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Great cover and layout. The font is right size and not the minute one usually found in Penguin books. A hefty book at around 1100 pages, but worth it if you are a collector. Only downside: No sketches which are an integral part of the series. The sketches would have also relieved the monotony of unending text, page after page.
I have read Sherlock Holmes in bengali but reading the original Stories were always a great pleasure . After reading this book my love for Holmes further deepens. But one problem is this book doesn't have the Sydney Paget illustrations whicg is must in every Sherlock Holmes book.
I have just finished this kindle book today and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I now have four complete Sherlock Holmes books and I went for this one because of the positive reviews of it.
Since I was introduced to Holmes towards the end of the 1977 school Christmas break, I've enjoyed every story I've read and he has become one of the characters I just love to spend time with, but when I listened to my first Complete Sherlock Holmes, it was even better because I could follow Holmes and Watson from their meeting until the very last story in the book. Quite a few reviewers have commented that the stories go from 1878 when Watson gives his story of how he came to meet Holmes, following his being invalided out of the army with the assistance of Stamford, one of his team in Afghanistan through to 1903 with an eleven year gap to His Last Bow, An Epilogue of Sherlock Holmes , but there is one story which took place in 1907 and that's The Lion's Mane which Holmes relates himself. As I know each story like the back of my own hand and its solution, when I read a complete volume, I enjoy the way the friendship develops between the two. In A Study In Scarlet, Holmes addresses Watson as Doctor, but never as Watson. This changes in The Sign Of Four and he starts to address him as Watson more, though from time to time, he still addresses him as Doctor. This still happens in one or two of the stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, but gradually they become more friendly as time progresses. I read the kindle copy of this by means of Alexa and the one thing I found to be rather a problem was that on the Alexa app, A Study In Scarlet and The Valley of Fear were just listed as two parts and you couldn't navigate to chapters if she could only take you back to the beginning of the part, having been requested to restart the book if it stopped. The Hound of the Baskervilles was even worse, as it was only one file in the app. Still, the book was excellent and I particularly enjoyed the foreword, written by Ruth Rendell.
In A Study In Scarlet and The Valley of Fear, I like the second part when you can read the back story of the events leading up to what has been investigated and solved. I've often wondered whether the Shafters, in The Valley of Fear, were Swedish or German. Most of the copies of it I have say they were Germans, but two say Swedish. I remember when I first read this book not being surprised when Brother Morris sought McMurdo out on the day after he joined the lodge, given the objections he made at the previous night's meeting when a dozen angry voices said Stanger should be killed.
There were one or two typing errors and two occasions when there wasn't a full stop at the end of a sentence, but it certainly didn't detract from what was an excellent book. So if you're looking for a book with all four novels and all five short story books, you certainly can't go wrong with this one.