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Time for Sherlock Holmes [Paperback]

David Dvorkin
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July 2000
Sherlock Holmes wanted to retire . . .

When Holmes gives up the adventurous life of a consulting detective and retires to the Sussex countryside to raise bees, little does he or his old friend Dr. John Watson realize that their greatest adventures lies ahead-an adventure spanning centuries and extending across the solar system . . . for nothing elss than human civilization lies at state as Sherlock Holmes finds himself moving inexorably toward the final and most terrible confrontation with his ancient enemy, the time-jumping Napoleon of crime, Professor Moriarty! "Delightfully preposterous . . . a lot of fun!" -- The Republic "Professor Moriarty, once reported dead, but now rejuventated by the Time Machine which Moriarty has swiped from H.G. Wells' time traveler . . . Doyle to H.G. Wells to Dvorkin . . . nice triple play!" -- The New York Times


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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good pastiche Jan. 6 2004
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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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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carries on the Doyle tradition! Oct. 4 2000
By Nina - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good pastiche Jan. 6 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start, interesting ideas, but declines towards the end June 24 2003
By Lori Silfen - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Lampoons Goliath May 5 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, but the latter third rambled & seemed to become engrossed in its own plotline March 14 2013
By mark denbow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The first section was excelent & I could really hear Holmes and watson's "voices" in the writing, the later section rambled a bit & the strength and integrity of the narative was less focussed. Overall a good story that I enjoyed reading
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