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review 2020-08-29 15:08
The Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allen Poe
Terrifying Tales: Tell Tale Heart; The Cask of the Amontillado; The Masque of the Red Death; The Fall of the House of Usher; The Purloined Letter; The Pit and the Pendulum - Edgar Allan Poe

Let me break down each tale, by telling you which ones I loved and which I did not.
I loved The Tell-Tale Heart. This is a story of how your own conscience can betray you and give you up. I also really enjoyed The Murders In The Rue Morgue. It was an interesting whodunnit with an unexpected outcome.
I did not like The Cask of Amontillado. It was just confusing and I don't get it at all.
I also did not like The Masque of the Red Death. I tell you this, the story made me never want to go to a ball and engage in revelry. Thankfully, I don't see any balls in my future. The rest of the stories were decent. And all-in-all I am glad I read some Poe. Another great classic writer that I can add to my read list!

 

 

 

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review 2020-05-20 19:31
The Call Of The Wild by Jack London
The Call of the Wild/White Fang - Jack London
Wow!
I went through so many emotions while listening to this audiobook.
I was outraged at the abuse that occurred throughout. I was excited by the perseverance of the animals. I was saddened with each death. I was elated when freedom reigned.
I now know why this is such an acclaimed classic story.
It's brilliant!
It really takes you through it all, on each step of this cold journey. You really feel a sense of what it could have been like at that time, in that place.
Now I look forward to seeing the film. I have heard mixed reviews but love drawing my own conclusions. I suggest you forget whatever you may or may not have heard and do the same for yourself.
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/05/the-call-of-wild-by-jack-london-30.html
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text 2020-04-01 18:23
Reads for the apocalypse
Few Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940-45 - Vere Hodgson,Jenny Hartley

I've had this one sitting around for a while - diaries from the London Blitz and WWII. This seems like a good time to read about REAL hardship, as opposed to what I'm experiencing right now, with the "hardship" of boredom and having to buy frozen chicken breasts instead of the packages of fresh ones that I prefer.

 

I think I'll just read a few entries a day.

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review 2020-02-19 16:47
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter
I read this as a child, but didn't remember a bit of it while reading now.
It's a very quick read indeed.
It's a cute story about a mischievous rabbit named Peter. It's not very long but it packs a little punch. You really want Peter to behave, but in all honesty, that would make for a boring read.
This story is classic, though it really can be read in any era. 
I love the illustrations! They compliment the story so well!
 
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/02/the-tale-of-peter-rabbit-by-beatrix.html
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review 2020-02-08 19:26
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain,Guy Cardwell,John Seelye

I had read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a young girl in school but we didn't read this book, which is the first of the series. I now know and understand why. It is highly inappropriate for young minds. In this modern age reading it, I found myself slightly offended at times. Too much mention of the n-word, calling my kinfolk Injun, and robbing people then having orgies. UGH.
Still, I get why it's a brilliant book.
A book for adults. Real literature that introduces you to Tom and Huck. You get their friendship and understand why they are they way they are. Tom seems like such a problematic lad, but this book helps you understand why. It was great having Tom's aspect.
So then I went to get a copy of Huck Finn. Now I want to reread that one. I loved it when we read it in school, but it was over 30 years ago! Time to find out if I love it still. Something tells me I will, and with a deeper understanding.

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/02/the-adventures-of-tom-sawyer-by-mark.html
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