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For Sale: Sherlock Holmes: The Thinking Engine by James Lovegrove
Man vs Machine
It is 1895, and Sherlock Holmes is settling back into life as a consulting detective at 221B Baker Street, when he and Watson learn of strange goings-on amidst the dreaming spires of Oxford.
A Professor Quantock has built a wondrous computational device, which he claims is capable of analytical thought to rival the cleverest men alive. Naturally Sherlock Holmes cannot ignore this challenge. He and Watson travel to Oxford, where a battle of wits ensues between the great detective and his mechanical counterpart as they compete to see which of them can be first to solve a series of crimes, from a bloody murder to a missing athlete.
But as man and machine vie for supremacy, it becomes clear that the Thinking Engine has its own agenda...
- Series: Sherlock Holmes
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books (August 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1783295031
- ISBN-13: 978-1783295036
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
Well-written, an engaging plot with some interesting twists.
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Holmes is challenged by an automaton developed by an Oxford professor to solve crimes. The author is a good writer, well-grounded in the canon, includes many details of Oxford culture and weaves an interesting plot, with some unexpected twists. If you're looking for a good pastiche, do try this.
Lovegrove's best pastiche yet
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This sits nicely in the canon around the Three Students story and the steampunk elements are more smoothly introduced thanks to the pre-existence of Charles Babbage. Nonetheless this is a Sherlock with Cumberbatch tendencies and if the Dr Who touches also bring the name Moffatt to mind, then it should be noted that another Stephen is in the mix as well - verb sap...
Can a machine out think Sherlock Holmes?
Sherlock Holmes and the Thinking Engine by James Lovegrove
Pretty Well Done
This is a strong outing. The action is nonstop and the plot--with a few exceptions--keeps the reader engrossed. In many Holmes/Watson stories, the intellect that soars over the other characters tends to belong to Holmes. The Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce films took this to extremes with one genius and a bunch of buffoons. Not here. Holmes is dealing with intellects that match/surpass his and reacts somewhat badly at times.
Recommended, Lovegrove surpasses himself.
One of the best pastiches I've ever read, hands down. Doyle would be proud. The ending will stick with you for a while.
Very true to Arthur Conan Doyle's writing...hard to put down...a real page-turner!
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