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

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  20,139 Ratings  ·  267 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
Published by Hodder Stoughton (London) (first published July 1974)
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Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, and Sigmund Freud join forces to deal with Holmes cocaine addiction, to rescue a woman, and possibly to prevent a giant European war.
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Saman Kashi
نویسندهی بیشخصیت اومده برای اینکه یه داستان بنویسه آقامون، (شرلوک هلمز) رو کرده: عملی! آخه این درسته؟ این کار انسانیزاده؟ 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: هیهات من الذله! 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 نیفت
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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?
Except for Sherlock Holmes and cocaine and Freud, the rest is all fuzzy.
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
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
Lindsay Stares
Jan 03, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are NOT huge Holmes fans
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Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To his credit, Meyer not only disregards the unwritten rule that modern Sherlock Holmes stories must feature Moriarty as either the main villain or in an ominous cameo, he goes one better and first introduces and then relegates the incongruous villain to his rightful place.

I always thought that “The Final Problem” and “The Empty House” felt the least Holmes-like of all of Doyle’s original stories. The introduction of a mastermind behind most of the crime in London seemed all too sudden and very
Reese (whimsicalbibliophile)
This book was recommended to me by Sil (anivlisandbooks), who could not have been more spot on with a recommendation! I really love the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Conan Doyle, and I love reading anything that extends that universe. The Seven Per-Cent Solution is in a way your usual retelling of a Sherlock Holmes story because it essentially retells The Reichenbach Falls by imaging a different reason why Holmes might disappear for months. What I liked about it, though, was that it was 1) ...more
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
Jun 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gialli, inglesi
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.

Ibrahim Abdul-malik
كتاب اكثر من رائع

استطاع الكاتب نيكولاس ماير اخذ جانب جديد من شارلوك هولمز و قصته العظيمة ( المعركة الاخيرة )
و قام بتحويلها الى حالة جديدة و مختلفة تماما بدون ان يخرب او يعبث بالشخصية نفسها
و اعتقد ان هذا كان هو اكبر تحدي بالنسبة للكاتب و الذي استطاع تخطيه باحترافية عالية
و من ابرز ما في الكتاب ايضا هو ابراز جانب نفسي جديد لشارلوك هولمز لم يتم الخوض في من قبل

كتاب يستخق القراءة فعلا و تجربة جديدة و مختلفة تماما عن مغامرات هولمز السابقة

(((( شارلوك هولمز كما لم تراه من قبل ))))
Eli Easton
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for my Lifetime Challenge: Year 1974

Gosh, there were a lot of awesome books to choose from in 1974. I very nearly got pulled into Jaws, but decided I knew the story too well already. As a big fan of BBC Sherlock, I've been interested in everything Sherlockian in the past few years, so I settled down to listen to the audiobook of this one.

This book is written in a simulation of Dr. Watson's voice from the original stories, which is to say it reads like the 1800's even though it's from
Octavio Aragao
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma das melhores aventuras apócrifas de Sherlock Holmes e que serviu de base para minha releitura do personagem no conto A Aventura do Americano Audaz, junto com o romance Moriarty, de John Gardner. O envolvimento de Sherlock Holmes com os prenúncios da Primeira Guerra Mundial e suas consultas - e consequente "cura" - com Sigmund Freud fazem desse um romance imperdível para os seguidores da obra canônica de Conan Doyle.
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
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What started out as a simple novel about helping Holmes to battle addiction quickly turned into a much larger struggle and I have to say that it captivated me. I pitied poor Holmes. I felt like I knew where he was coming from. I originally thought that the addition of Sigmund Freud would annoy me, but I actually ended up liking him.
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Nik Morton
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicholas Meyer’s Sherlock Holmes pastiche was published in 1974, and it achieved best seller status. It pre-dated Michael Dibden’s classic The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by four years. Both books deal with a Holmes whose mental health becomes seriously suspect.

Watson’s ‘lost’ manuscript reveals that this tale was not published in the good doctor’s lifetime because it actually proved that neither ‘The Final Problem’ nor ‘The Adventure of the Empty House’ were true, but figments of his imagination
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
read between 5-24-75 & 12-31-1975
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Scott Rhee
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, holmesiana
There is a growing oeuvre of Holmesiana out there, much of it pretty good. "The 7 Per Cent Solution", a short novel written in the '70s by Nicholas Meyer, cleverly pits Holmes and Watson against Holmes' true arch-enemy, with the aid of Sigmund Freud. For those die-hard Holmes fans, this novel takes place in the time period between Conan Doyle's "The Final Problem" and "The Adventure of the Empty House", in which Homes supposedly battled Professor Moriarty to the death but "miraculously" survived ...more
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Steven Belanger
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting entry into the Holmes canon. Nicholas Meyer, the same guy who directed a couple of Star Trek movies, smartly sets it up as a "lost" manuscript written by Watson, and annotated by Meyer. That lets him have a few digs at Watson's expense, while also commenting on some of the more curious aspects of the Holmes stories. Very clever. Purported to be the "true" telling of what happened to Holmes before the infamous "The Final Problem" and the rather silly explanation Conan Doyle had to giv ...more
Riju Ganguly
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The extant reviews describe the story to an extent slightly short of uploading an e-version of this classic. This forces me to refrain from saying anything but the following:

1. Meyer's writing is superb and way better than some other "writers" who defile Doyle by writing Sherlockian adventures in ghastly language & style;
2. The story is taut and very exciting;
3. Somehow, the end evokes the image of the wisest and the best man walking into the sunset all alone.

Please read this work, if you li
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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