Monday, November 9, 2015

The Big Book Of Sherlock Holmes!

I was eager to my mitts on this over-sized collection of Holmesiana from the uber compiler Otto Penzler called appropriately enough The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes. I've been a big fan of his ""Big Book" collections over the last many years (Big Book of Pulps, Big Book of Adventure Stories, etc.) and this one was a no-brainer for him to gather up.

Typically the material is divided into categories, but they are such weird categories that it makes the material feel fresh. Some of this stuff I have in other volumes such as "The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger" by Michael Moorcock, but that often happens buying Sherlock Holmes collections. Most of this is brand new to me, though it spans decades itself. In particular I am happy to have "The Adventure of the Bogle-Wolf" by Anthony Boucher, "The Martian Crown Jewels" by Poul Anderson, as well as stories by Wade Manly Wellman, David Stuart Davies, A.A. Milne, Ring Lardner, and many more.

This is the kind of collection you will dabble in and peruse over a long period of time, not unlike a one-volume library of short and not-so-short fiction starring the world's great consulting detective.

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