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  • Jun 26, 2010
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As a result of receiving the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes stories as a gift, I recently finished reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I had read it a few years ago, and I found that I enjoyed the book even more the second time around. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes contains 12 short stories of the cases of Sherlock Holmes, as narrated by his faithful friend John Watson.
 
The stories were all about 25-30 pages in the book that I had, and they took about 3-35 minutes to read each. I found this to be the perfect length for me because I could easily finish them in one sitting.
 
Most of the stories have the same overall plot composition, as is expected, seeing as Sherlock must first be called upon for assistance, then he must do his investigating, and then at the end he solves the case. This is not really a downside, think of how many television shows today also exhibit the same plot composition. I also like how Watson explains in a few of the stories that Holmes did not always succeed, as one would think, but sometimes he is not able to solve the case. While there is only one story where Holmes does not successfully solve the case (actually he does, but he is outsmarted at the end), there is still a lot of mystery in each case, and it is always interesting to see how Holmes is able to put the clues together to solve the case.
 
Each case is very unique and distinct from others. My personal favorites were:"The Adventure of the Red-Headed League," "The Boscombe Valley Mystery," and "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet."
 
Another feature of this book is that it is fairly easy to read. While it was written over a hundred years ago, it is no harder to read than any recent books.
 
In conclusion, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a very entertaining book, and I suggest it especially to anyone who likes mysteries, but I also think that nearly anyone will enjoy it. However, if you do plan you read it, I suggest you first read the first two Sherlock Holmes books (A Study in Scarlet andThe Sign of the Four) in order to get the proper introduction to the characters, though it is not at all needed.

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June 30, 2010
Classic! Love "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." Great review!
 
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Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
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