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The Fifth Heart
The Fifth Heart | Dan Simmons
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In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams--member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed; the suspected foul play may involve matters of national importance.Holmes is currently on his Great Hiatus--his three-year absence after Reichenbach Falls during which time the people of London believe him to be deceased. Holmes has faked his own death because, through his powers of ratiocination, the great detective has come to the conclusion that he is a fictional character.This leads to serious complications for James--for if his esteemed fellow investigator is merely a work of fiction, what does that make him? And what can the master storyteller do to fight against the sinister power -- possibly named Moriarty -- that may or may not be controlling them from the shadows?
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Heideschrampf
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Mehso-so

This was a pefect example of "the idea was good, but too ambitious". Nice characters, interesting plotlines, some cheeky meta comments, but all together Simmons couldn't make it work. This was good for falling asleep with, since there was so much going on that missing a few minutes didn't hurt.

Just what i needed, spent the day in bed after a long weekend putting on our local music benefit. Sore feet & happy hearts. The left one on stage is me ?

DivineDiana 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
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FlowerFairy
The Fifth Heart | Dan Simmons
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Book haul from ThriftBooks.com Yay! #spookathon

BooksBikes12 We love thrift books...😆 13mo
FlowerFairy @Books_Bikes_12 We do, too! Not pictured, the books ordered for the kids that they snatched and ra off with before I could get a photo 🤣 13mo
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Chellebearss
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Treated myself to a Starbucks, Chapters, Home Sense visit today and found he two books on the right and a Hogwarts Mug! Got home to find part of my birthday Amazon order has arrived! Can‘t wait to use my new Hedwig mug tomorrow #HarryPotterNerd

Burghbookaddict I love those mugs! 2y
TK-421 Love the Hedwig mug! 2y
Chellebearss Thanks! When I opened them my husband said “you‘re such a geek”. I was shocked that he wasn‘t already aware of that fact after ten years 😝😂😝 @laurenashley @TK-421 2y
sudi The hedwig mug looks great 😀 2y
Chellebearss @sudi It is and I‘m using it right now! It‘s huge :-) 2y
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Reita325
The Fifth Heart | Dan Simmons
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Simmons is one of my favorite writers and this did not disappoint. A humorless Henry James with a less than stellar opinion of Sherlock Holmes is a fun read.

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speljamr
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And one more bargain find today. #BookHaul #SeptemberBookHaul

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Blueverie
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I came into this with high expectations based solely on other genre reading of the author and the synopsis. I warned the book to not disappoint me. It absolutely did not. I had expected it to focus more on the quest of Holmes to determine his fictional status, but the story was compelling enough on its own to not need any more attention than was given and there was just enough there, and in other quirks from the narrator to really make it shine.

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Blueverie
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I have entirely self generated high expectations going into this one. Best not disappoint me!

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k.reads
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Curious how the metafictional elements of this book will come into play...

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k.reads
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Enjoying the playful writing style of this book!

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k.reads
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Starting a new audiobook!

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Booktrovert
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Summer reading, cottage edition. This novel has been a fun and entertaining vacation read!

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Leftoversushi
The Fifth Heart | Dan Simmons

This is my commute listen. So far I'm a little disappointed and bored with it. I feel like too many liberties are being taken and it needed a good thorough editing again. The concept introduced was quickly abandoned and it's a neat concept!

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Joshsandaker
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Went to the library and got a new book today but still mourning finishing this book today. It was so good, and I'm sad to leave Mr. Holmes and Mr. James behind.

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Joshsandaker
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A sensationalist premise that is surprisingly (or perhaps not surprising if you've read Simmons before) slow and steady, with a wonderfully meta Sherlock questioning his existence, and a fully realized Henry James questioning his. Historical fiction done right.

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grumpygirlbooks
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This book features a Sherlock Holmes who has realized he is a fictional character... I'm kind of super interested?

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