- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Michael O'Mara (11 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843179539
- ISBN-13: 978-1843179535
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Think Like Sherlock: Improve Your Powers of Observation, Memory and Deduction Hardcover – 11 Oct 2012
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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 world 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)
In How to think like Sherlock you will learn how to increase your powers of observation, memory, deduction and reasoning using the tricks and techniques of the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
The author a great Holmes and the quotes are testament. I like how each chapter is short and snappy and to the point
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.
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.Read more ›
Let's start with the first thing needs to be clear for all people with this lofty goal, even for people like me who just find the idea fascinating; Sherlock Holmes isn't real! As great as it would be to have the mind of Sherlock Holmes and the abilities of the man as well, it is probably never going to happen for most people, if anyone; because quite frankly, human's aren't created like that.
Books and movies have over the years romanticised certain abilities to the point where people strive to those goals without understanding them. The kind of mind that would have the computational power of Sherlock Holmes' mind is not the kind of mind that you would find a healthy human being. When looking at most of the super geniuses of the world there is always a huge draw back to their cognitive brilliance and in most cases that is the lack of a comfortable level of sanity.
Now that isn't to say that there aren't things to be learned from this book. There is plenty of information about improving memory, the mind and other areas of our life that all people can learn from. There is a brief overview of a number of techniques and ideas that are genuinely interesting and can improve your life tremendously. As a person currently trying to improve his reading speed and understanding the benefits of an improved reading speed I can testify that anyone can learn some of these skills and that they can be of a huge help to people.
Before I ramble on too much about this book I would like to finish with a quick summary which I feel is most pertinent to this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my boyfriend for Christmas - he loves it. Lots of puzzles to get you thinking like SherlockPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
For a guide on how to think like Sherlock it told you the way that he thought but went no further than explaining this, it left simple sentences such as sherlock holmes was a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by A Davies
A collection of quizzes, good ideas for children, also learners of English.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unless your IQ is lower than Anderson's and you lack any traces of common sense, you'll find this mildly entertaining yet utterly superficial book completely useless and very... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Alice R.
Oh dear. Lazy and exploitative. While the mind tricks are valid enough, they are far from original, and their link to Sherlock is more in the light scattering of references,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Liam Hogan
Loved this book. Simple and easy to understand. It was a quick read and the end tasks and puzzles keep it interesting.Published 23 months ago by T. Martin
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