4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
cracking good read,
This review is from: The Secrets of the Lazarus Club (Paperback)
Wow what an interesting book and "rip-roaring adventure". It's a book I read about a while back but when I went to buy it, it was out of print. A new edition (with the new title) was published last August so I snapped it up. As it happens I have since come across the audio book so it was the audio that I ended up listening to and the narrator did a cracking job. It was funny though as he voiced one of his characters exactly like Harry H Corbett from Steptoe and Son, which made me laugh. There are all kinds of real people in this book as well as fictional characters - Darwin, Faraday, Babbage, Brunel and other members of "the club" but also Florence Nightingale, and there are lots of well known phrases used in this book but as if for the first time or quite literally, "ship shape and Bristol fashion", "Ockham's Razor", "the shirt off his back", etc. No one is quite what they seem, the bad guys are not always the bad guys and the plot has many twists and turns before the end. I liked George Philips the doctor, but I also liked Ockham quite a lot, he was a very interesting character indeed! There's a nice blend of fact and fiction in this book which I enjoyed very much. 4.5 stars
Book reviewed 24 Feb 2010
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Initial post: 18 Nov 2010 23:46:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Nov 2010 23:47:14 GMT
Occam's Razor is attributed to William of Ockham, a 14th century logician. It had been a well-known phrase for a good 500 years in the time in which this book is set.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2011 18:20:30 BDT
This I know :) I was trying to explain the way they are used in this book not as a well-known phrase as we know it now.
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