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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D.

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D.

by Nicholas Meyer, Henry F. Ledgard
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ISBN-13: 9780393311198
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/17/1993
Series: Norton Paperback
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 868,889
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nicholas Meyer lives in Los Angeles.

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The Seven-Percent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
simon_carr on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A pastiche but not a parody. Meyer certainly knows his Holmes and he writes like ACD too. Unlike many other non-canon stories, Meyer's Holmes is suitably focused on detection rather than action (although perhaps not the end) and it is interesting to see Holmes' weaknesses explored. Recommended.
Redon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was an interesting idea to have Watson bring Holmes to Freud for help in overcoming his cocaine addiction, and I think that was my problem with this book; Holmes being psychoanalyzed by Freud could have been a fascinating insight into his character and into Victorian treatment of addiction, but the actual treatment is covered relatively quickly in favor of a generic mystery that seemed more like an excuse to get Holmes and Freud together on a high-speed train chase than anything insightful. Admittedly, the idea that a challenge was the only thing that could truly bring Holmes back to himself is in character enough, and it wasn't bad, as high-speed train chases go, but still, I felt cheated. The end was what cemented my displeasure; after sedulously avoiding any actual analysis of Holmes when it would have been appropriate, Meyer slapped in a quick angsty backstory, then merrily proceeded to end the book almost immediately, without actually addressing any of the issues raised. It was extremely cheap and brought back all the bad feelings from the first half that had mostly dissipated after I decided to accept the book for what it was rather than what it could have been. This isn't to say it's all that bad; it was a decent read once I stopped expecting it to be anything special - the wasted potential is what really bothers me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story has not only held up over the years, it has levels of richness I missed when younger.
MatthewK17815 More than 1 year ago
I found this to be an excellent Sherlock Holmes pastiche very much in the style of Doyle himself. The interactions with Holmes and Sigmund Freud, while fanciful, were very well done and easily imagined. Watson was written very true to his character as was Holmes and the last half of the book was thrilling and very satisfying. A great read overall and one I would recommend to any fan of the adventures of John Watson, MD and Sherlock Holmes. Looking forward to reading the other Holmes adventures written by this same author.
Lockhart7 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this more than I expected: the entire premise of Freud vs Holmes seemed ridiculous, but the author makes it work fantastically. It's fascinating to imagine an alternate reality on Moriarty, and I was provoked with real sympathy for Holmes' unhealthy addiction. If you've read the canons & have a craving for more Holmes, this is HIGHLY recommended over any other Holmes "fan-written" books.
kingspoint93 More than 1 year ago
I think this is the best of the non-Conan Doyle adventures. Not only is this a great addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon, it is an entertaining adventure in its own right. I have given this to several of my friends who have not read other Holmes stories and each of them has liked this book very much. For me, this is a welcome visit with old friends which far exceeded my expectations.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Possibly the best Sherlockian story ever! Holmes is brilliant, and Sigmund Frued is genius. If you love Sherlock Holmes, and his adventures, then this is a must-read. Take it from me, I've read it at least 10 times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book tremendously. After reading the first chapter, I didn't think that I was going to like it because of its deviation from the canon. But I read on and found the book to be so entertaining and well written that I just kind of ignored the deviation from Doyle's Holmes stories. And by the time I had finished the book, I no longer had a problem with it at all. I think that Nicholas Meyer did a great job with Holmes' character and his relationship with Watson. I was also thoroughly impressed with Meyer's knowledge of Doyle's work. I would recommend the book unless you just detest anything that deviates from the canon. I also can't really recommend it if you're just looking for a mystery. The book contains a bit of mystery but it's more about the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meyer understands the Holmes/Watson relationship very well and explores it properly in this novel. Some Sherlockians have been critical of Meyer's pastiches and his tendency to 'name drop' famous people of the era into his works. I think this is unwarranted and Freud's presence in this work greatly enhanced my enjoyment while fitting naturally into the story-line. A good read and the best of Meyer's three pastiche's...