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review 2018-07-20 16:17
Emerald City of Oz (Oz #6) by L. Frank Baum
Oz, the Complete Collection, Volume 2: Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz; The Road to Oz; The Emerald City of Oz - L. Frank Baum

Bridget Blogs Books for my thoughts 

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text 2018-07-15 04:49
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Six Feet Under - Dorothy Simpson

Well, Thanet did manage to redeem himself by the end, though it took way, way too long.


The resolution to the mystery involved a bit of a deus ex machina type situation in that

Thanet suddenly remembered he's seen a known petty criminal in the crowd at the murder scene, and that he suspects the criminal witnessed the murder, and lo and behold he did. Of course, by this point, Thanet had a sudden revelation the night before while in bed in which he figured out the murderer, but needed proof. He then remembers the petty criminal.

(spoiler show)


These aren't horrible books, and they're well written, I just don't think they're for me. Moving on now.

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text 2018-07-15 00:26
Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
Six Feet Under - Dorothy Simpson

This is a hoopla borrow that returns tomorrow, and I may not finish it. I'm mildly interested in finding out the mystery behind the victim and her murder, but Thanet is irritating me in regards to his attitude about his wife wanting to return to work once their son starts school. I'm trying to remind myself that it was originally published in 1982, and even though that wasn't that long ago, attitudes have changed a lot since then.


It's not helping a lot, though.

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review 2018-06-20 13:37
Oz: Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz - Eric Shanower,Skottie Young,L. Frank Baum
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Great adaptation of Baum's fourth Oz book. It has been a while since I read the original, but from what I remember, this sticks closely to the original book with a few minor changes which are noted in the beginning of this book. 

I actually liked this version better than the original. I think the graphic novel format works very well for this story. Baum's descriptions were often a bit vague and/or confusing, but seeing Skottie Young's versions of the various creatures Dorothy and her companions meet on their journey is breathtaking. Wonderful, fantastic artwork. I love his style. This really brings that story to life. 

I find it best to read the original and then read these graphic novels, but for people who don't like reading novels or don't enjoy Baum's style yet want to know the Oz stories, this is a great route. These books take the original story and put it in a graphic novel format instead of retelling the story entirely. They can be used in hand with or as an alternative to the originals for people who prefer graphic novel format.

Great adaptation. Amazing artwork. This is a wonderful series.
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review 2018-05-30 17:01
Lord Peter Views the Body / Dorothy L. Sayers
Lord Peter Views the Body - Dorothy L. Sayers

In this delightful collection of Wimsey exploits, Dorothy L. Sayers reveals a gruesome, grotesque but absolutely bewitching side rarely shown in Lord Peter's full-length adventures.


Lord Peter views the body in 12 tantalizing and bizarre ways in this outstanding collection. He deals with such marvels as the man with copper fingers, Uncle Meleager's missing will, the cat in the bag, the footsteps that ran, the stolen stomach, the man without a face...and with such clues as cyanide, jewels, a roast chicken and a classic crossword puzzle.



I hadn’t realized that this was a book of short stories, but I enjoyed being able to read a little bit, put it down to do something else, and return when I was done, not having to worry that I’d forget some crucial detail in the meanwhile. I also enjoyed the vast range of subjects that Peter Wimsey displayed his knowledge in—as disparate as poker, wine appreciation, jewels, and crossword puzzles. Obviously Sayers had wide ranging interests and was able to indulge them through Lord Peter.

I’m also enjoying Peter Wimsey’s evolution over the course of these books—he started out a bit dim, rather like Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster, but he has gradually become much more like an Agatha Christie protagonist or Conan Doyle’s Holmes, being able to put the puzzle pieces together faster than the average person, when the picture is still a bit hazy. Obvious when he points it out, but he’s the first to see the whole picture.

There’s a reason why Sayers, Christie, and Conan Doyle retain their popularity in the 21st century. They give us memorable characters and create mysterious crimes for them to solve. We still enjoy a good puzzle, no matter what time period is chosen for the story.

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