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4.0 out of 5 stars A great detective makes his first appearance June 8 2004
Format:Paperback
The book tells the story of how Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson came to be partners and details their first murder case. Like every other conscious person in the western world, I have always been aware of Holmes' titanic status in our popular culture, but this is actually the first story about him that I've ever read. It's very entertaining to follow as A. Conan Doyle introduces the various facets of the Holmes legend: we meet Gregson and Lestrade, watch Holmes and Watson take up lodgings at 221B Baker Street, and are introduced to Holmes' violin playing, pipe smoking, snuff addiction, and, of course, his incredible powers of deduction, which are a marvel to all that surround him. Watson's musings on Holmes' nature are often quite humorous as he attempts to figure out this eccentric individual.
The mystery itself is quite good. Many have remarked on how the story derails with its lengthy digression to the back-story of the murder, which occurred in Utah. This part of the story is sure to offend Mormons, who are here portrayed as a cultish fascist state that will resort to officially sanctioned murder to accomplish its ends. Doyle appears to have been reflecting the prejudice of his time, and this is a very unfortunate and disappointing aspect of the novel. However, if you can look past that, perhaps by imagining that they are some fictional cult, this section of the book is quite effective and suspenseful in its own way. However, the major strength of the story is, of course, Holmes himself. I think that Doyle quickly realized this and focused on Holmes much more closely in later stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great first half... March 11 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Sherlock Holmes novel and the perfect place to begin reading his literature. Forget about the movie clichés of Holmes and Watson - here you meet them for the first time. Watson - far from a bumbling fool - is a military doctor just returned from Afghanistan. An old acquaintance reluctantly suggests looking for a room with a school chum of his who is a bit odd. We first meet Sherlock Holmes as a graduate student. He's very brilliant - the only thing is nobody can figure out what he is studying or what he does. The two chums become roommates and the rest is history.
Seeing Sherlock Holmes anew, he is reminiscent of a positive version of Hannibal Lecter. Both of them are able to detect anything about a person at a glance - or a whiff. Each have encyclopedic knowledge of medicine, psychology, and everything else you can think of, and both are intellectually vain. Sherlock likes to show off and is downright childish in taking pleasure in how clever he is.
The book starts off great - introducing the characters and getting right to the heart of the matter. It continues at a nice place until the half-way mark where Conan Doyle (who had not yet mastered the art of the novel) interrupts the dramatic action for a flashback. That aside, it is still a great read and you can probably get done with it in one sitting. I HIGHLY recommend the Vintage Classics edition with an introduction by Ann Perry and footnotes, the latter proved an invaluable addition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully entertaining March 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
It is 1878 and Doctor John Watson, his health damaged by his experiences with the British Army in Afghanistan during the Second Anglo-Afghan War, is looking for lodgings in the great city of London. It seems fortuitous, when a mutual friend introduces him to another who needs someone to share costs on a suite on Baker Street, but this other man is quite an eccentric. Sherlock Holmes has bent his life and education towards turning himself into the premier detective.
Watson can hardly credit Holmes's claims of what a first-class detective can do. But, when a note arrives from a Scotland Yard detective, inviting Holmes to consult on a particularly mysterious murder, Watson soon finds himself carried along by Holmes, watching his new friend's powers unravel a seemingly inscrutable knot. The game is afoot, and Holmes needs to solve a murder, and bring a murderer to justice.
This fascinating book was first published in 1887, and was the very first Sherlock Holmes story. In it we get to see the first meeting of Holmes and Watson, and hear Holmes explain his methods in detail. If you are a fan of murder mysteries, then this is definitely a book that you should not miss.
The center part of this story revolves around the actions of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. Author Arthur Conan Doyle had a tendency to "wing" the details of his story, and his treatment of the Mormons shows a certain carelessness in how he presented them. Therefore, if you are a Mormon, you will most likely find this book offensive.
But, that said, this is a wonderfully entertaining story that is sure to please most every mystery fan. And, if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, then you must read this book! It's great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The First Appearance of Sherlock Holmes April 25 2003
Format:Paperback
In this novel, Dr. Watson, a sick, bankrupt doctor returning to homeland from the British-Afghan war, meets a very singular personality.
In his formal way of writing he starts a strange story, accounting his acquaintance with a Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
He starts living with the fellow and then he discovers that he is the world's first and only - at the time of the story - unofficial sleuth.
Later on in the story we are introduce to: a body of an American, a strange ring, twists in the face, 2 stupid Scotlandyarders, and a struggle to prove Sherlock Holmes's strange views about the story.
I have got to tell you that Holmes does not appear in the whole story. He, as a matter of fact, appears in about half of it and the other half is a background of the crime; I hope I am not spoiling the story.
It is obvious through out the story that Doyle was really affected by both Poe and Gabourio. The affection of the former is obvious through Dupin his sleuth who stared in three short stories that might be the first stories ever about unofficial detectives; and the latter through Lecoq the french detective who stared in 5 novels, and it is known that Gabourio was the one to lay the bases of modern mysteries.
I really recommend the novel for those of you who love mysteries, and I have to say that it is not a whodunit; it is more of a deductive account of how Sherlock Holmes found his way to the villain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Watson, I'd like you to meet Mr Sherlock Holmes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars First and best!
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Published on Jan. 27 2004 by Titan
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book!!!
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Published on Jan. 2 2004
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