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Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in two paperback volumes, Bantam presents all fifty-six short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle’s classic hero—a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes’s adventures in crime! Volum Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in two paperback volumes, Bantam presents all fifty-six short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle’s classic hero—a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes’s adventures in crime! Volume II begins with The Hound of the Baskervilles, a haunting novel of murder on eerie Grimpen Moor, which has rightly earned its reputation as the finest murder mystery ever written. The Valley of Fear matches Holmes against his archenemy, the master of imaginative crime, Professor Moriarty. In addition, the loyal Dr. Watson has faithfully recorded Holmes’s feats of extraordinary detection in such famous cases as the thrilling The Adventure of the Red Circle and the twelve baffling adventures from The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle’s incomparable tales bring to life a Victorian England of horse-drawn cabs, fogs, and the famous lodgings at 221B Baker Street, where for more than forty years Sherlock Holmes earned his undisputed reputation as the greatest fictional detective of all time.


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Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in two paperback volumes, Bantam presents all fifty-six short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle’s classic hero—a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes’s adventures in crime! Volum Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in two paperback volumes, Bantam presents all fifty-six short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle’s classic hero—a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes’s adventures in crime! Volume II begins with The Hound of the Baskervilles, a haunting novel of murder on eerie Grimpen Moor, which has rightly earned its reputation as the finest murder mystery ever written. The Valley of Fear matches Holmes against his archenemy, the master of imaginative crime, Professor Moriarty. In addition, the loyal Dr. Watson has faithfully recorded Holmes’s feats of extraordinary detection in such famous cases as the thrilling The Adventure of the Red Circle and the twelve baffling adventures from The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle’s incomparable tales bring to life a Victorian England of horse-drawn cabs, fogs, and the famous lodgings at 221B Baker Street, where for more than forty years Sherlock Holmes earned his undisputed reputation as the greatest fictional detective of all time.

30 review for Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume II

  1. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    Just as good as Volume One. I want someone to make me a tshirt with a picture of Holmes and Watson exchanging necklaces with "BFFs" inscribed on them. (actually, considering the time period, I suppose they'd exchange engraved watches or something.) Oh Watson, how I love you. And Now A Word On The Movie: It had so much potential. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are wonderful as Holmes and Watson, and their combined awesome can overcome Rachel McAdam's miscasting as Irene Adler. But everything else Just as good as Volume One. I want someone to make me a tshirt with a picture of Holmes and Watson exchanging necklaces with "BFFs" inscribed on them. (actually, considering the time period, I suppose they'd exchange engraved watches or something.) Oh Watson, how I love you. And Now A Word On The Movie: It had so much potential. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are wonderful as Holmes and Watson, and their combined awesome can overcome Rachel McAdam's miscasting as Irene Adler. But everything else is a stinking pile of action trash steampunk fail. They take Irene Adler, an awesome character from A Scandal in Bohemia (Volume I) and degrade her into a silly former fling of Holmes' (does. not. compute.); and the plot seems to have been stolen from a rejected Dan Brown novel. No, no, no, and NO.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marwan

    Wow, that was a long one, but it was worth it. I'mean we're talking Sherlock Holmes here; probably the most famous detective in mystery fiction. I usually don't stick to one writer, especially if it was as good as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However, I don't like to leave a book unfinished so it can't be helped. "The Hound of the Baskervilles" was quite an adventure. I've never guessed who is the villain. I would have if I thought outside the box (which you should in mystery novels), but the author Wow, that was a long one, but it was worth it. I'mean we're talking Sherlock Holmes here; probably the most famous detective in mystery fiction. I usually don't stick to one writer, especially if it was as good as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However, I don't like to leave a book unfinished so it can't be helped. "The Hound of the Baskervilles" was quite an adventure. I've never guessed who is the villain. I would have if I thought outside the box (which you should in mystery novels), but the author did a good job in misleading the reader with a lot of events going on at the same time. "The Valley of Fear" This one was amazing, and once again I failed to see the truth. The second half of the tale takes you back 20 years in to the past where a lot of things related to the story is explained. Among Sherlock Holmes novels, this was my favorite. The rest was a collection of short stories which were interesting enough to read. my favorites were " The Adventure of the Red Circle ", " The Adventure of the Dying Defective ", " The Adventure of the Devil's Foot", " The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire " and " The Adventure of the Bruce-Partingon Plans "

  3. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Artemis Spencer Reid

    Such a fun journey with my favorite couple.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nica

    I don't know what to do with my life now that I've finished both volumes. I will miss Sherlock and Watson. I don't know what to do with my life now that I've finished both volumes. I will miss Sherlock and Watson.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I love Sherlock Holmes as a character and it is very interesting to me to see his character development throughout the series. However, it is very obvious that by the time Arthur Conan Doyle got to writing 'The Return of Sherlock Holmes', that he really started to really resent Sherlock Holmes. In 'His Last Bow' and 'The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes', you see that resentment turn into a bitter hatred for his detective. Even though Conan Doyle seemed to have tried to hide his dislike of his own c I love Sherlock Holmes as a character and it is very interesting to me to see his character development throughout the series. However, it is very obvious that by the time Arthur Conan Doyle got to writing 'The Return of Sherlock Holmes', that he really started to really resent Sherlock Holmes. In 'His Last Bow' and 'The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes', you see that resentment turn into a bitter hatred for his detective. Even though Conan Doyle seemed to have tried to hide his dislike of his own character and story arc, you do feel that the author had grown exhausted and was just writing out the last of his Sherlock Holmes stories to amuse the ever adoring fans of this eccentric detective. The stories that make up this collection are very interesting. We have two full length novels 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' and 'The Valley of Fear'. Included in this specific edition of Sherlock are the final two short story collections that I have previously named. This is an American publication of Sherlock Holmes, so it contains a short story that was originally added to another collection (The Adventure of the Cardboard Box- perhaps my least favourite Sherlock Holmes story to date), but it is a great edition to complement the first volume of stories if you prefer the mass market paperback to the other more expensive collections out there. Some of these stories were rather hit or miss with me. I loved some of them, others were just okay to read, but then you had some of the stories that were mediocre at best (see aforementioned author hate of his own character). While, the last novel and short story collection wraps up Sherlock Holmes quite nicely, I highly recommend reading the earlier work depicting Sherlock. I do not recommend readers starting out with His Last Bow or The Case-Book as I feel that these stories were written when the author was completely tired of his Sherlock Holmes character. Sherlock at his best is arguably in the earlier short story collections (including and ending at The Return of Sherlock Holmes). These tales were fun at the time of reading them, but are unfortunately not memorable outside of two or three stories with the two final collections combined... and it's definitely not Sherlock at his best.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I've now read the complete canon of the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels. They are a true treat for all mystery lovers and all readers of good stories with quick plot developments and the portrayal of a quirky and devoted friendship between Holmes and his quiet, steadfast, and methodical biographer, Dr. Watson. I've now read the complete canon of the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels. They are a true treat for all mystery lovers and all readers of good stories with quick plot developments and the portrayal of a quirky and devoted friendship between Holmes and his quiet, steadfast, and methodical biographer, Dr. Watson.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

    If you know anything about Sherlock Holmes apart from the Robert Downey Jr. movie versions, then you will have a good idea of what you are getting into when you pick up this book. The Valley of Fear is the best Holmes novel, in my opinion, and it was interesting to read the two stories in this collection that are told by Sherlock himself. Nothing earth-shattering here, just good 'ol meat-and-potatoes mystery writing. If you know anything about Sherlock Holmes apart from the Robert Downey Jr. movie versions, then you will have a good idea of what you are getting into when you pick up this book. The Valley of Fear is the best Holmes novel, in my opinion, and it was interesting to read the two stories in this collection that are told by Sherlock himself. Nothing earth-shattering here, just good 'ol meat-and-potatoes mystery writing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Another great volume combining 2 feature length stories with short stories. I immensely enjoyed this volume and I'd recommend to anyone who is a fan of Sherlock Holmes. Another great volume combining 2 feature length stories with short stories. I immensely enjoyed this volume and I'd recommend to anyone who is a fan of Sherlock Holmes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tony Laplume

    First, a note on the copy editing, which is surprisingly dimwitted: Confused are the two “end tales” of Conan Doyle’s efforts to quit writing these adventures. The back copy references “The Final Problem” as included, which is not, in this second volume, while the biographical note on Conan Doyle suggests “His Last Bow” as the one that featured Holmes’ apparent death. Switch these, dear readers. This second volume sees Conan Doyle come to peace, eventually, with his famous creation. The problem w First, a note on the copy editing, which is surprisingly dimwitted: Confused are the two “end tales” of Conan Doyle’s efforts to quit writing these adventures. The back copy references “The Final Problem” as included, which is not, in this second volume, while the biographical note on Conan Doyle suggests “His Last Bow” as the one that featured Holmes’ apparent death. Switch these, dear readers. This second volume sees Conan Doyle come to peace, eventually, with his famous creation. The problem was that he eventually saw himself little to the task of chronicling Holmes, and even in this one you can see how he tries to soften the detective’s abilities so as to distance himself, and yet in the final stories there’s a renewed, a new creative focus, which was first evident in the most famous Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, presented out of order in the volume since thematically it fits here better (though as noted I hardly accord the editors much credit). Conan Doyle plumbs new ways to tell his tales, and dances ever further into the limits of credulity… One of the curious marks against the creator is his late dalliance in the fantastic, in his personal life, and yet, is this really so surprising? Like Holmes and Watson, the brain and the heart, the man capable of seeing all and the one somewhat gloriously incapable, Conan Doyle constantly relied on the natural penchant of readers to expect the fantastic, as readers of literature often are. He himself was never truly capable of following Holmes’ logic; in essence he really was Watson, and he conjured all manner of tricks to get around truly exploring Holmes, even in the odd mysteries from Holmes’ own perspective. The rational Holmes, then, is fronted by the irrational Watson, Arthur Conan Doyle. None of this is truly classic literature, but in the character of Sherlock Holmes himself the first truly transcendent character in literary history, who stands apart from any one story (I read Hound in high school but now would not particularly recommend it as formative material for young minds) and yet is unmistakably magnetic, the foundation for the next hundred years or so of popular storytelling, the first and greatest pulp sensation. Had Conan Doyle started with the material of this volume as his foundation, I believe he would have come up with something truly great. But, alas, a little too late.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tragedies

    I'd give this 4.5 stars and since it was indeed not as good than the first, it came down to 4. I just really prefer the novels to the short stories. The short stories were either too easy to solve or didn't give the reader enough information to solve it on their own. That being said, I really liked the two novels and my favorite short stories were: The Bruce-Partington Plans, The Devil's Foot, The Blanched Soldier, The Sussex Vampire, The Three Garridebs, Thor Bridge, The Lion's Mane and The Retir I'd give this 4.5 stars and since it was indeed not as good than the first, it came down to 4. I just really prefer the novels to the short stories. The short stories were either too easy to solve or didn't give the reader enough information to solve it on their own. That being said, I really liked the two novels and my favorite short stories were: The Bruce-Partington Plans, The Devil's Foot, The Blanched Soldier, The Sussex Vampire, The Three Garridebs, Thor Bridge, The Lion's Mane and The Retired Colourman. The Creeping Man seemed far too fantastical and far-fetched. The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax was good at first but then frustratingly obvious. Overall it was still entertaining and fascinating to see what Doyle came up with and I'm glad I finally read all the stories surrounding Sherlock Holmes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zaina

    The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge - 4 The Adventure of the Cardboard Box - 5 The Adventure of the Red Circle - 4 The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans - 3 The Adventure of the Dying Detective - 5 The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax - 4.5 His Last Bow - 2.5 The Adventure of the Illustrious Client - 4 The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier - 5 The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone - 5 The Adventure of the Three Gables - 3.5 The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire - 5 The Adventure of the Three Garridebs - 4 T The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge - 4 The Adventure of the Cardboard Box - 5 The Adventure of the Red Circle - 4 The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans - 3 The Adventure of the Dying Detective - 5 The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax - 4.5 His Last Bow - 2.5 The Adventure of the Illustrious Client - 4 The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier - 5 The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone - 5 The Adventure of the Three Gables - 3.5 The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire - 5 The Adventure of the Three Garridebs - 4 The Problem of Thor Bridge - 3 The Adventure of the Creeping Man - 4 The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane - 4 The Adventure of Veiled Lodger - 4 The Adventure of the Shoscombe Old Place - 3 The Adventure of the Retired Colourman - 5

  12. 4 out of 5

    David

    I have at last finished the Sherlock Holmes tales. After a while there comes a certain sameness to the method, but as it is an enjoyable sameness, it is not a significant drawback. In those few stories not narrated by Watson he is missed, never more so than when Holmes himself is the narrator—an experiment which, to me, fails. But, no matter what legitimate criticism might be voiced against the oeuvre, it seems to me more satisfying than not.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Preethi

    And with that I have read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories! Apparently there is exactly one year and two days separating the date I read the first story* and the date I read the last haha. And yes, I am greatly amused by how often Doyle tried to end this series, except his publishers and audience wouldn't let him lolll. *I had read a few random stories as a child but we're going to ignore that for the sake of this proclamation. And with that I have read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories! Apparently there is exactly one year and two days separating the date I read the first story* and the date I read the last haha. And yes, I am greatly amused by how often Doyle tried to end this series, except his publishers and audience wouldn't let him lolll. *I had read a few random stories as a child but we're going to ignore that for the sake of this proclamation.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. On October 25, 2019, I made it past Baskerville, and then I got stuck. But slowly, I've been picking away at these stories this year, and I finally have finished all of Sherlock Holmes. Due to its time, there's definitely a lot of racism and sexism that irritated me, and there are definitely some stories I wouldn't want to reread. I love solid mysteries though, and I can see why Holmes became a classic once upon a time. Now on to all the retellings. On October 25, 2019, I made it past Baskerville, and then I got stuck. But slowly, I've been picking away at these stories this year, and I finally have finished all of Sherlock Holmes. Due to its time, there's definitely a lot of racism and sexism that irritated me, and there are definitely some stories I wouldn't want to reread. I love solid mysteries though, and I can see why Holmes became a classic once upon a time. Now on to all the retellings.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Roozbeh Estifaee

    As we proceed through his adventures, Mr. Holmes gradually lets go of his "art of deduction" and tends to lean toward the joy of thrill. Though the lost aspect is really missed, it still continues with being great read and sketching one of the loveliest characters of literature history. As we proceed through his adventures, Mr. Holmes gradually lets go of his "art of deduction" and tends to lean toward the joy of thrill. Though the lost aspect is really missed, it still continues with being great read and sketching one of the loveliest characters of literature history.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Starfire

    I had fun trying to solve the mysteries. had to read the book in parts though since each story was quite detailed

  17. 4 out of 5

    Arpita

    This is one of the few novels which still has retained it's popularity among classics and is one of the favorite of many avid book readers. Sherlock Holmes will always be one of my favorite classics. This is one of the few novels which still has retained it's popularity among classics and is one of the favorite of many avid book readers. Sherlock Holmes will always be one of my favorite classics.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maria Castello

    4.5 stars, mainly because I love The Hound of the Baskervilles so much and I forgot how much I enjoy The Valley of Fear (the latter half of that sentence sounds so strange out of context).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nora || نورا

    4.5 stars! My favorite stories were: The Hound of the Baskervilles The Adventure of the Dying Detective The Problem of Thor Bride I love Watson and Sherlock’s friendship so much!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gemma Field

    There's being a product of the times, and there's being an appalling white supremacist. Doyle is unfortunately the latter, which this collection makes painfully clear. All the good stories, and the least racist ones, are in the first volume. Unless you're a diehard fan and/or masochist, give this a miss. There's being a product of the times, and there's being an appalling white supremacist. Doyle is unfortunately the latter, which this collection makes painfully clear. All the good stories, and the least racist ones, are in the first volume. Unless you're a diehard fan and/or masochist, give this a miss.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Believe it or not, even though I love mysteries, I had never read Sherlock Holmes! This was the second volume, and I enjoyed it a bit more than the first volume. I do want to go back to re-read the stories that featured Irene Adler and Moriarty.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    I love Sherlock so much that it makes me sad to know that I’ve read all the stories. I wish there was more!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    The good: The Hound of the Baskervilles. The bad: The increasingly repetitive, formulaic and sensationalist nature of the later stories.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexa Hamilton

    Classic reading at it's best. Classic reading at it's best.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elijah McLellan

    The stories were well written and very clever; The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear were particularly enjoyable... Highly recommended!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    *5 out of 5 stars* "When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” How can I possibly convey, in a set amount of words, how much I thoroughly enjoy the stories of Sherlock Holmes? I just can’t see that it’s possible to dislike them. However, I will attempt a brief review. Watson's narrative provides an unbiased telling of the various cases he shares with his eccentric, renowned pal, and we must follow along until Holmes is ready to d *5 out of 5 stars* "When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” How can I possibly convey, in a set amount of words, how much I thoroughly enjoy the stories of Sherlock Holmes? I just can’t see that it’s possible to dislike them. However, I will attempt a brief review. Watson's narrative provides an unbiased telling of the various cases he shares with his eccentric, renowned pal, and we must follow along until Holmes is ready to divulge his process of analysis and unearth the true murderer or criminal. Sometimes we are even graced with the narrative of Holmes himself. I will mention one con I found before I move on and that was that it seemed for these latter stories (some, not all) Doyle rushed them, as if simply transcribing them rather than unfolding them. Okay, moving on. Some of the cases you could guess the motive and criminal before the end of the story, but most of the time you were blind-sided once you reached the end. Arthur Conan Doyle knew how to keep his audience guessing until the very end, and I think that’s what I like most about his stories. These ones, however, were a bit more violent than I remember Volume I being. Also, near the end of our beloved stories, as if Doyle seems to portray Holmes as more human than previously; that even the greatest detective sometimes makes mistakes and doesn’t always know the full answer. But I like that. He is human after all, despite his astute deductive reasoning. Rich with adventure and suspense, and wit and humor in all the right places, the stories of Sherlock Holmes are simply timeless. Nothing more to say. However, I’m sure you can guess that for yourselves - if you have not already. I'm sad to see it finally finished, and I just don't think that there are many sleuths that can compare. My favorites include The Hound of Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear, The Adventure of the Red Circle, The Adventure of the Dying Detective, The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire, The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, and the Adventure of the Creeping Man.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ajia McAferty

    Great stories, helped me brush up on my vocab - love it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brit McCarthy

    The only thing I regret about reading the stories of Sherlock Holmes in two great big chunks is that I feel like it's all over too soon. How I wish I'd lived in the time where I would have had to wait, impatient and eager, for the next installment of the great detective's adventures. The wait would have been well worth it. While reading, I am in fact transported to Victorian England, to the apartment at 221B Baker Street which I can see clearly in my mind's eye (note: I have never watched any She The only thing I regret about reading the stories of Sherlock Holmes in two great big chunks is that I feel like it's all over too soon. How I wish I'd lived in the time where I would have had to wait, impatient and eager, for the next installment of the great detective's adventures. The wait would have been well worth it. While reading, I am in fact transported to Victorian England, to the apartment at 221B Baker Street which I can see clearly in my mind's eye (note: I have never watched any Sherlock inspired TV series). From that sitting room I embark on, with Holmes and Watson, so many mind boggling adventures where I try as I might, like Watson does, to keep up with the great Sherlock Holmes. He leaves me for dust just about every time, but that makes it no less enjoyable. I rather like watching him prove his talents time and again. John Watson faithfully chronicles the adventures of Sherlock Holmes for us, as Holmes is called to many a case where it is never about the money, only the mental exercise. Holmes likes to be challenged and more often than not he rises to the occasion. We are told that there are some cases that were not solved, which is interesting, but their tales have not been concluded because they lack completion. We also find in this volume, one story from the third person and a couple from Holmes', both which I enjoyed and had a distinctly different voice to that of Watson. I felt that these were interesting author choices but also reflective of the fact Watson and Holmes were not always together. As I'm sure you can tell, I loved every Sherlock Holmes story I read. Some of course were more thrilling than others, more adventurous, but they were all well written and very clever all the same. My hat off to Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kaye

    “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Fast-paced even with thorough storytelling. Simple yet baffling mysteries. These are just few of the reasons that will keep you flipping through this book to find answers, mysteries or sort of both. Considered as a great milestone in crime fiction, the Sherlock Holmes stories will surely have your thinking caps on. This book was written at a time when science was not yet prominently “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Fast-paced even with thorough storytelling. Simple yet baffling mysteries. These are just few of the reasons that will keep you flipping through this book to find answers, mysteries or sort of both. Considered as a great milestone in crime fiction, the Sherlock Holmes stories will surely have your thinking caps on. This book was written at a time when science was not yet prominently used in criminal investigations that some of Holmes' methods of deduction may seem common sense now. Nevertheless, the storytelling was perfectly done that it preserved the story's elegant air of mystery until modern times. Read the full review at my blog :) Until next bookdragons, K.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zy Marquiez

    “A mind needs a book as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.” – George R.R. Martin BreakawayIndividual.com Zy Marquiez February 8, 2020 Ironically, it was through the most serendipitous of circumstances that this collection was suggested to me. Following a lengthy discourse with my economics professor a long time ago in which I asked what he thought was the best way to learn logic, he, in his classic fashion, suggests not a textbook, but Sherlock Holmes! At the time, thought it was a “A mind needs a book as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.” – George R.R. Martin BreakawayIndividual.com Zy Marquiez February 8, 2020 Ironically, it was through the most serendipitous of circumstances that this collection was suggested to me. Following a lengthy discourse with my economics professor a long time ago in which I asked what he thought was the best way to learn logic, he, in his classic fashion, suggests not a textbook, but Sherlock Holmes! At the time, thought it was a joke myself. Interestingly enough, he wasn’t joking. Here, now, many years later, the adventures of Sherlock Holmes was how I was introduced to logic through great fiction to boot. Arthur Conan Doyle’s magnum opus, Sherlock Holmes, features characters that are rather unique but very believable; the setting is always authentic, the mysteries abound, and there’s puzzles wrapped in enigmas all woven into phenomenal fiction as well. This is one of the great reasons rereading this series is so easy and serves as a fictional fall back for reading, especially when a lot of modern fiction is quite lacking in logical substance. In more modern times, there have been great mystery writers, and many imitators in countless ways, but none has truly come close to creating a fun, readable, witty, critically thinking, logical, and intriguing series in the way that Arthur Conan Doyle did when the Sherlock Holmes series. Those who attempt to follow in the author’s footsteps fall quite short, even when the authors have a template of what worked in the past. This is why, after my fourth reading of this series, it’s still a great as ever, and nothing really compares. And what’s more, there’s always something to learn from it, too. Let’s boil it down. Great fiction is great because it allows wonder and imagination to take flight, and sparks creativity like nothing else. Sherlock Holmes definitely creates auspicious and believable adventures upon which any curious mind would Love to venture. This fictional series does way more than that though. If it had only sparked imagination, it would have been a really good, or even a great series. But even so, it offers so much more. Sherlock Holmes is a veritable crashcourse into how to critically think and employ logic, wrapped up in a fantastic fictional package that is as timeless as it is robust. For me, this book falls within what Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren referred to as the top tier of books. As the authors note in their landmark How To Read A Book – The Classic Guide To Intelligent Reading: “Of the few thousand such books there is a much smaller number – here the number is probably less than a hundred – that cannot be exhausted by even the very best reading you can manage. How do you recognize this? Again it is rather mysterious, but when you have closed the book after reading analytically to the best of your ability, and place it back on the shelf, you have a sneaking suspicion that there is more there than you got….In fact, you cannot put your finger on it, but you know it is there. You find that you cannot forget the book, that you keep thinking about it and your reaction to it. Finally, you return to it. And remarkable things happen.”[1][Bold & Underline Emphasis Added] Just as so: “…if the book belongs to the highest class – the very small number of inexhaustible books – you discover on returning that the book seems to have grown with you. You see new things in it – whole new sets of new things – that you did not see before. Your previous understanding of the book is not invalidated; it is just as true as it ever was, and in the same ways that it was true before. But now it is true in still other ways, too.”[2] [Bold & Underline Emphasis Added] For me, this book – all of its fictional stories – accomplishes all of the above and more. Granted, there are many other books in classical and even modern literature that offer many life lessons. However, none teach the individual the foundation for critical thinking and logic like Sherlock Holmes does. This is why this stands above and beyond countless other books when it comes to those two crucial points. If you homeschool, if you’re an autodidact, a self-directed learner, or simply someone that wants to read a great book, then read this. You will not regret it. ____________________________________ Footnotes: [1] Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren, How To Read A Book – The Classic Guide To Intelligent Reading, p. 333. [2] Ibid., p. 333. ____________________________________ Socratic Logic V3.1 by Peter Kreeft Ph.D. How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren Philosophy 101b by Peter Kreeft Ph.D. A Workbook For Arguments – A Complete Course In Critical Thinking by David Morrow The Imaginative Argument – A Practical Manifesto For Writers By Frank L. Cioffi The Trivium – The Liberal Arts Of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric by Sister Mary Joseph Ph.D. Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto Rotten To The Common Core by Dr. Joseph P. 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