The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

Paperback - 2015
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"Collects eighty-three stories ... published over a span of a hundred years. Featuring ... cases from [the master himself, Arthur Conan Doyle], Leslie S. Klinger, Laurie R. King, Lyndsay Faye, and Daniel Stashower; pastiches from ... classic (P. G. Wodehouse, Dorothy B. Hughes, Kingsley Amis), and current (Anne Perry, Stephen King, [Neil Gaiman], Colin Dexter); parodies from Doyle's contemporaries (A.A. Milne, James M. Barrie, O. Henry); genre-bending cases by science-fiction greats Poul Anderson and Michael Moorcock"--
Published: New York, NY :, Vintage Books,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781101872611
1101872616
Branch Call Number: F BIG
Characteristics: xxii, 789 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Penzler, Otto

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gvenkatesh
Jul 05, 2016

An excellent collection of short stories to be savored like an assorted box of truffles, slowly over time not overdosed by binging. One doesn't need to be a Sherlock Holmes fan to enjoy these, although some of the parodies will be funnier if one has familiarity with the originals.

First, a digression about the book itself. This luxury edition is created for a personal collection. With almost 800 pages in small font, it takes more time to go through this than most libraries' max renewal times. The satin-y tactile feel of the coated paper in this edition is why many will never substitute books with a digital reader/tablet. On the other hand, the smaller than normal font used can be hard on poor or aging eyes and where the electronics version with zoom features help. It would have better (except for the bottom line of the publisher) if the book were published as a multi-volume set and set in larger font.

The vast collection of stories from a wide range of authors from both sides of the pond, including some well-known authors, show the reach and universal appeal of the Holmes character. While many follow the same formula of a detective receiving a visitor with a problem but with a fresh plot, the rest explore and extend the character beyond what A. C. Doyle himself could (or would) have been able to do. Such as bringing Doyle himself as one of the characters into the story, or parodies where Holmes stumbles, or draws wholly wrong conclusions and in one case is upended by Mrs. Hudson, the landlady.

It is quite amazing that only a few of the stories in this vast collection are below par, perhaps an accommodation or an obligation the editor had to work with.

Highly recommended for savoring slowly over time, not binged on.

jimstrahm Jan 20, 2016

The range of Sherlock stories is quite large. equally the bios of each author are very interesting. Reading about authors from the 1890's, 1920's, and right up to the present day opened a new window on other books.

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