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Raffles: Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman

(A.J. Raffles, The Gentleman Thief #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  394 ratings  ·  31 reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1901)
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Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read, mystery
I preferred the capers of the first book to the attempt to go deeper here; the characters of Raffles and Bunny are too slight to sustain it. They worked better as figures of whimsy. Pity.
Dec 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniel by: Rose
"Raffles: Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman" is even more enjoyable than its predecessor, "The Amateur Cracksman." E.W. Hornung, having already established the characters of gentleman thief A.J. Raffles and accomplice-chronicler Bunny in the first book, is freed up to have more fun with his creations and allow them to embark on adventures that aren't all strictly criminal in nature.

In "Further Adventures," Hornung departs somewhat from the writing style of his brother-in-law, Arthur Co
Nov 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-pulp
I say, Raffles is starting to grow on me, what? This one is quite well written, has more depth and is more about Bunny and their ridiculous and juvenile relationship - is even a little moving despite the faintly (?!) ludicrous plot. Onward chaps.
Jim Dooley
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Raffles, the amateur cracksman, is back from a supposed watery grave to continue entertaining us with Further Adventures … and they are quite good. Anyone missing quiet evenings reading the exploits of Sherlock Holmes should find these tales to be a most fulfilling substitute. The relationship between Raffles and Bunny is so reminiscent of Holmes and Watson. There are disguises, hair-breath escapes, villainous antagonists, and a sense of location that constantly seemed very comfortable.

The set
Jim Smith
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Not as fun as the first volume due to the stifling new status quo of Raffles being a known thief and declared dead, but it has its moments.
Jeff Johnston
I did think that this was improvement on the initial book as each new story within The Black Mask gave us a further glimpse into the hidden character of Raffles and a closer inspection of his many methods of thievery.

I even felt some sympathy for this rouge when he opened up to 'Bunny' and spoke of how he nearly gave it all away for love.

Easy reading with some mild comic relief here and there.

Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn't like this quite as much as the first one. The stories didn't fit together as well, and I didn't like them quite as much. Bunny wasn't quite as ludicrous about being in love with Raffles in this one, either, which might have made up for it. However, I did discover (spoilers, sort of) that the impetus needed for Raffles to fake his death is very low indeed. ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
And to think I was upset about the ending of the first book...
Robin Petty
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Worth reading for easily one of the most touching relationships in literature between the narrator and the gentleman-burglar. Thick-and-thin lifelong male friendships were rarely better explored.
The period-prose and language crackles satisfyingly with some turns of phrase to die for. Rather like when you read Wodehouse you end up talking in their style IRL - I found myself often lapsing into the vernacular of these two!
It's far from an easy read at times - as the stories are uneven in either the
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Bunny’ has served his time in prison. Soon he finds, through strange steps that Raffles has returned. This time needing to live in a very limited way because of his past. And Bunny is crucial to his plans. But there is more to his past than can at first be imagined. And it is all wrapped up in the events which has left him with white hair, but Bunny waits til Raffles is ready to tell the story.
And so their exploits, though with great restrictions, restart. All now with an even greater danger l
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raffles and Bunny return in this sequel. Once again it is a collection of short stories and although maybe not quite as good as the first book it is still very good. I continued to feel bad for Bunny who having just served 18mths in jail is unable to make much of his chosen career as a writer and he has been shunned by his only living relative is close to being homeless. Of course that's when he meets up with Raffles again who had survived his swim to freedom at the end of the last book and now ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
More adventures of A.J. Raffles and his amiable, if less bright companion, Bunny. At the end of the first volume of stories, Raffles is missing and presumed dead, having jumped from a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea, with Bunny clapped in irons and hauled off to jail. We don't learn much about Bunny's prison experiences as the first story beings some time after he is released. Of course, like the famous character of Hornung's brother-in-law a plunge into water from a great height is not alw ...more
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-thing
I'm grateful that Hornung wrote more stories about Raffles after unceremoniously dumping him into the Mediterranean at the end of 'The Gift of the Emperor' but the series was never the same again. Outside of the comfortable homosocial world of the Albany, clubs, cricket, and Turkish baths Raffles and Bunny are an altogether different proposition. I've never quite believed in this collection and I'm not sure, given how uneven it is and how improbable the romances are, that the author did either. ...more
Okuta Otherside
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the 2nd book of Raffles series and i love it so much! Raffles and Bunny characters and relationship just remind me with how Sherlock Holmes and Watson interacting with each other. Raffles and Bunny characters are so lovable, you can't hate them even though they are thieves. But what makes me a bit disappointed is the ending. It's a cliffhanger again! Just like the first book! So i need to read the next book to know what really happen with Raffles and Bunny. ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Yes, it's surprisingly good and I really am surprised.
Charles A Phillips
Raffles need more of these..

Enjoyed this book . I seem to be ahead of the story usually as it goes I would like to have something with a little more Mystery
Dave H
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed the first collection of Hornung’s AJ Raffles stories, I decided to embark on this second volume of adventures. Much like Holmes’ resurrection following his tumble at the Reichenbach Falls, Raffles ‘The Gentleman Thief’ returns from the dead to once again purloin diamonds and tiaras from London’s great and good.

There is a great charm to these Edwardian stories. The peril is usually of the mild sort (apart from when the dastardly Italians become involved) and Raffles is an honourab
Kelanjutan kisah petualangan 'gentleman-thief' Raffles yang diduga tewas dalam buku pertama, ternyata muncul kembali dalam penyamaran sebagai sosok pria tua-renta dan lumpuh, mengejutkan sahabatnya Harry 'Bunny' Manders (yang menjalani hukuman penjara akibat perbuatan si Raffles).
Secara keseluruhan, kumpulan cerita pendek dalam kisah ini lebih menarik dibandingkan buku pertama, dan membuat semakin 'gregetan' adalah ending kisah ini yang benar-benar surprise (again)

more about this book, just che
Feb 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this book. After reading and enjoying the first book of short stories, I was eager to read this collection as well. This book was a disappointment. It was confusing and a struggle to read. I much prefer the previous book with Raffles and Bunny as younger characters involved in college and cricket. Not as old men!
In short, it just didn't work for me this time and I had to put it down.
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-english
This is the second book of the adventures of AJ Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman, and his companion in crime and chronicler "Bunny". The stories and involvement of the characters is slightly more complex than in the first book, but Bunny's naivety is unbelievable and in too great a contrast to Raffles' ingenuity and cleverness. ...more
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't know if I would be capable of appreciating these books so much if I hadn't already read lots of the Sherlock Holmes stories. But I don't care so much for detectives any more as I care for gentlemen thieves. ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rak-buku
Saya tercengang saat membaca ending buku ini. E.W.Hornung menamatkan seri Raffles dengan sangat indah menurut saya.

Selain itu didalamnya berisi cerita2 yg lebih seru dari buku pertama, jika Anda sudah mempunyai yg pertama sangat disarankan untuk membeli buku pamungkas seri Raffles ini.
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book. It was written in 1901 , set in Edwardian England so was something different than my usual choices in books but I enjoyed the characters of Bunny and Rafffles and their adventures.
Jack Heath
Synopsis: since his partner, Raffles, jumped into the Mediterranean, Bunny Manders has only scraped along. But he's back! First published 1901. ...more
Knut Sigurd
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, gutenberg
Om A J Raffles er ein gentlemannstjuv er han neimen ikkje mykje av ein gentleman mot kompanjongen Bunny.
Timothy Ferguson
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Subtle, funny and engaging

Not quite a "caper" book. Raffles is an action hero who is too much a gentleman to break a sweat.

Steven Vaughan-Nichols
The stories of are Victorian burglar are good, but the author's need to keep condemning our hero for his crimes, gets old. ...more
Sedikiiiiit lebih bagus dari buku sebelumnya, tapi tetap saja, tokoh Raffles tidak ada apa-apanya dibanding Lupin atau bahkan Kaito Kid-nya Conan :p
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Ernest William Hornung known as Willie, was an English author, most famous for writing the Raffles series of novels about a gentleman thief in late Victorian London.

In addition to his novels and short stories Hornung wrote some war verse, and a play based on the Raffles stories was produced successfully. He was much interested in cricket, and was "a man of large and generous nature, a delightful c

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A.J. Raffles, The Gentleman Thief (4 books)
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“I'm on for any mortal thing!'

My voice rang true, I swear, but it was the way of Raffles to take the evidence of as many senses as possible. I felt the cold steel of his eyes through mine and through my brain. But what he saw seemed to satisfy him no less than what he heard, for his hand found my hand, and pressed it with a fervour foreign to the man.

'I know you are, and I knew you would be. Only remember, Bunny, it's my turn next to pay the shot!”
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