The Adventures and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
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The Adventures and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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The illustrations for this series were created by Scott McKowen, who, with his wife Christina Poddubiuk, operates Punch & Judy Inc., a company specializing in design and illustration for theater and performing arts. Their projects often involve research into the visual aspects of historical settings and characters. Christina is a theater set and costume designer and co...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Sterling (first published January 1st 1924)
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Bonnie
Oh, Holmes. I know you can be a miserable bastard but I love you so. Even though the actual crimes and solutions are not overly interesting, your nonchalant badassness and cutting wit when solving crimes keeps me coming back. Also, you're best in short stories. Novels allow Doyle too much time to write long, boring descriptions. I love you the most when you're short and snappy. And you're so much better than all the derivative brilliant but flawed (and often misanthropic) investigators on TV now...more
LP
After watching two series of the unmissable BBC drama ‘Sherlock’, and having fallen slightly in love with Sherlock Holmes (or was that just Benedict Cumberbatch?) I decided it was about time I read some of the original stories for myself. Not being a huge fan of crime fiction or a big reader of Victorian literature, I wondered if they would really be my cup of tea but once I began reading any doubts quickly evaporated. I was completely hooked! I loved reading Dr Watson’s accounts of Holmes’ case...more
Raj
Sherlock Holmes is possibly the greatest of literary detectives. He is certainly the one who has penetrated deepest into the public consciousness, a position in which he has been firmly lodged for over a century now, with no sign of departing any time soon. This volume is a compendium of two collections of short stories and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Holmes fits the short story genre perfectly, with setup, analysis and denouement all coming swiftly, one after the other.

It's been many years s...more
Kate Pierson
We all know of my major crush on one Mr. Holmes. And, after reading the first two collections of the original Doyle mysteries, the crush remains. The Holmes I love, though, is Laurie R. King's, where he is an older man in Sussex, dealing with WWI and the changes of the 1920s, as well as falling in love with his young assistant. I also know Holmes as the much older brother of Enola, in Nancy Springer's brilliant Enola Holmes mystery series.

Because I've read so much King and Springer, I was appreh...more
Twana Biram
I had just seen the newest take on Holmes starring Robert Downing, Jr and Jude Law and began to wonder if the plot resembled the canon do Doyle' cranky detective. I have read and loved "Hound of the Baskervilles" For many years.As I began to read the earlier novels and short stories, I have been thoroughly enthralled by the characterizations, the plots, and the historical backgrounds.

I seldom find myself in tears over a read, but at the climax of "Valley of Fear"', I wept for the gallant Birdie...more
Pamster
"It was a confession," I ejaculated.

I'm only 67 pages in and this is the second time Watson has "ejaculated" some statement. Yours.

Okay, read the Adventures and will read the Memoirs another time. So totally satisfying. A bunch more uses of "ejaculated."
Laura
totally fun and fast fluff read -- but with that air of looking as if you're reading actual "lit"
Mark
Found this book on the shelf during vacation and enjoyed running through many of the stories. I enjoyed the short procedural format and clever plot construction.

I was intrigued that part of the fun within the stories is not just that Holmes is able to out-think the police and other 'establishment', but there is also the sense that merely disagreeing with the official account of things is itself a bit scandalous. There's an interesting balance of the desire for gentlemanly discourse, which Holme...more
Paul
Dec 03, 2012 Paul rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: mystery lovers
this book is wonderfull
i love Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson they are what true mysterys are about. Sherlock is a peculiar fellow he sees the smallest details in every case he takes on. He dosent work for scotland yard he is a consulting private detective people come to him and he helps them always beter then the police because the police have to go off facts and evidence Mr. Holmes goes off his instinct and like i said the smallest details maby it would be the ash of a pipe or the tobacco smel...more
Simon Blair
For anyone who thinks classics are as boring as… a long famous book with lots of big words (!) these adventures are a must read. The ever-loyal Dr Watson follows the adventures of the hyper-deductive detective Sherlock Holmes in a companionship that defined Victorian popular literature. Originally published as individual short stories in a newspaper called ‘The Strand’ they were so popular that when author Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill off his popular cerebral hero (by having him plunge off a...more
Madison
A very enjoyable, though tragic, volume. I learned a few things about being observant along the way.
Sarah
Scott and I have spent many of our date nights over the past 4 years watching Jeremy Brett and Co. in the BBC productions of Sherlock Holmes. We enjoyed all of them and the Robert Downey Jr. movies and the latest Sherlock BBC TV series. The problem with reading this book was I remembered too many of the solutions as I read each case. I also found that the TV/Movie renditions have exaggerated Sherlock and made him more unfeeling that I think Doyle intended. But, that's media for you.
Danya
Feb 09, 2012 Danya rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Mystery-lovers must-read!
Recommended to Danya by: Lubna Zantouti
The Adventures and The Memoirs, both consist of a combinations of short stories that follow some of Sherlock Holmes's adventures. told as a journal of his friend's, Watson. who accompanied him in most of the missions.

This is the first time I read a book that contains different short stories. I only read one at a time. And went through other books between them. There wasn't that grip that makes you read on to get to the end. But I enjoyed most of the stories anyways.
Max Benfer
On a cold, rainy, stormy night, there's almost nothing better than curling up with a cup of hot tea and discovering, once again, that "Once you have ruled out the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
Nikhil
My first encounter with this amazing character was when i was in 3rd std
The hound of Baskerville was the second book that i boorrowed from library.
Holmes is one of my favourite characters from literature.
James

What I like about this great collection of short stories are the details. The solving of the crimes is not such a thrill as the Victorian world in which they take place. Its a stratified world of servants, trades people, gentlemen, ladies and Lords who fear for their "reputation". Holmes has a page, who seems to open the door and show people in, plus housekeeper Mrs Hudson. A trip to Croydon or Beckenham is a visit to the countryside. Communication is easy with the phenomenally efficient postal...more
Justine Wen
i love it :)
classic holmes
Jilane
Oct 13, 2011 Jilane rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I really enjoyed reading this book, but there were several things that bugged me as well. First, the stories kept referring to other "cases" that weren't in the book that I was supposed to know about.

Second, I am a mystery lover. I try really hard to figure out what is going on before the answer is revealed. In the edition I was reading there were questions at the end. One of the questions was, "Did you figure out the solution before it was revealed?" I hated it because Holmes always told Watso...more
Raven
August 3, 2011 - Incredible! As always this book is amazing. I adore Sherlock Holmes, he is amazing.


March 9, 2014 - Rereading this wonderful collection of stories. Below are short reviews of each story in this massive book. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writes in such a wonderful style with so many beautiful precise details that you can see the image in his mind. You can see the house on Baker Street, Sherlock's famous posture and facial features and each and every crime. Doyle is one of the best story...more
Olivia
And so begins my mild obsession over Sherlock Holmes (okay maybe not so mild)... It's not like I've never read a Sherlock Holmes book, but this is my first time REALLY reading it. I mean, like a real collection of stories, in a book, and actually paying attention. I was fascinated!

I love Sherlock, Watson and Mrs. Hudson and everyone. The characters are so well developed; Sherlock as the conflicted fellow with seemingly little emotion, Watson as the normal guy with an ordinary life and an extrao...more
Cecilia
I got this tome from the library. It's a compendium of all the stories and has the nifty pen-and-ink illustrations that accompanied the original individually published stories. Having wended my way through the entire book, I feel comfortable saying that one is not obliged to read the complete adventures in order to garner the greatest enjoyment. Recently I saw Sherlock! on Masterpiece and subsequently I watched an old version of Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock. Quite a differ...more
Paul Harris
As ever with Sherlock Holmes the stories are timeless classics, whose relevance and appeal has been cemented by recently films and television adaptations demonstrating the sheer breadth of the material. As surprising as it can often be to a newcomer to the original texts, they aren't actually 'that' well put together. Often having a convoluted narrative which makes little sense until Holmes sits down at the end and explains it all whilst smoking a pipe. Either Doyle came up with the solution and...more
BJM
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES:

A Scandal in Bohemia-- finished 2/25/10 -- 5 stars

The Red-Headed League-- finished 3/23/10 -- 5 stars

A Case of Identity-- finished 3/23/10 -- 5 stars

The Boscombe Valley Mystery-- finished 4/12/10-- 5 stars

The Five Orange Pips-- finished 4/12/10-- 4 stars; loved it up until the ending, very unsatisfying "conclusion"

The Man With the Twisted Lip-- finished 4/12/10-- 5 stars

The Blue Carbuncle-- finished 4/13/10-- 5 stars

The Adventure of the Speckled Band-- finished...more
gone-plaid
I'd like to think that I enjoy a good detective story, and was initially very excited to read through the works of Sherlock Holmes. Alas, I continued to find it frustrating and pointless to try following along with the mysteries and solve them myself due to the fact that in a book, you are not able to observe for yourself. Mr. Conan Doyle failed to describe the scenes so the readers had a chance to see the clues for themselves, and left them completely blind to the outcomes until the cocky hero...more
Jim
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Simon
Finally, I got around to reading some stories about the famous Sherlock Holmes. This book combines the first two collections of short stories the author wrote about the wily detective.

His amazing powers of observation and reasoning mean that little gets past Sherlock once he turns his attention to it. He constantly assimilates facts and particulars so that he might be able to make use of them at a later date. A knowledgeable amature chemist, no mean boxer and sublime violinist; he is a man of ma...more
Brittanie
Though sometimes slow, the adventures told from Watson's point of view shows nothing but admiration for the writer's room mate and close friend, the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. This version of the collection contains A Study in Scarlet, the introduction to Holmes, Watson and their friendship, as well as The Sign of Four and all the short stories featured in The Strand magazine as they were originally viewed by Victoria's England - illustrations and all.
The notes of the editor only cover ab...more
Whitney
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was obviously written specifically for me by a clairvoyant Conan Doyle. I love the detached, tacitly understood friendship between Sherlock and Watson. As my friend Jenny were chatting yesterday, the subject of a woman-style of writing came up: You know, that stream-of-consciousness prose, with structure enough to keep it from slipping into the poetry genre, mostly biographical or at least obviously rooted in life experience. Zami was like this, and probably Vir...more
Aimee
Mar 23, 2011 Aimee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone that likes mystery
I loved this book! It took me a couple stories to get used to the writing. I still need to do the questions at the end of the book, but I didn't solve any mysteries. I'm just like Watson, ""When I hear you give your reasons," I remarked, "the thing always appears to me to be ridiculously simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each successive instance in your process I am baffled until you explain your process. And yet I believe that my eyes are as good as yours.". I guess I see, but...more
Kate
I'll look back on 2009 as a year of growth opportunities. Ahem. In the late summer, when I was preparing to move for the fourth time in a year, these Sherlock Holmes stories provided deep solace in the form of complete delight and escape. I read them all in about a week; I wanted them to last longer, but I couldn't stop. I'd wake up early and get a story in. Some days I'd take the book on the train. I'd stay up for *just five more minutes* and look up to see that a half-hour had passed and I was...more
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

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
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