Caro Arthur Conan Doyle, So il che rapporto con la tua pi famosa creatura non sempre stato idilliaco So che sei arrivato perfino a commettere un omicidio pur di sbarazzarti della tua onnipresente e impertinente creatura Ma sono contenta che ti sia ricreduto e che Sherlock Holmes, alla fine, sia sopravvissuto anche al suo peggior nemico il suo stesso creatore.Ora, ci sono mille altre cose che vorrei aggiungere Ad esempio, potrei dire di come abbia cominciato con Uno studio in rosso che avevo ancora una decina d anni e come, nel corso del tempo, quei racconti e quei libri mi abbiano portato ad appassionarmi sempre pi alla letteratura gialla Potrei dire di come, a Londra, mi sono fermata in contemplazione davanti alla statua di Sherlock Holmes nella famosa Baker Street, pensando al povero Watson, narratore, sempre in secondo piano, di gran parte delle storie di Holmes.Con un certo distacco, datomi anche dalle tante letture accumulate sulle mie spalle, potrei dire che non tutti i racconti sono usciti con il buco e che qualche storia pi appassionante e intricata di altre E potrei dire di come, leggendo queste storie, sia arrivata a comprendere cos in profondit i meccanismi della narrazione, da arrivare alla soluzione del caso insieme a Holmes che soddisfazione Potrei dire che queste vicende rapiscono e incantano generazioni e generazioni di lettori da oltre un secolo un sogno che ogni scrittore spera di raggiungere un giorno Potrei dire di come, nonostante in alcuni casi si trattasse di una rilettura, non abbia avvertito noia o insoddisfazione nel leggere storie gi conosciute Ma dir solo una parola grazie. I have no idea how I let myself get so long in the tooth before finally settling down and reading this collection Suffice to say I am glad I finally came to my senses.It is all here, every Sherlock Holmes story ever penned by Arthur Conan Doyle There are four complete novels and five books of case studies Relax I am not going to even attempt to review every one of these That would be tedious for me as well as you.There is no doubt that my hands down favourite of the entire collection was The Hound of the Baskervilles, but make no mistake I loved it all.According to Goodreads I started reading this collection on June 23 of this year and I am just now able to close off my review With the exception of the novels which I read straight through once I had started them, the balance of the case files I read in between other books I must say I truly enjoyed this approach and looked forward to dropping in to see what Sherlock was up to every now and again Sadly all good things must come to an end It was however an experience I shall never forget and I shall certainly miss Watson and Holmes I may have to go back and pay them a visit again sometime. A Study In Scarlet The Sign Of Four Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes A Scandal In Bohemia The Red Headed League A Case Of Identity The Boscombe Valley Mystery The Five Orange Pips The Man With The Twisted Lip The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle The Adventure Of The Speckled Band The Adventure Of The Engineer S Thumb The Adventure Of The Noble Bachelor The Adventure Of The Beryl Coronet The Adventure Of The Copper Beeches Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes Silver Blaze The Yellow Face The Stock Broker S Clerk The Gloria Scott The Musgrave Ritual The Reigate Puzzle The Crooked Man The Resident Patient The Greek Interpreter The Naval Treaty The Final Problem The Return Of Sherlock Holmes The Adventure Of The Empty House The Adventure Of The Norwood Builder The Adventure Of The Dancing Men The Adventure Of The Solitary Cyclist The Adventure Of The Priory School The Adventure Of Black Peter The Adventure Of Charles Augustus Milverton The Adventure Of The Six Napoleons The Adventure Of The Three Students The Adventure Of The Golden Pince Nez The Adventure Of The Missing Three Quarter The Adventure Of The Abbey Grange The Adventure Of The Second Stain Volume Introduction By Loren D Estleman The Hound Of The Baskervilles The Valley Of Fear His Last Bow The Adventure Of Wisteria Lodge The Singular Experience Of Mr John Scott Eccles The Tiger Of San Pedro The Adventure Of The Cardboard Box The Adventure Of The Red Circle The Adventure Of The Bruce Partington Plans The Adventure Of The Dying Detective The Disappearance Of Lady Frances Carfax The Adventure Of The Devil S Foot His Last Bow The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes The Adventure Of The Illustrious Client The Adventure Of The Blanched Soldier The Adventure Of The Mazarin Stone The Adventure Of The Three Gables The Adventure Of The Sussex Vampire The Adventure Of The Three Garridebs The Problem Of Thor Bridge The Adventure Of The Creeping Man The Adventure Of The Lion S Mane The Adventure Of The Veiled Lodger The Adventure Of Shoscombe Old Place The Adventure Of The Retired Colourman Holmes, who loathed every form of society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from week to week between cocaine and ambition, the drowsiness of the drug and the fierce energy of his own keen nature Holmes was still, as ever, deeply attracted by the study of crime, and occupied his immense faculties and extraordinary powers of observation in following out those clues and clearing up those mysteries which had been abandoned as hopeless by the official police. A Scandal in Bohemia Watson s not wasting any time here So we learn, in two sentences, that Holmes is not fond of other people, ridiculously smart, kind of a drug addict, working unofficially to fight crime and, as if I couldn t say it enough ridiculously smart Arthur Conan Doyle emphasizes Holmes magnificent brain in many ways he uses Watson s admiration to reinforce the reader s own he gives Holmes lots of foils, including incompetent cops and the criminals he s hunting and perhaps the best trick of all, Holmes frequently gets to show off his smarts by wowing his clients with how much he can guess about them just by looking at their outward appearances.So it s obvious that Sherlock Holmes is beyond intelligent, but I find this other side of him interesting That any civilized human being in this nineteenth century should not be aware that the earth travelled round the sun appeared to be to me such an extraordinary fact that I could hardly realize it You appear to be astonished, he said, smiling at my expression of surprise Now that I do know it I shall do my best to forget itA Study in Scarlet Holmes is, in a nutshell, single minded in his detection In that respect, it makes sense that all emotions, particularly love, are abhorrent to his cold, precise, but admirably balanced mind He s basically an instrument for finding out criminal stuff I actually appreciated this, since Doyle didn t risk all the soap opera ish entanglements that make long running serials hard to follow without a map He conceived each of his stories as both united by Holmes character, and yet still potentially interesting to people who had never read any other of his stories.As a private detective, Holmes totally uses his powers for good Everyone in Victorian London, from the lowliest governess to the highest nobleman, eventually comes to see him when they need help It s reassuring to read about a guy who just goes around making sure that life is fair for the little guy Sure, he may be in his business of private detective work mostly for the intellectual work rather than the moral judgment but for me, reading each of his stories is like reading Chicken Soup for the Nerdy Soul He s so sure, and so good at getting things right, that reading his stories leaves you with a comfortable glow.John Watson, the narrator, is definitely a main character in these stories He is telling his own story, sure, but only in so far as that story relates to Mr Sherlock Holmes The thing is though, he is awesome in his own right He was an army doctor in Afghanistan, he s the one who always carries the gun in his and Holmes s most dangerous encounters,and what s he is actually able to sustain a job and engage in healthy human relationships with than one person By also making Watson a strong character, with both medical and literary proficiency, Doyle makes Watson s admiration of Holmes intelligence even meaningful He fills in gaps that Holmes lack he provides medical assistance that Holmes can t handle and he s the one who adds human interest to Holmes stories Above all, he makes cold, calculating Holmes human Sure, he keeps mentioning that Holmes despises feelings and what not but at the same time, the clear bromance that ties the two guys together their mutual friendship and respect really speaks well of both of them as sympathetic, cool human beings Watson also manages to bring out the passionate side of Holmes supremely intellectual work.Watson provides a frame for each story an introductory series of paragraphs sketching some dialogue with Holmes, or setting the scene of the investigation His narration doesn t wander off into passages of thick description very often, which makes their impact all the powerful when he does The focus of each story is on solving a central problem, and that means there s suspense, and there s resolution So, it s probably not a shock to many of you that detective stories usually end with, you know, the solution to a mystery That s part of the pleasure of reading them in the first place Something that s kind of interesting about Doyle s endings though, is that the solution is not always accompanied by legal punishment Like, a satisfying conclusion to a Bones episode would be an arrest, right Or Law and Order and its spinoffs are all about convicting the criminals they track down Holmes though, is a private detective above all, and because he is not part of an official police force, he gets some choice in how things are handled once he s solved a case He s interested in fairness than in observing bureaucratic technicalities As our parents have told us time and time again, life isn t fair But, by the end of a good Holmes story, you feel like it can be The good are rewarded, the bad punished and each man gets what he deserves.If these are somehow not enough to convince you that Sherlock Holmes is worth caring about, let me add that the bromance is top notch in these storiesSome people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating itThe Hound of the BaskervillesSherlock and John restored my faith in platonic love I hope I will be as excited to spend time with my friends fifteen years down the line as these two seem to be during their later adventures The guys may not be romantic partners in the least, but they are life partners and I must admit, reading about their adventures left me a little choked up ,When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truthSherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four Most of the stories are similar to one another, but it was nice to read about old England In my opinion the novels are better than the shorts since Doyle had the opportunity to expand the story into other areas which gave depth and breadth to the stories. 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Most people in the world know who is Sherlock Holmes as the matter of fact, he is one of the most popular fictional characters The Complete stories of Sherlock Holmes with original illustrations the strand magazine 4 novels A Study in Scarlet The Sign of the Four The Hound of the Baskervilles The Valley of Fear 5 books of 56 short stories The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes A Scandal in Bohenia The Red Headed League A Case of Identity The Boscombe Valley Mystery The Five Orange Pips The Man with the Twisted Lip The Blue Carbunde The Speckled Band The Engineer s Thumb The Noble Bachelor The Beryl Coronet The Copper Beeches The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Silver Blaze The Yellow Face The Stockbroker s Clerk The Gloria Scott The Reigate Squires The Crooked Man The Resident Patient The Greek Interpreter The Naval Treaty The Final Problem The Return of Sherlock Holmes The Empty House The Norwood Builder The Dancing Men The Solitary Cyclist The Priory School Black Peter Charles Augustus Milverton The Six Napoleons The Three Students The Golden Pince Nez The Missing Three Quarter The Abbey Grange The Second Stain His Last Bow Wisteria Lodge The Cardboard Box The Red Circle The Bruce Partington Plans The Dying Detective The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax The Devil s Foot His Last Bow The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes The Mazarin Stone The Problem of Thor Bridge The Creeping Man The Sussex Vampire The Three Garridebs The Illustrious Client The Three Gables The Blanched Soldier The Lion Mane The Retired Colourman The Veiled Lodger Shoscombe Old Place 31st August 1st September 2015 A Study in Scarlet I love this story There are lots of twists Alhamdulillah 11 October 18 October 2015 The Sign of the Four It is a very good story Alhamdulillah 22 October 25 October 2015 The Hound of the Baskervilles It is a stupendous story Alhamdulillah I thought The Hound of Baskervilles is spooky story 12 November 22 November 2015 The Valley of Fear It is a brilliant story Alhamdulillah 5th December 2015 4 March 2016 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes I have taken a long break from reading this story AlhamdulIllah, I love it These twelve short stories are awesome 7th March 2016 9th March 2016 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Alhamdulillah These stories were atupendous stories I love it 13th March 2016 17th March 2016 The Return of Sherlock Holmes These stories are awesome Alhamdulillah 8th April 2016 9th April 2016 His Last Bow These stories are fantastic stories Alhamdulillah 9th April 2016 10 April The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes These stories are very good Alhamdulillah in the conclusion, It has taken me to finish read this book between seven and eight months All of the novels and short stories of The Complete of Sherlock Holmes are stupendous Alhamdulillah I am really enjoyed reading this book.My name is Sherlock Holmes and the address is 221B Baker Street. Time does not change great literature This was completely entertaining and no matter how old you are it s still great to read over the ones you enjoyed the first time Several I had not remembered reading I bought this book at special price from here My copy of this book is a wreck, I have read it so often My dad gave it to me, I can t remember if it was a birthday or Christmas gift, but regardless it s one of the best books I ve ever been given You just have to read a couple of pages and you fall right into Holmes and Watson s world it s wonderful.