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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luxury
Yes, these are expensive (as is the companion volume containing the four novels); but sometimes, one needs to indulge oneself a bit. And any Sherlockian wishing to indulge his or her self can do no better than these wonderful volumes.

Of course, they are too heavy to be read on the bus, say. These volumes are for the end of the day, when you're curled up in...
Published on 6 May 2007 by The Baker Street Irregular

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1.0 out of 5 stars The author is way off the mark with his comments and any dedicated Sherlockians will be very disappointed if they buy these book
An attractive book to look at but the annotations (which sadly is the main reason for purchasing such a work) do not come close to capturing the spirit of these classics. The author is way off the mark with his comments and any dedicated Sherlockians will be very disappointed if they buy these books.

There are far better commentaries available such as the...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luxury, 6 May 2007
This review is from: The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes - Vols. 1 & 2 The Short Stories (Hardcover)
Yes, these are expensive (as is the companion volume containing the four novels); but sometimes, one needs to indulge oneself a bit. And any Sherlockian wishing to indulge his or her self can do no better than these wonderful volumes.

Of course, they are too heavy to be read on the bus, say. These volumes are for the end of the day, when you're curled up in your favourite armchair, with a glass of your favourite tipple close at hand. And you can then transport yourself to 221B Baker Street, and enter once again that magical world, with its quite indefinable charm.

The paper, printing and binding of these volumes are of the highest possible standard. They are very well illustrated - containing as they do all the original illustrations of Sidney Paget et al, the various illustrations that appeared in the American editions, and also many contemporary photographs of people and places mentioned in these stories. Best of all, perhaps, are the detailed annotations: I haven't counted them all, but I wouldn't be surprised if they run into the thousands. These annotations discuss in considerable detail the factual background of the various references made in these stories, and also the innumerable theories and hypotheses (quite frequently so outrageous as to be downright barmy) that have cropped up over the years from various Holmesians. Throughout, the conceit is maintained that Holmes & Watson were real people. All in all, there's enough here to keep any Holmes anorak happy for an entire lifetime.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful publication, 3 Aug. 2005
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A Genealogist (Warwickshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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These are all of the Sherlock Holmes short stories in two beautiful volumes. Superb. A must for Holmes devotees. Be warned these are BIG heavy books, but are absolutely the best version that has been published - at any time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The author is way off the mark with his comments and any dedicated Sherlockians will be very disappointed if they buy these book, 17 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes - Vols. 1 & 2 The Short Stories (Hardcover)
An attractive book to look at but the annotations (which sadly is the main reason for purchasing such a work) do not come close to capturing the spirit of these classics. The author is way off the mark with his comments and any dedicated Sherlockians will be very disappointed if they buy these books.

There are far better commentaries available such as the Oxford Sherlock Holmes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "A PERFECT GIFT FOR HOLMES'ENTHUSIASTS", 30 Dec. 2012
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This collection of stories of Sherlock Holmes is surely the best among the many published. The presence of numerous notes that accompany the texts of the stories allow the reader to "live in-person" the Victorian atmosphere of that time, to learn and expand on certain aspects which, though not directly related to the stories, are an interesting corollary.
The many notes can slow down the reading, but do not disturb the enthusiast of Holmes who,of course, has already read and knows his adventures. Moreover, the many drawings of the known Sidney Paget and other illustrations of the time make even more fascinating the content of the stories. Certainly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would give his appreciation to this collection of his most famous works.
The work of Leslie Klinger is also valued by the excellent graphic format chosen, which makes this two volumes a "must" for lovers of Holmes and the various characters that interact with the detective.
In summary, the work may be defined as a milestone in the reading and study of the character Holmes and make Leslie Klinger an authority on the matter. This beautiful work should absolutely be present in the library of a lover of mysteries stories.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly work and a classic storyteller revisited, 31 Dec. 2004
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Budge Burgess (Troon, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes - Vols. 1 & 2 The Short Stories (Hardcover)
For those of us used to the major Holmes novellas like 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', it's easy to neglect the real treasure trove of Holmes mysteries made up of the fifty-six short stories published in the Strand Magazine. Leslie Klinger reproduces them here, faithfully printed in facsimile form, complete with the original illustrations ... and much, much more.
Klinger includes a host of annotations - articles and enigmatic theories contributed by Holmes' scholars over the last century in which they attempt to explain what the great detective was really doing. Holmes has a dedicated band of followers who believe him real, believe him still alive, believe he was actually a woman. There are probably fans who think he is an alien.
If the stories weren't fascinating enough in their own right, Klinger's exploration of the world of Holmes makes entertaining reading ... and provides an ironic commentary on the human condition and the preparedness of people to live life through their heroes ... even fictional heroes.
I can, of course, reveal the obvious - although in all the film versions Holmes and Watson speak with impeccable English accents, it has to be recognised that they were both, in fact, Scotsmen. The assumption of Englishness is merely a finely wrought symphony in irony, courtesy of the author ... a Scot, of course!
Conan Doyle was an artist, a man who helped shape the short story and the cliff-hanger into an art form. He combined a genius for narrative story-telling with the ability to weave characters, characters so convincing they have become real and the subject of speculation in a way few other fictional creatures ever have.
A startling publication - the two volumes run to nearly 2000 pages and come in at slightly below bantamweight. Heavy reading, but a delight all the same.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed beauties, 16 Dec. 2010
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russ_w (London, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes - Vols. 1 & 2 The Short Stories (Hardcover)
I agree with all the other reviews for these books, including the 2-star one, although I think that rating is a little harsh. With reference to that latter review, I especially agree that the pretence that Sherlock Holmes was a real person does become irritating after a while, as do long asides about whether Dr Watson really wrote a particular story or whether his literary agent (one A. Conan Doyle) had a hand in it. Silver Spoon is also right about the spoilers in the introductions and the murderous over-analysis of flawed logic or discrepancies between or within stories. However, to be fair to Leslie Klinger, in discussing such inconsistencies he's only summing up the statements and verdicts of other Sherlockians and an annotated edition can scarcely be expected to pass over such matters without comment.

As a London specialist myself, it was occasionally obvious to me that Mr Klinger isn't quite as familiar with the city as he should be. He talks about the London Library in the past tense, for example, when that institution is still going strong and he describes Cheapside as being in 'East London'.

One more negative: there are several typographical errors in the books, which is disappointing when Mr Klinger makes such a fuss about similar things in the originals. It looks to me as though the errors in the main text have been caused by the books having been typeset from a scanned (OCR) version of a previously printed edition, because most of the mistakes are of the 'dump' for 'clump' variety. There are also typos in some of the annotations, but these are of a different kind: 'Violent' for 'Violet', for example.

That nitpicking aside, this is, as every reviewer concurs, a beautifully produced (and very heavy) pair of books. It's very well illustrated, with many contemporary photographs of places mentioned in the stories, advertisements for long-forgotten gadgets, machines, items of clothing and the like, together with original illustrations from both the British and American editions of the stories - although some of the latter, from minor syndicated publications, are pretty ropey (the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Portland Oregonian seem to have had particularly poor staff artists!). Some of the annotations may be more necessary for an American than a British reader, but most are either helpful or interesting or both. The annoying ones don't have to be read beyond the first sentence!
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful books, irritating annotations, 2 Jun. 2008
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This review refers to all vols (1,2 and 3) of this collection.

These books are for the unconditional fan and the collectionist only. Who else would spend all that money on a really impractical set of books. Well, I did.

The tomes are indeed beautifully printed and bound, that's their best asset, but their sheer size and weight (you could easily commit murder with one of these books) means you'll need to sit at a strong sturdy desk in order to read the tomes without spraining a muscle. Inevitably I end up going back to my cheap paperbacks that I can carry with me or read snuggled up in bed.

The main reason I bought this collection was due to the vast amount of background information and "scholarly research" that is allegedly included in them. I was disappointed. Unless you're the kind of fan who enjoys playing "the game", that is to say, to pretend that Sherlock Holmes really lived, Conan Doyle was just a cover and Watson the real writer of the stories, you're bound to end up thoroughly irritated by many of the annotations and preposterous trivia this edition throws your way. I thought at first the notion of pretending they were real life characters cute, but it soon became tiresome. Specially after being forced to read wildy stupid theory after wildly stupid theory that any tom, dick and harry has ever come up with regarding the life and death of the sleuth, and which Leslie S. Klinger has felt obligated to share with his victims, I mean readers. Whilst some of the annotations based on real historical facts do enrich the stories, the task of weeding through them was too much for me. Half way through I was striken with the sudden realisation that my time on earth is finite and should probably not be wasted reading nonsense about a fictional character.

Something I found very baffling is how Leslie S. Klinger goes out of his way to point out every single discrepancy, mistake or ommission commited by the author (be that Conan or Watson). He will go into unnecessarily lengthy explanations to prove utterly uninteresting points such as how if the shadow of the cabinet fell onto the carpet the muder could not have been perpetrated at 12.30 but it must have been at least 12.37. By the time he is finished dissecting the stories you feel like the real murder victim here is the story, lying in a heap at your feet, robbed of all its charm.

If you're new to the stories beware as the annotations and introductions contain spoilers. I had already read all of them and still found this annoying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book about Sherlock Holmes, 18 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes - Vols. 1 & 2 The Short Stories (Hardcover)
If you are looking for a definite book about Sherlock Holmes, this is the one that you should buy. First of all the books are of superb quality (paper, images, etc) and their contents is the best one I've ever read. you can read simply the Doyle's opera without lingering in the excellet notes made by Mr. Klinger.
All you have to do, is to sit down in your favourite armchar, light your pipe and start to read and be totally brought back to Victorian London, with the finest detective whose adventures were ever written. Highly reccommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented collector's edition, 12 Nov. 2007
This review is from: The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes - Vols. 1 & 2 The Short Stories (Hardcover)
These are a wonderful collector's edition and look great on the shelf. Full of extra information about the stories, they provide the collector with lots of interesting facts. They're big, so not an easy size for reading. But if you're like me and want to read them from time to time (rather than sit in bed and read lots in one go) then that's really not a problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Quality Collection., 28 Nov. 2011
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Two big volumes. Printed to a very high standard. The annotated notes provide detail to the stories and stimulate further lines of investigation. Whilst some people will keep these books as 'display copies' I use mine. They are certainly not easily portable and are for reading in an armchair at home. A great product and value for money.
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