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Complete Sherlock Holmes, The (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) Leather Bound – 21 Jun 2011

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  • Leather Bound: 1096 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble; Reprint edition (21 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435114949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435114944
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (763 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

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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Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
This book came in amazing time just 2 days after ordering which I was thrilled about. I was a bit worried about buying it because of some of the reviews but I'm very glad I did. The book has beautiful illustrations on the cover and on the title page between each novel and collection of short stories. I was worried because some people have commented about Americanisms in the book but these can only be found in the Kindle edition as my hardback copy didn't have any, yes I felt smug about that! The stories themselves are thrilling and I found it hard to put it down after starting so much so that I read all 60 stories in a month and 3 weeks and I have now become a little obsessed with Sherlock Holmes. This is a beautiful book and a thrilling collection of stories I would recommend to anyone!!
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Format: Kindle Edition
There are no illustrations but that is not the main problem. The main problem is the Americanisation. These books are classics but they have been mangled for the American market. Wherever there should be a reference to brandy it has been changed to whiskey and soda, bacon and eggs has become ham and eggs plus all the appalling American spellings. Can't they leave anything alone!!!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this book with great excitement as one of the first books for my new Kindle. The stories themselves are fantastic and don't need any review from me. However, I was very disappointed in the quality of the Kindle edition. There are lines missing and at one point where there should be a diagram, there is, instead, an advertisement for a Kindle edition of the complete works of Jane Austen. It's a shame that something so shoddy should be on sale. If it was an actual book I would've returned it. Get your finger out Amazon.
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Format: Paperback
Once you have read just one of the Sherlock Holmes stories you will want to read them all.
"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.
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Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
Ok, let's start with the fact that these are some of the most attractive books going. Another Barnes and Noble classic to add to my ever-growing bookshelf!

"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.
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Format: Paperback
I discovered Sherlock Holmes a few months ago and I can not believe how good these stories are. I read all the stories in about three weeks. I have now almost finished them for a second time and a second reading has only increased my appreciation for them.
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.
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