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review 2019-02-04 18:07
The Dover Reader Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Dover Reader Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Arthur Conan Doyle

This Dover edition bundles work by Arthur Conan Doyle, and in the introduction states that Doyle in his later life had troubles to promote his other works due to the popularity of the Sherlock Holmes novels. Since this collection is mainly taken up by SH, it is easy to comprehend this statement.

Most of the stories were new to me, I'd only previously read A Study in Scarlet (which I didn't reread), but I've seen BBC Sherlock and was looking forward to seeing the similarities and differences between the two. A Scandal in Bohemia, The Hound of The Baskervilles and The Final Problem were all included, and I enjoyed the detective stories.

Of Doyle's other works, The Lost World was included, which was a story I'd wanted to read for a while since I really enjoy dinosaurs, but this story was a bit too slow for me and it didn't include as many dinosaurs as I had hoped for. Finally two supernatural short tales were in this collection, but I didn't really care for them. Based on this collection, it is probably for the best that he is most remembered for is SH stories.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2019-01-15 11:04
I Am Lost
I Am Lost! (Hello Reader! Level 1) - Hans Wilhelm
The cute, fluffy dog see a pretty leaf drifting in the wind and starts chasing after it, only to find himself very lost. He is frightened and see a police officer, who notices his tag with his address and takes him home. Little doggy is happy then! 
Good story for early readers to practice their reading.
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review 2018-12-30 21:57
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett

The Queen discovers reading and becomes an avid reader. Her staff is upset. She's not supposed to read. Where they used to know what questions she would ask and would brief people on how to respond, now the conversation could go anywhere. She used to take suggestions from the young man who introduced her to the bookmobile that stopped at the palace. He leaves and she is on her own. Then she discovers she has her own library in the palace.

I loved this little short read. It was funny. It was perfect. It was so much fun to see the Queen sucked into the books she read and the reactions from others who are not readers. Absolutely delightful!

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review 2018-11-30 21:03
Fun romp
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Emmuska Orczy

Very easy and fast read. It would have been the type of book I would have adored as a kid in that liminal space where high reading skills put you beyond children's books but maturity does not really afford you adult reads. So yeah, classic adventures for the win.


The devise of telling the story from the third limited of a character other than the Scarlet Pimpernel allows for a show of his BAMF qualities that would have sounded boastful otherwise, so that's another good bit.


Most of my gripe comes from the ever moronic woman (I'll leave the political and racial alone this time). We are constantly told she's the cleverest woman in Europe, but either that's a huge fail of informed quality, or the author was taking the mickey on it by drawing a contrast of what the world says of a characters intelligence vs what happens behind curtains of a person's life. Still, the fact that she's absolutely useless and most times an obstacle, continued to bother me. I thought the story would redeem her when she decides to go to France, that we would be shown her being resourceful and clever and see her save the day right alongside the Pimpernel. Hell, for a bit there I was prepared to be blown out of my mind by a turn of the XX century female author writing a woman saving the hero. Alas, no dice.


The other bit that is a bit weak (beyond several un-reveals, duh), is the constant over explaining. Orczy does an excellent job of showing the pieces so that you can puzzle it out. It is a pity she wastes pages and belittle her readers intelligence by spelling it all out yet again in expository dialogues and what not.


Anyway, if you are not nit-picking like I've been, it is good entertainment.


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review 2018-11-07 17:04
Chocolate Sensations
Chocolate Sensations: Over 200 Easy-to-Make Recipes - Reader's Digest Association,Reader's Digest Association,Lee Faber

I love this book, also. But then I do love making desserts. This is such a fun collection of chocolate desserts and so many are easy to make. I think I will be borrowing it again after Thanksgiving to start making our Christmas goodies to deliver to First Responders as a Thank you for all they do all year long. 

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