Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings

GoodReads ★★★★ #TimeTravelTuesday Another Christmas short from St Mary's. Another delightful tale. What should have been an easy, although off the book, jump, will turn, as usual, into a more complicated situation really quick. And, of course, there will be danger involved.I like these short stories on their own, but they are really good at... Continue Reading →

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

GoodReads ★★★★ #TimeTravelTuesday What Could Possibly Go Wrong?Anyone asking this in relation to St Mary's must be either very brave or very stupid. The disaster magnets are back and the chaos will only be bigger this time as Max is set to train a new bunch of them. Lots of nice adventures in this one,... Continue Reading →

The Book of Tea

GoodReads ★★★★ This was one interesting booklet from the Little Black Classics. It's fun how it sometimes throws things at you that you were not expecting. This is, as the name suggests, a book on Tea. It also tries to turn tea in a philosophy, but I mainly found the information on the traditional ways... Continue Reading →

A Nervous Breakdown

GoodReads ★★★★ I recently saw my first Chekhov play, Uncle Vanya, just before the lockdown. And seeing the masterly crafted sadness there, I was not surprised that the stories included in A Nervous Breakdown would also focus for a large part on mental health/happiness.Especially the first two stories, A Nervous Breakdown and The Black Monk... Continue Reading →

The Queen of Spades

GoodReads ★★★★ This was a very nice read, and definitely one of the better Little Black Classics I have read. Also, it was my introduction to Pushkin. The story features a man obsessed with what is supposed to be the secret magical set of cards with which to win a fortune. Needless to say, this... Continue Reading →

No Time Like The Past

GoodReads ★★★★ #TimeTravelTuesday I went into this having certain expectations. I was not disappointed.Returning to St Mary's was great (even though I only left for half a day). Your favorite time-traveling historians return in order to cause more mayhem. No Time Like The Past focuses slightly more on St Mary's related problems, as they travel... Continue Reading →

The Sandman

GoodReads ★★★ This was a very strange story and not at all what I had expected. I recently also saw a ballet based on the story and it was much lighter than this. The Sandman was rather dark and slightly depressing. Interesting choice from the Little Black Classics because it was not something I would... Continue Reading →

O frabjous day!

GoodReads ★★★ I am not overly familiar with Lewis Carroll's work since I never liked Alice in Wonderland too much (the movies, never read the books). His poetry was completely new to me, but after I recently read Edward Lear's nonsense poetry (which was being compared as similar to Lewis Carroll) I was not looking... Continue Reading →

Oroonoko

GoodReads ★★ What I like about the Little Black Classics is that you are reading so many different authors, including ones that you had never heard of before encountering them in this series. Aphra Behn was one of those, and to be honest, reading about her was the most interesting part of this classic for... Continue Reading →

Seven Hanged

GoodReads ★★★★ Seven Hanged was exactly why I like the Little Black Classics! I had never even heard of the author, and the subject of the book was so dark (the final weeks/days of seven people condemned to death) but I really liked it.Russian books always have this kind of depressing atmosphere, and Seven Hanged... Continue Reading →

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