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review 2017-08-06 03:19
Review: The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter - Theodora Goss

 

I had a hard time putting this down. Not exactly action packed, but compelling in a way that made for a few late nights where I needed to see what would happen next.

 

The second book I've read this year structured so that the "author" is one of the protagonists. Though in this case, one not met until well into the narrative, but known more quickly by name thanks to sections of fourth wall breaking conversations characters have about the in progress manuscript's content. 

 

This is also the I-don't-know-th Sherlock Holmes I've encountered this year. So many Holmeses that it is a bit of a relief to have him be a secondary character. 

 

Rather, this book follows the monsters, the left behind experiments of the mad scientists so familiar from remake after new take, never mind their creations. 

 

This book is what Penny Dreadful would be if it had substance and heart and consistent characters and I enjoyed it very much.

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review 2017-07-17 01:31
The Alchemist in the Attic
The Alchemist in the Attic - Antonio Urias

I picked this one up last year when it was offered as a kindle freebie. I'm glad I did, because it ended up being one of those rare good kindle freebies.

 

Set in San Francisco during the late 1800's, the book centers around Theodore Atwood, a down-on-his-luck newspaper reporter working to come up with a sensational story in order to try to save the newspaper he works for. Bodies begin being found around the bay in batches, all of whom are missing their internal organs. Atwood begins investigating and is soon set on a course fraught with danger and all sorts of shady characters.

 

I did find the beginning a bit slow, but once it finally got going I was hooked. I had kind of sussed out just what the alchemist in the attic was up to, but even then, I didn't have it right on, and still ended up being surprised.

 

The book ended at 94%, and the rest was a two chapter preview of the first in a series he's writing. I liked it well enough to download the free prequel novella.

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text 2017-07-16 03:58
Reading progress update: I've read 55%.
The Alchemist in the Attic - Antonio Urias
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text 2017-07-16 01:17
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
The Alchemist in the Attic - Antonio Urias

Kinda forgot I'd started this one.

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review 2017-06-05 17:42
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

 

 

If you asked me to name some of the books which topped my wishlist; "The Alchemist" would be one of them. I have to confess that it's been a year since i bought this book at a book sale and i still couldn't get my hands on it because i didn't want to cheat on the other books i was currently reading!!! And at last, when i did get to read it, Paulo Coelho didn't dissapoint me.

 

The book was UNLIKE any other book i've ever read. It was not what i expected. It was different. Beautifully different.... At first glance, It's a story of Santiago; a shepherd boy on a quest for treasure at the Egyptian Pyramids. But when you delve in deeper, there's much more to it than any treasure hunt. Santiago encounters various people throughout his journey, each having an impact on his quest. It enlightens the reader about the life lessons he learns in his pursuit for treasure. 

It's a story about magic,courage,wisdom, determination, love ,taking risks , about listening to our hearts, holding onto our dreams and following our destinies. 

 

As Santiago embarks on a journey of self discovery, we are left with one important question ; do we do what it takes to follow our dreams? 

 

 

With its thought provokingly beautiful quotes, it's a book which will inspire and uplift your soul.

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