Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith - Review

Holmes on the RangeHolmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sherlock Holmes meets John Wayne. What's not to like?

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It has been a while since I have read a western and this book was great for getting be back into the genre. A fun whodunnit (well...to the two dead men it probably wasn't too fun) that kept me guessing and wanting to know who was responsible.
Big Red and his brother Old Red are characters that I would love to know more about and I enjoyed their relationship - it was clear they cared but just like family do they were snipy and short tempered.
I liked how the book dealt with the more gritty realities of being a cowboy - not the romanticised versions we are fed through old black and white John Ford films.

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It took a while to figure out if Sherlock Holmes was a real or fictional character, but I'm not going to give that away.

All in All
Really enjoyable.
I will bw checking out the second book when I have the chance.

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll - Review

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking GlassAlice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have meant to read this book for years, after all it is a 'classic' and I have felt a bit of a fraud for not having read it. But I have now. Yay!

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Crazily wonderful.
I don't really know what I was expecting when I picked up Alice in Wonderland but I know for sure that I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as thoroughly as I did.
It was brilliant.
Thanks to the many different films adaptations I knew generally what was going to be happening as far as the story line went but there was so many bits and pieces that have been overlooked or changed it was a suprise from beginning to end.
The characters were all larger than life and completely mental in the best of ways. From the talking animals running caucus-races to the hookah smoking caterpillar.

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I don't think there was anything that I didn't like about this book. Some sections did seem to drag and I found less interesting than other bits but not enough for me to stop turning the pages.

All in All
I am so glad I have now read this book. I think it will be one that I'll be shoving at people for a while.


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Thursday, 20 February 2014

2014

Hello everyone.

I had every intention to begin a nice new shiny blogging schedule on the 1st of January.

Yeah...obviously that didn't happen and life became a bit bonkers yet again, it still is to be honest but I am finding the longer I leave it the longer I will keep leaving it so here I am.

As I have failed quite spectacularly through all of January and most of February I have decided to just go with the flow and try my best.

So for 2014 I'm not going to stick to a rota of x amount of posts a week (lets face it, it's been ages since I've been able to do that anyway) and I am just going to post when I can.

This is a good decision I think :)

I hope that you all had a happy and safe X-Mas/New Year - I'm very late with that I know - and may your bookcases never run dry and a reading slump never befall you in the next year.

:)

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Friday, 13 December 2013

Chanson de l'Ange - The Angel's Song Bk #3 by Paisley Swan Stewart




Chanson de l’Ange by Paisley Swan Stewart is a 3 volume epic retelling of The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Drawing inspiration from The Opera Ghost in all his incarnations through book and film; and remaining faithful to key story elements from the classic original, the author weaves a haunting tale of Christine Daae’s companionship with the mysterious Angel of Music. 


In the concluding chapters of Chanson de l’Ange, Christine confronts the ghosts of both her past and present. As she performs the starring role in her Angel’s magnificent opera, she must brave a future where all those she loves are thrust into a soul stirring crescendo that will leave readers breathless.
(Image and Description from Goodreads.com)

After waiting five years to read the completion of Christine and Erik's tale I felt sick with nerves when I finally had The Angel's Song in my hands and prepared to crack the spine and start. 

I am almost shaking with excitement as I write this.

With all of my posts on Chanson de l'Ange I have found myself writing less than I have wanted to for fear of giving anything away...

I am not having this problem with the final book. My lack of coherency is caused by pure emotion and slack jawed wonder. 

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This was by no stretch of the imagination an easy read and more than once I would have found it quite easy to give up as the characters found themselves in situations that broke my heart but I forced my way through the ups and down.

The Angel's Song brings the darker side of Erik's personality to the for front and gives a whole knew meaning to having a split personality as Erik's darker side wars with the side that has been Christine's Angel since she was a child. Let's just say that out of the three novels I think that the Gothic element has never been stronger than in The Angel's Song as Erik and Christine's course rocks the lives of those around them. 

All of the loose ends that have been left hanging through the first two books and the mystery of Christine's mother's death is finally revealed as well as the skeletons that have been hinted at in Madame Giry's closet as Philip (Raoul's older brother) desperately searched for something to hold over her and kill his brother's love for Christine.

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The Angel's Song put my emotions through the wringer again and again and left me exhausted by the final page as the story of Christine and her Angel came to an end.

"Gah!!!!" *throws book across the room and huffs* "I'm sorry baby" *retrieves book and strokes cover lovingly*




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