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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , Richard Lancelyn Green
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14 Aug 2008 Oxford World's Classics
magazine, in which they were first published, and won immense popularity for Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. The detective is at the height of his powers and the volume is full of famous cases, including `The Red-Headed League', `The Blue Carbuncle', and `The Speckled Band'. Although Holmes gained a reputation for infallibility, Conan Doyle showed his own realism and feminism by having the great detective defeated by Irene Adler -

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; Reissue edition (14 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199536953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199536955
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perfect bite-size treats ... you'll be hooked inside two pages (Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Everyone knows who he is. So why haven't YOU read Sherlock Holmes yet?

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158 of 166 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Singular Book 15 Dec 2000
Format:Paperback
A hugely entertaining and totally absorbing book which covers a further twelve of Sherlock Holmes' investigations originally published in The Strand magazine.
Holmes adventures are to me fascinating, revealing as they do the dark underbelly of Victorian society and many of them would create lurid headlines were they to actually occur today, even Holmes himself is not free from scandal when he is revealed by Watson to be of all things, a cocaine addict in A Scandal in Bohemia.
From his battle of the sexes with the resourceful adventuress Miss Irene Adler in, A Scandal in Bohemia, to his foiling of the criminal intentions of the "fourth smartest man in London" in the truly bizarre and at times comical, The Red-Headed League, Holmes is called upon to use his extraordinary powers of deduction and his ability to observe when others merely see, in a battle of wits against as varied and as determined a bunch of criminals as ever stepped outside the law.
The cases themselves are sometimes dangerous (The Speckled Band), sometimes cruel (A Case of Identity) but as often as not downright baffling - to you and me !
The famous quotes are all in there as well, such as the one beloved of Agent Mulder in The X Files from The Beryl Coronet when Holmes reveals "It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." or his expanation in The Red Headed League that "..the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling.." Or how about his musing to Watson at the start of A Case of Identity, "life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Nov 2010
By Mole TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Conan-Doyle was a prolific writer, but will best be known for his character "Sherlock Holmes". Even over 100 years after they were written, the stories of the great detective are as popular as ever.

This is a collection of Conan-Doyle's short stories about Holmes and each individual story is a cracking good read in its own right. I own a copy of the original in hard back and wanted to compare the ebook version to see if it varied at all. The e-book version is well done, although there are a few non-standard characters (mostly accented letters) that don't get rendered correctly. The illustrations are also missing which is a pity.

This is a good book to download as a first e-book for use with the Kindle. Suitable for teenagers and above, this is one that you will want to keep available.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
It may seem strange to do so, but i am tempted to compare this book to coming home on a frosty evening to a comfortable chair infront of a roaring log fire.

I was prompted to read this book by a review elsewhere, and i'm seriously glad i took the time to do so. A collection of 12 stories revolving around the iconic Sherlock Holmes and his trusted friend Watson, short and easily digestible in one sitting each.

The stories each have a uniqueness, some are rip roaring shockers, others will keep you guessing right up until the end, all of which though, are written in a style that is all to easy to indulge in time and time again.

Its no wonder this book is still in print well over 100 years after it was first published, as the writing is more appealing and enjoyable than lots of modern equivilents. I urge you to buy this, get hooked and then spend hours telling your friends about Holmes and his wild adventures with society and its grimy underbelly.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for free, but had I paid... 28 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love Sherlock Holmes, so a free edition on my Kindle seemed too good to be true.

Sadly there were formatting issues that ruined my enjoyment.

The British pound sign (£) for example, did not survive the conversion and was replaced by meaningless characters and values and given this happened frequently it ruined the flow of Conan Doyle's writing.

Yes, it's free. But it's a Kindle version of a published classic that has stood the test of time. It's demeaning to see classics reproduced in shoddy fashion like this.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Singular Book 17 Dec 2000
Format:Paperback
A hugely entertaining and totally absorbing book which covers a further twelve of Sherlock Holmes' investigations originally published in The Strand magazine. Holmes adventures are to me fascinating, revealing as they do the dark underbelly of late Victorian society and many of them would create lurid headlines were they to actually occur today; even Holmes himself is not free from scandal when he is revealed by Watson to be a cocaine addict in, 'A Scandal in Bohemia'.
From his battle of the sexes with the resourceful adventuress Miss Irene Adler in, 'A Scandal in Bohemia', to his foiling of the criminal intentions of the "fourth smartest man in London" in the truly bizarre and at times comical, 'The Red-Headed League', Holmes is called upon to use his extraordinary powers of deduction and his ability to observe when others merely see, in a battle of wits against as varied and as determined a bunch of criminals as ever stepped outside the law. The cases themselves are sometimes dangerous (The Speckled Band), sometimes cruel (A Case of Identity) but as often as not downright baffling - to you and me !
The famous quotes are all in there as well, such as the one beloved of Agent Mulder from The X Files in 'The Beryl Coronet' when Holmes reveals "It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." or his expanation in 'The Red Headed League'that "..the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling.." Or how about his musing to Watson at the start of 'A Case of Identity', "life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.
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