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5.0 out of 5 stars Reichenbach Fall..., July 24 2000
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Bill R. Moore (New York, USA) - See all my reviews
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This is a good collection of Sherlock Holmes shorts. The first offering is what is generally considered one of the best stories in the entire Holmes canon: Silver Blaze. "The Musgrave Ritual" is very cool also, but of course, they're all good. This collection also houses the infamous short "The Final Problem" where Doyle originally tried to kill Holmes. So popular a character was Holmes (even then) that after the story was released there was a riot in the streets of London, so mad were the people at Holmes's death. Needless to say, Doyle brought Holmes back. Imagine if he hadn't...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A study of timetables, June 10 2004
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Gary Sprandel (Frankfort, Kentucky) - See all my reviews
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These are some of my favorite stories in the Canon! Silver Blaze includes the memorable line about "the curious incident of the dog in the night-time" ("The dog did nothing in the night-time. That was the curious incident, remarked Sherlock Holmes)". The Gloria Scott may be the start of Holmes career as consulting detective, and in these Memoirs we also have the introduction of brother Mycroft. The annotation by Leslie Klinger on this edition is superb, with diversions into the constant problem of train timetables (Did Watson purposely obscure these facts?). I was interested in her annotation of the difference between American and English editions (for example in "Yellow face" the longer time that Grant Munro was silent in the American Edition was "presumably because inter-racial marriage was unacceptable in America in the 1890's"). The footnotes always help to place the stories in context (for example what is "brain-fever" suffered in 7 of the Holmes stories?) and also detect inconsistencies in Watson's telling. Perhaps my favorite footnote is in "The Yellow Face" stating that actor William Gillette may have been to the Holmes household and met the page "Billy" (Who was played by Charlie Chaplin in 1903!). The few appendices deal; with "Sherlock Holmes the Horseplayer", "The post-graduate years", or "Theories of Mycroft Holmes". The Sidney Paget drawings are always welcome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Free!!!!, Sept. 19 2013
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Very useful to study Sherlock and his stories. The most important is, it is free and great. I love it very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories, Aug. 9 2013
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I am a nut for Victorian detective stories. This was a great series of stories without cellphones or technology to solve the crime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Holmes, Feb. 11 2014
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L. Behan (British Columbia, Canada) - See all my reviews
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These are terrific stories that can be read in small bites. I always enjoy Conan Doyle not only for the Holmes sleuthing, but also for the evocation of the Victorian era.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, Feb. 2 2014
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T. Mitchell "Geographer, Author, Open Source ... (Williams Lake, British Columbia Canada) - See all my reviews
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The text was great, illustrations were missing though but you can find them online. You need them for some cases!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for Intro, Dec 11 2013
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I've already read the Sherlock Holmes stories, but after watching Sherlock on BBC with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
The intro by one of the writers, adds a new spark to these wonderful mystery stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, Oct. 1 2014
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Excellent book
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