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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Hardcover – Nov 13 2012


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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best remembered for the creation of Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous fictional detective, though in his lifetime Doyle also penned essays, poems, short stories, science fiction, nonfiction, historical novels, political treatises, and lectures on Spiritualism.

It was in 1887’s A Study in Scarlet that Sherlock Holmes and his trusty companion, Dr. John Watson, first appeared. Doyle eventually became weary of the stories, hugely popular with both British and American readers, and killed off Holmes in the 1893 short story “The Final Problem”—only to resurrect the character years later in The Hound of the Baskervilles. On July 7, 1930, Doyle died in England of heart failure. His stories of the very logical Sherlock Holmes, which so precisely reflect the latter part of nineteenth-century Victorian England, still capture the imaginations of readers today.


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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Excellent product, in all regards. Dec 20 2012
By Matias Graffigna - Published on Amazon.com
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Great bookset, the pictures don't do it justice. I was dubious when I bought it, now I'm absolutely certain it was the right choice.
The bookset contains every book on Sherclock by Doyle and is realy beautfiul. Hardcover, good paper, nice decorations.
If you want to start reading Sherlock for the first time or want to have the collection, this is definitley the way to go.
55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
the classic detective Aug. 19 2013
By Daniel J. Connelly - Published on Amazon.com
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I read most of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes as a kid in ad hoc fashion, and downloaded this collection only because it was essentially free, because I wanted to compare Lyndsay Faye's Holmsian style in Dust and Darkness (2009) to the original.

But once through A Study in Scarlett I was hooked once again, and couldn't stop until I got to the end of this collection. It was great having them chronologically arranged by publication date since stories refer to previous stories in this sequence but of course never to future ones, even though the stories are not in "actual" time order.

To this edition: the table of contents, both of the compendium and the individual books, work nicely. There's some flaws in it all, however. An obvious is The Last Bow contains only the short story, while the other stories in the eponymous collection are mysteriously missing. The other is there's some unfortunate omissions: the cryptograms in The Dancing Men, and a truncated telegram in The Missing Three Quarter. Additionally the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is intentionally missing thanks to the Mickey Mouse Act's extension of copyright in the US.

But the Last Bow collection is readily available for the same price, and the Casebook's not hard to find, so these are easily enough remedied. I recommend grabbing The Dancing Men from another source since it's unfortunately to read it without the key element of the story.

Holmes, given the time it was written, is absolutely brilliant work. Indeed in comparison other fictional detective appear bumbling fools, ignoring obvious opportunities for clues in an apparent effort to pad out the full length of their book. Doyle's books are probably more noteworthy than his novels, although the latter are certainly excellent as well, but its within the confines of a short story that Holmes' genius is most distilled. Holmes is so quick to solve cases that even the books are prone to extensive back-story as an appendix, an approach used in Study in Scarlett and The Valley of Fear. These appendixes, representing a perhaps sensational view of Western life in the United States, are excellent reading but seem somewhat out of place today, while the rest of Holmes, remarkably, seems hardly dated except for its relatively formal speech.

Despite how much I love these works, Doyle does make some obvious oversights. For example, Watson's wife mysteriously disappears after The Memoirs, freeing Watson to rejoin Holmes at Baker Street (it's later explained she died in one of the late stories not in this collection). And Holmes describes certain characters in the Valley of Fear, which takes place early in his career, to Watson when Watson is clearly unaware of these characters in short stories which take place much later. But I have to forgive Doyle these inter-book flaws, since the quality of each of the works taken alone is so spectacular.

So I strongly recommend this collection, with the exceptions I described: Dancing Men, Missing Three Quarter, and the collections The Last Bow and the Casebook.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A nicely designed edition of _almost_ all of the Sherlock Holmes stories Dec 19 2013
By Karen S. Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an almost complete set of the Sherlock Holmes stories. My review is only 4 starts because the last story collection published, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, is not included. (I was really annoyed to find, after buying this, that the Kindle store's description of the book deliberately obscures this, and presents the book as a complete set.)

However, this is a very readable edition. The design and typography are easy on the eyes, so long reading sessions are no problem. It's a good and very affordable omnibus for any fan who wants nearly all the stories in one place. No illustrations or annotations; this is purely for the pleasure of reading and rereading the stories.

If you're new to Sherlock Holmes, this is a good choice, too, because the stories are presented in the order they were published, and though one collection of late stories is missing, the very last story, His Last Bow, is included.
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Great Collection! July 16 2013
By Patricia Piesco - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're interested in getting to know Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, this book is a good way. In fact, I had read Conan Doyle before, but this book brings his novels and short stories in the order they were published. By this way, the reader starts to get to know the characters and their features little by little as they evolve through the stories. Besides, Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection offers a very good range of other references which are quite helpful, mainly when you're looking for different sourcers to attract students' attention to this great character.
40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Cool Set, Cheaper than Expected Binding Feb. 21 2013
By HLGStrider - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a review of the contents of this set or the works of Doyle. It is simply a review of this box set. It is cool looking and the way the box folds up and opens is "neat" but after the first moment of oohing and ahhing my husband (who was the recipient of this gift) commented that the binding looked a little bit cheap. I inspected it closer and these books do not appear to be very durable. There are nicer sets out there. I got a discount on the item through a coupon code so at the price I paid I feel it was reasonable, but there is no way this set is worth the $96 it is currently priced at.


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