The Complete Sherlock HolmesPaperback Bantam Books
- Publisher: Bantam USA
- Format: Paperback | 2 pages
- Dimensions: 111mm x 178mm x 83mm | 886g
- Publication date: 6 October 1998
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0553328255
- ISBN 13: 9780553328257
- Edition statement: Deluxe
- Sales rank: 7,012
The eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes with the aid of Dr. Watson investigates strange and baffling mysteries.
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By Roger J-C Sabourin 31 Dec 2013
This is the complete series of the original novels and short stories relating the adventures of Sherlock Holmes: that in itself should suffice for a review, because letÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢s face it, there really is little to say beyond Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã??complete original Sherlock HolmesÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã?? to know youÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢re getting an incredible treat. And on the strength of the contents alone, this item should get five stars.
Unfortunately, it only gets two stars for the following reasons:
First, presenting the complete Sherlock Holmes in only two volumes means that your paperbacks are going to be slightly awkward to handle: indeed, coming in at well over a thousand pages, you know Volume 1 is going to suffer spine damage after only a couple of readings, regardless of how carefully you hold the book. It seems to me it would have been better to split the series into three or four more reasonably-sized volumes.
Second, the flimsy slipcase is a joke, and not a very good one at that: it is about as strong as a box of tissue paper and certainly does not travel well. Had the packaging been more appropriate, the slipcase might have survived the trip across the pond. As it were, whoever packed this item was trying, in Dolly PartonÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢s words, to Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã??stuff ten pounds of *** in a five-pound bagÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã??. The cardboard package did not quite close, nor did it hold the books properly, and it failed to offer sufficient protection, so that when I finally received the books, the slipcase had been deformed beyond being serviceable and the spine of Volume 1 had been wrenched sideways.
I understand that any item shipped through the post over such a distance is at risk of suffering some damage, but I should point out that this is the only one, out of eighty or so received thus far, that came in such a sorry state.
This could have been avoided simply by choosing a slightly larger packing box, and possibly by unfolding the slipcase and shipping it flat. Perhaps even shrinkwrapping the set would have been sufficient to ensure it was not harmed excessively. I donÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢t know.
I wonÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢t send these books back because (a) it would be very expensive, and (b) thereÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢s no way I could purchase these books here, in Mexico, at anything like this price. Still, I am sorely disappointed, most of all, in the lack of planning on the part of whoever shipped this item.
By Paul Calbert 28 May 2012
The information shown on the webpage is incorrect (the hardback bit extra). It is really confusing saying that it is a hard back when it really is not. I support the (NOT HARDBACK) comment on the misleading information but I disagree on the two books bit. They are good but the box is abit flimsy. Otherwise it is a good collection of books.
By aliya 08 Jan 2012
These are 2 PAPERBACK books, that fit in to a cardboard box, That does NOT constitute a "hardback book". I specifically wanted hardback, as I already have these in paperback, and am extremely disappointed in the misleading description. I am still trying to decide if I will bother with sending them back or not, as the return shipping would likely cost me close to what the books did in the first place..
Shame on you, for either not knowing your product better, or intentionally misleading buyers..
But, the books in general, are a fabulous set, my old ones have been read so many times, over so many years, that they are literally in pieces, which is why I wanted hardback..
By John Paul Solatorio 19 Sep 2011
I just received today my order from The Book Depository. The quality is great, almost new even. Too bad that the Bureau of Customs here in the Philippines decided that the bulky-looking package looks suspicious so they ruined the bottom of my boxed set. :( If I only knew they'd rip open the package I would have bought the 2 books contained in this set separately.