The Complete Sherlock Holmes Short Stories (Sherlock Holmes #1-9)
"So what did you make of it?"
"Well, it's a handsome volume, Holmes. I think a fitting tribute to the many cases you've solved over the years."
"No more than that, Watson? Come come, what of this man Klinger?"
"Well, he seems a trifle fussy, a bit like an over-eager terrier jumping up and barking all the time. But he's also very knowledgeable."
"Anything else? You know my methods."
"Now Holmes, I know you just wish to bamboozle me again –...more
Sherlock Holmes has appeared in so many film adaptations, sequels by other authors, and TV series (the stories’ theatricality makes them an easy transfer to the screen), that he must be already embed...more
I was fortunate enough to find a hardcover collection of all of the Sherlock Holmes stories that appeared in The Strand Magazine, fascimile copies with all of the original illustrations by Sidney Paget. I had only read one or two Sherlock Holmes stories, and I think like most people nowadays, I was more familiar with the 'popularized' notion of Mr. Holmes. I want...more
Anyway, one day I might not be lazy and actually comment on each of the books, but today is not that day. Instead, I'll just make the general comment that I really enjoyed reading the Sherlock Holmes stories and that I'm very stupid for not reading them earlier in my life. Granted, some of the cases got a little strange near th...more
A Study in Scarlet:
I knew the bones of the mystery already - it's been riffed on so many times it's impossible not to. But I was struck by first, how charming the introduction of Our Heroes is, and secondly how wacky the random Western stuck in the middle seemed. I would have found it more charming if I had any patience...more
I borrowed this book from our school library when I was still in High-school. I thought I lost this book forever. I paid the library and...more
Now I was finally able to read not only the short stories but also the novels for the first time in the original language and I felt the same magic I felt more than 15 years ago. To my own surprise, I almost immediately remembered the solution of the mystery whenever I started to read a story but this didn't lessen the joy of the read at...more
From the beginning introduction of Holmes and Watson to Holmes' gentle retirement to beekeepping on the southern coast of England, this book contains all the essential stories (none of the apocryphal, anecdotal, or tribute-written pieces are contained here).
Perhaps the two elements that made Holmes and Watson the world-renowned figures that they became are, first, the dominance of the British Emp...more
He is a well-to-do bachelor, takes only the cases that interest him. He is high-strung and restless, and, although he finds a creative emotional outlet in playing the violin, it is often not enough to amuse his troubled mind when he is not on a case. He then injects himself with cocaine. It takes a great amount of time and efforts for hi...more
Sherlock Holmes is probably one of the best known (and, indeed, best loved) literary characters, and for me it is easy to see why. The man is eccentric, methodical, and ever so slightly mad. However, he is quite possibly one of the most recognised geniuses (genii?), not necessarily due to traditional knowledge but...more
One of the two things that make the Holmes stories memorable is Conan Doyle’s ability to conceive, and lay out, some highly imaginative situations for Holmes to solve – though this is spoiled at times by Doyle clearly getting bored and rushing some...more
What I've seen of the annotations has really impressed me, too. They are partially fannish theories sprouting around narrative discrepancies and plo...more
I've only just started. There are 2 more novels and 40 or so short stories (from...more
I would reccomend this book to my friends who like detective books. Sherlock is so clever and attentive to detail it's sca...more
Part one was really amazing and by the end of it I was left confused and begging for answers.
Part two was even more confusing. I couldn't really tell who these people in part two were, and kept on waiting for the appearance of sherlock Holmes. It felt like reading another book, it had nothing to do with Sherlock and I was disappointed by that in the beginning. By the end of part two everything got clearer and it turned out to be the same book after...more
986 pg. mystery
London, 1881. A murder is commited. The police is baffled. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. In each one of these short stories, Sherlock Holmes solves an impossible mystery while his trusty assistant Watson records them dutifully. Holmes is a very careful observer, and few are better than him. He uses logical reasoning to derive complex observations out of minute ordinary details.
I really enjoyed this novel since Holmes explains his logic and I apply...more
It's a facsimile edition with...more
The annotations are worth the price as a whole, totally. Despite the original writings being filled with racistic, nationalistic, anti-feministic and insane values, The Canon is still enjoyable, if one is able to see past these things. It's a brilliant collection, and I firmly recommend it. "The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes" is a bit dodgy as it's written at the very end of The Canon, when Conan Doyle basically wanted to stop writing about Holmes, which is very evident.
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