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The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I by Arthur Conan Doyle
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May 10, 10

really liked it
Read from April 12 to May 08, 2010

It's amazing how much English literature became less dense between Austen, Dickens and Thackeray to Doyle. I admit I was avoiding reading this because I thought it would take the same level of time and commitment as a Dickens novel, but I was (pleasantly) surprised by how much easier it was to read.

I really enjoyed reading this compilation of four of Doyle's Holmes novels. It's easy to see why so many people love Sherlock Holmes and the books are so widely read.

However, I have to admit that "A Study in Scarlet" was not in the least my favorite, because of its stereotyping of Mormons and its mischaracterization of Brigham Young and overdramatization of polygamy, which members of the LDS church (aka Mormons) practiced at the time and abandoned more than a century ago.

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