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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume II (Bantam Classic) Paperback – November 1, 1986
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The Complete Novels and Stories
Since his first appearance in "Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in two paperback volumes, Bantam presents all fifty-six short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle's classic hero--a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes's adventures in crime!
Volume II begins with The Hound of the Baskervilles, a haunting novel of murder on eerie Grimpen Moor, which has rightly earned its reputation as the finest murder mystery ever written. The Valley of Fear matches Holmes against his archenemy, the master of imaginative crime, Professor Moriarty. In addition, the loyal Dr. Watson has faithfully recorded Holmes's feats of extraordinary detection in such famous cases as the thrilling The Adventure of the Red Circle, Holmes's tragic and fortunately premature farewell in The Final Problem, and the twelve baffling adventures from The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes.
Conan Doyle's incomparable tales bring to life a Victorian England of horse-drawn cabs, fogs, and the famous lodgings at 221B Baker Street, where for more than forty years Sherlock Holmes earned his undisputed reputation as the greatest fictional detective of all time.
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The Case Book Stories found in this volume, the last twelve are probably the most romantic (not to be confused with romance, although there is some of that), on the part of Holmes' biographer Dr. John Watson (Doyle) and not as deeply scientific as some of the earlier works found in the first volume, like the Five Orange Pips.
The beauty of this volume though, works upon your imagination using your fascination with Holmes's outlandishness and quirky behavior and Watson's down-home bed-side manner.
A classic volume, indeed.
However, with the abundance of sherlock holmes publications, I believe this publication of Complete Novels and Stories to be the best because it shows all the stories in chronological order. Even though within the stories, chronology isn't that important, I have heard many complaints by my friends that they had wished they could've read them in order, to experience them the way the average reader during Doyle's time could've read them.
For this publication, the text is rather small, so be cautious if you cannot feel uncomfortable reading small text. Personally, I enjoy the small text.
I just started, but Holmes is awesome !
I had never read Sherlock Holmes and have never been a big fan of short stories, having found most boring, uninteresting and unimaginative. The latter I'm sorely lacking in myself, perhaps all three,, so I pick up on this easily when reading someone else's work. Mr. Doyle was none of those things and has the ability to grasp the attention early on and only make you greedy for more. I don't know where he got all his ideas but imagination was not his weakness and one of my favorites from the casebook files must always be "The "Lion's Mane. Who would have thought the culprit to be the world's largest jellyfish?? And a story that brought back childhood memories on St. Augustine beach encountering my first jellyfish, though obviously not the fatal results!
If you're someone who enjoys short stories of the titillating type with only brief intervals in which to read, this book along with volume 1, comes highly recommended. One doesn't notice the hundreds of pages comprising these volumes, only a sadness at them coming to an end from a life well lived in it's bringing so much enjoyment to others. It is not hard to see why so many have said they will read these stories again for the sheer pleasure it brings to revisit a long lost friend.
Many thanks as well to all those hard working souls at Wikipedia and Bing translation for making my reading experience always one of learning as well as enjoyment.Read more ›
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Sherlock Holmes is one of those series I devoured as a teen. So I bought the book for my sons. This particular edition has very small print. That was my only complaint.Published 2 months ago by T.M. Dasi
You read these stories the second and third times over several decades because it's fun to be led along by the plot, second guessing Holmes as you go, and because the writing and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ray Reeder
I've read everything Sir Doyle has written concerning Sherlock Holmes. Did it in three weeks. What fun is was to find such outstanding fictional suspense.Published 10 months ago by Susan