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The Complete Raffles Collection by E.W. Hornung (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics) by [Hornung, E.W.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1527 KB
  • Publisher: Halcyon Press Ltd.; First edition (24 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049B2C4S
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love the Raffles books so had to have them on the Kindle.

The stories are fabulous decadent fun. Incredibly homoerotic - as my gay male friend commented, 'I've had sex with men that was less gay than that' - and with a very weird streak of off-centre morality and class consciousness running through them, which adds a lot to the basic crime caper stories.

Sadly, as is fairly common with this publisher, the formatting is distinctly wonky at points (italics rendered in capitals and story titles appearing as part of running text), but you get what you pay for, and at least it's not rammed with spelling errors.
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This contains plenty of material which is very readable provided you can relate to the period - which I feel I can. On the whole the stories are excellent and avoid the complications typical in much more modern literature. The concept was quite daring at the time and is still outside the norm and it is interesting finding oneself relating to a criminal rather than a detective. Strongly recommended for flights and the like where a not very challenging (or long) read is needed.
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Raffles is as splendid as ever, love these books of dering do! Delivered promptly as always and my Kindle will be suffering from burn out because I had to read the whole caboodle almost in one!
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I had high expectations of this collection. They were not met. There are four stories and only one kept me captivated. The others are simply OK. I found it difficult to have any respect for Bunny, the narrator of the stories, who comes across as wimpish, incompetent and devoid of any justified self confidence. I just felt he was a pitiful waste of space! Raffles is just a man about town who steal things to finance his lifestyle. I wonder whether the stories lost some of their pizzazz when converted to Kindle.
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I was pleased to find these classic stories, but very disappointed to find that they had been rendered into American spelling (can Americans really not read real English?)

Also, the chapters are run into each other without even a paragraph break, and there are numerous crass typos. Evidently it has been scanned with OCR from hardcopy and nobody has bothered to check the result. It gets 3 start because it was on a very cheap offer, but I would have been very upset if I had paid full price.
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Somewhat more thoughtful than standard "ripping yarns", this collection of stories by the brother in law of Arthur Conan Doyle is well worth reading. The idea of criminal as hero is not undertaken as mere vulgar sensationalism, but dealt with in quite a clever way. We see the problems of motivation - people whose aparently comfortable lives mask hide problems of social expectaion and restraint etc.. But these ar never allowed to spoil a good story - there is no preaching, although there is a moral dimension, we don't simply have carefree rogues getting a way with it. The relationship between Raffles and Bunny lifts these tales out of the ordinary. These are not mere period pieces, but have an enduring human quality.
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I hadn't read Raffles for very many years, and as well as the tales I did recall I enjoyed what I think were additional stories I hadn't come across before. It's all total tosh, of course, and neither of the two lead characters are in the least bit pleasant, but if you fancy a wallow in nostalgic criminal fiction, go for it.
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"Raffles the gentleman thief" was part of English mythology when I was a boy, but I'd never come across the books anywhere, so I seized the chance to read this complete collection. What can I say? Frankly, it all seemed very pedestrian; the plot lines in particular being flat and predictable and there was something about the underlying assumptions of the author about politics and morality that I found constantly irritating (but maybe that's just me).
I suppose it says something for the book that I nevertheless finished the volume, but for a while there it was in the balance.
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