Mystery and Crime Futrelle, Jacques: 'The Thinking Machine' Detective Stories Omnibus. v1. 16 June 07
#1  Dr. Drib 06-16-2007, 12:31 PM
This is a huge selection of detective short stories and one short novel featuring The Thinking Machine, published between 1905 -1912.

This is what The Thinking Machine looked like, as written by the author Jacques Futrelle:

“And this was 'The Thinking Machine'-Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, Ph. D., F. R. S., M. D., LL. D., et cetera, et cetera-logician, analyst, worker of miracles in the exact sciences, intellectual wizard of his time; this the master mind, exalted by the cumulative genius of generations gone before, which had isolated itself on a pinnacle of achievement through sheer force of applied reason.”

And another one from the author:

“It was a singular head and face--a head out of all proportion to body, domelike, enormous, with a wilderness of straw-yellow hair. [Unfortunately, the picture I uploaded for this book lacks the yellow hair!] The face was small, wizened, petulant even; the watery blue eyes, narrow almost to the disappearing point, squinted everlastingly through thick spectacles; the mouth drooped at the corners. The small, white hands which twisted and turned the object-glass into focus were possessed of extraordinarily long, slender fingers.”

--I love this description!

Here's a quote from another source:

"These works, almost of Chestertonian ingenuity, also introduce the most uncompromisingly omniscient detective in fiction. Whether beating the world chess champion after only a few lessons or escaping from a prison death cell to win a bet, Professor Van Dusen finds all problems absurdly easy to solve."

Sounds like fun.

Let me know if there are any problems in the formatting, as I think this is the largest book I've assembled. I can fix them quickly.

I hope you enjoy it.

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#2  HarryT 06-16-2007, 12:35 PM
Sounds like a "winner", Don. Now downloaded and on the Reader!

#3  branko 06-16-2007, 01:19 PM
Quote Dr. Drib
almost of Chestertonian ingenuity
Well, guess what; 'im's partly in the pd as well!

#4  Dr. Drib 06-16-2007, 03:58 PM
Quote branko
Well, guess what; 'im's partly in the pd as well!
that Futrelle lost his life when the Titanic went down.

#5  Andanzas 06-16-2007, 05:16 PM
Didn't know this writer at all. Sounds like fun!

#6  RWood 06-16-2007, 06:20 PM
I had read about him years ago; but, I never read anything by him. Thanks. This sounds like a real winner.

#7  branko 06-16-2007, 09:48 PM
Quote Dr. Drib
that Futrelle lost his life when the Titanic went down.
I was talking about Chesterton, who published books both before and after 1923.

#8  HarryT 06-17-2007, 07:34 AM
G.K. Chesterton died in 1936, which means that all his works are in the public domain for people outside the USA.

#9  Section8 10-19-2014, 10:05 PM
Thanks very much for this. I read a small collection of these stories as a kid, sometime back in the '60s. Looking forward to rereading them.

It appears to me that this collection, selling for $0.99 on amazon, has been ripped off from here:
In the preview, everything but the cover looks identical.

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