Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume ISherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I kept wondering why Watson was even there other than to observe his boyfriend and writing down how wonderful he is. 🙂 But I guess he simply had to learn until he could function on its own in The Hound Of The Baskervilles.

I was also quite surprised how the Reichenbach Fall was a tiny short story. That Moriarty didn’t get more…screentime. And that The Lady was also so quickly dealt with. Two so important characters in so little time.

Don’t know when I’ll embark on Volume II, but maybe they’ll make another appearance? (I’m surprisingly uninformed about this.)

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John Marsden: Tomorrow, When the War began

Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this a lot. I could have lived without the love stories and in the middle it lost a bit of momentum, but the story always caught me just in time. I’m moving on to the next one. It’s also a quick read, which suits me fine at the moment.

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The Dead of Night (Tomorrow, #2)The Dead of Night by John Marsden
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It started so slow. I was halfway through as I was into the story and interested in what happened. But all in all it is quite too slow-paced for me. Maybe the next one will catch me sooner or more.

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A Killing Frost (Tomorrow, #3)A Killing Frost by John Marsden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m glad that the routine was broken towards the end. I was getting bored of the „teenagers blow up things“-storyline. We’ve had that in two novels before. I can’t really say anything else because it’s really straight forward writing, with not a lot of metalayers to digest I think. And I don’t want to give away the story, so let me say that I am looking forward to the next and hope that the story will embark into a different direction.

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Darkness, Be My Friend (Tomorrow, #4)Darkness, Be My Friend by John Marsden
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Sorry, but no.

1. The author lost me right on page 1. Because you want me to believe the New Zealand Army needs five kids to help them win a war?

2. I ride horses. And what they did in the book is not possible. You need a) horses that are really really really well-trained in being steered bridle-less. Or without reigns. And nobody can just sit a horse in full gallop without a saddle. Not if you aren’t an excellent rider. Plus, it hurts if you do it wrong. And to do this all in the dark of night? You lost me again, dear author.

-> I want the series to end. I was so bored. Nothing new happens. It is the same damn story line over and over again. But of course, eventually I will rad on, because I want to know how it ends. I hope the author comes up with a new opening, the story being suddenly told by Fi and in the end we find out how this had to happen or something. But I don#t have high hopes for creativity.

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Arthur Conan Doyle: The sign of the four

The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Possible SPOILER alert…

…but why does Mary already appear? Why do you take my slashy goodness away from me already? And how on earth is John such a whore that he declares love after two hours of laying eyes on her? *sigh*

The case was okay. I found the story within the story within the story thingy a bit on the duller side.

But yay for drug abusive Sherlock. I like him dark and messed-up. I just wish John had cared more about that.

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Arthur Conan Doyle: A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I finally got around to reading Sherlock, not just watching it and it is an absolute mystery to me, how he used to be played as an elderly gentlemen with a pipe and fiddle. Now I even more appreciate Guy Richie’s and the BBC’s Sherlock, because the one in the novels seems that much younger and agile and slightly manic-depressive etc etc.

As for the story, it was okay. I skipped the part that focused on the backstory in America, and I didn’t miss it in the end. It took me out of the mood and I was a bit confused.

I also don’t ship them (yet) but I shall read on and see what happens.

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Christopher Paolini: Brisingr

Brisingr  (The Inheritance Cycle, #3)Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This one started much much better and really had my attention. I also read through it quicker, which translates as me not labouring over it. Also, by now I know which passages to skip. E.g. It would have been enough for me to have Roran sum up his ‚adventures‘ to Eragon over the wedding cake or something. No need to have them in such detail (and yes I know they are there to show character and mood, but honestly, I got it as Roran left Carvahall behind, I didn’t need his Conan-esque behaviour to be shown it all the detail).
But yes, better. More entertaining, but still too slow-paced for me.

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Christopher Paolini: Eldest

Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2)Eldest by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I still think that he drew too much on Tolkien’s characters (Beor Mountains, e.g.). It was also too much detail for me and therefore to slow paced. I did skip some paragraphs or only cross-read them. The end was gripping, yes, but to get there took time. Lots of time.

Also, those lovesick boys…*le sigh*…grow up and learn to deal with a no. I also think, that the author misses out on creating some stronger women. Why do the people in Carvahall treat women as grown-up children who need a man to take care of them and who don’t own anything except some cutlery and who, if they don’t own that, lose worth? Not a society I’d want to live in.

Moving on to book three. I shall finish the series.

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Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My edition (not the one I selected but I couldn’t find it) was in tiny print. I’m sure it would have been twice as thick a book if it had been in a regular typing. So it felt like a really slow read. It took me almost 2 weeks and the protagonist reminded me of all the other protagonists in the Dickens‘ novels I have read so far. Which isn’t a bad thing but I wasn’t all that enthusiastic about it. But nonetheless, a good one to read.

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