair of 19th century novellas. Compare, for example, the depictions of India in Doyle's The Sign of Four and Kipling's Kim. Kipling may be more naturalistic, but Doyle is more accessible (i.e. I was not reaching for the dictionary every 10 minutes). When I read an old novel that sounds (relatively) modern, I take that as a mark of the strength of it's influence. That is, the stronger the influence of an older novel on those that came...more
Reading this book was quite the joy for me, as I was finally getting the proper introduction to Sherlock and his dear companion Watson. I was particularly fond of reading about a certain quirk or revelation from Sherlock; and then make the connection with the TV shows and how they had changed it around.
As an example, in this no...more
Впервые я прочитала эти книги лет в 13, кажется. К тому времени я уже нашла и проглотила (не единожды) все рассказы, которые были у нас дома про Великого сыщика. И вдруг в одном сборнике на дальней полке (до сих пор...more
I was inspired to give the original Conan Doyle stories a try after watching the latest season of the BBC's spectacular Sherlock series...and figured, what better place to start than the beginning? And for the first half of A Study In Scarlet, I have to admit I was completely engrossed. The mystery itself wasn't too interesting (and it turns out, impossible to solve for the reader since it ends up being some random guy Holmes reveals at...more
A Study in Scarlet is the novel that introduced Sherlock Holmes to the mystery genre. That alone makes this one of those books everyone should read. However, I wouldn't recommend it to someone who knows nothing of SH - start with the short stories instead. If I remember correctly, A Study in Scarlet is the weakest of the SH books. Or at least...more
Review for: A Study in Scarlet
To tell you the truth, I wasn't sure what I was expecting....more
The plot of story begins with a man dying in the hotel. Dr. Watson a...more
However, I started reading The Beekeeper's Apprentice series by Laurie King (retired Sherlock Holmes meets equally brilliant young theology student around WWI, results a...more
Having never read them before, I was first surprised, then frustrated and annoyed, that the mystery in A Study in Scarlet ends up revolving around a love triangle among Mormon polygamists who, for reasons not entirely clear, end up in London to be murdered. I've read enough genuine Mormon history to know that...more
The Sign of Four, on the other hand, is...more
Mary Morstan comes to Holmes with a mystery about her dead father and the delivery of pearls from an unknown sender. The link seems to be the odd ‘sign of four’, but what or who does this sign represent?
This one can be a little bit too long. And our hero is almost deceived. Yes, it’s nice that they’ve made him fallible, but at the same time, I want Holmes to be invincible. He is described in this book as a total eccentric, either on the scent or down in the dumps and drugging h...more
Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record...more