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review 2018-03-03 01:06
Poor execution
Mine own executioner, - Nigel Balchin

I have to confess that I did a thing which I am always telling people they shouldn't guilt themselves into doing...I read a book that I wasn't really all that interested in reading. My rationale was that I had gone out of my way (interlibrary loan from a different state) to get this book and I didn't want to admit that it wasn't worth the effort. *sigh* 


The book that I'm referring to is Mine Own Executioner by Nigel Balchin. I want to give you a central theme or something to succinctly explain it but the closest I can manage is saying that it's about a man who is battling an inner turmoil while also trying to be a competent psycho-analyst. There's a lot of discussion around the validity of a medical degree vs hands-on training which leads to our main character, Felix Milne, taking on a very difficult case to 'prove' that he is just as capable as a medical professional. His patient was recently involved in a traumatic experience in the war and as a result he experienced a psychotic break from reality and tried to murder his wife. While Milne tries to uncover the root of this man's troubles he continues to ignore the cause of his own marital problems. He has a strained and virtually platonic relationship with his wife and actively struggles with his feelings for her best friend. I guess there's an irony there that he is able to ascertain and ultimately help heal what ails his patients but he can't clearly see that he is the cause of his own misfortunes and unhappiness. Milne is an acerbic and not altogether likable character who plays God with those he seeks to help (and his wife). He justifies this by saying that it's a necessary part of their treatment that they come to see him this way. I don't think I can say with any conviction that I liked this book. The characters were one dimensional, the plot was fairly predictable, and the ending was highly unsatisfactory. I can't even say that I recommend it to ________ or ________. 0/10


PS They made it into a film. Why?


What's Up Next: Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman


What I'm Currently Reading: Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey


Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-03-03 00:05
When Dr. Watson Met Sherlock Holmes
A Study in Scarlet - 'Leo Zanav', Arthur Conan Doyle

Well this book is free, so if you want to read about how Dr. Watson first came to meet and live with Sherlock Holmes on Baker Street, here you go.

I actually thought that the character of Dr. Watson and Sherlock read as very young to me. Sherlock is so excited about things and Dr. Watson is a bit nonplussed at times with Sherlock. I liked that Sherlock doesn't talk down to Watson and that Watson gets a very clear idea early on that Sherlock is quite brilliant.


The first case this two work together "A Study in Scarlet" finds them going to a crime scene where a man is found dead with the word "Rache" on the wall. With Scotland Yard trying to solve the case, Sherlock steps in and shows how to properly deduce the guilty parties. 


I enjoyed Watson and Sherlock in this one. Even though I saw some hints of Sherlock not being overly impressed with the deductions made by Scotland Yard, it wasn't written as nasty. 


The story falls a part a bit in my opinion when Doyle takes the action to Salt Lake City (the Mormon community). I seriously was confused for a couple of minutes and actually wondered if I had gotten the wrong book and just kept reading. That whole segue ruined the flow of the book. It just felt like we got a random information dump in the middle of the book that does not quite work. 


The solution felt a little too elaborate for me. Reading this after "Murder on the Orient Express" was probably a bad idea. Christie does a better job of setting up her mysteries I think than Doyle does. 


I read this for Kill Your Darlings and Horror Aficionados Public Domain Challenge. 

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text 2018-03-02 23:58
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
A Study in Scarlet - 'Leo Zanav', Arthur Conan Doyle

Welp finished "A Study in Scarlet" the parts taking place in America slowed the book down though. Did love the introduction of Dr. Watson to Sherlock Holmes.


I also read this for Horror Aficionados too. 


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text 2018-03-02 22:53
Reading progress update: I've read 14%.
A Study in Scarlet - 'Leo Zanav', Arthur Conan Doyle

Trying not to laugh at Watson trying to figure out Sherlock Holmes.


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text 2018-03-02 21:50
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
A Study in Scarlet - 'Leo Zanav', Arthur Conan Doyle

Reading this one for cause of death:



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