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review 2016-09-05 18:28
The Great Shelby Holmes
The Great Shelby Holmes - Elizabeth Eulberg

John Watson is a military kid who's had to move around a lot. On top of that, he's now having to deal with his parents' divorce and all the changes that come long with it. This is a tough time in his life, but fortunate for him, he has the great Shelby Holmes to keep his mind off of his troubles, at least to the degree that's possible--and considering that Shelby almost blew up the apartment building she and John will be living in, I'd say she's quite a diversion.


Shelby's a focused, intelligent, observant, and blunt young lady with a shortage of patience, and she can be a bit much for most people to handle, but thanks to John's background and demeanor, if anybody can break through Shelby's walls and befriend her, John is the kid to do it. Their budding friendship is an adventure from the start, and though it may not be evident to the unusually brilliant Shelby right away, she needs John as much as he needs her--possibly even more so.


The only problem I have with this terrific little book is that it was hard to believe in Shelby as a 9-year-old genius when she comes across as a 12-year-old genius. Even as a teacher of gifted youth, I just couldn't completely buy it, though I tried. Aside from that, however, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and particularly loved the delightful allusions the author must have included just for Sherlock Holmes fanatics like me. I think young readers are going to devour this book, and I hope some of them will even become fans of Sherlock Holmes one day as a result of reading this. 


ARC, but views are my own

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review 2016-04-03 09:28
A Tribute to Mrs. Hudson...
The Murder of Mary Russell - Laurie R. King

I'm a huge fan of the Mary Russell series so I've been not so patiently waiting for this next book, especially considering the title is "The Murder of Mary Russell." My imagination was running wild, wondering what happens to Mary so I was a little disappointed when the book started off as a recitation of Mrs. Hudson's past. It was quite a bit different from King's usual format of jumping right into the story. I really wanted to just hurry up and get to the present heart of the matter so it seemed like the past recital took forever to get through. I can't believe I'm saying this because I thoroughly enjoyed every other book in the series and I do like Mrs. Hudson and she deserves a little time in the limelight but the beginning of this one just dragged on way too long. However, once I got about midway through and the story moved into the present and back to King's tried and true style, the book started redeeming itself. The past and present story lines started aligning and I just enjoyed the second half a lot more then the first. I really hope though that in the next book, King doesn't take another departure from her usual style. I would much rather prefer to read about Mary & Sherlock and whatever trouble they get mixed up in, especially when that trouble takes them to some foreign locale. 


*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Random House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!



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text 2016-03-22 06:02
Reading progress update: I've read 65%.
The Murder of Mary Russell - Laurie R. King

I was a little disappointed at first that this follows a different style then the usual Mary Russell books. It starts out flashing back from past to present and it was hard for me to get into, which is usually never the case with this series. I normally get sucked right into her stories and can't put it down. I finally reached the point now though that it's more firmly rooted in the present and I'm enjoying it more. 

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review 2015-12-24 08:04
Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Timbuktu - Vasudev Murthy

Sherlock Holmes is my all-time favorite fictional detective so I had very high hopes for this book. Unfortunately though, it did not live up to my expectations. I've read all of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes works and a lot of pastiches so I like to think I have a pretty good understanding of Holmes character and this book did not do him justice at all. I never got the feel for the true Holmes character. It was a pretty bad imitation. The speech, the mannerisms, etc. were completely off I thought. The book was also very slow and very boring! From the beginning, it was just one info dump after another. It took me a while and several tries to trudge through it.


*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Poisoned Pen Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!



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review 2014-11-16 14:18
A Master at Play
The Ape Man's Brother - Joe R. Lansdale,Ken Laager

I like Lansdale's gritty westerns, his crazy horror stories, his extreme noir, and his literary stuff. But, man, do I really love his wackier stories.

This is Lansdale writing in wacky mode. Like much of his crazy shit, it's a literary pastiche with lots of crude humor and outlandish situations.

Makes me smile just to think about it.

Joe R. Lansdale is a national treasure.

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