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The Complete Sherlock Holmes: with an introduction from Robert Ryan by [Doyle, Arthur Conan]
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes: with an introduction from Robert Ryan Kindle Edition

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Product Details

  • File Size: 4206 KB
  • Print Length: 1874 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (December 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 13, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHE20W0
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Michael Gallagher HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2012
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The Sherlock Holmes books are definitely classics, and this compilation of all of Doyle's works is certainly a lot better than purchasing one of the homemade compilations here on Amazon or purchasing each of the titles individually. These stories, while the language and dry humor of the times is certainly not what it is in the modern world, are skillfully done and I've enjoyed reading them for most of my life. With the professional Kindle formatting, I think this is the compilation to get.

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.
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A free compendium of Holmes stories (with a working, clickable table of contents) is a fine thing to have, but the e-book format could be improved. The text, adapted from Project Gutenberg, isn't perfect--I noticed a missing word in the first story I read. Italics are changed to distracting CAPITALS. The blank line between paragraphs makes short conversations straggle over several Kindle pages. Titles are in serif and the body text in sans serif, the opposite of my preference, and can't be changed on my Kindle. Graphics are omitted, so the Adventure of the Dancing Men can't be solved by the reader.
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REVISED: Many of these reviews sing the praises of the Sherlock Holmes stories (4 novels and 5 collections of short stories for a total of 9 books), and I join them in their acclamation. The stories truly are wonderful and Doyle's Sherlock Holmes well deserves 5 stars. But he also deserves better treatment than accorded here by Simon & Schuster.

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.
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The works of Doyle are excellent. Unfortunately, this ebook lacks much.

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.
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Let's be honest. Most of these works were already available on Amazon for free. I think I was able to find the complete collection about a year ago by only spending a dollar total. However, this collection puts it all together in a convenient, single purchase. The order of the stories is not chronological, though. It begins with the four novels in chronological order, then provides the short stories in chronological order. This isn't a complain; it's just something to keep in mind. If you've ever read a Sherlock Holmes story, you'll be able to find it again here. With zero price tag on it, there's really not a reason to skip picking this up.
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The Special importance of the Sherlock Holmes in noteworthy due to the fact that he is wise enough to bring alive the incidences that had occurred long ago. The intuitive nature of Holmes and inquisitive nature of the Watson starts the stories which get unfolded in such a manner that readers will highly exhilarated to explore more. The stories include overjoying new adventures, personified characters, and mix of new and old ideas adds flavor to each episodes of the novel. Readers will find themselves the taste of old wine in new drinking vessels. The lucid expression of emotions varying from fear to love, simple reasoning to complex feelings of love and intimate relations is wonderfully illustrated through words which keep you spell bound throughout the novel. The simple expressions and story-telling techniques have been beautifully used by the author and this is really a wonderful job to keep you exploring the stories with ever evolving narratives which has been used in a meticulous manner. The ending of the story is so fascinating that I will be waiting for the next series of the novel to get published.
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