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 ( 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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