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Title: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [London 1894]
Summary: He's rude, arrogant, cold, unfriendly, and easily bored. But nobody minds, because Sherlock Holmes is a genius at solving mysteries. This collection of some of Holmes's most intriguing cases includes unabridged tales of blackmail, lost fortunes, and, of course, murder. [Source].
A reprint of selected Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in The Strand Magazine' from 1891 on, namely: Silver Blaze, the Yellow Face, The Stockbroker's Clerk, the 'Gloria Scott', the Musgrave Ritual, the Reigate Squires, the Crooked Man, the Resident Patient, the Greek Interpreter, the Naval Treaty and the Final Problem.
Review in 5 words or less: So so clever. Impressing plot-twists. Gives a new depth to the world of Sherlock Holmes by expanding it (delving into the past, Sherlock's family & by giving him a nemesis)
Personal Rating: ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ of 5.
For my review please follow the fake cut :).

Title: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Sweden 2005].
Summary: Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pieced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption. [Source].
Review in 5 words or less: Avoids clichés. Great, consistent characterization. Amazing, clever and complex plot. Must read despite the violence (if you're over 18).
Personal Rating:◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ of 5.
For my review please follow the fake cut :).

Title: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice [New York 1976]
Summary: In the now-classic novel Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice refreshed the archetypal vampire myth for a late-20th-century audience. The story is ostensibly a simple one: having suffered a tremendous personal loss, an 18th-century Louisiana plantation owner named Louis Pointe du Lac descends into an alcoholic stupor. At his emotional nadir, he is confronted by Lestat, a charismatic and powerful vampire who chooses Louis to be his fledgling. The two prey on innocents, give their "dark gift" to a young girl, and seek out others of their kind (notably the ancient vampire Armand) in Paris.[Source].
Review in 5 words or less: Complex, original characters. Draws you in. Revolutionized modern perception of vampires IMO. Worth reading. Definitely not for children.
Personal Rating: ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ of 5.
For my review please follow the fake cut :).


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 19th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! I didn't get the high praise for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I was less than impressed when I read it. Maybe it was just because of all of the hype that everyone has given this book. I think also that I thought it was going to be a thriller and it really was not.
Feb. 19th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Actually, I had no idea the book got such a high praise. Usually when I read a book I try to avoid reader other people's opinions about it because I'm just weak enough to let it influence me very much. Anyway, like i said, I liked the book but the first 100 pages were exposition and at times pretty dry. And you're right when you say it's not a thriller. I'd say it's more a sort of character study/detective novel. In the end, it really impressed me, though.

And now that I've read it, I can finally go and hear other's people's opinions about it. I'm really glad you shared yours with me. Thanks ♥
Feb. 19th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
I can still remember the exact moment in Interview with a Vampire that I threw it at a wall and never opened it again.

"She was not a child any longer, she was a vampire child."

Anne Rice - repeating the word vampire until it loses all meaning since 1976.
Feb. 20th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Ahhh...
Is it bad that this comment totally made me laugh out loud when I read it? Brilliant mental image.

I agree, the "vampire genre" has suffered a lot of abuse. I wonder what's next? Zombies? ;)
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