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Audiobook: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Read by Derek Jacobi

Series: Sherlock Holmes #3
Publisher:
BBC Audio
Time:
11 hours 7 minutes (unabridged)
Format: Audible Download – Short Story Collection

Story:
Narration:

Scandal, treachery and crime are rife in Old London Town. A king blackmailed by his mistress, dark dealings in opium dens, stolen jewels, a missing bride – these are cases so fiendishly complex that only Sherlock Holmes would dare to investigate.

Story:

For anyone new to Sherlock Holmes this is really the place to start. Doyle finally hits his stride with this collection of short stories. It’s a format that suits both the characters and the mysteries far better than the slightly drawn-out novels (with the exception of The Hound of the Baskervilles, which is ace) and has the blessed relief of absolutely no obscenely long and involved story within a stories. It’s also, from memory, the most solid of the short story collections as a whole – Memoirs containing a couple of duds and later collections a little bit lackluster in comparison – even so, it’s a mixed bag. On second reading (or rather listening) there were stories I liked rather less than on my first read, but none that I actively dislike. Continue reading

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

Retro review! Well…not really.

Because I’ve not been posting much  for a while, am still a hundred pages from finishing my current book, and I’m going to be away from the internet this weekend (staying at my big sister’s new cottage), I  thought I should probably put something else up. Still working on that ‘women in superhero comics’ post but I keep descending into righteous anger so, until I can work that into something coherent that I’m happy to post, you get this instead: a review of a book I read last year.

Originally posted on Goodreads before my dissertation hibernation as a response to it appearing on my recommendations feed when I signed up. The rating, and small differences in the body of the text are due to me and Goodreads having different rating systems that mean I have to edit a little to crosspost (and also it really needed editing).

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages:
352 (Hardback)
Form: Novel
Series: Miss Peregrine #1

Rating:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children“, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

The blurb…it liiiiiies!

Although, as a fan of ‘adventures in the shadows’, I was most certainly not ‘delighted’ by this book, I didn’t hate it.  It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read, I’ll give it that, but it was a total mess. Two stars, however because lurking in the first few chapters there was the potential for a good book – if only the author had been more concerned with writing a good story than showing off his pictures. Continue reading

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