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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Bought on the Kindle Fire Hd. I have yet to read the entire book - this is just a review on the collection, TOC, and organization. However, from what I have read there were no errors. I'll update later when I actually finish the book.
From what I can tell, this option does in fact offer the entire collection and is set up in the following manner. The TOC does include links to individual short stories; I disregarded them here out of practicality.
A Study In Scarlet (Part 1 and 2)
(Mr. Sherlock Holmes, The Science of Deduction, The Lauriston Garden Mystery, ect.)
The Sign of Four
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
The Valley of Fear (Part 1 and 2)
His Last Bow
The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes
The TOC works perfectly fine. It may be a little confusing for some though. I'd recommend you take a look at "peak inside" option Amazon offers if you're a bit confused. There's really no difference between any other Kindle books I've bought. There are actually two TOC's - one displaying volumes and the other for content within the volumes. The "Volumes" TOC is located right being the cover (Loc 2). The Volume TOC will link you to individual volumes; then there will be a TOC for the volume itself.
The Kindle version offers some images as well; no distortions and are a nice addition.
I know there are many free versions out there, but I decided spend the $3. I'm not disappointed at all; if you are there is a seven day period which you can return for full refund.
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.
Otherwise, these wonderful stories speak for themselves, and the Kindle edition appears to be accurate. I have only read the first dozen or so novellas and stories, but all appear to have been well translated to the Kindle format. It's a pity the drawings from several of the original collections were not included, but obviously people read these stories because of their love for Conan Doyle's immortal Holmes and Watson, and not for the "pictures". The warts from the original stories remain, such as Conan Doyle forgetting Watson's first name near the beginning of "The Man with the Twisted Lip," having Watson's own wife call him "James" instead of John. All perfectly forgivable, errors of a different time, and before all the Sherlock stories were collected in one or two volumes and could be read in a short period of time, rather than over the course of many years, the way Conan Doyle wrote them.
The stories still hold up remarkably well, and are great fun, in spite of all the Sherlock Holmes movies, and now TV shows, that have sent him in innumerable directions never intended by Conan Doyle. Although he no doubt would have a good chuckle over all of them. If you are a fan of the original Sherlock Holmes (and Watson), and want to own the full set in your Kindle, you cannot go wrong with this set.