The last of Doyle's novels has a heckuva punch in it. I don't remember the last time I read this, but it must've been a very long time ago because the story of the murdered man really took me by surprise, probably the biggest surprise I'd read yet in the Holmes stories.
My Copy: 9780880292610 (image from abebooks.com) Well, we all knew this one was coming, the most famous story A.C.D. ever wrote, so much so that it's been translated into several languages, made into dozens of films, plays, radio shows, and even video games (I might have one of those, now that I think about it). I'm … Continue reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (#5 of 8)
My Copy: 9780880292610 (image from abebooks.com) Ah, yes, the master of deduction has returned (by popular demand, I can assume, if the stories of poor A.C.D.'s rabid fanbase are any indication). From the first story of "Adventure of the Empty House" to 12 more spanning different facts of Holmes and Watson's partnership, it's a fun bunch … Continue reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Return of Sherlock Holmes (#4 of 8)
"Memoirs" is all over the map regarding the stories and how they're told. I wonder if this is where A.C.D. was getting tired and wanted to end Holmes because he didn't want to be known only for Sherlock Holmes (hey, Doyle, there are far worse legacies, you know).
My Copy: 9780880292610 (image from Abebooks.com) I am not writing these reviews to spoil the stories for you. However, if you're like me, you've probably heard a "Sherlock-ism" and then tried to remember where it came from. If you tend to go on reading binges, after a time you may get them mixed up. This is … Continue reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes: “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”(#2 of 8)
My Copy: 9780880292610 (cover image from Abebooks.com) I admit I couldn't wait to get back to these great little stories, and I have to have read them several times each by now (especially the two today: "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Sign of Four"). This particular complete volume organizes the stories and novellas in … Continue reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet / The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (#1 of 8 reviews)
I'm glad I waited until today to actually write this, because yesterday was a mix of very volatile emotions, as was the night before. I needed a bit of frantic energy, time, and self-destruction in the form of cheese and greasy meat before I felt ready. My dad's been in the hospital since the other … Continue reading How NOT to tell someone about your worsening health.
My Copy: 9780195042368 (image credit to abebooks.com) "We had known. The world had vaguely heard. But until now no one of us had looked on this. Even this morning we had not imagined we would look on this. It was as though we had penetrated at last to the center of the black heart, to the … Continue reading Inside the Vicious Heart: Americans & the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps, by Robert H. Abzug
I noticed last week that one of my bosses told me "I trust you" when it came to the front-desk work that I'm still learning about. Being that I'm the senior-most employee working that section, (and that's a helluva shocker), it was a bit startling.... And that I don't recall hearing that phrase much, if ever.
My Copy: 9780671027032 Of all the books I have, this is one of the handful that if someone asked to borrow it, I'd fork it over even without a guarantee of return. It's THAT necessary and THAT good a book--too good to hoard like gold, even if that's what it is to a clueless introvert like … Continue reading How to Win Friends & Influence People (special anniversary ed.), by Dale Carnegie