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The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures (Mammoth Books) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Ashley
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The biggest collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle laid down his pen.

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The biggest collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle laid down his pen - nearly 200,000 words of superb fiction featuring the Great Detective by masters of historical crime, including Stephen Baxter, H. R. F. Keating, Michael Moorcock and Amy Myers. Almost all the stories here are specially written; the cases presented in the order in which Holmes solved them. The result is a new life of Sherlock Holmes, with a continuous narrative alongside the stories that identifies the 'gaps' in the canon and places the new and hitherto unrecorded cases in sequence. Plus an invaluable complete Holmes chronology.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1001 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; Re-issue edition (28 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DQ4WN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent research and selection 24 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a well-researched and excellently selected collection of stories by many authors. The ordering is based upon the chronology of the life of Sherlock Holmes as reconstructed by the editor who makes considerable contributions to the text thereby.

The only reason I didn't give this five stars is because a few (a very few) of the selections were not really good enough, though all are to a high standard. The best thing about this book is that every contribution is placed into the Doyle canon at least plausibly, and this collection certainly succeeds in extending what we can know of Holmes outside of Dr. Watson's original published accounts in a credible and refined manner.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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This 'revised and updated' 2009 edition is a textbook example of how excellent writing can be ruined by atrocious editing. Mis-typed words, bad grammar and, most damaging of all, hopeless punctuation mar almost every page of this edition. This is a terrible shame because the stories themselves are a clever and entertaining collection of Conan Doyle pastiches by acknowledged masters of the genre.

Perhaps the worst victim here is Eric Brown's 'The Vanishing of the Atkinsons', relating the untold story of 'the singular tragedy of the Atkinson brothers at Trincomalee' mentioned by Watson in the opening of 'A Scandal in Bohemia'. Admittedly the story-within-a-story structure presents both the writer and editor with a variety of tricky punctuation challenges, but rarely has that challenge been met so incompetently as that seen here, rendering a perfectly good tale maddeningly unreadable. Conan Doyle expertly illustrated how it should be done in 'The Gloria Scott' and 'The Musgrave Ritual', two stories which should have been more carefully studied by those charged with editing and proof-reading this volume before committing their efforts to print.

Authors of the calibre of Michael Moorcock, Stephen Baxter, H.R.F. Keating and David Langford really deserve better than to be treated like this. It is to be hoped that the publishers will employ some editorial and proofing staff who actually know what they are doing in order to correct all the mistakes for a reprint in the near future.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The next best thing 17 Jan 2012
By A. Skudder TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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It is a shame that Conan Doyle wrote so few Sherlock Holmes stories. In the absence of any more from him this is the next best thing - a collection of stories all purporting to be rediscovered Watson writings.

On the whole these are respectful attempts to reproduce the spirit and style of the originals rather than mere pastiches. Some are better than others but the overall standard is high.

I actually bought this by mistake, forgetting that I had the paper version on the shelf somewhere, but I don't regret it at all.

Unfortunately the book is let down by the odd mistake in translation from paper book to ebook. Nothing to make it unreadable but little things like some mis-spellings or in one case extra spaces around punctuation, which upsets the flow of reading just a little.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read 6 Oct 2009
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I have found this a most wonderful book that is hard to put down once you start to read the stories,they nearly all capture the mood and atmosphere that Conan Doyle created with this character and is a book I would heartly recommend to any Sherlock Holmes fans. The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures[[ASIN:1845299264 The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures]
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I always enjoy a good Sherlock Holmes pastiche and the tales here are all very plausible. The voice of Watson sounds very authentic. I particularly like the chronological order of presentation which definitely adds something to the collection. I did find the numerous mistakes in the kindle edition really extraordinary - it cannot ever have been proof-read. Try not to let yourself be put off though. Its good value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars patchy 11 Jan 2012
By Graham R. Hill VINE VOICE
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Some of these stories are very good, nicely capturing the tone of Dr Watson/Conan Doyle, and some, well, aren't. Ashley excludes from the book and from his appendices those Holmes pastiches in which our hero meets other fictional characters. Perhaps he should also have considered why the weakest stories here include all those where the great man comes across real historical figures. Funnily enough those individuals seem all to be writers; maybe there is an element of professional vanity involved.

The transfer to Kindle hasn't done the book any favours either as it is filled with typos and other production errors.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection 21 Sep 2009
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Some of these stories excell those of Arthur Conan Doyle himself. I like the way the volume is set out, taking the reader through Holmes's life from his early days of crime deduction, some stories tell the previously untold cases that Watson and Holmes mention in their more popular cases.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The short stories within this book are well written and very much in the Conan Doyle style. They are generally authentic (but please, SH would not have talked about going on a "vacation" but a "holiday" - I do wish that American's would learn English!!) and give a good feel for the SH genre and times.
The big downside is the preface to most of the stories by the compiler, He tries to give the impression that SH and Dr W were real people and that they actually existed and carried out investigations. Of course they were figments of the the very fertile mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and there should be no attempt to indicate otherwise. In the end I became annoyed at the prefaces, totally ignored them and moved on the the actual stories.
Having done that, the book was enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great entertainment
Some v good stories and some weaker but all entertaining! Will give you a good fix of the ultimate detective.
Published 5 months ago by shantha sethurajan
3.0 out of 5 stars The Case of the Curate's Egg
In common with other reviewers, I found this collection to be a real mixture, but certainly good in parts. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the twists and unfolding stories
its interesting keeps you thinking and leaves you with a good ending. This makes you want to read more simular books.
Published 8 months ago by dtchip
5.0 out of 5 stars sherlock omnibus
excellent stories that bring to life the life in London at the time and his investigations are so full and understandind
Published 8 months ago by Peter Garner
4.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the Sherlock corpus
Lots of stories, all written in a style very reminiscent of Sir Arthur. The only (slight) criticism is the attempt to fill in between the stories with references to the history of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Darryl Greig
3.0 out of 5 stars Variable quality
Most are a good read but a couple aren't - there is even one where Sherlock makes a mistake, I mean come on!!
Published 11 months ago by Derek Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Am less than a quarter of the way through this book - have loved every...
Would definitely recommend this to any Sherlock Holmes fan. Looking forward to reading the rest of the book and will purchase more of the Mammoth Book series.
Published 12 months ago by Linda Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Above the Norm
There are a number of new collections of Holmes stories about at present. This one has an authentic ring in many and worth buying.
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Alan A. Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars New Holmes Adventures
Liked the book a lot,some very interesting and well written new stories. Should satisfy most Holmes followers. Well worth the price
Published 20 months ago by lambo
5.0 out of 5 stars Conan-Doyle would approve!
Having been a purist for many years, and loathing anything that came along with an apparent veneer of SH, I have at last seen the light. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Paul Raymond Stanton
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