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review 2018-12-13 16:03
A magic version of Sherlock Holmes
Warlock Holmes - A Study in Brimstone - G.L. Denning

In the vein of some of the re-writings of Sherlock Holmes this is Sherlock as a bit of an idiot, saved by the cleverness of Dr Watson.  This is a set of stories, rather than just one, detailing Watson's introduction to the world that Holmes inhabits (and honestly it's done better in the Lord Darcy series).  There's a vampire, Inspector Vladislav Lestrange and an Ogre and a variety of other characters that I neither cared about or really remember.

 

It's not terrible but I have absolutely no inclination to read further in this series, it wasn't enough of any of my catnip to really interest and too much of a parody to make me happy with it.  It occasionally came across as trying too hard.

 

The reader, Robert Garson, did quite a good job of reading it.

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review 2018-12-01 18:20
24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 - Advent, Book (or Short Story, actually)
A Study in Emerald - Jouni Koponen,Neil Gaiman

 

Shout-out to Arbie and Moonlight, who mentioned this elsewhere, with Moonlight sharing the link to the free copy available on Neil Gaiman's website.  Thank you both!

 

Also a huge shout-out to the story's illustrator, Jouni Koponen, who created a Victorian newspaper / tabloid / penny dreadful look, complete with a set of cleverly done, frankly hilarious period style mock advertisements (which are actually the best part of the whole thing).

 

Gaiman likes to spin literature classics from other genres (notably mysteries) through the Cthulhu myth; I imagine the temptation to give Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes canon the Lovecraft treatment was irresistable.  That said, in-jokes and allusions to Conan Doyle abound in text, structure, plot and characters alike; all the way to the solution, which is patterned on that of one of Holmes's most famous cases. -- I'll never like any pastiche anywhere near as much as the original, but as Holmes pastiches go, this one is well done; true enough to the original not to come across as disrespectful or mocking and at the same time with enough of a spin to make it clear that this cannot possibly be anything other than a pastiche.  From what little I know of the Cthulhu myth, I would hope that Lovecraft readers would say the same.

 

This came just in time for the Advent square in 24 Festive Tasks, so I'll claim it as my read for that square.

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review 2018-11-26 18:35
Review: "The Roommate Study" by Taylor Harper
The Roomate Study - Taylor Harper

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

 

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text 2018-11-23 09:06
24 Festive Tasks: Veterans' Day/Armistice Day, Task #3
The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle,Paul Hogarth
The Annotated Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 and 2 - William S. Baring-Gould, Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle,Stephen Fry
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Speckled Band - Arthur Conan Doyle
A Study in Scarlet / The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles - Illustrated - Arthur Conan Doyle
A Study in Scarlet - Joseph Bell, Arthur Conan Doyle

Task 3:  Tell us: What author’s books would you consider yourself a veteran of (i.e., by which author have you read particularly many books – or maybe even all of them)?

 

I'm a completist and a re-reader-ist so there are a few authors I could use for this task, but really there can be only one.  And he's Scottish, so the possibly obscure movie/TV reference works.

 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Sherlock Holmes.  The former one of only two authors I'd go out of my way for the chance to have dinner with (assuming death is not an obstacle) and the latter my numero uno literary hero.

 

I have read the entire Sherlock Holmes canon multiple times and as you can see above, I own several editions of both the complete works and individual titles.  I'm pretty sure they're just the beginning too, because if I thought it was hard to pass by additional editions of Jane Austen's works (I have at least 2 of all her works, 3 of some, and I think I'm up to 4 P&P editions) it's downright impossible for me to pass by a good Sherlock Holmes - especially an older edition.

 

Even though I've read all the stories at least 4 times, there is a lot I learn every time - things I've forgotten or overlooked, or simply 'get' because of new life experiences.  This makes me hesitant to go toe-to-toe with anyone over most of the stories themselves, but I definitely consider myself enough of a 'veteran' to wade into any conversation about Holmes and Watson as characters with confidence.

 

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text 2018-11-16 06:46
Five Useful Tips that Make Study Lamp Buying Convenient

Studying in the emptiness of the night, when there is no hurly-burly of the outside noise, is something that everyone prefers. But, in the loneliness of nights, when you have planned to carry out your reading or studies, others may not be happy with your lighting-up-the-dark act.
Study lamp could prove to be one useful lighting unit, that could help you focus well on the work at hand. These lamps are specifically designed to focus on the work at hand, making things convenient for you.
Also, these lamps come in a variety of designs, suiting the interiors of modern times. Built-in modular styles, these lamps are much suited to the interiors of modern times.
As per one’s purpose, there are a lot of varieties, such as there is the study lamp with clipper at the base, study lamp with a pivotal arm, flexible arm, and many more.
There are so many varieties of these lamps, varying in their designs and purposes.
With so many of the varieties of these study lamps available, it could be a hassle-full task to buy the one that best suits your use.
The following guide may help you buy study lamp online that best suits your use.

 

Study Lamps: A Buying Guide

 

Defining the Purpose is Primary
Study lamps do come in different varieties, differing in their usage. There are study lamps with flexible arms, with swinging pivotal-arms, and adjustable lamps. As per your usage, you can choose the one that best suits your requirements.

 

Aesthetics that go with Interiors
Study lamps come in a number of stylish designs that sit well with a number of interiors. Fashioned in a number of colours, these study lamps can also help elevate the decor quotient of these interiors.
There are numerous beautiful and modular designs of these lamps, such as the Clockwork Study Iron lamp, available at Wooden Street, that gives a fine look to the interior of the room.

 

Investing in Premium Quality
It would be so much better to invest in some worthy product. It would be better to choose premium quality metal-made lamps. Also, check the holder and the sturdiness of the design.

 

Choosing the Size of the Lamp Wisely
Study lamps are available in different size, and you can choose the size of the lamp that best suits your use.


“Amisha from Jaipur bought the Arris Adjustable Study Lamp from Wooden Street. She loved the fine quality of the lamp, for she has used other lamps bought locally earlier. She is very satisfied, for it feels a like a worthy investment to her.”

 

Conclusion
Studies in the night, can be a bit tiring and be given an extravagant look to the interiors of the room. Study lamps are the right kind of decor items that provide focused light of ample amount, for reading or studying.
There are numerous varieties of study lamps that are designed for different purposes. With so many varieties of these study lamps available, it could be a bit confusing to buy the study lamp that best suits your purpose.

 

You could define the purpose firstly, choose aesthetics that sit well with your interiors, invest in premium quality, choose the size and look into other amenities of use.
Wooden Street has quite a range of study lamps that look good in numerous interiors. You can also check out other lamps and lighting units such as lamp shades, table lamps and tripod lamps. When it comes to decor, you can also check out various decor categories such as figurines, artificial flowers, photo frames, wall arts, wall frames, and wall hangings.

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