Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Seven-percent Solution” as Want to Read:
The Seven-percent Solution
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Seven-percent Solution (Nicholas Meyer Holmes Pastiches #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  16,687 ratings  ·  184 reviews
First discovered and then painstakingly edited and annotated by Nicholas Meyer, "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" relates the astounding and previously unknown collaboration of Sigmund Freud with Sherlock Holmes, as recorded by Holmes's friend and chronicler, Dr. John H. Watson. In addition to its breathtaking account of their collaboration on a case of diabolic conspiracy in ...more
paper, 224 pages
Published December 12th 1985 by Ballantine Books (first published 1974)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Matt
A very fine read.

The first part of the book is the best. Here we learn that Holmes' addiction to Cocaine (a feature of the original stories) has caused him to become delusional. The result is that some of what we thought we knew about Holmes was misleading to say the least. Watson, fearing that Holmes addiction will destroy him, takes him to get psychiactry help from a young Sigmund Freud. Such a move might seem a little silly on Meyer's part; however, it works rather nicely. For the first half
...more
Cherie
To think that this is "the true story of Holmes' absence from Baker Street for those three years that he was gone" and that John Watson made up the two stories, namely The Final Solution and The Empty House to explain the absence is just too much, but a lovely story after all! If one cannot get enough of the Great Detective and his Boswell, Watson, it is one of the best.

I admire Mr. Meyer for imagining and writing such a wonderfully well done story of the two amazing companions of 221B Baker St
...more
Dan 1.0
Sigmund Freud cures Sherlock Holmes of his cocaine addiction, forces him to deal with his issues regarding Professor Moriarty, and gets involved in Holmes' case, complete with battle on the roof of a train. What more could you ask for?
Amy Sturgis
This was a very solid, very able Holmes pastiche. I quite enjoyed the way Meyer captured Watson's voice as narrator, worked in multiple references to Arthur Conan Doyle's original canon, dealt with Holmes's cocaine addiction, uncovered the "true" story of Moriarty, and incorporated the historical figure of Sigmund Freud as a character in the story. I definitely plan to read Meyer's other two Holmes novels.

I clearly see how this novel informed Michael Dibdin's The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, whic
...more
Eric
Jul 10, 2011 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans looking for a new Sherlock Holmes fix
While no one can replace Arthur Conan Doyle, this homage by Nicholas Meyer is a fairly good attempt. It hits all the right notes -- with guest spots by favorites such as Professor Moriarty, Mycroft Holmes and Tobey the tracking dog -- as well as raises the stakes by adding the celebrity Dr. Sigmund Freud to the mix, which despite seeming to be inspired by television teams-ups like Scooby Doo Meets Batman, actually works fairly well in the story.
Jennifer Messina
Apocrifo? Stento a crederci. Onore a Meyer per questa perla che avrei ingenuamente e senza indugi attribuito a Sir Conan Doyle.
Ben scritto, nessun particolare trascurato, magistrale trattazione del rapporto Holmes/Watson, brillante introduzione del personaggio di Freud all'interno del romanzo.
Ho approvato tutto, tranne la scelta più o meno azzardata di mettere eccessivamente in luce l'interiorità di Holmes.

Mark
Except for Sherlock Holmes and cocaine and Freud, the rest is all fuzzy.
Nathan
A very nice reinvention of Sherlock Holmes, published in 1974 (according to an older coworker, it was originally published as a 5-part serial in Playboy)...

There are certainly some liberties taken with the characters, but I feel they work nicely into the mythos created by Sir Doyle. Some aspects are followed with cheeky footnotes (especially when it concerns "Watson's Wandering War Wound"), but also some insightful historic comments as well, such as why Watson and Holmes preferred taking cabs in
...more
Mae
I devoured this story. Of course it doesn't read like Arthur Conan Doyle, but the author prefaces the book by offering explanations for Watson's change in narrative style, which come off as humorous rather than self-conscious, and having read all the Sherlock Holmes that Sir Conan Doyle wrote, I was glad for any more.

Spoilers below!

I loved how indulgent this book was: Want more Sherlock Holmes? Here he is. Throw in Sigmund Freud for funsies and mix with Holmes's most famous nemesis. Interested i
...more
Matt Kuhns
A re-writing of significant parts of the Doyle canon, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution nonetheless mimics Doyle with a completeness that furnishes both its great strengths and its major faults.

As regards the latter, some aspects of Meyer's pastiche may be a matter of taste. For my part he gets too cute in his story's footnotes, many of them pointing out inconsistencies or flubs in "Watson's" narrative (which were in this case actually inserted by Meyer, intentionally, to enhance his work's verisimili
...more
Dijon Chiasson
While a little too cute for my tastes, Nicholas Meyer's Sherlock Holmes pastiche was still an enjoyable read. It was light, clever, and the inclusion of Sigmund Freud was an interesting angle, even if I felt he wasn't portrayed very accurately. They also delve deeper into Holmes cocaine habit, which was neat. That being said I thought the scene where Freud hypnotizes Holmes into explaining the cause of his addiction was annoyingly facile.

Furthermore, there were too many dinky little footnotes an
...more
Troy Rodgers
When this book was released in 1974, it was hailed nearly universally as a popular masterpiece. It kicked off the modern era of Holmes pastiche. Two years later it was made into a movie. Indeed, Nicholas Meyer is a respected writer in my book. I recently enjoyed the 3rd book in this series, The Canary Trainer (yes, I read them out of order), and so with all these factors combined, I had extremely high hopes for this one.

And yet... this book is complete and utter garbage. Ok, maybe not complete,
...more
Lindsay Stares
Feb 12, 2008 Lindsay Stares rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are NOT huge Holmes fans
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sarah Sammis
Sherlock Holmes is among an elite set of fictional characters who has outlived his creator and even his own written death (The Final Problem1893). Holmes continues to solve crimes as written by a number of authors including this 1974 version, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer. The book was made into a film in 1976, which I've enjoyed watching a number of times.

One thing that is universal across all these Sherlock Holmes tales (those by Doyle and these later ones) is that the stories
...more
Trin
50¢ at a book sale, and with my current love of Sherlockia, I couldn’t resist, even though I was pretty sure I would hate it. I didn’t hate it. It’s too well-intended to hate, too joyfully fannish, and I must admit that some of Meyer’s footnotes on this “found” manuscript made me laugh out loud. (In case you’re curious, it was the one where Watson writes, “I believe it was in Julius Caesar that Shakespeare said…*” and Meyer’s footnote is simply, “*It’s not.”) However, this fannishness was I gu ...more
Pauline
I enjoyed seeing Dr. Watson take charge of helping Holmes solve his own case -- a case of cocaine addiction. Meyer's fictionalization of Freud is interesting, especially since I've heard an interview in which he basically said Freud is a stand-in for his own father (how Freudian!), who was a psychoanalyst and viewed psychoanalysis as a type of detective work. I also apreciated the way ultimately it's getting interested in a new case that completes the cure. In some ways, however, I preferred the ...more
Daniela
3 1/2 stars

It was really nice to spend some time with Holmes and Watson again. I devoured The Complete Sherlock Holmes in my youth so that I know most stories by heart and I kind of lost interest in them because they have gotten so familiar.

The Seven-Percent Solution offered a mix of comfortable familiarity and enough newness to make it interesting. Watson's style of narration rang pretty true for me and the descriptions of turn of the century Vienna are beautiful. The first part with its focus
...more
Feliks
When good books are so few and far between and you consider what this kid Nick Meyer pulled off (in his '20s!) with his superbly polished concoction--let's not quibble or nit-pick. Its masterful. Its got moments which will electrify you; make you sit up straight in your chair. A work of passion and vision. Meyer gives us things which Conan Doyle did not--he expands on Watson and Holmes' subtle, interior, capacities and abilities in a variety of ways we always crave to know about as modern reader ...more
Christy
Sherlock Holmes, duped by his friends, travels to Vienna and meets Sigmund Freud, who cures Holmes of his cocaine addiction. And that’s only half of the story! There’s intrigue, murder, deception, and a great train chase, while the unflappable Holmes smokes his pipe and makes brilliant deductions. The novel has all the feel and flavor of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but was written in 1974 by Nicholas Meyer, who nails the characters and style of Conan Doyle so perfectly, you could swear it was writte ...more
Saman
نویسندهی بیشخصیت اومده برای اینکه یه داستان بنویسه آقامون (شرلوک هلمز) رو کرده: عملی!. آخه این درسته؟ حالا ما که آدمها و طرفداران متعصبی نیستیم که بریزیم خیابون، در تمام شهرها و کشورهایی که باهاشون رابطه داریم تظاهرات خودجوش بکنیم و فریاد بزنیم و شعار بدیم: جانم فدای شرلوک

حالا خوبه ما از این دسته طرفداران نیستیم اما آقای نویسنده! شما که این قطب عالم امکان رو کردید عملی! حداقل میاومدی یک داستان درست و حسابی مینوشتی که در اون به جای داستانگویی به مزخرفگویی نیفتی. نمیدونم نویسنده مردهست، زندهست. ام
...more
Jon Arnold
One of the more successful Holmes pastiches in that the writer has a distinctive take on Holmes rather than simply replicating Conan Doyle’s version. It’s a version of Holmes recognisable from the original stories but which takes account of psychological theories and analysis over the years – Nicholas Meyer is even kind enough to point to his particular influences in the acknowledgements. There were perhaps moments which don’t convince, but these can be explained away by the fug of addiction and ...more
Nisha Razdan
To think that this is "the true story of Holmes' absence from Baker Street for those three years that he was gone" and that John Watson made up the two stories, namely The Final Solution and The Empty House to explain the absence is just too much, but a lovely story after all! If one cannot get enough of the Great Detective and his Boswell, Watson, it is one of the best.

I admire Mr. Meyer for imagining and writing such a wonderfully well done story of the two amazing companions of 221B Baker St
...more
Helene
L'histoire a eu énormément de mal à me convaincre, ce n'est définitivement pas mon pastiche préféré de cet auteur, ce qui m'a plutôt surprise, ayant lu un autre de ses pastiches, que j'ai adoré, il y a quelques jours...
Andy Zell
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer is an enjoyable Sherlock Holmes adventure, filling in a perceived gap in the canonical works by Arthur Conan Doyle. I only finished reading the complete Sherlock Holmes stories last year (though they were given to me when I was in junior high by my older brother—thanks Alex!), so I was looking for something more now that the BBC’s Sherlock is between seasons as well. Meyer’s book was a decent “fix” for my itch. Watson narrates, as he does most of the ...more
Alexandra
There's only one Sherlock Holmes and he's the one whose adventures lived and died into the pages written by Arthur Conan Doyle, but...
Though I think trying to revive another writer's character is like to create a zombie (someone externally similar to a beloved person, but totally different for everything else), this is indeed a very well written pastiche.
There's only one Sherlock and this book maybe demonstrates there's only one Watson, because the fundamental assumption of this book it is the s
...more
Sydney
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Rae
I LOVED this! For anyone who wants a more personal and emotional look at Sherlock Holmes while maintaining the style and context of the original stories, this is a must-read. For the most part, the plot makes total sense, and the characters never stray too far from their first incarnation even while exploring the delicate situation Watson faces as Holmes' friend when he finds out that Holmes is literally dying from the severity of his cocaine addiction. This book had lots of funny and sad moment ...more
Caroline Bartels
Loved this! So much fun, probably because I had just re-read A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four recently. Love that it actually feels like you're reading Watson!
James McAllister
This is an outstanding book for anyone who is a Sherlock fan. They way the 'seven percent' is intermingled with Freud and Moriarty is a delight.
Luciana Darce
Quem não está familiarizado com o cânone de Sherlock Holmes – as histórias originais escritas por Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – talvez não saiba que o detetive brilhante era também um entusiasta do uso recreativo de drogas – morfina e cocaína, com a segunda sendo sua particular favorita. Em O Signo dos Quatro, Holmes começa e termina a história se injetando uma solução de cocaína na concentração de sete por cento.

Curiosamente, numa tradução antiga com que tive contato, esse detalhe foi cortado sumari
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Revenge of the Hound: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Holmes
  • My Dearest Holmes
  • The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Veiled Detective
  • The Annotated Sherlock Holmes
  • The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Man From Hell
  • The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: War of the Worlds
  • Sherlock Holmes in America
  • The Whitechapel Horrors
  • Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A Life of the World's First Consulting Detective
  • The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures
  • The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective's Greatest Cases
  • The Breath of God (Sherlock Holmes)
  • Shadows Over Baker Street
  • The Crimes of Dr. Watson
  • Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes
43868
Nicholas Meyer graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in theater and film-making, & is a film writer, producer, director and novelist best known for his involvement in the Star Trek films. He is also well known as the director for the landmark 1983 TV-Movie "The Day After", for which he was nominated for a Best Director Emmy Award. In 1977, Meyer was nominated for an Adapted Scree ...more
More about Nicholas Meyer...

Other Books in the Series

Nicholas Meyer Holmes Pastiches (3 books)
  • The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, MD
  • The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson, M.D.
The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, MD The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson, M.D. The View from the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood The Undiscovered Country (Star Trek 6) Confessions of a Homing Pigeon

Share This Book