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The Seven Per Cent Solution (Nicholas Meyer Holmes Pastiches #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  14,163 ratings  ·  160 reviews
An introduction states two canonical Holmes adventures were fabrications. They're The Final Problem, in which he apparently died at Moriarty's hands, & The Empty House, wherein he reappeared after a 3-year absence & revealed he hadn't been killed after all. The Seven-percent Solution's Watson explains that they were published to conceal the truth concerning his "G...more
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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
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
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
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.

Dan Schwent
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?
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
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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
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 Kashi
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، ز...more
Sydney
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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
Lisa
On the most part, the story feels to fit in nicely with the Holmes canon, but at times feels a bit too tongue in cheek and self-referential – the references to a Doctor Conan Doyle, for example, probably would have been better excised from the text, especially so late in the text, when we've already the leap of faith needed.


As for the two-fold plot, I'm not sure I did make that leap of faith that the Moriarty storyline found in The Final Problem didn't actually exist in the universe of the char...more
Kyounghunyoo
There is no doubt that ‘The seven per cent solution’ (1976) is really famous and many people have already read or listened this story. Even though I’m not a good reader, I’ve already known this book’s name and I tried to read this too many times. Moreover, most of all people who read this book have had good reactions. That’s why I chose this when I was looking for some in the library, and I’m so excited to read this book now.

In this story, Sherlock Holmes is deep in the pain of his cocaine addi...more
Senny89
Senza dubbio è uno degli apocrifi holmesiani più famosi, molti ne tessono lodi sperticate, ma per me è largamente sopravvalutato.
E' una storia carina, con un inizio un po' tiepidino e una indagine finale che non mi ha convinta del tutto. La parte centrale è quella che ho apprezzato di più, con Holmes che lotta contro la sua dipendenza e alcune scene commoventi, come il valzer ballato da Watson, Freud e famiglia sulle note del violino di Holmes.
Ciò che non mi ha convinta è il modo in cui Freud...more
James
This is a 'classic' Holmes pastiche, in that it's one of the first to come up whenever anyone discusses the topic. It's worth reading as a Holmes fan on the basis of that alone, to be honest, even if just to say you have an opinion on it.

Honestly? I can never quite work out where I stand on this book. There's some great writing. The core concept is interesting, if overblown at times. (I'm a sucker for any book which plays with the concept and iconography of Moriarty; here, he's a figment of Holm...more
Cathrine Bonham
Interesting is all that I can really say about this book without ruining too much of the story. Since Interesting will hardly suffice to hook anyone into reading this brilliant deconstruction of the Sherlock Holmes Character I find myself compelled to drop spoilers.

If you do read this please please be familiar with the Sherlock Holmes Stories as written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And it help if you've taken a psychology class; not that you need it to understand the book but reading this book mig...more
Max
I love Holmes, and since Sir Arthur is no longer able to contribute to the canon, I'm more than willing to embrace good Holmesian pastiche. Nicholas Meyer starts this book on a strong footing thanks two wonderful central conceits. I'll spoil the first one below since it's plainly stated on the back of my paperback copy in any case; the second one is stated on the front cover, but I'll leave it for you to discover.

***************SPOILERS***************

The Seven Per-Cent Solution of the title refe...more
Ashley
Anyone who understands just how vicious and exacting Sherlock Holmes afianciandos can be can't help but admire Nicholas Meyer's guts in writing THE SEVEN PER CENT SOLUTION. Meyer sets this up as if a relative has unearthed a hitherto now unpublished John Watson manuscript, one that was not to be published until Holmes and the main character in the case were dead. Meyer purports to only be the editor of the manuscript. Now, if I were to give you the general plot, you'd think it sounds ridiculous...more
Ferret
May 25, 2007 Ferret rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Holmes-Junkies
Shelves: mysteries
In general, I like Meyer's Holmes novels. He's a true Holmes-obsessive and he fills his novels with the type of little details that really reward the obsessive reader. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution is no exception.

It's a revisionist telling of the Doyle story "The Final Problem", Holmes's famous and deadly encounter with Moriarty. Meyer repurposes it to examine the '70s drug crisis by making Holmes's true deadly encounter be with his addiction to cocaine, which he overcomes with assistance from D...more
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
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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
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