Settle in for a long one, my friends. I have a lot to say about this book. There's no holding back for a work like this. I have a lot to say about how I found this book in the first place, about what it means to me and my world, and how it all … Continue reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
This one was published in October 1921, and while the date of the story is unknown, we, and the page boy Billy, are assured by Watson that the ploy being discussed has been used once before, which we've seen in "The Adventure of the Empty House," marking Holmes' return from the Great Hiatus. Remember that … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
When it comes to the visual interpretations Middle-Earth, there are three artists whom I rank as personal favorites. First, there is Tolkien himself, whose illustrations accompanied the original editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. And then there is Alan Lee and John Howe, whose magnificent illustrations informed Peter Jackson's cinematic versions … Continue reading A Middle-Earth Traveller: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor by John Howe
It's been a while since author Patrick Rogers reached out to me to review his first book, The Green Unknown. He said he'd do so again for the next book, and I just assumed that whenever that happened, it'd be something along the similar lines. And this one is... except it's not. Let me clarify … Continue reading City of the Shrieking Tomb by Patrick Rogers
"I see no more than you, but I have trained myself to notice what I see." Published in October 1926 and taking place in January 1903, during the time when Watson had married, his only "selfish action" in Holmes' estimation of their time together. And that brings up a major point: this story is one … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It has been six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park. The dinosaurs are destroyed. The park is indefinitely closed. But there are rumors... something has survived. Of course it did. As Dr. Ian Malcolm reminded us, "Life finds a way." And if you want a sequel to a megahit novel-turned-movie, it's a foregone … Continue reading The Lost World by Michael Crichton, 1995
My review of Eric Idle's memoirs as performed by the author.
As stated elsewhere, due to copyright locks, this is where I part ways with the Stephen Fry narration as they are unavailable here in the States. But I have my trusty version narrated by Simon Vance, so I'm still in great hands. With this story, we officially begin the final collection of the Great Detective's … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
September, 1917. England is at war, and with war comes propaganda. As with the likes of Superman, Captain America, and thousands of other heroes after him during World War II, Sherlock Holmes was enlisted to fight the Great War in order to boost morale for military and civilian alike. This was the cover of The … Continue reading “His Last Bow” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
My review of the 1990 novel that started it all.