Why Is Nothing Ever Simple?

GoodReads ★★★★ #TimeTravelTuesday Another Christmas read, this time featuring -among others- swans, Scottish independence and the everlasting mystery that is Markham. It was too short really, but a very nice read. Enjoyed it a lot.I hope Jodi Taylor will continue to find time to write these now that she has the Time Police series as... Continue Reading →

When Did You Last See Your Father?

GoodReads ★★★ #TimeTravelTuesday I like these short stories that are being published in between the main books, but I think I preferred the earlier ones when they were just the kind of crazy action packed little travel pieces that were so much fun to read.This one is from the POV of Leon, and felt like... Continue Reading →

Hope For The Best

GoodReads ★★★★ #TimeTravelTuesday I was really Hoping for the Best, since this is one of my favorite series and I truly love the disaster magnets, but especially in the last couple of books, I have not liked all the decisions the series is going.This one is about Ronan. Again. And while I liked to be... Continue Reading →

A Modern Detective

GoodReads ★★★ Alas, this unfortunately was anything but a Modern Detective story. Poe is mostly remembered for his horror and/or plain weird stories and not as a writer of detective stories and after reading this Little Black Classic it is easy to see why.His literary detective solves crimes from his armchair, discussing the case based... Continue Reading →


GoodReads ★★★ This was an interesting and quite shocking account of Olaudah Equiano, a freedman in 18th century Great Britain who's autobiography was important for the abolition of slave trade. Rather, this edition contained some chapters from his autobiographyAs has been the case for many of the collected editions in the Little Black Classics, the... Continue Reading →

The Yellow Book

GoodReads ★★★★ I like that Penguin collected in these Little Black Classics a couple of collections which are not, strictly speaking, books. The Yellow Book is one of them, a quarterly magazine with a collection of prose and verse from around the fin-de-siecle.It was the kind of thing that I would have never selected for... Continue Reading →

Green Tea

GoodReads ★★ Was it real? Was it all in his head? Or maybe in his green tea?A typical Victorian horror story where a clergyman drink green tea and starts seeing things that aren't really there. I found that nothing actually happened here, so I was left feeling rather disappointed. Le Fanu is not someone I... Continue Reading →

Tyger, Tyger

GoodReads ★★ So, I'm not one who is great on poetry - I'll be the first to admit that. This was the first of Blake that I have read and I didn't care much for it. I found the style to be rather dull - a lot of rhyming; the kind of assignments one might... Continue Reading →

The Stolen White Elephant

GoodReads ★★★ This was the first of Mark Twain that I read. I know - I'm hopeless behind on American Literature, I blame my education which failed to discuss any of it. (Truth be told, we also skipped from Jane Austen right to the WW1 poets because my English teacher couldn't stand Charles Dickens...)Four little... Continue Reading →

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

GoodReads ★★★★ The Death of Ivan Ilyich covers his sickness and ultimately his death in a form of Russian fatalism. The topics is rather heavy and I can't say I enjoyed reading it, but it was written very well and I liked that.It have read Tolstoy before so I already knew of his talents with... Continue Reading →

To Be Read at Dusk

GoodReads ★★★ This didn't really work for me, unfortunately. I often don't know what to do with the Victorian ghost-stories, since by our standards, they are hardly scary (but I guess they were for their time). In this edition however, were three stories and I felt they could perhaps have been a little longer and... Continue Reading →


GoodReads ★★★ Whenever I read about Troy, I cannot help but root for the Trojans. The same goes with Hannibal - I guess I prefer the underdog. This account is of course not really an objective account as history is written by the victors, and Livy being Roman didn't help of course. This is just... Continue Reading →

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