The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes (37 Short Stories and 1 Novel)
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Here are the originalSherlock Holmesstories by Arthur Conan Doyle as they first appeared in the famed British magazineThe Strand. This periodical was the literary sensation of its time, especially with the publication of the novelThe Hound of the Baskervilles(which appears in its entirety in this volume), when eager readers lined up outside the magazine's London offices, w...more
Hardcover, 636 pages
Published November 29th 2009 by Castle Books (first published 1891)
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Trevor
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Jeff
Finally finished this a few months ago. I'd been reading it since Christmas 1976. Thirty-two years. I loved reading a story or three every now and then. Always comforting. Finally decided to press forward and went through a dozen or so in a short period, which gave me a whole new appreciation for Doyle as an artist. He was an excellent writer, with a kind of magic that's hard to puzzle out. These stories exert a hold that seems greater than the sum of the parts.
Matthew
Book Review: The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It’s amazing how one good book can truly open your eyes. The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes, a collection of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, did just that. I have learned to make more observations and observe detail better, and soon you can too!
Sherlock Holmes is a detective who lived in the late 1800s to early 1900s in London. He offers his deductive powers to whoever needs them, yet always keeps a low pr...more
Tom Gonzalez
Apr 25, 2007 Tom Gonzalez rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Oh what a joy it was to read this book! I grew up wanting to be Sherlock Holmes after I read "The Hound of Baskervilles". Holmes was ahead of his time with his chemical and physiology expertise, he was the original CSI master. I wanted to solve mysteries and command that infallible logic that made Holmes so perfect. As I returned to this character, as an adult, I found him to be even more amazing, if not more complex, due to the human qualities and vices he contained. He was certainly an edgy ch...more
Jen3n
This collection is the second, third, and fourth sets of Holmes stories, plus The Hound of the Baskervilles. While it IS missing my favorite collection of stories, the first set which runs from A Study in Scarlet through The Sign of Four; and it DOES have the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad fourth set entitled "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (the series should have ended at The Final Problem), this book gets four stars because the good stories are excellent and the bad stories are made-up-...more
Howie Rosen
Two firsts here. Writing a review before I've reached even halfway to the finish line. And reading short stories are nearly as far down my list of pleasures as cracking open a book of poetry. Doyle's adventures make a quick start out of the blocks, so going from one to the other is effortless. These stories in their day rivaled the popularity of a new Harry Potter book--and no wonder that--each plot is so deliciously different.

The greatest joy is to pay careful attention to the details in order...more
☠ Daniel
Leí toda la obra de Doyle sobre Sherlock Holmes en español. Un día vi de lejos este libro y llamó mi atención la portada, me aproximé a él y vi que era un facsímil de las historias tal y como fueron publicadas en The Strand Magazine, incluso, desde luego, con las ilustraciones originales de Sidney Paget. No tuve más remedio que comprarlo aunado al hecho de que su precio era una ganga.
Aunque solo contiene 37 relatos y el Sabueso de los Baskerville vale la pena por las ilustraciones.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This consists of 37 of the 57 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle that appeared in the magazine The Strand from 1891 to 1904 that are contained in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and The Return of Sherlock Holmes. It also contains the most famous Holmes novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles.

I've loved the Holmes stories ever since I encountered "The Speckled Band," included here, in my school text. There are wonderful stories here that sti...more
Holly
The short stories are best; they are almost too perfectly concise and structured. The reader is kept in a delicate balance of awe and active sleuthing.

Unlike what has been said of the film version, Watson is no comic character but the perfect foil to Sherlock's cold, inhuman exterior. W/o Watson, you wouldn't have a story unless it were Sherlock's stream of consciousness followed by boredom.

Read a great article about how Doyle created Sherlock at exactly the perfect time in history - the age of...more
Zakariah Johnson
This is a durable, very cheap compilation of the original Strand magazine stories and Paget illustrations that ought to be in any library. If you haven't yet read the stories with the original illustrations, you're in for a treat. If you have seen the illustrations before, watch the 1984-1994 BBC series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett and follow along with these illustrations--it's delightful how well the producers exactly recreated the Paget drawings in their set design...more
Gerald
Inspired to take up this volume again by fervor surrounding the new Sherlock Holmes movie to be released in December of 2009.

The edition that I am reading was published in 1976. It is handsomely bound in the manner of a book intended to look impressive on a shelf without having the desired effect.

The stories are quite good, though.

Finished this very recently. Nothing like a book full of Sherlock Holmes to instill in oneself the desire to take up smoking a pipe, and logically deduce what's been g...more
Steven Peterson
"A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Red-Headed League," "The Hound of the Baskervilles," "The Return of Sherlock Holmes," and so on. As the Introduction notes, "Here--reproduced in complete facsimile--are the original Sherlock Holmes detective stories by Arthur Conan Doyle as they first appeared in the famed British magazine 'The Strand.'"

The original art work and printing adds an interesting element to this volume. But, in the end, it is the tales of Holmes that make this book attractive.

A nice compil...more
Mary Holm
Jun 16, 2012 Mary Holm is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I watched the PBS series SHERLOCK and fell in love. I'd never read any Sherlock Holmes stories before, (I claim not to like mysteries) but the series prompted me to check out some of the original stories. My husband reminded me that we had this book stored in our garage. So we pulled it out and I started reading. Currently reading the Hound of the Baskervilles. By the way, if you haven't seen SHERLOCK, do yourself a favor and run, don't walk, to rent or buy the DVD. Or you can watch some of the...more
p.m. pevato
My comfort food.
Alice Chen
Apr 18, 2014 Alice Chen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade, teens and adults
Recommended to Alice by: Discovered on my own
Sherlock Holmes was just about the only books I would read as a kid. I wasn't an avid reader back then, so the short-story format coupled with the adventure of unraveling a mystery was perfect for me.
With the recent re-boots in TV and movies, I'm excited to see these new interpretations; to me, the original series focused more on the mystery, and dropping well-placed breadcrumbs for the reader (and Dr Watson) to follow. The challenge of writing a fresh and innovative story time and again, I gath...more
Emilee
Got this book from my aunt. Ever since I began the first story Sherlock Holmes has become my obsession. Currently I'm still reading it and every page gets a bit better! Also saw both Sherlock movies, all the BBC Sherlock (With Benedict Cumberbatch..sexy..) and am currently watching the 1984 Jeremy Brett ones on Netflix. As you can see, this book has had a major effect on me. If you have not read this, you have not lived..haha.
Carrie
I've had this book since I was about ten years old and never finished it. It's taken me a long time to get here, but I'm glad I finally did. I took my time, and started over on this book, and finally made my way through it. Now I just need to finish the rest of the Sherlock Holmes stories not included in this book.

This includes several of the short story volumes and Hound of the Baskervilles.
Nathan
Aug 06, 2008 Nathan added it
I've only read seven of them.
Sherry
Arthur Conan Doyle, Oh how I love you. Your mind is magnificent. Your writing is perfection. This is the work of genius. I've only just finished, The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes. I thought I'd jot down a few of my favorite quotes from these pages before I move on to, The Memoirs.

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly, one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts" ~Scandal in Bohemia.~


"My life is spent in one long effort to escape fr...more
Ira Therebel
(it contains a spoiler to one of the short stories)

I used to love Shrlock Holmes stories as a child. I really thought that this is how all the policemen in our time operate after taking the example of Sherlock Holmes. And the Hound of the Baskervilles was one of my favorite books!

Reading it as an adult also was very fun. A lot of these stories are incredibly good, and I still loved The Hound of the Baskervilles! There are others on the other hand that are a bit boring and where one could see how...more
Read1000books
A wonderfully entertaining 4 stars. For those familiar with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle only through his (terrific) Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories, this book will no doubt be a real treat. Each of the twenty selections include all of the original illustrations and in addition to two articles about Conan Doyle himself (one being an interview with him conducted in 1892 by a Strand magazine journalist, the other a short account by Conan Doyle of his experiences during a six month whaling exped...more
Aricwheeler
I find the short stories to be fascinating mysteries, despite some minor problems.
The two main characters, Holmes and Watson, are both well developed and interesting to read about, though the side characters in each short story tend to be lacking in personality.
My main gripe with the stories is that the numbers and time are often difficult to understand given that they are not written that way anymore. Especially with ages of side characters and the amount of money at stake. Really this is part...more
Laura
Jan 18, 2010 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
I really enjoyed reading these classic stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. This complete copy is a really great format for the stories - and the originally illustrations add something particularly special. As I've been told many times, my mom read our copy when she was pregnant with me, and it has sat on our family bookcase ever since. After seeing the recent Guy Ritchie / Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes film, I was inspired to read the full collection of stories once and for all.

The stories come...more
Olga
Я не являюсь поклонником малой прозы, но Шерлок меня не разочаровал, а наоборот, от всей души порадовал своей оригинальностью, интеллектуальностью и эксцентризмом.

Чем дальше в лес, чем больше дров, и уже в последней части образ Шерлока раскрывается до конца - мужчина, которого не интересуют женщины (ему с ними просто скучно), жизнь для него должна состоять из вызовов, загадок, которые дадут его уму занятие, иначе он впадает в меланхолию и одно время даже подсел на наркотики, но только благодаря...more
Jake Danishevsky
Ah, Mr. Holmes? Aren't they the best suspense novels in the world? Who did not wish to be in the middle of suspenseful situation or solve a crime during the childhood years? What, no hands, of course not. There is not a kid or should I say was not a kid on the planet who did not fantasize about finding clues to solve a crime or a mystery. I know I did and was excited about the characters and wished that I could be one of them.

Arthur Conan Doyle is a master of bringing us the best detective serie...more
Ana Mardoll
Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes / 0-7858-1325-X

This collection contains the following stories from the following collections:

ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
- Scandal in Bohemia
- Red-Headed League
- Case of Identity
- Boscombe Valley Mystery
- Five Orange Pips
- Man with the Twisted Lip
- Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
- Adventure of the Speckled Band
- Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb
- Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
- Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
- Adventure of the Copper Beeches

MEMOIRS OF SHERLO...more
Summers
wow, that was a lot of holmes! but i enjoyed the short "adventures" and the interesting original, though antiquated now, science of criminal forensics. did you know that sir author conan doyle was a physician? so in these Strand stories, moriarty appeared only once and was killed off with holmes (though holmes returned, moriarty never did, though some of his cohorts did). irene adler only appeared once. several mentions of "the game" but never "the game is afoot." and in the earlier stories, hol...more
Kijoda
Classic read, obviously the use of language is a it different than current date. Although the texture and plot of the stories and the telling of them is great. The tone is a bit bland and encyclopedic, but I may be biased since the genre is not my favorite. I prefer a bit of intrigue in the narration and from the story there was not much intimation of this. Either way I recommend it since it is an example of good fiction writing and introduction to a historical genre many generations have looked...more
Keenan
The story of the Hound of the Baskervilles is about a myth that is going around Baskerville hall that a demon dog killed Sir Charles Baskerville. Thats when Sherlock Holmes and his assiatant Waston came to figure out the case. There are a lot of stories going on and they figure it out. By searching if there is really a demon dog and they found the beast chasing Sir Henry. Sir Henry is the last of the Baskerville family. Sherlock Holmes shot the it right in the neck. And they figured out that Si...more
Tatra
I admit, I mostly paged through The Adventures and Memoirs and The Return to see the illustrations.

I did read The Hound of the Baskervilles from July 19-22, 2014 because it had the illustrations and the Strand edition of the story. I really do think that's the best novel (though I have not read Valley of Fear yet), because it was engaging and action packed. I loved Watson's role in this story and loved Holmes as well.

I absolutely loved seeing the illustrations as well as how the text looked as i...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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