Ten years is a long time. I’ve worked at the company I work for for over ten years now, not including a 2 year sabbatical for a religious mission. To honor my commitment the company I work for gave me a gift certificate to Amazon and I decided to get a Kindle.
I love my kindle. It’s a great device to read on. I can read the screen for hours with absolutely no eye fatigue, unlike a normal computer monitor. I can also get a fancy for a book, and have it on my kindle, ready to read in seconds. Not to mention books are cheaper. I will always love the real, tactile experience of holding a paper bound book in my hands, but I have a feeling I’m going to be reading a lot more books on my kindle (my sincerest apologies to book store owners everywhere!).
One thing that I love is that it got me interested in Sherlock Holmes. Everyone knows Holmes, but I, like you, had never actually read the stories. The Kindle has a large selection of free items, books that have gone out of copyright and have been converted to digital format for preservation. I found The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes there and decided to give it a go. This is a collection of short stories and not one of the novels, but many feel that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle truly mastered his vision of Sherlock Holmes in these short stories. Reading this stories, I could tell that much of the recent Sherlock Holmes movie was based on these stories, the characters, not the actual story line. It was nice to see that the movie really did a much better job of portraying the actual Holmes than the character we normally associate Holmes with.
I have found them to be a fantastic read and have truly enjoyed reading this collection. I will likely now buy one of the Kindle edition complete works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and read the full length novels.
If you have a Kindle, I highly recommend that you pick up this collection of short stories to get you started into the world of Sherlock Holmes. If you don’t, I think it may be worth your while to pick up these short stories in paper form and give them a go.