The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (#5 of 8)

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)

The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Return of Sherlock Holmes (#4 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)

The Complete Sherlock Holmes: “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”(#2 of 8)

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)

The Complete Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet / The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (#1 of 8 reviews)

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)

#028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

Let's face it--if you've ever talked with a teacher, parent, student (or better yet, pretty much anybody with a shred of connection to education and isn't paid by the textbook companies), the issue of "standardized testing" comes up eventually...and never with a true smile. I became a certified teacher in 2008. When training in college, … Continue reading #028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

Smiley’s People (Karla Trilogy #3), by John LeCarre

Wow--the end of the "Karla Trilogy" at last...and a damned-good ending! I was glad to read this book, though I wish I didn't have so many priorities take me away from it so often. I was afraid I might've missed some crucial info, but once I got the chance to really stick with it and read it the past two days, it got really good. So good that last night I had 6 chapters left and kept getting up to read more. I finished around 3:30 a.m., probably feeling about the same way Smiley did by the end of the book (hee hee).