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The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Feb 19, 11

bookshelves: 20th-century, sherlockiana, gothic, mystery
Read in February, 2011

Reading the complete Sherlock Holmes canon by Arthur Conan Doyle in these two volumes has been a remarkably rewarding experience. I'm truly sorry to be finished with these stories and novels (although I know from past experience that they reward rereading). In this reading I've gained an even clearer appreciation for the links between Holmes and the traditions of Gothic and science fiction literature, and I've certainly enhanced my enjoyment of the BBC's brilliant new Sherlock series. These are wonderfully crafted tales with truly compelling main characters (not to mention one of the greatest bromances of all time). Most of all, I'm reminded of Nicholas Meyer's words: "The message of Sherlock Holmes is simple," he says. "Life can be understood." My world is a better place for spending time at 221B Baker Street, and I plan to return repeatedly and often.
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Reading Progress

12/22/2010 page 143
19.0% "I love this so much:

"Well, I don't like it; but I suppose it must be," said I. "When do we start?"

"You are not coming."

"Then you are not going," said I. "I give you my word of honour - and I never broke it in my life - that I will take a cab straight to the police-station and give you away, unless you let me share this adventure with you."


- John Watson and Sherlock Holmes"
12/27/2010 page 233
31.0% "Finished with The Return of Sherlock Holmes. On to The Valley of Fear!"
01/18/2011 page 356
47.0% "Finished The Valley of Fear (fantastic!). On to His Last Bow."
02/01/2011 page 494
66.0% "Done with His Last Bow. On to The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes!"
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Nandayi Kokonya I completely agree with you on all accounts Amy. Couldn't have said it better! I'll add only one thing with regard to the casting of BBC's Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock...SPOT ON!! Benedict Camberbatch absolutely fits the physical description of Holmes given by Conan Doyle. As a huge Sherlock Holmes fan I'm very happy about that.


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Anna Well said indeed! I'm still on my way through vol. 2, but like you I'm not that eager to finish it... I want this to go on forever! ;) And yes, Cumberbatch. The one and only.


Jennifer I an SO with you, Amy!!! I can never get enough whether it be Doyle's complete works (I also read both), or the tv show...I say bring it on, I'm ready for more!


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