The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

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Presenting Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler's latest anthology,  The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories , the largest collection of Sherlockian tales ever assembled--now in a deluxe hardcover edition, perfect for the collector and gift markets.

Arguably no other character in history has been so enduringly popular as Sherlock Holmes. Ever since his first appearance, in Arthur Conan Doyle's 1887 novella  A Study in Scarlet , readers have loved reading about him almost as much as writers have loved writing about him. 

Here, Otto Penzler collects eighty-three wonderful stories about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, published over a span of more than a hundred years. Featuring pitch-perfect cases by acclaimed modern-day Sherlockians Leslie S. Klinger, Laurie R. King, Lyndsay Faye and Daniel Stashower; pastiches by literary luminaries both classic (P. G. Wodehouse, Dorothy B. Hughes, Kingsley Amis) and current (Anne Perry, Stephen King, Colin Dexter); and parodies by Conan Doyle's contemporaries A. A. Milne, James M. Barrie, and O. Henry, not to mention genre-bending cases by science-fiction greats Poul Anderson and Michael Moorcock. 

No matter if your favorite Holmes is Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Robert Downey, Jr., or Benedict Cumberbatch, whether you are a lifelong fan or only recently acquainted with the Great Detective, readers of all ages are sure to enjoy The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories.

- Over a century's worth of cases, from Conan Doyle's 1890s parodies of his own creation to Neil Gaiman's "The Case of Death and Honey" (2011)
-  Appearances by those other great detectives Hercule Poirot and C. Auguste Dupin
-  15 Edgar Award-winning authors and 5 Mystery Writers of America Grand Masters
-  Stories by Laurie R. King, Colin Dexter, Anthony Burgess, Anne Perry, Stephen King, P.G. Wodehouse, Kingsley Amis, and many, many more.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101870891
Characteristics: xxii, 789 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Penzler, Otto - Editor


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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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