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The Complete Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1986
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and began to write stories while he was a student. Over his life he produced more than 30 books, 150 short stories, poems, plays, and essays across a wide range of genres. His most famous creation is the detective Sherlock Holmes, who he introduced in his first novel, A Study in Scarlet (1887). This was followed in 1889 by an historical novel, Micah Clarke. In 1893 Conan Doyle published The Final Problem in which he killed off his famous detective so that he could turn his attention more toward historical fiction. However, Holmes was so popular that Conan Doyle eventually relented and published The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901. The events of the The Hound of the Baskervilles are set before those of The Final Problem, but in 1903 new Sherlock Holmes stories began to appear that revealed that the detective had not died after all. He was finally retired in 1927. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on July 7, 1930.
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Actually, this book is truly beautiful, moderately large, solid and well made - the binding, the hard cover, the colouring, the gold on the edges of the pages - everything is so well made and it looks fantastic! It is also very comfortable to hold and read. Some editions cram the whole collection of novels and stories into a regular sized book or smaller, and it ends up being too small to handle the load. I've been reading this edition for a while now, and liked the book so much better than the soft cover ones I used to have, that I had to give this book a review. I'm not sure why some people find the type too small. I have no problem reading it and it has never given me a headache. Some people do have problems with their eyes, though, and maybe they need to buy proper glasses to read regular-sized type.
I have bought both the Annotated version and the two-volume soft cover version (with a foggy London scene on the cover), and this one is by far the best! The Annotated is overwhelming and cumbersome to an irritating degree, and I found myself getting very annoyed trying to simply read the stories, without all of the needless (and unsubstantiated) details added into the margins. I actually threw it away, I got so fed up with the thing. It is literally huge! Not to mention, heavy! And most of the added "information" is just some guy's opinions and have no actual backing to them (such as when he suggests that certains books were actually about Watson's adventures and not Sherlock's, and Watson was just covering up his own actions). And the cheap, two-volume, soft covered set fell apart within a year. There are too many novels/stories to fit into such small books, and as a result, the books end up falling apart at the binding if you open them too often. They were difficult to hold in your hands, being too thick and too short at the same time, and I often found my hands cramping up while trying to hold the small books open. I would never recommend them to anyone I cared about (though maybe if I were trying to sell other, less well-made collections, I might leave a bad review here in an attempt to divert customers).
Pay the extra price for a very well-made volume, like this one, it is worth it! It is a beautiful looking volume and gives an elegant touch to a book shelf. I'm sure there are others equally well made, but of the three different styles I've bought, this one is by far the best. And no, I don't sell these books. I'm just defending a unjustly maligned edition that truly deserves an excellent review!
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection [newly updated] (Golden Deer Classics)
The print is far too small to be read, unless headaches are your thing. (It looks to me to be about 8 point font). Conversations between multiple characters are presented in single paragraphs. The "illustrations" are laughably poor in terms of initial quality, the quality of the reproduction, and the complete lack of skill with which they were placed in the text.
The quality is so poor that it actually made me angry to receive this. I returned it within half an hour of opening the package.
Amazon should really remove this from its website; it is truly an embarrassment.
I've read in other reviews that "the print is too small"... I however, find that the print is no smaller than any other book more than two or three hundred pages long, and is clear and well spaced on the pages, which are light-wight to accomodate the weight of such a large volume.
The one and only thing I could say against it would be that it IS a large book, so anyone looking to read it on the bus is likely to have trouble, but then again, it's all of Doyle's works concerning our favorite detective, and that must be taken into concideration.
memories of those great stories. To me, he's the BEST Story-teller. Especially when it comes to crime solving and mystery. He just seems
to hold your attention throughout his tale.
What with the drivel on TV these days..I go to bed early just to read...My eyes just fly across the pages and I adore the fact that to turn a page I need only use one hand...keeps everything nice and toasty under the covers in this cold winter we are having this year..
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