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 (Pt 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” (Pt. 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 (Pt. 1 of 8 reviews)
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
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
My Copy: 9783836527149 (edition cover different in link) I admit, I'm writing this review now because I'm donating it to a library. I don't really care for this particular Taschen book. Not to say the illustrations and writing aren't good, it's that I'm not a Basquiat fan, I suppose. The info about Basquiat and his … Continue reading Basquiat, by L. Emmerling
The Night Manager is a surprising story in the post-Cold War world, where the power-vacuum of major war players is being filled by arms dealers while the big powers play like all is well. However, stuck in the middle is Jonathan Pine...
My Copy: 9780486207469 As interested as I was to get into the subject matter, I have to admit, the presentation was a bit much. I bought this book many years ago when I found myself an anime-freak and wanted to write and be able to include some real terms and such about Japanese architecture. I have … Continue reading Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings, by E. S. Morse