- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue edition (17 Sept. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393311198
- ISBN-13: 978-0393311198
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.8 x 21.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. (Norton Paperback) Paperback – 17 Sep 1993
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AS I STATED IN the preamble to 'The Final Problem', my marriage and my subsequent start in private practice wrought a subtle but definite alteration in the pattern of my friendship with Sherlock Holmes. Read the first page
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But there is another way. The original stories, as we all know, are peppered with oddities, allusions to untold events, and, more than anything else, flat contradictions. A good pastiche will make a meal of the oddities, fill out the allusions, and, in this case, explain away the contradictions. A good pastiche does not merely augment, but also extends, what has gone before.
So consider "The Final Problem" and "The Valley of Fear". In the former story Holmes mentions - for the first time - the criminal mastermind of all London, Professor Moriarty, who in the end dies. In "The Valley of Fear" Holmes mentions Moriarty as still living, and Watson and Lestrade speak as if Holmes talks about Moriarty all the time. A contradiction right away. Moreover, one would think that "The Napoleon of Crime" would feature more prominently in Watson's tales about London's greatest detective. Moreover still, a penetrating analysis by a good friend of mine reveals the the apparently solid "The Final Problem" to be one of the most ludicrous Holmes stories in existence.Read more ›
But there was always the cocaine factor in the original story, and Holmes only took it when there were no cases, so why not speculate on what would have happened if there hadn't been any cases for a long, long time? Like I said, I like the approach, and the author does a pretty good job of copying Watson's writing style. In fact he makes excuses for himself at the beginning, saying he's an old man and perhaps his writing isn't what it once was...very clever from the author.
The actual case isn't as satisfying as the concept of mad Sherlock out of his mind on cocaine...it's okay, but the addition of a certain famous psychiatrist [psychologist?] is stretching things a bit. But it's fiction, so why not?
Meyer is one of the few exceptions. His three Holmes books are superb examples of the genre. Pity he didn't write more. Though I suspect we wouldn't still have Star Trek had it not been for him.
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like the West End Horror once again don't be put off by my personal choice what some amateur critics may rave about i found just a okay readPublished 5 months ago by moonbeam
This was a gift for a family member.they say it is very good. Good for Sherlock holmes fans which I'm not!!Published 22 months ago by Annie
I've read quite a few of the Sherlock stories by other authors, and this is one of the better ones.Published on 8 Feb. 2013 by Dave
Nicholas Meyer is a genius. Anyone who loves Holmes and Watson should read this pastiche. It is a superbe mixture of adventure, romance and canonical details with enough insight... Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2011 by Jo in Bristol
I am sure the author had great fun researching and writing this novel. There may be some Holmes afficianados who will also relish reading it; a bit like train-spotting really. Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2010 by Officer Dibble