THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES and THE COMPLETE TALES OF TERROR AND MYSTERY (All Sherlock Holmes Stories and All 12 Tales of Mystery in a Single Volume!) ... Doyle | The Complete Works Collection) Paperback – 9 Jun 2014
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That being said, which of the 77p (at the time or reviewing) collections do I buy. Previously, I had the Holmes stories in their free, public domain format, but the option to get a collection of all the stories, in the correct order & from the Doyle estate was too good a chance to miss!
I looked at this collection & a number of the others & finally decided it would either be this version or the Maplewood Books; 2 edition (29 May 2014), ASIN: B00DCD53C2 and proceeded to get both sampled to our Kindle Touch.
As good as the Maplewood Books collection was, it didn't come up to this one. In this edition, you not only get the full Table of Contents navigable from the Kindle - with no omissions/issues as reported in earlier reviews (as with Maplewood), but you also get some nice "real book" enhancements with Doyle's signature & some lovely illustrations. I felt that the typography was also superior in this version.
No doubt about it, if you want all of Doyle's Holmes stories in easy to read, organised format for your Kindle device or app, then this is the collection to go for.
1. As another reviewer has commented that for some reason the stories contained in the books `His Last Bow' and `The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes' aren't indexed in the table of contents, which is rather irritating if you want to find one of them and can't remember where it lies. This is further compounded by having some of them out of order. In most cases this will not matter much, but here there are some which have to be in a particular place because they allude to earlier stories.
2. It has a small number of illustrations, which is nice, but none of the maps and handwritten messages that can be found in the printed copies of the books are there. Not the end of the world, but the maps in particular were included for a reason: to help the reader follow the story. To omit them while including other illustrations seems rather odd to me.
Having said that, at under £1, it makes a very good buy, and benefits from the usual features of an eBook: text whose size can be altered to suit the reader's eyesight and so on. Just a bit of a shame about the above points: I hope this may one day be rectified by the publisher.
The stories and novels are, in truth, something of a curate's egg. The characters of Holmes and Watson are brilliantly drawn, while the people they encounter give an insight into the 'types' (retired colonels, distressed gentlewomen etc) who populated England around the turn of the 20th Century. The mysteries are intriguing (how did the murderer get away without leaving any footprints on the other side of the moat?), Conan Doyle's style is surprisingly brisk for the period, and the action surprisingly physical at times, with Watson not shy of packing his revolver on a dangerous mission.
However the stories often seem too short, and to involve little more than Holmes being presented with a mystery which he instantly solves before being quickly proved right (this could be a context problem, as they may have seemed different when read as a quick bite of Holmes from the pages of Strand magazine). That said, they're addictive and each one can be read in a few minutes, so they're ideal for dipping into. The four novels, on the other hand, show that Conan Doyle was perfectly capable of pacing himself for a longer format, and read very well. The best is the Hound of the Baskervilles, which thoroughly deserves its classic status.
As a packaging exercise, this eBook has two flaws. The first is a big one; the lack of individual contents-page entries for the stories in the last two collections ('His Last Bow' and 'The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes'). This makes it very hard to find individual stories (although I suppose you can bookmark them once you have), and is fairly unforgiveable given how little work would have been involved in adding the links while preparing the book for publication.
The other flaw is that in some collections the stories are out of order - in most cases this doesn't matter too much, but in the 'Return of Sherlock Holmes' collection it does, since 'The Adventure of the Empty Room' contains the actual reappearance of Holmes after his supposed death at the hands of Moriarty, and really should be the first in the set (but isn't).
All in all a terrific, enjoyable and surprisingly modern read. At this price you can't complain too much about the presentation, but since there is another collection available for the Kindle at a similar price, minus the Tales of Terror and Mystery but with contents-page links to all the stories, it might be worth looking at that one too.
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