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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Hardcover – September 3, 2002

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Over one hundred years have passed since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle intoduced his inimitable sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, to the world--and his popularity has never waned. This oversized commemorative volume contains the entire canon of Holmes adventures, both before and after his creator's attempt to dispatch him in print. Just as the character, Holmes, prevails and defies even death, these detective stories featuring him and Dr. Watson have withstood more than the test of time: they defined and changed the way modern crime writers approached detective fiction.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy (September 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517220784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517220788
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,375,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All the stories of Sherlock Holmes are crammed onto 472 pages (without the T of C), each page measuring 10.7" by 7.5". My first impression, on opening the book, was that a gray mist had been sprayed on each page. Looking closer, I realized the gray stuff was the text. I will not subject myself to this sort of eye strain, and suggest you don't either.

The previous edition was over 1,100 pages. The Amazon preview pages for this volume loaded so slowly I gave up trying to see them, and wasted my money on this illegible copy. Don't buy it, would be my recommendation. Try to find the earlier, green-covered book, with larger print and over twice as many pages.
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Sherlock Holmes, the great consulting detective, hardly needs an introduction, nor do his stories need a synopsis. This hardcover edition of "The Complete Sherlock Holmes" contains all the original Sherlock Holmes short stories and novels published by Conan Doyle.
As such, this book is the perfect compilation of a timeless classic, for both those re-reading these wonderful stories or those discovering them for the first time. In addition to this, I loved the cover art of this particular edition - it gives just the right impression and captures the ambience of the tales.
The only negative comment I had (hence the 4 star rating) was with the actual presentation of the book. Unfortunately, the publishers have attempted to cram all the stories into a 480-page book. This has resulted in an oversized hardcover, with rather small font, and worst of all, newspaper-style columns on each page. Perhaps the intention was to emulate the original format of the stories as they appeared in The Strand in the late 1800s. Regardless, the book format is therefore slightly unwieldy because of its size and is a little hard to read.
Despite this shortcoming, I'd recommend this classic collection to anyone and this edition is definitely worth the price.
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The book is oversized but I agree with the previous reviewer that the print is too small--luckily, I found "The Annotated Sherlock Holmes" edited by William S. Baring-Gould at a used bookstore and is the BEST complete Sherlock Holmes collection I have EVER seen and the supplemental material is extensive and staggeringly wonderful--try to find that one (it will probably be in 2 volumes)in the used book section of this site...
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I received the hard back and it is too difficult to read (2 columns of print per page of very small print) I'm going to buy the paperback which looked a lot more reader friendly.
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The book would be one of my favorites but I can hardly read it!

I have perfect 20/20 vision but reading this book is very difficult to read! The type is so small I can only read small sections at a time and it makes my eyes hurt and gives me a headache.This book would be perfect with more pages and larger print . What a shame. Save your eyesight and buy another version! I wish I could exchange mine!
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Anyone who has any interest in literature should read at least most of the original Sherlock Holmes stories. Not only are these great jigsaw puzzles that challenge the reader's imagination, but they collectively construct one of the greatest characters ever to be conceived. Holmes is far from the flat intellectual personality that one might imagine, or as he is sometimes portrayed on screen.

Some of my favorites:

The Red-headed League

The Man with the Twisted Lip

The Adventure of the Six Napoleons

The Problem of Thor Bridge

This book does use a very small font (as others have mentioned), this didn't present any problems for me, but I can imagine how it would for others. There are also a few more typos than usual. But nevertheless, 5 stars as I enjoyed reading it and will probably read it several times more.
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Here we have the complete cannon of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes works. Four Novels and 56 short stories. Usually, collections like this are poorly put together with unnecessary frills and padding. Here we have nothing but pure gold.

Anyone who likes mystery, or literature must read the cannon of Holmes. See the famous expressions like "the game is a foot", and "when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable must be the truth"... Most enjoyable to me are Holmes amazing observations -where he looks at someone and can tell what they had for breakfast, and where they were a week ago from the dust on their shoes. It's really a fun read!

So, if you want to solve the mystery of what to read next, the answer is elementary my good friends... Buy this book!

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The adventures of Sherlock Holmes are as exiting as they are mysterious. This collection of them is nicely packaged into two volumes. The first volume of this collection contains "A Study in Scarlet", "The Sign of Four", "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes", and "The Hound of Baskervilles". All of these parts contain many plot twists and ingenious observations by Sherlock Holmes. Alongside him is Dr. Watson who catalogues these accounts in first person. The books go through the introduction of Watson and Holmes, to the revealing of Holmes' drug addiction, ending with Watson's marriage, while solving what seems to be the smallest, least important crimes. These grow into the most insidious plots. This is a great read that could be read again and again. It is a must have in any collection.
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