Complete Sherlock Holmes, The (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) Leather Bound – 21 Jun 2011
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"Too much Holmes is no more likely than too much foie gras and no less desirable... Will delight his fans" --Observer
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer, most noted for his stories about Detective Sherlock Holmes, widely considered an innovation in crime fiction writing.
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"The original illustrated Strand Sherlock Holmes" has the 4 novels and all 56 short stories complete with the original Strand Magazine illustrations by Sidney Paget and others. Sidney Paget created the famous deerstalker hat. The hat and pipe are instantly recognizable trademarks of Sherlock Holmes. He also created the layout of the rooms at 221b Baker street where Holmes and Dr. Watson reside.
In this book there are two things to be aware of. Firstly the illustration sadly lack some detail when reproduced in paperback, but they do convey all the atmosphere of Holmes, Watson and life in Victorian London. Secondly, the printed text is quite small so you will need good lighting to read it comfortably.
Apart from these shortcomings this is an excellent collection which I wholeheartedly recommend. Definitely worth five stars.
"The Complete Sherlock Holmes" comes in a beautiful rich brown, leather bound cover with gold embossed lettering. it is quite frankly, beautifully bound with much attention to detail. Looking inside of the book, you turn the page to a glorious Burberry print double spread! I absolutely love it. It comes with a golden-brown ribbon to keep your place and high quality paper pages (edged in gold). The text is relatively small, though perfectly readable. This book is a pleasure to read, I simply have to lay it on my lap and the pages fall open to the right place. It is relatively heavy so this is handy!
All in all, I would highly recommend it to anyone, as a treat to yourself or someone else. You can't put a value on a good story.
There are many things about these stories that I find to be brilliant but I will discuss only three in this review so as not to make it too long.
The first is that Holmes is actually as brilliant as his reputation would have everyone believe. Something that I find extremely annoying in fiction is when a character has a reputation for being a fantastic investigator or for being great at something else but they never do anything to prove themselves worthy of that reputation. The character just seems to have average intelligence and the writer makes the main character look smart by making everyone else stupid. Doyle actually went to the trouble of thinking up brilliant things for Holmes to do instead of just making everyone else in the stories stupid as a lot of writers do.
The second is the way Doyle handled Holmes and Watson's relationship. Something else that I have come to detest in fiction is the typical friendship in which the characters are too often making a huge sacrifice for one another and are too frequently having big emotional scenes together. Relationships such as that eventually get to the point where they seem too unrealistic and no longer make me feel anything. But Doyle manages to convince the reader that Holmes and Watson are close friends without any of the sacrifices or emotional scenes. He uses little things to show the depth of their friendship which prevents it from ever becoming sappy or too fictional. Also, the way he wrote the characters helps a great deal to establish them as being close friends.Read more ›
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Have read nearly all of these since having them after reading Stephen Fry's autobiography. I have not been disappointed. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Connor Anderson - Price
Every bit as good as you would have imagined but I have docked it one star as some of the illustrations are missing or too small to see properly and there are more than a few... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Stevesball
A near flawless collection of Holmes short stories and novels, the only detraction being that some of them have not aged well. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Mark Ramsay
Love the illustrations .
The stories 'feel' authentic
Although this generous collection is worth every one of the 5 star rating, I think there are some things which anyone new to the whole Doyle / Sherlock shebang should take on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. J. M. Haines