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Title: 福爾摩斯: 綠玉皇冠
Translated title: Sherlock Holmes
Language: Chinese
Year: 2008

This second book about Sherlock Holmes is of course very similar to the first one I read earlier this month (血字的研究), so for more detailed impressions, please refer to that entry. In the same way, it presents three short stories focused around the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes (according to the foreword, the children are supposed to learn something from reading about his deductive abilities, but to be honest, I can’t quite see how this is possible since Holmes’ abilities are more magical than anything else).

Still, the stories are simple enough for me to follow what’s going on, even though the level is still a little bit too high. Since each story is short, it means that there is less redundancy. Also, since a detective story by nature is a bit complicated (otherwise there wouldn’t be any mystery), it makes it a bit too difficult at times. For instance, I might understand what they do and what they say, but because I lack vocabulary here and there, I might actually miss the key ingredient of the mystery. I will probably buy the two remaining books and read them this summer, but I have more suitable books to read before that (a Chinese version of Journey to the West coming up soon).

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