The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories PDF/EPUB ä

The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories PDF/EPUB ä

The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories [Ebook] ➡ The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories By Otto Penzler – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 e Presenting Edgar Award winning editor Otto Penzler's latest Book of MOBI ñ 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 marketsArguably no other character in history has been so enduringly popular as The Big PDF/EPUB ² Sherlock Holmes From his first appearance in Arthur Conan Doyle's novella  A Study in Scarletreaders have loved reading about him—and writers have loved writing about him Here Otto Penzler collects wonderful stories about Holmes and Dr John Watson the majority of which will be new to Big Book of PDF/EPUB ¿ readers Among these pages are tales by acclaimed Sherlockians Leslie S Klinger Laurie R King Lyndsay Faye and Daniel Stashower; pastiches by literary luminaries both classic Kenneth Millar P G Wodehouse Dorothy B Hughes and current Anne Perry Stephen King Neil Gaiman; and parodies by Conan Doyle's contemporaries Big Book of Sherlock Holmes MOBI :Þ James M Barrie O Henry and August DerlethCONTENTS Introduction by Otto Penzler THE MASTERArthur Conan Doyle “The Field Bazaar”Arthur Conan Doyle “How Watson Learned the Trick” FAMILIAR AS THE ROSE IN SPRINGVincent Starrett “The Uniue Hamlet”Bret Harte “The Stolen Cigar Case”Arthur Whitaker “The Case of the Man Who Was Wanted”James M Barrie “The Adventure of the Two Collaborators”O Henry “The Sleuths”A B Cox “Holmes and the Dasher”Stephen Leacock “An Irreducible Detective Story”Stephen King “The Doctor’s Case” THE LITERATURE OF CRIMEDavis Grubb “The Brown Recluse”Kingsley Amis “The Darkwater Hall Mystery”JC Masterman “The Case of the Gifted Amateur”James M Barrie “The Late Sherlock Holmes”Edmund Pearson “Sherlock Holmes and the Drood Mystery”AA Milne “The Rape of the Sherlock”P G Wodehouse “From a Detective’s Note Book”Hugh Kingsmill “The Ruby of Khitmandu”August Derleth “The Adventure of the Big Book of Sherlock Holmes MOBI :Þ Remarkable Worm”H F Heard “The Enchanted Garden”Ring Lardner “A Study in Handwriting”Neil Gaiman “The Case of Death and Honey”Anthony Burgess “Murder to Music” IN THE BEGINNINGJames M Barrie “An Evening with Sherlock Holmes”Robert Barr “Detective Stories Gone Wrong The Adventures of Sherlaw Kombs”Anonymous “Sherlock Holmes vs Conan Doyle”R C Lehmann “The Duke’s Feather”Roy L McCardell “The Sign of the ‘’” HOLMESLESSChristopher Morley “Codeine Per Cent”Laurie R King “Mrs Hudson’s Case”Bliss Austin “The Final Problem” NOT OF THIS PLACEAnthony Boucher “The Adventure of the Bogle Wolf”Poul Anderson “The Martian Crown Jewels”Anonymous “Sherlock Among the Spirits”Logan Clendening “The Case of the Missing Patriarchs”Loren D Estleman “The Devil and Sherlock Holmes” KEEPING THE MEMORY GREENS C Roberts “The Strange Case of the Megatherium Thefts”Peter Cannon “The Adventure of the Noble Husband”William O Fuller “A Night with Sherlock Holmes”Leslie S Klinger “The Adventure of the Wooden Box”Donald Thomas “The Case of the Unseen Hand”Sam Benady “The Abandoned Brigantine”Barry Day “The Adventure of the Curious Canary”Frederic Dorr Steele “The Adventure of the Murdered Art Editor”David Stuart Davies “The Darlington Substitution Scandal”James C Iraldi “The Problem of the Purple Maculas” YOU THINK THAT’S FUNNYRobert Barr “The Adventure of the Second Swag”Stanley Rubinstein “Sheer Luck Again”John Kendrick Bangs “A Pragmatic Enigma”Anonymous “Herlock Sholmes at It Again”Anthony Armstrong “The Reigate Road Murder”William B Kahn “The Succored Beauty”Gregory Breitman “The Marriage of Sherlock Holmes”E F Benson and Eustace H Miles “The Return of Sherlock Holmes”Arthur Chapman “The Unmasking of Sherlock Holmes”George F Forrest “The Adventure of the Diamond Necklace”Robert L Fish “The Adventure of the Ascot Tie” CONTEMPORARY VICTORIANSColin Dexter “A Case of Mis Identity”Thomas Perry “Startling Events in the Electrified City”Lyndsay Faye “The Case of Colonel Warburton’s Madness”John Lutz “The Infernal Machine”Peter Tremayne “The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey”Daniel Stashower “The Adventure of the Agitated Actress”Michael Moorcock “The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger”Bill Crider “The Adventure of the Venomous Lizard”June Thomson “The Case of the Friesland Outrage”Carol Buggé “The Strange Case of the Tongue Tied Tenor”Tanith Lee “The Human Mystery”Anne Perry “Hostage to Fortune”Jon Koons “The Adventure of the Missing Countess”Rick Boyer “The Adventure of Zolnay The Aerialist”John Lescroart “The Adventure of the Giant Rat of Sumatra” THE FOOTSTEPS OF A GIGANTIC AUTHORJulian Symons “Did Sherlock Holmes Meet Hercule”H R F Keating “A Trifling Affair”Barry Perowne “Raffles The Enigma of the Admiral’s Hat”Barry Perowne “Raffles on the Trail of the Hound”Edward D Hoch “The Cipher in the Sand”Kenneth Millar “The South Sea Soup Co”Carolyn Wells “The Adventure of the Clothes Line”Dorothy B Hughes “Sherlock Holmes and the Muffin”Stuart M Kaminsky “The Man from Capetown”Manly Wade Wellman “But Our Hero Was Not Dead”Stuart Palmer “The Adventure of the Marked Man”.


About the Author: Otto Penzler

Otto Penzler is an editor of mystery fiction Book of MOBI ñ in the United States and proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City where he lives Otto Penzler founded The Mysteriour Press in and was the publisher of The Armchair Detective the Edgar winning uarterly journal devoted The Big PDF/EPUB ² to the study of mystery and suspense fiction for seventeen yearsPenzler has won two Edgar Awards for The Encycl.



10 thoughts on “The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

  1. M.R. Graham M.R. Graham says:

    Like all anthologies this one is a mix bag Unlike some I've read though it leans much heavily toward gems than duds I greatly enjoyed the strange genre hopping pastiches and serious lost cases Many of the parodies though relied far too heavily on slapstick for my taste


  2. Skjam! Skjam! says:

    I have a fondness for Sherlock Holmes as I am sure the majority of my readers do Unsurprisingly there has been a ton of Holmes fanfiction over the years Pastiches that try to capture the feel of Arthur Conan Doyle’s prose parodies that make fun of the detective’s odd habits and weirder works This is a collection of such many done professionally by famous authors Thus it might be better described as a big book of Sherlock Holmes related storiesThere’s an editorial introduction and the book proper begins with an essay by Arthur Conan Doyle regarding how and why he created Sherlock Holmes and why he killed the character off The essay being written before he brought the detective back Interestingly he mentions that the “arc” of a dozen individual stories designed to be collected into a book was an innovation at the time–most of the magazine authors aiming for book publication went with serialized stories Then there are two short pieces by Doyle being silly with his own creationsThere are over eighty stories all together most uite short They range in time from the very first Holmes parody “An Evening with Sherlock Holmes” by JM Barrie an obnoxious know it all engages in dueling observation with Mr Holmes to the very recent “The Case of Death and Honey” by Neil Gaiman Holmes goes to China to solve one last mystery Several stories crossover with other fictional characters three times with jewel thief Raffles or real life people Arthur Conan Doyle appears several times but others range from US President William McKinley to John Merrick the “Elephant Man”There are stories as well about Sherlockians fans of the storiessolving mysteries the most unusual of which is “The Martian Crown Jewels” by Poul Anderson a Martian detective investigates the theft of the title gemsThe selection process heavily favored stories that are historically important or are by famous writers; this means that several of the tales are not of good uality “Sherlock Holmes and the Dasher” by the normally excellent AB Cox is particularly dreadful Most of the bad stories are extremely short Some of the stories are freuently reprinted there’s a section of them towards the front while others are rareThere’s period sexism and ethnic prejudice in some of the stories “The Marriage of Sherlock Holmes” by Gregory Breitman is particularly bad on the sexism front for purposes of humor; it fell flat for me Suicide appears than once although some of them are actually murdersThe volume concludes with “The Adventure of the Marked Man”by Stuart Palmer a Cornish man receives death threats but he hasn’t an enemy in the worldright?Most of the stories are good but due to the uneven nature of this anthology I recommend it primarily for dedicated Sherlock Holmes fans who will appreciate the rare tales Others should use the library and borrow the volume to read the stories by authors they like I especially recommend the “Modern Victorians” section for casual fans


  3. Beyond the Pages Beyond the Pages says:

    This was a huge book with a collection of stories featuring a most beloved character Sherlock Holmes I confess that this was my first time reading Sherlock mysteries but it certainly won't be my last I loved having immediate access to his adventures Although this book reuires that one reads its content over time it is not so overwhelming that the reader gets lost or burdened Each story invites and engagement I look forward to learning from this amazing characterI believe that this book will hold much appeal for fans and collectorsRating 455Recommend YesAudience Lovers of mysterysuspenseSource NetGalley


  4. Monica Willyard Moen Monica Willyard Moen says:

    The stories collected in this very large book range from the silly to the serious from very short two almost novelas in length Some are uite good with strong clots and stay fairly close to the original style of Sherlock Holmes stories Others are parities or almost complete reinventions using Sherlock Holmes as a very small foundation pointPeriod I personally don’t like those particular stories and Wood have been uite happy to skip them Fortunately thry were in the minority and there were many great stories to enjoy I will probably read this again several years from now since I think it’s impossible to fully explore and appreciate every story when going through collection like this one time


  5. Joe Joe says:

    This thing was a BEAST It took me 25 years to read I uickly learned that you can only read so much Sherlock Holmes fan fiction in a row Too many of the authors hit the same beats over and over What I started doing was reading two short stories between each novel that I read That made it a much enjoyable way to digest everythingThere's a lot good than bad here and a few that rival the master himself But please heed my warning take many breaks reading this or you'll uickly get burned out


  6. Jaret Jaret says:

    This was a collection of short stories starring Sherlock Holmes or Holmes like characters written by various authors Like most anthologies some stories were great and some were junk But most of these stories were enjoyable Which was good considering how long the book was My favorite stories involved a Martian version of Sherlock Holmes and a story where Watson outsmarted both Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes I enjoyed reading this collection


  7. Kristina Kristina says:

    The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories edited by Otto Penzler does not exaggerate It is a big heavy book If you are Sherlock Holmes fanatic you will love this I am not a fanatic but I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection This collection groups the stories into different categories “The Master” “Familiar as the Rose in Spring” “Not of this Place” “You Think That’s Funny?” and others In the table of contents each section is introduced with a short explanatory paragraph The brief section “The Master” includes parodies written by Arthur Conan Doyle and “Not of This Place” stories take Holmes and Watson out of their familiar Victorian London and place them in different eras—and sometimes different planets One of my favorite stories in the collection is from this section It is called “The Martian Crown Jewels” and it’s written by Poul Anderson a well known sci fi author Holmes has been transformed into a Martian named Syaloch; he looks something like a seven foot bird man who smokes tobacco and says “Elementary my dear fellow” The story itself is very interesting and l liked the sci fi alien world setting Another of my favorite stories is written by Neil Gaiman “The Case of Death and Honey” It takes place when Holmes is elderly and retired and the mystery is of a different kind I loved it which is usually how I respond to Gaiman’s writing—I either love it or hate it Not a lot of in between The satires are funny as well and I liked “The Adventure of the Ascot Tie” and “The South Sea Soup Co” They managed to be original in their humor which some of the stories could not Overall that is the biggest problem with this giant collection of stories—the stories contain so many of the same elements of SH his tobacco his amazing deductions Watson’s cluelessness his “7 percent solution” etc that it becomes tedious reading the same kind of story many times over Even the satire grew old because the same elements were satirized and often in similar ways Because of this I don’t recommend reading this collection like a novel It took me over two years to read this book and that’s because I read it in short bursts so as not to tire of the subject matter I still did but that doesn’t mean the stories aren’t worth reading The majority of them are very good to excellent I recommend this to all readers who enjoy detective fiction; even the casual Sherlock fan will enjoy these stories and find the satires amusing


  8. Yzabel Ginsberg Yzabel Ginsberg says:

    I received a copy of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewA huge collection of Sherlock Holmes related short stories—as is made obvious from the title—written by various authors some who were Doyle's contemporaries some from the late 1990s or even 2000s and some from the 20th century Mostly two kinds of stories are represented “serious” Holmes adventures and humorous ones the latter ranging from light pastiches to ridiculous onesBreaking down this collection into separate commentary for each story there are 83 would be too long and time consuming so I won't do this here and keep to a general commentary As in every anthology there are good things and less than interesting ones; as the editor himself wrote in the introduction some of those are worth a shot because they were never reprinted and were only published in obscure magazines in their time In my case I realised that I didn't really care about the comical Holmes stories I guess I like my Sherlock somewhat “serious” although I'm also known for liking heroic sociopath versions of him see Thomas DayAmong the most memorable ones for me “The Case of the Unseen Hand” which goes back on the Dreyfus affair And that was uite a big deal in late 19th France“The Martian Crown Jewels” — one the rare really different takes on Sherlock Holmes here considering it's science fiction “A Case of Mis Identity” both uite amusing and clever in presenting different points of view about the same situation “The Startling Events in the Electrified City” — a plot against President McKinley's lifeWhile I still think a lot of these stories had an interest only as uirky little examples of what was once done regarding the Holmes Watson corpus this is a collection still worth borrowing for want of actually buying the book


  9. Loraine Oliver Loraine Oliver says:

    The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes was a huge book with 83 stories two by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but along with these stories there were also stories by 81 other authors some of them parodies and some of them pastiches which I did not know the meaning of until I picked up this book which means an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work artist or period This anthology was put together by Otto Penzler and it is a huge work and the largest of its kind ever In this book there are other tales of Sherlock Holmes told by some very well known authors as well; Anne Perry Stephen King Neil Gaiman Lyndsay Faye and Laurie R King to name a few as well as earlier authors PG Wodehouse Dorothy B Hughes and even O'Henry There are far too many authors to name but one thing is certain there are 83 tales 2 by by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself and at the beginning of these stories Otto Penzler gives a brief description of each and interesting facts about the talesThis book is over 800 pages so took a while for me to get through but the main reason I wanted to read it was that although I had read some of the stories in school I never read 83 of them so I wanted to go back and read them again I am glad that I did and I also found Otto Penzler's words before each story interesting and so I walked away with a better understanding of not only his tales but also several things by other authors using his characters Also a lot of the stories it was mentioned a lot of people had not heard of before me includedI really enjoyed this anthology and look forward to looking into anthologies Otto Penzler has put together as well I gave this anthology 5 stars


  10. Max Max says:

    Given that there are 83 stories here I'm not even going to attempt to go through and discuss them individually For that matter given how long it's taken me to finish this book almost a year on and off I don't know that I want to try to remember all the high and lowlights of the collection I will say that I generally enjoyed this There were definitely some stories that weren't very good and to give an example I would've much rather had A Study in Emerald than the Neil Gaiman story included here The section of parodies especially was weak and I honestly could have easily done without it It was nice to see a wide variety of authors including some I've read before like Stephen King and many that I've never heard of before The biographical notes will be worth my looking over again at some point to find new mystery authors to explore I do feel like the way the book was organized was a bit weird Yes it makes sense to have sections for stories without Holmes and for sci fi and fantasy stories which included a great one about a Martian Holmes but the last two sections seem to be divided entirely on the basis of living versus dead authors which is just silly I think Penzler's other anthologies tend to have somewhat better organization but that's probably because they cover wider rangers whereas Sherlock Holmes stories are largely going to be fairly similar and difficult to cut into significant sections Overall I had a fairly fun time reading this and while the fact that all of these stories are by necessity standalone meant it wasn't uite as fun as reading the original canon I still enjoyed seeing a nice cross section of Holmes fiction from the past century and a bit Whenever I want to look for new mystery writers this book will be an excellent reference making it well worth the price of admission on that alone I think it's definitely worth checking out if you're a Holmes fan though unlike me see if you can read it as an ebook rather than the bulky and awkward print version


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10 thoughts on “The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

  1. M.R. Graham M.R. Graham says:

    Like all anthologies this one is a mix bag Unlike some I've read though it leans much heavily toward gems than duds I greatly enjoyed the strange genre hopping pastiches and serious lost cases Many of the parodies though relied far too heavily on slapstick for my taste

  2. Skjam! Skjam! says:

    I have a fondness for Sherlock Holmes as I am sure the majority of my readers do Unsurprisingly there has been a ton of Holmes fanfiction over the years Pastiches that try to capture the feel of Arthur Conan Doyle’s prose parodies that make fun of the detective’s odd habits and weirder works This is a collection of such many done professionally by famous authors Thus it might be better described as a big book of Sherlock Holmes related storiesThere’s an editorial introduction and the book proper begins with an essay by Arthur Conan Doyle regarding how and why he created Sherlock Holmes and why he killed the character off The essay being written before he brought the detective back Interestingly he mentions that the “arc” of a dozen individual stories designed to be collected into a book was an innovation at the time–most of the magazine authors aiming for book publication went with serialized stories Then there are two short pieces by Doyle being silly with his own creationsThere are over eighty stories all together most uite short They range in time from the very first Holmes parody “An Evening with Sherlock Holmes” by JM Barrie an obnoxious know it all engages in dueling observation with Mr Holmes to the very recent “The Case of Death and Honey” by Neil Gaiman Holmes goes to China to solve one last mystery Several stories crossover with other fictional characters three times with jewel thief Raffles or real life people Arthur Conan Doyle appears several times but others range from US President William McKinley to John Merrick the “Elephant Man”There are stories as well about Sherlockians fans of the storiessolving mysteries the most unusual of which is “The Martian Crown Jewels” by Poul Anderson a Martian detective investigates the theft of the title gemsThe selection process heavily favored stories that are historically important or are by famous writers; this means that several of the tales are not of good uality “Sherlock Holmes and the Dasher” by the normally excellent AB Cox is particularly dreadful Most of the bad stories are extremely short Some of the stories are freuently reprinted there’s a section of them towards the front while others are rareThere’s period sexism and ethnic prejudice in some of the stories “The Marriage of Sherlock Holmes” by Gregory Breitman is particularly bad on the sexism front for purposes of humor; it fell flat for me Suicide appears than once although some of them are actually murdersThe volume concludes with “The Adventure of the Marked Man”by Stuart Palmer a Cornish man receives death threats but he hasn’t an enemy in the worldright?Most of the stories are good but due to the uneven nature of this anthology I recommend it primarily for dedicated Sherlock Holmes fans who will appreciate the rare tales Others should use the library and borrow the volume to read the stories by authors they like I especially recommend the “Modern Victorians” section for casual fans

  3. Beyond the Pages Beyond the Pages says:

    This was a huge book with a collection of stories featuring a most beloved character Sherlock Holmes I confess that this was my first time reading Sherlock mysteries but it certainly won't be my last I loved having immediate access to his adventures Although this book reuires that one reads its content over time it is not so overwhelming that the reader gets lost or burdened Each story invites and engagement I look forward to learning from this amazing characterI believe that this book will hold much appeal for fans and collectorsRating 455Recommend YesAudience Lovers of mysterysuspenseSource NetGalley

  4. Monica Willyard Moen Monica Willyard Moen says:

    The stories collected in this very large book range from the silly to the serious from very short two almost novelas in length Some are uite good with strong clots and stay fairly close to the original style of Sherlock Holmes stories Others are parities or almost complete reinventions using Sherlock Holmes as a very small foundation pointPeriod I personally don’t like those particular stories and Wood have been uite happy to skip them Fortunately thry were in the minority and there were many great stories to enjoy I will probably read this again several years from now since I think it’s impossible to fully explore and appreciate every story when going through collection like this one time

  5. Joe Joe says:

    This thing was a BEAST It took me 25 years to read I uickly learned that you can only read so much Sherlock Holmes fan fiction in a row Too many of the authors hit the same beats over and over What I started doing was reading two short stories between each novel that I read That made it a much enjoyable way to digest everythingThere's a lot good than bad here and a few that rival the master himself But please heed my warning take many breaks reading this or you'll uickly get burned out

  6. Jaret Jaret says:

    This was a collection of short stories starring Sherlock Holmes or Holmes like characters written by various authors Like most anthologies some stories were great and some were junk But most of these stories were enjoyable Which was good considering how long the book was My favorite stories involved a Martian version of Sherlock Holmes and a story where Watson outsmarted both Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes I enjoyed reading this collection

  7. Kristina Kristina says:

    The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories edited by Otto Penzler does not exaggerate It is a big heavy book If you are Sherlock Holmes fanatic you will love this I am not a fanatic but I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection This collection groups the stories into different categories “The Master” “Familiar as the Rose in Spring” “Not of this Place” “You Think That’s Funny?” and others In the table of contents each section is introduced with a short explanatory paragraph The brief section “The Master” includes parodies written by Arthur Conan Doyle and “Not of This Place” stories take Holmes and Watson out of their familiar Victorian London and place them in different eras—and sometimes different planets One of my favorite stories in the collection is from this section It is called “The Martian Crown Jewels” and it’s written by Poul Anderson a well known sci fi author Holmes has been transformed into a Martian named Syaloch; he looks something like a seven foot bird man who smokes tobacco and says “Elementary my dear fellow” The story itself is very interesting and l liked the sci fi alien world setting Another of my favorite stories is written by Neil Gaiman “The Case of Death and Honey” It takes place when Holmes is elderly and retired and the mystery is of a different kind I loved it which is usually how I respond to Gaiman’s writing—I either love it or hate it Not a lot of in between The satires are funny as well and I liked “The Adventure of the Ascot Tie” and “The South Sea Soup Co” They managed to be original in their humor which some of the stories could not Overall that is the biggest problem with this giant collection of stories—the stories contain so many of the same elements of SH his tobacco his amazing deductions Watson’s cluelessness his “7 percent solution” etc that it becomes tedious reading the same kind of story many times over Even the satire grew old because the same elements were satirized and often in similar ways Because of this I don’t recommend reading this collection like a novel It took me over two years to read this book and that’s because I read it in short bursts so as not to tire of the subject matter I still did but that doesn’t mean the stories aren’t worth reading The majority of them are very good to excellent I recommend this to all readers who enjoy detective fiction; even the casual Sherlock fan will enjoy these stories and find the satires amusing

  8. Yzabel Ginsberg Yzabel Ginsberg says:

    I received a copy of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewA huge collection of Sherlock Holmes related short stories—as is made obvious from the title—written by various authors some who were Doyle's contemporaries some from the late 1990s or even 2000s and some from the 20th century Mostly two kinds of stories are represented “serious” Holmes adventures and humorous ones the latter ranging from light pastiches to ridiculous onesBreaking down this collection into separate commentary for each story there are 83 would be too long and time consuming so I won't do this here and keep to a general commentary As in every anthology there are good things and less than interesting ones; as the editor himself wrote in the introduction some of those are worth a shot because they were never reprinted and were only published in obscure magazines in their time In my case I realised that I didn't really care about the comical Holmes stories I guess I like my Sherlock somewhat “serious” although I'm also known for liking heroic sociopath versions of him see Thomas DayAmong the most memorable ones for me “The Case of the Unseen Hand” which goes back on the Dreyfus affair And that was uite a big deal in late 19th France“The Martian Crown Jewels” — one the rare really different takes on Sherlock Holmes here considering it's science fiction “A Case of Mis Identity” both uite amusing and clever in presenting different points of view about the same situation “The Startling Events in the Electrified City” — a plot against President McKinley's lifeWhile I still think a lot of these stories had an interest only as uirky little examples of what was once done regarding the Holmes Watson corpus this is a collection still worth borrowing for want of actually buying the book

  9. Loraine Oliver Loraine Oliver says:

    The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes was a huge book with 83 stories two by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but along with these stories there were also stories by 81 other authors some of them parodies and some of them pastiches which I did not know the meaning of until I picked up this book which means an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work artist or period This anthology was put together by Otto Penzler and it is a huge work and the largest of its kind ever In this book there are other tales of Sherlock Holmes told by some very well known authors as well; Anne Perry Stephen King Neil Gaiman Lyndsay Faye and Laurie R King to name a few as well as earlier authors PG Wodehouse Dorothy B Hughes and even O'Henry There are far too many authors to name but one thing is certain there are 83 tales 2 by by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself and at the beginning of these stories Otto Penzler gives a brief description of each and interesting facts about the talesThis book is over 800 pages so took a while for me to get through but the main reason I wanted to read it was that although I had read some of the stories in school I never read 83 of them so I wanted to go back and read them again I am glad that I did and I also found Otto Penzler's words before each story interesting and so I walked away with a better understanding of not only his tales but also several things by other authors using his characters Also a lot of the stories it was mentioned a lot of people had not heard of before me includedI really enjoyed this anthology and look forward to looking into anthologies Otto Penzler has put together as well I gave this anthology 5 stars

  10. Max Max says:

    Given that there are 83 stories here I'm not even going to attempt to go through and discuss them individually For that matter given how long it's taken me to finish this book almost a year on and off I don't know that I want to try to remember all the high and lowlights of the collection I will say that I generally enjoyed this There were definitely some stories that weren't very good and to give an example I would've much rather had A Study in Emerald than the Neil Gaiman story included here The section of parodies especially was weak and I honestly could have easily done without it It was nice to see a wide variety of authors including some I've read before like Stephen King and many that I've never heard of before The biographical notes will be worth my looking over again at some point to find new mystery authors to explore I do feel like the way the book was organized was a bit weird Yes it makes sense to have sections for stories without Holmes and for sci fi and fantasy stories which included a great one about a Martian Holmes but the last two sections seem to be divided entirely on the basis of living versus dead authors which is just silly I think Penzler's other anthologies tend to have somewhat better organization but that's probably because they cover wider rangers whereas Sherlock Holmes stories are largely going to be fairly similar and difficult to cut into significant sections Overall I had a fairly fun time reading this and while the fact that all of these stories are by necessity standalone meant it wasn't uite as fun as reading the original canon I still enjoyed seeing a nice cross section of Holmes fiction from the past century and a bit Whenever I want to look for new mystery writers this book will be an excellent reference making it well worth the price of admission on that alone I think it's definitely worth checking out if you're a Holmes fan though unlike me see if you can read it as an ebook rather than the bulky and awkward print version

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