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The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Good, solid mysteries

I suppose I started reading this collection for the same reason I watch regular TV shows every week. I wanted consistently interesting short stories, and that's exactly what I got. However I made a mistake reading them all straight through in this convenient collection,...
I suppose I started reading this collection for the same reason I watch regular TV shows every week. I wanted consistently interesting short stories, and that's exactly what I got. However I made a mistake reading them all straight through in this convenient collection, and the formulaic plots bothered me more than they would have otherwise.

I did notice an improvement in terms of the mystery complexity, which I appreciated. No where is this more evident than in "The Valley of Fear", which uses an extremely similar set-up to "A Study in Scarlet". Both stories have two parts, the first of which takes place in 1890's England and the second some years previous in America. However everything else about "The Valley of Fear" is a vast improvement! The murder mystery is much more clever, the action is better paced, and the second part was well-introduced as well as being a mystery story in it's own right! Clearly Sir. Doyle had come into his own as an author by this point, and his skills greatly improved with practice.

I also enjoyed the change in Watson's "voice" over time. Sir Doyle seems much more comfortable in his writing abilities by "The Valley of Fear", and I felt there was less awkward prose. I noticed Sir Doyle has a very fanciful way of describing the scene, which appeals to me greatly. I shall always imagine a foggy London day as John Watson saw it.

posted by Kaydern on March 19, 2011

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Requests in the second result please, sorry bout that. The results keep moving! I gtg but I will take care of any requests as soon as I get back!

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

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    this book was pretty good it is pretty much justca overall review off the sefi

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

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    Good old writing

    This volume isn't any different than Volume I. The writings of late 18th century and early 20th century were interesting. Up against present day writings, broring.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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