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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This collection brings together many of the most famous short stories about the great fictional detective Sherlock Holmes by the great writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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There are new realisations of the flaws in the deductions and conclusions. But I still rate this collection highly because the stories are not merely whodunnits, which lose its value after the first read. There is something delightful about his writing, where one feels transported back to the Victorian times.

View 1 comment. I finally did it. All the Sherlock Holmes short stories are now read, and what a treat they are. I would have finished them sooner had I not been sidetracked by other books, but oh well. I got there. The conversations between the two are at times hilarious, and though Holmes is an eccentric character and Watson the complete opposite the bond between them is so strong. There is real respect and understanding there. Dr Watson has many descriptions of silent train journeys or silent afternoons at Baker Street while he lets Holmes' brain power on undisturbed.

If Holmes tells Watson to do something, Watson complies, even if he doesn't himself understand what is going on. He knows that Sherlock knows, and that's enough for him. Lestrade has fewer appearances than I would have thought, based on how everyone knows that he is the police inspector in the SH universe.

Mrs Hudson has even fewer appearences. Moriarty and Mycroft even fewer. But there are a lot of domestic scenes at Baker Street and that makes up for it. Holmes and Watson at Baker Street is such a comfy cozy image, even if they are working on a murder case, or the sneaky Sherlock is tricking Watson into going on a long and arduous journey as part of his secret plan. This is a charming read with lots of little gems. And my respect for Gatiss and Moffat has only increased. They really know their Sherlock and it was a lot of fun discovering the show's references to the short stories - tobacco hidden in slippers, "Come at once if convenient.

If inconvenient, come anyway", etc. These are great, they really are. Lots of fun revolving around one of literature's most iconic characters. And rightly so. He is just that great. He is a well-to-do bachelor, takes only the cases that interest him. He is high-strung and restless, and, although he finds a creative emotional outlet in playing the violin, it is often not enough to amuse his troubled mind when he is not on a case.

He then injects himself with cocaine. Holmes is tall and obsessively clean.

His voice is 'cold, incisive, ironical. For example, although he is able to identify different brands of tobacco at a sniff, he knows nothing about astronomy until Dr. Watson explains to him that the earth orbits the sun. Holmes is a wit and takes delight at the opportunity to outwit the clever villains and foils his schemes. He is given to dramatic flair; he amazes listeners with his deductions from seemingly slight clues, and he enjoys disguising himself, as though he were an actor.

For all his genius, however, he is fallible. In the stories, the master criminal Professor Moriarty eludes him more than once, and sometimes he fails to adequately protect a client.

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Sherlock Holmes will forever be the second love of my life, just second behind my husband Pg. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. These little problems help me to do so. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and leading to the most outre results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and forseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.

Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather upon the crime what you should dwell. You have degraded what should have been a course of lectures into a series of tales. But indeed, if you are trivial, I cannot blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at least criminal man, has lost all enterprise of originality. As to my own little practice, it seems to be degenerating into an agency for recovering lost lead pencils and giving advice to young ladies from boarding-schools.


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Holmes I am very anxious to consult you as to whether I should or should not accept a situation which has been offered to me as governess. Yours faithfully, Violet Hunter I follow my own methods, and tell as much or as little as I choose. That is the advantage of being unofficial. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to under-estimate oneself is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one's own powers.

All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. It's smell and its colour are an establishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.

You will see it often in humans. I have a theory that the individual represents in his development the whole procession of his ancestors, and that such a sudden turn in good or evil stands for some strong influence which came into the line of his pedigree. The person becomes, as it were, the epitome of the history of his own family. Jun 09, Maria B. This is a fiction book, and the genre is mystery and adventure, and sometimes science fiction.

I chose to read the book since Sherlock Holmes is a very famous character, and I wanted to read the stories, but also because I adore the BBC TV show Sherlock, and wanted to read the original stories my favourite episodes were based on.

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The story takes place in London, England. The central characters are Sherlock Holmes, a detective and Doctor Watson, his companion. I would recommend this book and the whole Sherlock Holmes world to all of my friends, since it is very interesting and it really reels you in. I would recommend this book to a more grown up audience, so from the ages 12 and up. Let us just ignore the date I stared reading this. It's the problem with short stories: they are easy to put down at the end of the story, and hard to pick up again when in the middle of a novel. This was a fabulous read. I had read most of these a couple or more decades ago, so my memory of them was mostly non-existent.

What a delightful week! I can why people thought he was real. Sherlock is not successful with every case - even though his performance is always impressive. It is a pleasa Wow. It is a pleasant change from the mindset of the participation trophy - where everyone is a winner. There were some things that did make me groan a bit. All the generalisation about how women think, while appropriate for the times, was annoying. I really felt like pointing out that child birth should prove that ALL women are not weak little delicate beings. There is no point fighting history. I'm just glad that has changed.

I would really recommend this edition to fans of Sherlock too. The illustrations made it a beautiful experience, and not just entertaining and thrilling. Cathy tells Jean she's never been happier in her life. Although Lina claims to be bad at relationships and prefers just "screwing", the three actually seem to be falling in love all around. Finding herself in an intense relationship, and uncertain about her future with them, Lina begins to fear getting hurt when the summer ends and the Americans return home.

They tell her it doesn't have to end, but don't go into any details. To avoid getting too close to her new friends, Lina disappears with another young man, Jan Tolin, she met at the beach. Cathy and Michael are distraught, and spend several days searching for Lina. Eventually they conclude they won't find her as long as she wants to remain hidden. But their memories of Lina loom over everything they try to do, and they can no longer enjoy their time on the island.

They pack up to return home, even though they have three weeks remaining prepaid on their rental. Lina finds her fears are outweighed by her feelings for the Americans, and returns to reunite with them, only to discover they have already gone. She races to the airport and intercepts them just as they are about to board the aircraft. Overjoyed at seeing her again, Cathy and Michael return to spend the last three weeks of their summer with her. Summer Lovers with the screenplay by director Randal Kleiser was filmed during August—October primarily on the Greek island of Santorini.

Other scenes were filmed on the islands of Crete , Delos and Mykonos. The villa that the Michael and Cathy characters stayed at was purchased by a couple in and made into a gift shop named "Summer Lovers". The production secured an unprecedented permission to film at an actual dig, the presumed "lost city of Atlantis" at Akrotiri. In area of the site selected for its light and production values, Quennessen, under the supervision and instructed by a real archaeologist, began work before the cameras, She had hardly set to work when she uncovered several pieces of 3,year-old pottery that were turned in and added to the scientific collection.

The film was shot flat 1. Summer Lovers is erroneously listed as a scope 2. In fact, the film's original press kit confirms that the film was shot in the 1. The film was available on Blu-ray on August 11, limited edition to There are scenes in the film's trailer that do not appear in the final cut. Hans Van Tongeren , an acclaimed Dutch actor, was visiting the area as a tourist when Daryl Hannah spotted him in the crowd. She arranged a meeting with the director and, subsequently, Van Tongeren was added to the cast as Jan.

In a scene, actor Christopher Atkins was in a photograph published in a Greek magazine. Daryl Hannah's character remarks, "I use to dream I was a mermaid. She retired from acting shortly after to raise her children and died in a car accident in at the age of Summer Lovers was poorly received by critics. Roger Ebert noted that the film's central core was as a "beach film" but that the director's vision was confusing. The result is a movie that doesn't really work as semi-erotic romance, and never quite gets itself together as a character study.

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