Saturday, 12 August 2017

Collecting Holmes, Bond And Flandry

Although Sherlock Holmes has been collected in a single bulky volume, a three volume collection would be appropriate:

Vol I, the original series, ending at Reichenbach;
Vol II, two novels written later but set earlier;
Vol III, the Return, incorporating all three later collections.

James Bond has a very similar structure:

Vol I, five novels from the introduction of Bond and SMERSH to Bond's apparent death at the hands of SMERSH;
Vol II, two intermediate novels and nine short stories;
Vol III: five novels about the struggle againsst Blofeld and its aftermath.

Dominic Flandry also needs three volumes:

Vol I, Young Flandry, the three novel prequel;
Vol II, Captain Flandry, the original series;
Vol III, Admiral Flandry, the concluding three novels.

Flandry, of course, is part of Poul Anderson's History of Technic Civilization which requires a further four omnibus collections.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I myself have a complete one volume collection of the Sherlock Holmes stories. And, in theory, a single volume collection is preferable to multiple volumes. But I agree it can be more CONVENIENT to divide the Holmes canon into several volumes. And the same for other writers works.