27 January 2014

Books I read on Vacation

I got a lot of reading done on our trip.  After all, we were on planes for probably 24 hours total, plus of course the waiting around in airports.  Also, I didn't seem to need naps as much as the rest of the group so I had some time to myself.  Throw in an afternoon on the beach where the water was too cold to swim and I got a LOT of reading done.  It was really so nice. 

I reread ALL of Sherlock Holmes.  Sort of.  I started this at Christmas but finished up in Spain; I probably did about 40% on this trip. I think the first thing I bought on my Kindle was a "Complete Sherlock Holmes" set because I have been wanting to reread the stories since the Sherlock BBC show started a few years ago.  It was a joy to reread these stories and fun to realize just HOW MUCH they are mashing into the BBC series.  Big chunks of Sherlock's Best Man speech from this past season are taken straight from "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier", one of the two stories in the canon that Sherlock Holmes narrates.  a 7!

So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane: cute and it made me cry. This is the first book in a middle grade series.  Nina and Kit are young wizards in training, receiving this knowledge via books they've found individually, titled So You Want to be a Wizard.  In an attempt to retrieve a pen stolen by a bully, they end up becoming entangled in a war.  There's adventure and some timey-wimey stuff and it really is a lot of fun.  a 6.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larrsson- A reread for me. I even posted about it on this blog back in 2010.  Still intense, even after seeing two different movie versions.  worth a read.  a 6.

Nothing O'Clock by Neil Gaiman: actually a short story, or maybe a novella, written for the 50th.  An Eleven and Amy story.  Cute, coooooool villian and, like most of Gaiman's work, I wished it was a bit longer!  a 6. 

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