A nice introduction to Norse mythology with illustrations that complement these 30 tales perfectly.
This collection of stories runs through the adventuA nice introduction to Norse mythology with illustrations that complement these 30 tales perfectly.
This collection of stories runs through the adventures and misadventures of gods and mystical creatures. Taking places both in Asgard, the realm of the gods and Midgard, home of Men, these are myths that have been told through the centuries and influenced each culture of the world differently. From cunning mischiefs, romance to humour and war, you’ll fall into this old world and the beautiful illustrations will help you give a face to mystical characters that you know and might not know yet.
The language is simple, easy to follow and understand. However, I think this book isn’t classified properly. As an adult, I would expect a more classical language and its expressions, like Old English. I felt this was written for a younger audience and not only because of the language. The sexual and violent bits are missing. For me, it’s a good book to introduce Norse mythology to children and middle-graders. For teens and adults, might feel like the stories are somehow lacking. These legends, much like the Grimm fairytales, should be told as they are, especially the missing parts are essential to the general message of the tale.
Overall, it’s a good read with great illustrations. I would recommend it as an introductory book for children and middle-graders on Norse mythology.
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A quick, enjoyable read, these six short stories are the perfect read for fans of the horror genre. These fascinating, mysterious and brief stories grA quick, enjoyable read, these six short stories are the perfect read for fans of the horror genre. These fascinating, mysterious and brief stories grow in intensity and it’s very easy to connect with them, no matter how strange they get. They’re all written very nicely, carefully selected from the world of Essex Witch Museum Mystery series. Even though I haven’t read the series before, I highly enjoyed the tales and their twists.
The style of writing is clear and it changes according to the story and its protagonist. Syd Moore was able to bring out the feeling of horror and suspense from the pages of this little book in a way that will keep you glued to its pages.
Let's take a look at each short-story individually.
'Death Becomes Her' – Stacey Winters, a police officer, is more than she seems and knows death a bit more personally than just in the line of work. Trying to escape a traumatizing childhood, she slowly begins to understand that there is no escape from death. For me, it was a soft way to start, but no less engaging.
‘Snowy’ - Norah is a widow who lives with her numerous cats, but they’re not all that they seem. This story goes into the world of reincarnation. While I enjoyed it, I can’t say it marked me. 'Madness in A Coruña' is my favourite story. A young, recently-divorced, semiotics academic man is visiting his friend, Xose, in the city of Coruña, Spain. While waiting for his friends, he sees more than he should and witnesses a deadly incident on the beach. His encounter with a strange, vindictive creature drives the meaning of this tales’ title. We find out from the beginning that the main character isn’t a very nice guy. Even so, I ended up feeling both satisfied and sorry for him in the end.
‘She Saw Three Ships,’ - Ethel-Rose Strange arrives in Cornwall, travelling ahead of her family to prepare the cottage they’re to stay for their arrival. Despite the warnings she receives, Ethel-Rose decides to spend the night in Lilia Cottage. It’s the Feast of All Angel, a night that reveals more than Ethel is ready for in the most gruesome kind of way. While I enjoyed this tale, I think it would have had more depth if I’d known the historical period it took place. The language the author uses makes it impossible to place it.
'Jocelyn's Story' – Rita watches has her ex-husband successfully seduces another woman. She tells us the story in her own words, but there’s more to the story than meets the eye. What you should know in advance: Rita is a big fan of Betty Grable, the American actress and pin-up model, and her legs… It’s a twisted tale with a great narrator. Meet my second favourite.
‘House of Savage Lane’ - Innocent Cordelia meets a dangerous man and gets more than she bargains for. A gruesome and ghoulish way to end this amazing short-story collection.
In all, they are the perfect length so we don’t grow bored, but at the same time, they manage to capture the horror and mystery in a way that makes these stories memorable. It helps that they're all creepy and scary in their own way. While I haven’t read any of Moore’s books, but reading this little book, made me want to discover more about them.
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Here is a fun re-telling of the Pride and Prejudice, unlike any of the stories I’ve read so far. The fact that we go through the story in Caroline BinHere is a fun re-telling of the Pride and Prejudice, unlike any of the stories I’ve read so far. The fact that we go through the story in Caroline Bingley’s perspective, is both original and a bit horrifying considering her role in the original novel. The best part is that Judy McCrosky kept the most of the original story with making any major changes to the plot, and that includes Caroline herself.
Presented by Jane Austen, Caroline is nasty, ignorant, arrogant, shallow, and vain. On a more positive note (yes, it’s possible even for her), she also determinate and confident in her values. We through the story in Caroline’s perspective entirely, with means some of the scenes in the original novel had to change so she could be included somehow. While in some scenes I found that her presence would be rather unlikely, in others, it actually makes sense. McCrosky was able to include Caroline in a way that doesn’t feel intrusive to the story. It flows perfectly almost from the beginning to the end.
Caroline is the product of her education and upbringing, she’s well aware that her social class allows her to act the way she does, especially with people she considers to be inferior. In her arrogance, she doesn’t fully listen to conversations, interpreting them and retaining only what she finds interesting. In her conversations with Mr Darcy, it’s clear she hears one thing and responds to something completely different. Also, she interprets Mr Darcy’s actions as interest for his part of marrying her, even though it’s clear for the reader he tries to discourage her advances at every turn. She lives in constant hope, and constant desire and almost need, for him to do so.
However, I feel McCrosky missed the target when it comes to the familiarity between the characters. Caroline’s arrogance and need to be close to Mr Darcy at all time would never extend to the lack of manners. Her interruption of his meetings and her attitude as mistress of the household would be highly unappropriated for a lady at the time, no manner the level of proximity between people. Also, the way the characters address each other is something that was simply not done at the time. The use of the first name is something personal and it happens only in more personal relationships, like when Darcy calls Elizabeth by her first name when she proposes the second time. Darcy would simply not call Caroline by her first name, nor Bingley address Mr Darcy as Fitzwilliam. I understand what the author tried to do, to bring out the familiarity between the two families. But it should have been done through the character’s actions, more than their speeches. The 19th century is known for being its unique mannerisms and those were always in the spotlight, especially among the bourgeoisie.
Overall, it was an interesting read. Hands down to McCrosky for re-telling the story of Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of the villain in a nice way and in a style of writing that matches the historical period and Austen’s style.
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A lovely Victorian cosy mystery, perfect to cuddle with enjoying a sunny evening. The first book of the series, A Countess of Harleigh Mystery promiseA lovely Victorian cosy mystery, perfect to cuddle with enjoying a sunny evening. The first book of the series, A Countess of Harleigh Mystery promises.
American Countess of Harleigh Frances Wynn was married into the British aristocracy. Until her philandering husband dies of a heart attack while in bed with another. After spending a year mourning for him, Frances leaves the countryside and her parents-in-law behind to start anew as an independent woman. Enjoying her freedom as a widow, the Countess rents a house in Belgravia with her young 7-year old daughter. She waits for her sister Lily to arrive from New York for her first London session. When she starts investigating a series of robberies of houses nearby, a man is found dead in her back garden and someone tries to kill her in the busy streets of London. Can she prove her innocence?
The perfect building of suspense with enough twists to leave you guessing and an unexpected finale that will keep you glued to the pages. A fierce main female lead and a charming neighbour will make you fall in love with the plot and its characters. While the style of writing is simple and easy to follow, Freeman navigates through the Victorian society with grace and addictive and colourful descriptions. They make want to join Frances in her adventure and meet all the other characters that complete the novel perfectly. Every piece fits together in this novel.
This series is a bit different from your usual cosy mysteries. It takes place in English Victorian age but the story has the smoothness of a cosy mystery. Dianne Freeman adds the cosy to the historical in a mesmerising, funny way.
The main female character is a witty, feisty, mouthy heroine that fights for her freedom despite her world falling apart. Frances discovers her own strength and finds a purpose to her life after her husband’s death. She leaves his house after a long year, away from his money-thirsty family and fights to her freedom in a society that condemns her at every turn. This doesn’t bother her a bit though. She is far from being an innocent, defenceless damsel in distress. This refreshing, entertaining novel is a treat to all the fan of cosy mystery.
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A brilliant, explosive, mind-blowing debut. Everything you need to get book-addicted you’ll find it here.
Evelyn Hardcastle is meant to die over and ovA brilliant, explosive, mind-blowing debut. Everything you need to get book-addicted you’ll find it here.
Evelyn Hardcastle is meant to die over and over again at a gala party organised by her parents. She has been murdered hundreds of times and each day, Aiden Bishop is unable to stop it. As the same day repeats itself, the only way Aiden can escape is by solving Evelyn’s murder and win over an enemy he can’t see or understand. The catch, each time the loop restarts, he loses all his memories and forced to start from scratch. Can he put a permanent end to an endless day and find the murderer?
A new, refreshing, gripping debut that makes your adrenaline run high. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a unique murder mystery with a brilliant twist that pulls you in from the beginning.
Stuart Turton creates a unique world that not you don’t only read about, you live it in every sense of the word. It’s atmospheric, very well described and developed, with enough details to keep you interested. It’s a dark setting, much like the Gothic style; it builds up suspense and leaves in anticipation of what might be lurking in the dark corners of the story. It takes place in England, The murder mystery is perfect, it keeps your mind turning and the fact the main character keeps waking up with no memory and seeing a young woman being murder is both brilliant and scary. It’s a concept that marks this novel as one of a kind. Turton leaves no loose ends and you’ll never guess who the murderer is until the very end. Additionally, Turton gives you different angles to the murders each time a new cycle begins. It’s like the pieces of the puzzle come together with each scene.
Turton style of writing is lyrical, descriptive, seductive and highly intellectual. The author digs deep into The descriptions are complex, involving and you don’t grow bored of reading them. There are several plots at play at the same time, it’s quite hard to keep up with all of them without losing the reader or the threads of the story, but the author does a great job in keeping everything perfectly tied together.
The characters are very interesting and twisted. It’s the perfect cast for a perfect plot. Aidan is your eyes inside that ballroom and he explores, discovers clues and meets the guests at the party. He gives you the chance to get to know the characters and develop a clear image of each one with each cycle. Everyone changes and transforms throughout the book and they all contribute to the great ending.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. To the fans of mysteries and murder plots I just one thing to say: read it, it’s very much worth it.
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Another great mystery from the Golden Age of Crime.
Jim Henderson hasn’t been the luckiest of man. Being unemployed for three years left him hanging onAnother great mystery from the Golden Age of Crime.
Jim Henderson hasn’t been the luckiest of man. Being unemployed for three years left him hanging only by his social position. When the mysterious Edwin Carson, a precious stone collector, summons Jim to his country house Thrackley for a weekend party, he knows he has nothing to lose. The old, secluded, abandoned-looking house quickly reveals to be beautiful on the inside. He quickly realises that even though the other six guests are very welcoming and hospitable, they are wealthy people bathed in expensive clothes and jewels. Why was he invited to be part of such company and treated like the most honoured guest? In midst of the dark, gloomy house, a secret is hidden in the shadows and things get more interesting when its discovered that part of Carson’s jewellery collection has been stolen.
It’s a good debut mystery novel by Alan Melville. It reminded me of the Agatha Christie novel “And Then There Were None” but even so, the story is still a unique work. It’s the type of novel that you start reading, go with the flow, enjoying the ride with the voice of an authentic mystery writer voice.
The setting is a classic, the old historical house in the country, isolated from the rest of the world. The lack of connection between the characters, including the owner, makes you question and try to define a reason for all of the strange summoning’s. The house is one I would definitely like to visit. Deep in Surrey, the first impression of the house is that it’s haunted. Gloomy, covered in vine and moss, surrounded by an equality dark and gloomy forest. The description of the place gives the plot a heavy and mysterious atmosphere, which brings the mystery plot to a completely different level. The inside, however, is completely different. The house is beautifully furnished and decorated, washed in luxury. I almost associated the double appearance of the house with the two faces the characters have.
The plot is also a classic and it might seem complex in the beginning, but by the middle, it was obvious to me how things would turn out. However, the story is very nice to follow and the build-up is great. The style of writing is fluid and easy to follow. The typical vocabulary of the 20s and the English way of writing made me fall even more for the novel.
The characters are what you would expect from a high-class group. I was surprised to see a strong, intelligent female character that was more than just there to look pretty. Considering the story takes place in the 1920s, it was satisfying to see her character developed and explored in a great way throughout the novel. The main male lead, Jim, is a great character to follow. Melville made him very human, considering in depth his actions and reactions to the events around him. You enjoy being in his company throughout the book as you try to figure out why he I part of the guest list along with his best friend Fitch. Their friendship and interactions give colour to the dark world of Edwin Carson and both men bring light to the gloomy setting.
I recommend this novel to all the fans of classical mystery books and the classic murder setting.
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