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- File Size: 15525 KB
- Publisher: Delphi Classics; 6 edition (25 April 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XWPR22
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- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Complete Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Delphi Classics) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
As well as all of the well-known stuff, there are some added gems in this volume - for instance, there are a couple of very short little Holmes stories that Conan Doyle wrote for charity fund-raisers - these humorous little tales are written like affectionate pastiches of his own style. Have you ever fancied writing your own Holmes story? Well, now's your chance - The Adventure of the Tall Men is Conan Doyle's outline of a story he never finished. I spent a happy half-hour imagining how he would have filled out these bare bones into a full-fledged tale.
Then, we have the Challenger stories. While they fell away towards the end, the first couple are classics of early science fiction and written with Conan Doyle's trademark humour and excitement. I haven't got round to re-reading the historical novels yet, nor any of the other fiction and non-fiction included in this collection - it's such fun to know there's still so much to discover.
So why only 4 stars? (Now 5 stars - see edit below.) One reason, but for Holmes fanatics, an important one. Each time there should be a diagram or a plan, instead we just get the word `GRAPHIC'. So there's no map in The Priory School, no plan in The Golden Pince-Nez, and, worst of all, there are no Dancing Men! We all like to try to work out the cipher ourselves, don't we, (or is that just me?) so this seems like a terrible omission, spoiling one of the greatest of all the stories.Read more ›
Some minor niggles: (NB: SEE NOTE BELOW)
(1) It would be nice to have a full indexed list of short stories, which is a feature of other Delphi collections but is not included in this one. The "Other Fiction" section in the Contents is a mix of short story collections and some full length novels, so it's a bit tricky to locate specific stories.
(2) I can't find Doyle's autobiographical "Memories and Adventures" in this collection. This is much more interesting than those embarassing books about fairies, spiritualism, etc. I think there are also a couple of dramatised versions of Sherlock Holmes stories by Doyle himself that are not included here, but these are less significant.
(3) For some bizarre reason my Kindle contents page indexes this collection under B for Barrie rather than D for Doyle.
NOTE ADDED: Delphi Classics have notified me that they have sorted out the niggles mentioned above, which is great service, though I haven't yet figured out how to get the updated version via Amazon.
A couple of minor niggles - while the first three Holmes books seem remarkably free from errors there are far more typos in the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. It is a shame that there's no easy way of noting these because Delphi seem very amenable to updating collections in response to customer's comments. My second minor niggle is that the stories seem to use American spelling, rather than the English spelling that the books would originally have used.
However, all in all, I'm extremely happy with the collection and have since purchased further Delphi collections.
EDIT: I still recommend these Delphi collections, but don't buy on the expectation that updates will be occurring or universally available in future. Delphi are no longer promising that updates will be continued or that purchasers will be able to access these in the future. An email received from Delphi last week read "The update service is a free service we offer customers, which is very time consuming process for us, but we like to offer the customers the opportunity of free updates. We cannot guarantee this service forever - it is a benefit of purchasing from us that we like to offer. The actual eBook that customers download is what customers have purchased, not the update service."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sherlock Holmes are some of my favourite stories of all time - they get better every time I read them and when I saw the opportunity to buy all of these stories plus Sir Arthur... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Simon Edwards
Excellent. All the works in one volume - start with the Holmes, and then try his other works. Take for example The Lost World and The White Company; both excellent stories that not... Read morePublished 16 months ago by MR ALAN P LAWSON
I first read the Sherlock Holmes and White Company books of Conan Doyle when very young and am very happy to have what is pretty much, I think, Conan Doyle's complete oeuvre on my... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Richard V Raiment
great writer. huge amount of great stuff from the lost world to sherlock holmes.Published 19 months ago by HUGH