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review 2018-12-21 21:36
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle,Stephen Fry

After one year and almost four months, our buddy read, or rather "buddy listen", of the complete Sherlock Holmes canon narrated by Stephen Fry came to an end tonight. 

 

I'm still in shock, and I'm sure grief will set in at some point, too. 

 

I've immensely enjoyed reading the stories every week and having discussions with my buddy over at KnightofAngels, and the whole reading experience was only made even better by Fry's narration of the stories.

 

It was simply the best!

(Except if you are listening to the US version of the Audible audiobook which, at the time of writing, is missing the final book in the Holmes canon...because of copyright reasons, apparently.)

 

Evidently, I'm not going to review the Holmes stories here... There is not much to say about the Holmes stories except that sometimes popular books deserve to be popular and none more so than the Holmes canon. Even tho the quality of the stories vary, as they do in any collection, they have created this world of 221B Baker Street that impressed me when I first set foot in it and has kept me fascinated on various re-reads over the decades. 

 

These stories are very much part of my personal canon of books that have defined and refined me as a reader. 

 

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text 2018-11-23 09:06
24 Festive Tasks: Veterans' Day/Armistice Day, Task #3
The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle,Paul Hogarth
The Annotated Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 and 2 - William S. Baring-Gould, Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle,Stephen Fry
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Speckled Band - Arthur Conan Doyle
A Study in Scarlet / The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles - Illustrated - Arthur Conan Doyle
A Study in Scarlet - Joseph Bell, Arthur Conan Doyle

Task 3:  Tell us: What author’s books would you consider yourself a veteran of (i.e., by which author have you read particularly many books – or maybe even all of them)?

 

I'm a completist and a re-reader-ist so there are a few authors I could use for this task, but really there can be only one.  And he's Scottish, so the possibly obscure movie/TV reference works.

 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Sherlock Holmes.  The former one of only two authors I'd go out of my way for the chance to have dinner with (assuming death is not an obstacle) and the latter my numero uno literary hero.

 

I have read the entire Sherlock Holmes canon multiple times and as you can see above, I own several editions of both the complete works and individual titles.  I'm pretty sure they're just the beginning too, because if I thought it was hard to pass by additional editions of Jane Austen's works (I have at least 2 of all her works, 3 of some, and I think I'm up to 4 P&P editions) it's downright impossible for me to pass by a good Sherlock Holmes - especially an older edition.

 

Even though I've read all the stories at least 4 times, there is a lot I learn every time - things I've forgotten or overlooked, or simply 'get' because of new life experiences.  This makes me hesitant to go toe-to-toe with anyone over most of the stories themselves, but I definitely consider myself enough of a 'veteran' to wade into any conversation about Holmes and Watson as characters with confidence.

 

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text 2018-10-28 16:57
Reading progress update: I've listened 3377 out of 4260 minutes.
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle,Stephen Fry

Hell, Fry got me right in the feels with the foreword of His Last Bow

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text 2018-10-19 13:52
Reading progress update: I've listened 2267 out of 4260 minutes.
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle,Stephen Fry

Look! Fandom over a century ago!

 

This collection keeps on giving

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review 2018-09-09 14:53
Better with age
The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle

I find that while still not my favourite Holmes, I liked it better this time around. I think I might have been too young, and found it too dreary and long for my age. Gothic is also an acquired taste that came with age for me, so that might have played a part.

 

The other thing that turned interesting, beyond finding the pace a lot more palatable, was that Holmes is a lot more present than I remembered. Part of it is knowing, and so catching, the hints of him all around of course, but I think the pages without his obvious person were too long for my kid self's perception.

 

And, well, the fabulous Stephen Fry's narration is a definitive plus.

 

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