- File Size: 4206 KB
- Print Length: 1874 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (December 13, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 13, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AHE20W0
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Complete Sherlock Holmes: with an introduction from Robert Ryan Kindle Edition
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I picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion - while the free pricing is outstanding, I would have certainly paid a few bucks to have all of Doyle's works in one place and formatted properly for the Kindle.
One expects a much higher quality product (nay, a virtually perfect one), from such a noted and highly-respected publisher. Yes, this set is free (to promote Robert Ryan's upcoming book), and I am appreciative, but I am also disappointed, because in this instance you get what you pay for, which is a surprisingly imperfect rendering of the text.
Simon & Schuster seems to have merely repackaged existing, free, public domain, Project Gutenberg texts for this edition; that would explain the number of "Gutenbergish" (my word) imperfections sprinkled throughout. Also, vital pictorial representations (notably in "The Dancing Men") are omitted, and the font of the main text oddly switches from traditional serif to a less pleasant (in my opinion) computerish sans-serif. (Given these flaws, I am surprised some reviewers so highly praise the formatting. But then again, I am also greatly surprised at more than a few of the 300+ so-called "reviews" for this product.)
My advice? Since the book is a freebie, you have nothing to lose by downloading it--especially if you don't already have a complete ebook set of Sherlock Holmes. (And if you THINK you do, be certain yours includes ALL 12 stories in the "Case Book of Sherlock Holmes." Many previous ebook sets claiming to be complete had to omit all or part of it for copyright reasons.Read more ›
First, there are numerous transcription errors, with obvious missing paragraphs, misspellings, and textual oddities.
Next, the illustrations are nonexistent. These are critical in understanding several of the cases, especially the case of the dancing men, and but are only indicated in the ebook text as "GRAPHIC".
One last criticism of this edition is that it is more of an ad for Robert Ryan's book, as the introduction and epilogue are clearly designed to interest readers in that novel.
The formatting is very clean and the text easily readable, especially with the new Times New Roman font for the stories themselves. The best (for me at least) is the Contents Page with working links; I checked a couple randomly and they were accurate. ACD's works are separated into "Novels" and "Short Story Collections". Given that the titles are not listed alphabetically, I'll have to assume (without checking wiki) that they are listed in chronological order by publication date.
However, the introduction by Robert Ryan was a bit of a disappointment. He spends the first 1/3 discussing the characters of Holmes and Watson as revealed by certain of ACD's works, but then smoothly (and most definitely) segues into a discussion of how he researched and fleshed out Watson as the main character for his own book.
My only true (but nominal) complaint would be the extra blank lines between the paragraphs. Seems like a trivial thing but the extra clicks on your Kindle really add up after a while. And I always wonder why this is done when I can't recall ever seeing the same thing in print. *shrugs*
FYI, towards the bottom of the copyright page, thanks are given to Project Gutanberg [sic] "for providing the text to compile the works".Read more ›
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