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#21 Timmo

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 02:21 PM

I'm just over half way through 'The Sign of the Four ' and so far it is a very good read.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 04:52 PM

I'm just over half way through 'The Sign of the Four ' and so far it is a very good read.


Definitely going to get onto this one soon.

Anyway, I just finished The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which has taken me much longer to read than I thought, although certainly not through lack of enjoyment. I'll just copy and paste my thoughts from my reading blog as they sum up my thoughts nicely.

Thoughts:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first set of Sherlock Holmes stories, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a great selection of twelve cases where the genius detective and his friend John Watson, explore a series of mysterious and crimes that all at first appear perplexing. Not to Holmes of course, whose incredible deductions from the smallest of clues, continue to amaze all those about him. He tackles cases of missing thumbs and of missing indentities, disappearing people and people who just wish they could disappear, by the time Holmes is through with them. In all but one case he is in a league of his own. 'A Scandal In Bohemia' shows us the story of the woman Miss Irene Adler, an even more intriguing character who by all accounts is someone in who Sherlock Holmes has met his match. All in all then a great collection of stories, amusingly witty and clever, of which 'A Scandal In Bohemia', 'The Adventure of the Red-Headed League', 'The Adventure of the Speckled Bard', and 'The Five Orange Pips' were my favourites. I'll be definitely looking out for Holmes adventures soon.

5/5.


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Posted 19 January 2012 - 05:30 PM

Definitely going to get onto this one soon.

Anyway, I just finished The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which has taken me much longer to read than I thought, although certainly not through lack of enjoyment. I'll just copy and paste my thoughts from my reading blog as they sum up my thoughts nicely.

Thoughts:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first set of Sherlock Holmes stories, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a great selection of twelve cases where the genius detective and his friend John Watson, explore a series of mysterious and crimes that all at first appear perplexing. Not to Holmes of course, whose incredible deductions from the smallest of clues, continue to amaze all those about him. He tackles cases of missing thumbs and of missing indentities, disappearing people and people who just wish they could disappear, by the time Holmes is through with them. In all but one case he is in a league of his own. 'A Scandal In Bohemia' shows us the story of the woman Miss Irene Adler, an even more intriguing character who by all accounts is someone in who Sherlock Holmes has met his match. All in all then a great collection of stories, amusingly witty and clever, of which 'A Scandal In Bohemia', 'The Adventure of the Red-Headed League', 'The Adventure of the Speckled Bard', and 'The Five Orange Pips' were my favourites. I'll be definitely looking out for Holmes adventures soon.

5/5.


I finished The Sign of the Four this morning and I enjoyed it a lot. Started The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes now. Good review.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 05:57 PM

I finished The Sign of the Four this morning and I enjoyed it a lot. Started The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes now. Good review.


Thanks, looking forward to hearing how you get on with them, I really enjoyed them.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 07:50 PM

I finished Adventures of Sherlock Holmes a few days ago, and I can't wait to read more :)

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:18 AM

I finished Adventures of Sherlock Holmes a few days ago, and I can't wait to read more :)


I shall assume by the fact that you can't wait to read more, that you enjoyed them? :lol:

I'm currently taking a little break to read a couple of other books then I'll be straight on the Holmes stories. I might have also got the full collection on my Kindle just to make things a little easier in life.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 03:09 PM

I shall assume by the fact that you can't wait to read more, that you enjoyed them? :lol:

I'm currently taking a little break to read a couple of other books then I'll be straight on the Holmes stories. I might have also got the full collection on my Kindle just to make things a little easier in life.


yeah I really enjoyed them :) I'm having a bit of a break from them, id hate to get sick of them, so I'm going to read a couple of others and then start back at the top of the list :)

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 09:23 AM

I think I have all the Holmes books on my Kindle, I know I have them in print so will be embarking on a trip to Baker Street. It's been a while since I read them all but it will be fun to do it again.
If you are interested I have an on going Holmes page I have thrown together
http://www.scoop.it/...lting-detective

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 05:35 PM

I have all the Holmes books on my Kindle, so I'll try and do this this year. I've already read A Study in Scarlett and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Using that as a base, I think I'd prefer reading the long novels compared to the short stories, but I think I'll just read them all in chronological order :)

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 09:25 PM

I love this challenge!

So far I have read

The Hound Of The Baskervilles
The Valley Of Fear
A Scandal In Bohemia
The Red-Headed League
The Five Orange Pips
The Man With The Twisted Lip
The Blue Carbuncle
The Speckled Band
The Copper Beeches
Silver Blaze
The Musgrave Ritual

I recently bought myself A Study In Scarlet and The Sign Of Four.

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 10:10 PM

Ben posted this challenge long before I'd read any Sherlock Holmes, and I'm not really looking for a new challenge, but as I've read a few already and have just downloaded The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes,  I thought I'd might as well record them!  :)

The Sherlock Holmes Challenge

A Study in Scarlet (1887) (Novel) - finished 03.13.16 - 4/5
The Sign of the Four (1890) (Novel) - finished 15.05.16 - 3/5

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) - finished 13.02.16 - 4/5

  • 'A Scandal in Bohemia'
  • 'The Red-headed League'
  • 'A Case of Identity'
  • 'The Boscombe Valley Mystery'
  • 'The Five Orange Pips'
  • 'The Man with the Twisted Lip'
  • 'The Blue Carbuncle'
  • 'The Speckled Band'
  • 'The Engineer’s Thumb'
  • 'The Noble Bachelor'
  • 'The Beryl Coronet'
  • 'The Copper Beeches'

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)

  • 'Silver Blaze'
  • 'The Yellow Face'
  • 'The Stock-broker’s Clerk'
  • 'The ‘Gloria Scott'
  • 'The Musgrave Ritual'
  • 'The Reigate Squires'
  • 'The Crooked Man'
  • 'The Resident Patient'
  • 'The Greek Interpreter'
  • 'The Naval Treaty'
  • 'The Final Problem'

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) (Novel)

The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)

  • 'The Empty House'
  • 'The Norwood Builder'
  • 'The Dancing Men'
  • 'The Solitary Cyclist'
  • 'The Priory School'
  • 'Black Peter'
  • 'Charles Augustus Milverton'
  • 'The Six Napoleons'
  • 'The Three Students'
  • 'The Golden Pince-Nez'
  • 'The Missing Three-Quarter'
  • 'The Abbey Grange'
  • 'The Second Stain'

The Valley of Fear (1915) (Novel)

His Last Bow (1917)

  • 'Wisteria Lodge'
  • 'The Cardboard Box'
  • 'The Red Circle'
  • 'The Bruce-Partington Plans'
  • 'The Dying Detective'
  • 'Lady Frances Carfax'
  • 'The Devil’s Foot'
  • 'His Last Bow'

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)*

  • 'The Illustrious Client'
  • 'The Blanched Soldier'
  • 'The Mazarin Stone'
  • 'The Three Gables'
  • 'The Sussex Vampire'
  • 'The Three Garridebs'
  • 'Thor Bridge'
  • 'The Creeping Man'
  • 'The Lion’s Mane'
  • 'The Veiled Lodger'
  • 'Shoscombe Old Place'
  • 'The Retired Colourman'


Total: 14/60



#32 VictorC4C

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 05:30 AM

I am half way there!

 

I'm still missing The sign of the Four and the 3 last ones =]

 

Though, would you recommend The Study in Scarlet for first timers? The novel has some very unnexpected turns (I am trying to avoid some spoilers here!) and there is no way the reader can guess the murderer.



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Posted 09 September 2016 - 07:42 AM

Oooh I'm joining in too as I need to get back on track with my Sherlock reading! I found both novels I've read a bit long-winded so I'm looking forward to getting into a short story collection.

 

The Sherlock Holmes Challenge

A Study in Scarlet (1887) (Novel) 4/5
The Sign of the Four (1890) (Novel) 3/5

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

  • 'A Scandal in Bohemia'
  • 'The Red-headed League'
  • 'A Case of Identity'
  • 'The Boscombe Valley Mystery'
  • 'The Five Orange Pips'
  • 'The Man with the Twisted Lip'
  • 'The Blue Carbuncle'
  • 'The Speckled Band'
  • 'The Engineer’s Thumb'
  • 'The Noble Bachelor'
  • 'The Beryl Coronet'
  • 'The Copper Beeches'

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)

  • 'Silver Blaze'
  • 'The Yellow Face'
  • 'The Stock-broker’s Clerk'
  • 'The ‘Gloria Scott'
  • 'The Musgrave Ritual'
  • 'The Reigate Squires'
  • 'The Crooked Man'
  • 'The Resident Patient'
  • 'The Greek Interpreter'
  • 'The Naval Treaty'
  • 'The Final Problem'

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) (Novel)

The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)

  • 'The Empty House'
  • 'The Norwood Builder'
  • 'The Dancing Men'
  • 'The Solitary Cyclist'
  • 'The Priory School'
  • 'Black Peter'
  • 'Charles Augustus Milverton'
  • 'The Six Napoleons'
  • 'The Three Students'
  • 'The Golden Pince-Nez'
  • 'The Missing Three-Quarter'
  • 'The Abbey Grange'
  • 'The Second Stain'

The Valley of Fear (1915) (Novel)

His Last Bow (1917)

  • 'Wisteria Lodge'
  • 'The Cardboard Box'
  • 'The Red Circle'
  • 'The Bruce-Partington Plans'
  • 'The Dying Detective'
  • 'Lady Frances Carfax'
  • 'The Devil’s Foot'
  • 'His Last Bow'

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)*

  • 'The Illustrious Client'
  • 'The Blanched Soldier'
  • 'The Mazarin Stone'
  • 'The Three Gables'
  • 'The Sussex Vampire'
  • 'The Three Garridebs'
  • 'Thor Bridge'
  • 'The Creeping Man'
  • 'The Lion’s Mane'
  • 'The Veiled Lodger'
  • 'Shoscombe Old Place'
  • 'The Retired Colourman'

Total: 2/60



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Posted 26 September 2016 - 01:55 PM

To update my progress:

 

1. A Study in Scarlet (1887) finished 03.03.16

 

2. The Sign of the Four (1890) finished 14.05.16

 

3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) finished 13.02.16

  • 'A Scandal in Bohemia'
  • 'The Red-headed League'
  • 'A Case of Identity'
  • 'The Boscombe Valley Mystery'
  • 'The Five Orange Pips'
  • 'The Man with the Twisted Lip'
  • 'The Blue Carbuncle'
  • 'The Speckled Band'
  • 'The Engineer’s Thumb'
  • 'The Noble Bachelor'
  • 'The Beryl Coronet'
  • 'The Copper Beeches'

4. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894) finished 14.07.16

  • 'Silver Blaze'
  • 'The Yellow Face'
  • 'The Stock-broker’s Clerk'
  • 'The ‘Gloria Scott'
  • 'The Musgrave Ritual'
  • 'The Reigate Squires'
  • 'The Crooked Man'
  • 'The Resident Patient'
  • 'The Greek Interpreter'
  • 'The Naval Treaty'
  • 'The Final Problem'

5. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)

 

6. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905) finished 19.09.16

  • 'The Empty House'
  • 'The Norwood Builder'
  • 'The Dancing Men'
  • 'The Solitary Cyclist'
  • 'The Priory School'
  • 'Black Peter'
  • 'Charles Augustus Milverton'
  • 'The Six Napoleons'
  • 'The Three Students'
  • 'The Golden Pince-Nez'
  • 'The Missing Three-Quarter'
  • 'The Abbey Grange'
  • 'The Second Stain'

7. The Valley of Fear (1915)

8. His Last Bow (1917)

  • 'Wisteria Lodge'
  • 'The Cardboard Box'
  • 'The Red Circle'
  • 'The Bruce-Partington Plans'
  • 'The Dying Detective'
  • 'Lady Frances Carfax'
  • 'The Devil’s Foot'
  • 'His Last Bow'

9. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

  • 'The Illustrious Client'
  • 'The Blanched Soldier'
  • 'The Mazarin Stone'
  • 'The Three Gables'
  • 'The Sussex Vampire'
  • 'The Three Garridebs'
  • 'Thor Bridge'
  • 'The Creeping Man'
  • 'The Lion’s Mane'
  • 'The Veiled Lodger'
  • 'Shoscombe Old Place'
  • 'The Retired Colourman'

5/9






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