My Name is Markham

GoodReads ★★★★ #TimeTravelTuesday The Christmas's Stories in the Chronicles of St. Mary's series have become a tradition by now. And if you're still reading the series at this point, it is save to say you're a fan and will want to read it no matter what I say. However, since this story is narrated by... Continue Reading →

The Great St Mary’s Day Out

GoodReads ★★★★★ #TimeTravelTuesday Time travel and Shakespeare, this was just so much fun!My initial review sums it up quite well, but you might one to start with the first book in the series. I would like to say that it will all make more sense this way, but it being St. Mary's, I can't really... Continue Reading →

The Dark Forest

GoodReads ★★★★ When I read The Three Body Problem some time ago, I was engrossed in the story and was heavily looking forward to The Dark Forest. I really wanted to finish it in 2017* but there were moments where I was not so sure about that. *I managed to finish it December 31! I... Continue Reading →

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

GoodReads ★★★ Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet. A cake filled with magic, it sounded like a recipe for success (pun definitely intended).Maire is a baker with a troublesome past (in the sense that she can't remember it). Her cakes are magical - literally so - as they can convey feelings to the eater. I guess more... Continue Reading →

Herding Cats

GoodReads ★★★ Herding Cats is Sarah Andersen's third volume of Sarah's Scribbles, a collection of webcomics. I enjoyed reading the first two a lot so I was looking forward to this one a lot.The comics are still nice, but I felt that maybe they were getting a little bit repetitive at this point. While relatable,... Continue Reading →

The Steel Flea

GoodReads ★★★ The Steel Flea is a piece of Russian comedy for a change. I am more familiar with Russian tragedy, but since this in essence is still a satire or social commentary it is not unlike the other Russian authors that I read.It is a short tale of Russian worker who aims to outdo... Continue Reading →

The Old Nurse’s Story

GoodReads ★★★★ I bought the whole collection of Little Black Classics not only because they look so pretty on my shelves, but also because I was hoping to read some authors which I had never heard of but were pretty great. Elizabeth Gaskell was of those.This collection contains two short stories which portray her nice... Continue Reading →

The Maldive Shark

GoodReads ★★ Melville, best know for Moby Dick, has some of his work collected in this edition that was inspired by his years on sea. I think the best part of it was that I immediately got that he actually spent his time there. Descriptions of the life at sea seemed - as far as... Continue Reading →

The Great Winglebury Duel

GoodReads ★★★ I am way behind on my classics and I am willing to admit it. This means so far, I had not read much of Charles Dickens besides A Christmas Carol. This edition contains two short stories, and they were quite nice but lacked something. Maybe, because the typical social criticism was largely absent,... Continue Reading →

Dead Jealous

GoodReads ★★★ Dead Jealous is the seventh book already about Calladine and Bayliss, detectives is Leesdon, a small English town with surprisingly high crime rates. A lot is going on once more, multiple cases and it is a rather short read at that. To that is added the personal lives of the detectives and you... Continue Reading →

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