Read for the second timeIn sixty investigations, narrated by Dr Watson, his eminent memorialist, Sherlock Holmes gave only twenty five guilty to justice.Nine others had escaped the just punishment that awaited them after the riddle s resolution of the enigma.Eleven investigations had the result only of revealing a supposed crime or a pure fantasy having no relation of gravity with that supposed.At the end of the remaining fifteen investigations, Sherlock Holmes, substituting himself for justice, makes himself the guilty one, either that he considers him a victim, or that he proposes to redeem himself, that he wants to avoid a scandal, to be satisfied with a bargain, or to accept a substitute for justice.Watson calls Holmes the most perfect machine to observe and reason on the planet He thus reveals the two main parts of his method observation and deduction.Dust inspection, the origin of mud spots, and the classification of tobacco ash is an aspect of the police technique used by Sherlock Holmes long before the ultra modern investigators who are now jostling in the literature and on our screens.This imaginary detective is an innovator.With the coming on scene of Sherlock Holmes landed on the sinister crime empire the iron hand of the logicians.This genius misogyny left behind him an abundant and exciting posterity before provoking in reaction the birth of the black American novel.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his memoirs and adventures cites his three great sources of inspiration, Edgar Allan Poe and Gaboriau, but also his former master Joseph Bell, a surgeon at the Edinburgh hospital, from whom he borrowed first its physical appearance but also its sense of diagnosis and observation.The third volume of these adventures of Sherlock Holmes closes this original and careful incursion into the universe of the most famous detectives And it is only to have the pleasure of plunging back Elementary, my dear Watson. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes, 3 , Arthur Conan Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes It was first published on 14 October 1892 the individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine between July 1891 and June 1892 The stories are not in chronological order, and the only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr Watson The stories are related in first person narrative from Watson s point of view 2016 1372 1377 1387 19 1394 112 1891 1892 1892 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes By Sir Aruthur Conan Doyle Is A Collection Of Short Stories About His Famous Detective And His Assistant Dr Watson Illustrations Are By Sidney Paget And Appeared In The Strand MagazineContents Include A Scandal In BohemiaThe Red Headed LeagueA Case Of IdentityThe Boscombe Valley MysteryThe Five Orange PipsThe Man With The Twisted LipThe Adventure Of The Blue CarbuncleThe Adventure Of The Speckled BandThe Adventure Of The Engineer S ThumbThe Adventure Of The Noble BachelorThe Adventure Of The Beryl CoronetThe Adventure Of The Copper BeechesHyperlinked ChaptersIllustrated 3.75 stars, rounding up because Sherlock classics The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, published in 1892, and available for free online reading or downloading here on Project Gutenberg or many other places , is a collection of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories Doyle s formula for his Sherlock stories gets a little bit worn and visible after you read several of them back to back But there are some jewels in this collection, and they all have something to offer the interested reader, even if it s only an insight into Sherlock s or Dr Watson s characters or Victorian society.My full reviews for these stories are at the links, but I ve posted my star ratings and brief comments here 4 A Scandal in Bohemia Notable mostly for the appearance of Irene Adler, probably the best and most intelligent female character Doyle ever created.3 The Red Headed League Reading about a massive crowd of redheads was fun, but otherwise this is forgettable.2 A Case of Identity Lightweight and predictable, with a patronizing Victorian view of women that thoroughly irritated me.3 The Boscombe Valley Mystery A son is accused of his father s murder understandable since he was found at the scene covered in blood, but of course there s to the story than that Another forgettable one.3.5 The Five Orange Pips Five dried up orange seeds in an envelope are a serious threat Apparently so, when they re accompanied by the letters K.K.K and followed by death This one is atmospheric and compelling reading, but I m dinging it for Doyle s complete disregard for actual historical facts about the KKK This story is also notable for view spoiler being one of the few total fails by Sherlock Holmes hide spoiler The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes It was first published on 14 October 1892 Follow the brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his devoted assistant, Dr Watson as they investigate a dozen of their best known cases Featured stories in this collection include several of the author s personal favorites A Scandal in Bohemia in which a king is blackmailed by a former lover and Holmes matches wits with the only woman to attract his open admiration plus The Speckled Band, The Red Headed League, and The Five Orange Pips Additional mysteries include The Blue Carbuncle, The Engineer s Thumb, The Beryl Coronet, The Copper Beeches, and four others. As a rule, the bizarre a thing is, the less mysterious it proves to be It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identifyWho doesn t know Sherlock Holmes these days Even if not everyone might be familiar with the original version invented by Arthur Conan Doyle, Mr Holmes has become such a legend in his own right, a development fed and supported by numerous stage, screen and radio adaptions, that it is nearly impossible to hear the word detective without immediately associating Sherlock Holmes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of altogether twelve short stories, published as the third part of the Sherlock Holmes series following Doyle s novels A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four Not without reason do many readers consider this collection to be Doyle s masterpiece, myself included It simply was no masterpiece which absolutely thrilled or stunned me Blame it on me or my inability to read all the stories from this collection in less than four months, but a lot of the fun about Holmes and Watson s adventures was deprived from the novel by repeating exactly the same concept in each and every one of those stories.Let s take a look at the short stories itself, which may very well represent the very essence of Doyle s works in the Sherlock Holmes canon Beginning with A Scandal in Bohemia and concluding with The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, Doyle invented two famous female characters frequently associated with the stories about Holmes Irene Adler and Violet Hunter Both may be considered ahead of their times, surprisingly independent and brave The other characters Doyle brought into play during the other ten stories were not quite as memorable, however The Red Headed League turned out to be a sweet little short story which isn t very outstanding in the Sherlock Holmes series because of its predictability, but still includes some interesting quotes and follows a suspense packed plot with a conclusion which will keep you turning the pages just as The Boscombe Valley Mystery, an interesting mystery story about a man being suspected of having murdered his father, consisting of fast paced dialogues and an exciting turning point Everyone seems to have guessed the ending correctly before reading it everyone except for me , which may be the reason for why I liked it so much A Case of Identity was far off being nearly as intriguing I have written a full review for this story here while The Man with the Twisted Lip emerged as a really good short story with an interesting twist I would never have figured out on my own In addition, Arthur Conan Doyle included some interesting material surrounding Sherlock s drug addiction here, and once again, he masterfully explored the friendship between Sherlock and Watson Afterwards, a story about the influence of the Ku Klux Klan, The Five Orange Pips, eloquently narrated by Watson as usual, once again followed the pattern of a classic Holmes tale with an interesting plot and new layers of depth to the character of Sherlock Holmes Sadly enough, it wasn t as unique as Doyle wanted the story to appear.Another rather interesting little story, but not outstanding or mind blowing was The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, enjoyable, but nothing Therein, Holmes has to deal with a stolen carbuncle appearing in the throat of a Christmas goose, entering on the search for the real culprit The Speckled Band is one of the most well known stories in this collection, and the hype this short story received is understandable due to its complex mystery and the stunning conclusion I liked the story myself However, never before has Doyle confronted us with so many plot holes, which ultimately disappointed me A story full of potential which was stripped from its credibility for the sake of cutting it short the story certainly provided home for potential than some of Doyle s full length novels The Adventure of the Engineer s Thumb deals with an engineer whose thumb is chopped off, stinging Sherlock to work out the background of this new case The Noble Bachelor focuses on the disappearance of a Lord s bride immediately after the wedding ceremony Quite an entertaining story with snarky Sherlock Holmes at his best, and a stunning conclusion which once again made the reader feel as dumbfounded as John Watson about Sherlock s investigative talents The second last story, The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, deals with the damage mysteriously inflicted to the coronet of a British earl, and, finally, during the conclusion of the collection Doyle rises to fresh heights of his writing with The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, breathing life into a suspenseful story surrounding a woman who assumes work at the mansion of a strange couple with dark secrets.While most of these stories are independently enjoyable and memorable on their own, added up on each other they amount to a collection of great mysteries Doyle could have been proud of However, for me, the problem in getting through the anthology proved to be the similar execution of each and every story All of them started with Sherlock and Watson sitting or conversing in Sherlock s home, right before the case s new victim appeared in most cases on the story s second page After elaborately recounting their experiences in a way so explicitly formulated that they might have been the starting point of a story without Sherlock or Watson being present, the second part of all the stories mainly consisted in Sherlock and Watson calling upon the location of the occurence, right before the third part was used to allow Sherlock to narrate the real events leading up to the upcoming of the mystery based on his investigations Now and then, the second step was even skipped if Sherlock started the investigation without Watson who was the first person narrator, which resulted in us only being allowed to look at Sherlock s approach if Watson was present as well , and it just bothered me to read the same concept over and over again, only embedded in different plotlines And, just as a footnote, someone should have told Sherlock not to consider every single one of his cases as the greatest challenge of his career It became repetitive after a certain point.However, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes remains a great work and can be seen as a tribute to the wonderful and world wide famous characters of Holmes and Watson My only disappointment results in my shattered hopes that Mycroft Holmes brother or Moriarty Holmes archenemy might be introduced during one of these stories, but my anticipation of meeting them obviously needs to wait slightly longer Up next on my Sherlock Holmes quest The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. To have a slight measure of the pleasant chills that race up and down your spine when you delve into a meaty Holmes mystery, do read the introduction passage by Mark Gatiss co creator of BBC Entertainment s Sherlock Amidst a host of admirable emotions, Gatiss one nostalgic paragraph captured my fancy.It goes thusly,I d never read any of the original stories until one fateful Saturday when, recovering from German measles, I was given a treat a trip to WH Smith, and the purchase of any book I wanted There, nestling amongst all the possible contenders for my shiny fifty pence piece was a gorgeous, plump, purple Pan paperback, with a colour tinted Sidney Paget illustration on the cover The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Everything about it promised the thrill of mystery and the faintly queasy allure of Victoriana with which I was already and headily in love But first came the introduction I can t remember much about it now, except that it ended with the moving sentiment I wish I were reading these stories for the first timeI wish I were reading these stories for the first time Never has a statement so effectively captured the sheer bliss of nose diving into an old and much cherished spot of literature What prompted me to revisit the series was BBC Entertainment s hugely popular and marvellously brilliant show SHERLOCK A fellow fan, sharp reviewer and possessor of the prodigious talent to pick the perfect book Yes, Mith.I am talking about you and yours truly were jamming up our Tumblr dashboards with the magnificence of a certain Mr Benedict Cumberbatch Said Cumberbatch has done a splendid job of yanking Mr.Holmes into modern day London and playing him with aplomb It doesn t hurt that he s very easy on the eyes too.Ergo, when Cumberbatch he of the cupid curls, vertiginous cheekbones and manic eye glint with his trusty bro mate, Watson Martin Freeman graced the cover of yet another Sherlock edition, I had to lay my hands on it All the foaming at the mouth fans and I mean that in the nicest way possible since I unashamedly head the pack can be forgiven for labouring under the misconception that this book here, is a TV Series adaptation It s not.Sadlywell, not really because, KNOCK KNOCK , it s Sherlock Holmes, the O.R.I.G.I.N.A.L the book is a reprint of the twelve original mysteries as written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.So when Holmes is not marvelling over the cleverness of Irene Adler, he s scratching his head over the sudden collapse of the Red Haired League Whether it s the trivial case of the Blue Carbuncle or the horrifying finale of the Speckled Band, Holmes is striding about with a befuddled Watson in tow Dignities are being restored.genteel ladies are being chivalrously rescued..and pages are being fraught with drama, deceit and old fashioned danger In short, everything that you would expect from the most famous detective of all fictional times.What could I write in my review that would add anything new to the reams that have been dedicated to the snarkiest sleuth of them all How do I delve into a character that s a delightful blend of humility and egotism How do I gush and fawn over a mind that could dissect an individual down to the tiniest speck of dust on the tip of his frock coat From the moment a knock falls at the door of 221B Baker Street, you know that you are in for a treat From the pithy to the sensational, no case escaped the interest of Holmes and his partner in crime solving, Dr.Watson Holmes would settle down before the roaring fireplace, light his pipe, give the despairing individual a clinical onceover, draw his almost always correct conclusions and then just as quickly, proceed to unravel mysteries on the strength of observation, infallible logic and that essential spark of genius cloaked in eccentricities.In the times of darkly dreaming Dexter and stiletto wearing Detective Kate Beckett, Holmes may pale in comparison And then again.maybe he won t In the cold of Victorian London, amidst the ladies who sniffed into their lacy kerchiefs and the gentleman who blustered around in their breeches, Holmes cut a dashing figure With his dry wit and baffling disguises, he plundered the murky underbelly ah, how I love my clich s of crime, and almost always got his man woman murderous cult.Yes, we love our modern day detective dramas and high octane police chases We love the forensics lab with it s meticulously laid out tools We love the fact that a well worded Google search might just catch that horrendous serial killer by the end of the one hour episode.But, as Steven Moffat co creator of BBC Entertainment s Sherlock puts itConan Doyle s stories were never about frock coats and gas light they re about brilliant detection, dreadful villains and blood curdling crimes and frankly, to hell with the crinoline Other detectives have cases, Sherlock Holmes has adventures, and that s what matters This was a re read , I m guessing for the 4th or 5th time and it was as fabulous as ever.It comprises 10 short stories A scandal in Bohemia A case of identity The Boscombe Valley mystery The five orange pips 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 beechesThese stories are all well written, with wonderful characterisations and great settings As with Miss Marple or Poirot, I see a certain actor whenever I read a Sherlock Holmes book and that is Jeremy Brett To me he is the epitome of Sherlock ness.In this collection we see Sherlock and Watson involved with royalty to beggars, from geese to snakes, from central London to the suburbs when they were suburbs to the South Wset, from bank robbers to murders to The Woman.If you ve never read any Holmes, this is a great place to start and will give you an insight into his amazing abilities, his relationship with Watson and fantastic descriptions of Victorian London. Nothing compares to the original If you really want to know Holmes and Watson, this is what you read The characterization and pacing is, for me, delightful The insights into a London of trains and mail than once a day, the manners of the time, the dialogue this is a feast.Very honestly speaking, none of the movie or television adaptations have ever given me the sensation of being there at Baker Street, with Holmes and Watson, that I get from the original stories.Read them You owe it to yourself I ve been listening to Sherlock Holmes stories in the car and think I m going to go through and listen to all of them now I ve started with The Adventures and have enjoyed it immensely There must have been any number of psychological studies performed on Mr Holmes There is, of course, that wonderful line by Borges in his lectures on Verse in which he says that he believes in the Character of Sherlock Holmes without actually believing in any of the stories in which that character appears That is such a clever thing to say and I think it is also remarkably true Although, as with most other true things, I never seem to have too much trouble believing in the stories as they are being told If I was doing a psychological analysis of Mr Holmes something, obviously, I m grossly underqualified to perform but I feel quite safe, given he never actually existed and even if he did he would be well dead by now and so would be quite unlikely to be adversely affected by any nonsense I might come up with it would probably have a lot to say about the beginnings of these stories There is a bit of a pattern to how these stories start Either a client or, all too often, Dr Watson is presented to Holmes and he makes some remarkable logical deduction about these invariably astonished characters from a seemingly insignificant detail he notices via an article of clothing or their hat.What I find so psychologically interesting about him doing this at the start of each story is that I can t help but feel he does this to present himself as the intellectual superior to those around him The relationship between Watson and Holmes really isn t the same as that between Boswell and Johnson, despite the constant reference to the similarities Watson may be the dutifully biographer, but his role is also that of the slightly foolish, but endlessly appreciative audience It is as if it is only through his reactions that we learn when to gasp and when to applaud with awesome wonder Watson is the laughing track of his day But Holmes repeatedly asserting his intellectual superiority at the beginning of each story is fascinating as it also hints at insecurities in his character He requires reassurance He is a flawed character, our Holmes Rational, empirical but also all too often only interested in people for the complex cases they present him with There is also the problem of his drug addiction which he invariably turns to out of sheer boredom and invariably that is intellectual boredom I can t begin to tell you how surprised I was to find that Doyle was a spiritualist It is something I found myself remembering as Holmes performs his tricks Because there is something terribly similar about the tricks Holmes performs and the cold reading performed by a spiritualist His explaining often results in his audience saying something like now it is explained I can see how easy it all is, which then has Holmes complaining he should keep his methods to himself Except I think there is a deeper significance to him doing these performances and that is to constantly have his audience wondering what else there is about them he can see what other secrets has he access to A lesser character would have mystical powers Holmes achieves the same thing through the force of his intellect The only wonder is, given our culture s clear distrust if not active loathing of the intellect, how he ever came to be quite so loved in the first place Perhaps his coldness explains this perhaps it is because he is the model of the detached scientist that it is alright to like him.Now, talking of love My eldest daughter became particularly fond of Mr Holmes about five years ago So much so that she read all of his stories after we watched many of the BBC TV shows of his works made in the 1980s One day she had been reading one of the stories in this book and Watson mentions, in an off hand way, that one can calculate how tall someone is from the length of their stride And so Fi actually tried this, taking various measurements and doing a series of calculations It is hard to exaggerate the utter joy children bring into one s life They come highly recommended as do the wonderful stories in this collection.Oh, and there are a couple of stories where it is mentioned that someone is reading a book with a yellow cover a mystery detective story In Italy detective stories are still referred to as Yellows I wonder why these stories tended to be printed in books with yellow covers I must wiki it at some stage.
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