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March 28, 2014



My god!
You have to read bad Victorian fiction for your job, but to read bad contemporary adaptations of classic Victorian fiction and list its defects and imbecilities is taking your duties too far!


This sounds as if somebody had tried to do a Pierre Menard on Conan Doyle - except that it didn't work.

And can somebody please explain to me how such atrocities can be perpetrated in view of the fact that Sherlock's status as a public domain is still the subject of litigation? (I am really dumb and still can't understand how it is possible in the case of an author who's been dead for +70 years, so please, speak as you might to a young child. Or a golden retriever.)

I have little patience for contemporary copyright law and I find its constant extensions ridiculous, but it seems that in this case it actually might be a good thing.

Brian Ogilvie


The Amazon page suggests why this was done: to appeal to adolescent and post-adolescent boys.

This Is Not The Original Text

This is a Remastered version that strives to make the classic story more accessible to readers who might never have otherwise read the classic. In other words, it's not meant to be a replacement of the classic, but rather a bridge, exposing a new class of readers to the brilliance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. While the vast majority of the text is original, hundreds of modifications have been made to make the story an easier, smoother reading experience for modern readers. The changes include:

  • Replacing or defining outdated vocabulary or concepts
  • Decreasing long narrative descriptions
  • Increasing live action

We hope these changes will allow a new generation to enjoy the brilliance of Sherlock Holmes.


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