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Time For Sherlock Holmes Paperback – August 12, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466211652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466211650
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,953,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
One might think the master himself were alive and well and still chronicling the adventures of Holmes and Watson, so skillfully has David Dvorkin carried on the tradition. This beautifully crafted pastiche sticks faithfully to the language, flavor and attitude of the original stories. All our old friends are there: Dr. Moriarty, Mrs. Hudson, Mycroft. But there's an elixir of youth, and an interesting bit of time travel, thrown in for good measure. Get this: "Holmes vanished from the Libration Satellite shortly after I managed to get him unseen off the Exeter, his disappearance as unannounced as his coming." And this: "I pondered what I had come to regard as the central problem of immortality: While physically I was as a man in his twenties, and indeed looked much that age....I surprised myself upon occasion with my mental rigidity, my stodginess, and my querulousness." And another quote too good to omit: "I had lived to see my earlier chronicles of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson become world-famous; and yet, since copyright does not last forever and cannot be renewed indefinitely, I was no longer earning royalities." This is good stuff! You'll love it.
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By A Customer on January 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
One of the better pastiches out there, with an inventive plot involving Holmes, Watson, Moriarty, time travel, atomic explosions, life on Mars, and more. There are a number of slow spots and Dvorkin's style is pedestrian -- and not a convincing replica of the voice of Doyle's Watson -- but all in all an enjoyable read.
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Format: Paperback
Like jedwardp, I thought this book started quite well and was interesting to read at first, but then declined. The author initially had a good handle on both Holmes and Watson, and some intriguing ideas. But as the book progressed, the characters became more like vehicles for the plot than like "real" people. Dvorkin even seemed to forget about some of the questions raised in the earlier parts of the book. For example (without giving too much away), when Watson first meets Lily, he wonders about her family, but doesn't get a chance to ask. Given how much time the two of them end up spending together, surely he got a chance at some point to ask--and we should've seen his reaction to the information. But the matter is essentially dropped. Characters sometimes changed without much explanation--apparently more because the plot required them to do so than for any other reason. It's rather a shame that the book didn't focus more on the people, their motivations, and their reactions to what was happening.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I found this book delightful as David Dvorkin lampoons just about everything Holmesian or Sherlockian as well as a smattering of Victorian, modern, post-modern and yes even future and extra-planetary sensibilities. I laughed my way through the first 50 pages and then got interested in the story line. This is a reminiscence so I do not understand the complaints about slowness. David does a superb job of capturing the anomie of perpetual existence over a period of 200+ years. He also does some mind bending and numbing conceptual gymnastics. "Time For Sherlock Holmes" has a rollicking good ending too!
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This is the Holmes story that was almost good enough. I could see the thought and effort Dvokin put into making it 'feel' like a Holmes story, and it came near the mark at times. But still, it never quite hit the target. The plot is creative and, dare I say, near genius. The story is very long, but followed the future of humanity on a grand scale. At times I felt it would have been a fabulous story if it didn't claim Holmes and Watson as the characters... but (Dvorkin's) Holmes and Watson are essential and integral to the plot. It just wouldn't work without them. And it really didn't work with them.
I suggest you treat it as light entertainment in a timeline that never happened. Enjoyable if you don't get too hung up on trying to make our heroes fit into their proper mold.

Honestly, if you can tolerate Robert Downey Jr (a great actor playing a bad Sherlock Holmes) in the role, then this book shouldn't give you any pause. If you're a purist who struggles with anything non-canon, give it a pass.
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