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Sherlock Holmes: Selected Stories (Sherlock Holmes)

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  506 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
This volume includes Silver Blaze, The Speckled Band, The Sign of Four, A Scandal of Bohemia, The Naval Treaty, The Blue Carbuncle, The Greek Interpreter, The Red-Headed League, The Empty House, The Missing Three-Quarter, and His Last Bow.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 20th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1951)
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Sherlock Holmes never disappoints. I absolutely love this detective.
May 27, 2013 lia rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, classics
Who could ever forget Sherlock Holmes, the legendary detective.

I stumble and found this book and it's there on my special shelf up until now. Sherlock Holmes has been played and interpreted so many times until we forgot the real character that Arthur Conan Doyle created.

I think in modern day, the lamest (yet more fun) version is the Hollywood one with Robert Downey Jr. While the closest one to the original is the UK version, 'Sherlock' with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman a
Megan Villasenor
"The Sign of Four" shows the true bond that Sherlock Holmes and Watson have. There are at two different places in life and the mystery that they are trying to solve show the difference between the two men. Holmes is a cocaine addict and Watson tags along on the mystery to help Holmes stop doing cocaine, and to see that Holmes really does only uses power of observation, power of deduction and power of knowledge in order to have all the qualities of a detective to solve all the mystery. the book i ...more
Dylan Grantham
Dec 04, 2014 Dylan Grantham rated it really liked it
To begin, I found this reading to be rather difficult at a high school level, but still navigatable. I had heard of Sherlock Holmes before considering how many movies and TV series were based off of Arthur Conan Doyle’s popular character, but I had never read the book of course. This book was both challenging and enjoyable since some of the phrases and words that were used in the text were beyond my vocabulary at the moment.

It should be said that this isn’t really a book that follows a chronol
Brittany Barth
Apr 24, 2014 Brittany Barth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Growing up loving Sherlock Holmes, especially the recent movies staring Robert Downey Jr., The Sign of Four acted as a window into how Holmes was in the beginning, before the influences of the 21st century. Still the famous super sleuth we all know and love, the book paints a slightly different picture of the timeless character. The most surprising of these different characteristics is that Holmes is a cocaine addict, especially so when he is attempting to cope with boredom. No different from th ...more
Aaron Zimmerman
The story that I read within this book was "The Sign of Four." My favorite part of the book was the beginning when Watson and Holmes talk about being a detective. Holmes talks about mental stimulation and Watson discusses the potential side effects of "Mental stimulation." After this, Holmes inquires about Watson and his watch and he ends up being absolutely correct. Watson gets angry and Holmes explains his reasoning and Watson is put in this place. I thought that this was a very clever way of ...more
Matthew Smothers
May 12, 2014 Matthew Smothers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are on the case again, this time, starring in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Sign of Four". When Sherlock is approached by Mary Morstan in 1888 when her father disappears, He takes the case. With the initial clues, Sherlock and Watson are sent all over London, among other places to find her father. Once Sherlock finds him dead, the real case begins. Sherlock’s character is brought down to Earth after a dry spell from cases. His drug use and coping mechanisms ar ...more
Fadhl Alesayi
I only read the story of The Sign of Four, and I did like the story because of the scientific concepts and intelligence the book shows by Holmes. It was not easy, however, to follow the sequences of the story because I could not easily understand the significance of every event at first. Sometimes I had to go back and read the page again. Overall the book was rich of knowledge.
Sherlock Holmes in a Folio Society edition, what’s not to like? I found a used copy in great condition and read through it pretty quickly. A lot of the stories in this version are found in the Barnes and Noble Leather-bound Edition, the only major differences are the Folio version has a bigger font and some illustrations through out. They are fairly short stories, I think the longest is around fifty pages or so, eleven stories in this version which makes it a pretty quick read. I would recommend ...more
I got as far as finishing The Navel Treaty and I couldn't bring myself to read anymore. I'm not sure why these stories are so popular as I just couldn't get into it at all. Holmes is not a likeable character. The way I described him to a friend was 'an arrogant know-it-all.' Maybe I'm missing the whole point but even after reading four more Holmes stories, I still wasn't believing in him.

It's Christmas break and I have too many other books that I'm longing to read before I have to start reading
Scott Williams
4.5 stars.
Jan 12, 2014 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have put off reading these for far too long (afraid of 1890's mothballs I guess?) but most stories are short enough to breeze through and not too confusing wth period jargon. I look forward to more!
Cameron Reicheneker
Dec 05, 2013 Cameron Reicheneker rated it really liked it
I've read Sherlock Holmes about every year of my education. Some of the stories are hard to follow, other easier to follow but they are all great! Elementary, my dear Watson!
Sep 29, 2011 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not only were the stories typically good Sherlock Holmes, but the introduction about the bibliography of Sir Doyle's books was highly entertaining.
Sep 01, 2007 Iffa rated it it was amazing
analisisnya lebih mudah dpahami, lbh simple dan masuk akal drpd cerita detektf lainnya exp. conan or bukuna agatha christie...
Jun 18, 2012 angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2012
Reseña aquí.
Nov 06, 2011 Gina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
The book I read was "Great Stories of Sherlock Holmes." It is not on Goodreads :(
Megan R
Jan 04, 2010 Megan R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys well-written mysteries!
Recommended to Megan by: My dad.
Excellent, of course! Now that my appetite has been whetted I want to read more!
Jun 03, 2011 Cynthia rated it liked it
Short, intriguing, entertaining. What more do you want?
Nov 21, 2010 Jpread rated it it was amazing

Fun. Well written. Timeless. I love AC Doyle.
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Other Books in the Series

Sherlock Holmes (9 books)
  • A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
  • The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3)
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #4)
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