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How to think like Sherlock: Improve Your Powers of Observation, Memory and Deduction Hardcover – 11 Oct 2012


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843179539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843179535
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Smith lives in London and is the author of over twenty books on subjects as diverse as Sherlock Holmes, the Second World War 'Dig for Victory' campaign, serendipity and money. He has written six titles in Michael O'Mara's How to Think Like... series, as well as a series of books for Quercus including 100 Places You Will Never Visit and 100 Things You Will Never Find. He is also a long-time contributor to The Statesman's Yearbook, a geo-political guide to the world that celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013.

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ideal present or stocking filler... gives you the chance to improve your deductive powers Choice A supremely practical book that will make you look at the wold in a new light, and more importantly, impress those around you Sherlockology Smith is obviously a man who knows his Holmes and he uses Holmes' strengths to tutor his readers The Bookbag

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This is a highly original brain training book with one foot in foggy Victorian England and one in the 21st Century.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bodo on 13 Oct 2012
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The author has taken a set of attitudes and skills pertinent to making a Great Detective, briefly described them and used references from the stories of Sherlock Holmes to aptly illustrate them. In addition there are quizzes and brain teasers at the end of each section for you to practice. This is a light-hearted book, non pretentious , which I enjoyed and made me want to revisit Conan's canon.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sherlock on 15 Oct 2012
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Any reader of the Sherlock Holmes stories will get something from this aesthetically pleasing little book: entertainment, puzzles and knowledge.
All the relevant aspects of psychology are covered, for example, Lateral Thinking, Logic, Concentration, 'Luck' and Memory amongst others.
The Holmes related puzzles, some of which require the reader to have some experience of the detective's stories, are very enjoyable, if not frustrating at times!
Perhaps a shade short of what I expected, nevertheless, an enjoyable work presented in an entertaining way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen T on 23 Jan 2013
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The book delved into the mind of Sherlock with ease but did not go to the deep end, for want of a better phrase. The book covered the basics of Sherlock's methodology and his way of thinking enough for the reader to understand what he does at the crime scene, but doesn't analyse how he does it effectively enough, especially for a book entitled 'How to Think Like Sherlock'. The puzzles at the end of each section should keep you entertained enough, but all in all both the style and content of this book only manage to hit the average mark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iryna on 24 Jan 2014
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I got this book for a friend who hinted very subtly that she was interested. The package came two days late, but I ordered a few more items with it so that was probably why. When it did arrive, I was very impressed with it. It looks even nicer than it does in the image, it's an excellent hardback. The dust cover comes off to reveal a very sophisticated looking black cover underneath which is blank on front and back but has the title and author on the spine. The pages are very nice quality, though the font is a bit too big for those of us who are used to reading minute fonts. It doesn't come with a sewn in bookmark. Overall, excellent production quality.

Since I wasn't able to give it to her for a couple of weeks, I decided to read a bit of it myself (and hope she wouldn't notice). I read about halfway through and then gave it up, not because it was bad, but because I had four other novels lined up and finding out how to be like Sherlock Holmes wasn't particularly a priority. It's quite well written; easy to read (minus the occasional "fancy" words which I have a feeling the author throws in occasionally to make his points sound cogent), it's well planned out, follows a certain structure, and is written as a form of commentary with the author frequently providing his own insight on different topics. He includes several brain teaser puzzles, which I imagine would be quite fun if you don't skip over them like I did. While this is by no means a "bad" book, it should only really be considered as a bit of light reading for those of us who adore Sherlock Holmes, it's certainly not a guide book on how to become super intelligent, and honestly, at times feels like more of an English essay than anything.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Elswood on 24 July 2013
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This book is not useful in any way and is very superficial. Large tracts have been lifted from the Sherlock Holmes stories, ostensibly to illustrate points but in fact serve as padding. The quizzes are childish and indeed, the book seems aimed at a pre-teen audience. Perhaps the best advice is from the author himself on page 84 of the hardback edition: "To improve your own deductive powers, you can do no better than read the entire Sherlock Holmes canon."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yael Jolie Noy on 4 Jun 2013
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I really did expect more from this book but it did not live up to it. You think you will find in it a great wisdom but it's just very simple memory practices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannen Cherry on 27 Feb 2014
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This product is great. Full of little brain teasers and challenges that make you think. Even if you're not an avid Sherlock fan like myself this book is still a great buy just to train your mind to become more observant and improve your memory, etc :) Great little book - perfect for a gift :)
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A fairly interesting read which uses a mish-mash of details from the original stories combined with a few brain-teasers. A decent holiday read.
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