Saturday, January 31

Book Review: Tales from Cook's Cove - Three for a Wedding

Title: Tales from Cook's Cove - Three for a Wedding

Author: Marcy C. Sheppard

Pages: 270

Summary: Violet Blue watches with bewilderment as her cousin, Grace-Mae, steps out of a taxi sporting a fluffy white coat and five-inch heels. With her platinum hair, body hugging outfits and curves in all the right places, Grace-Mae is a far cry from the local girls in Cook’s Cove, and it seems that all the young men in town have noticed the same thing! But there is something mysterious about Grace-Mae’s arrival. She wasn’t expected to turn up so suddenly and without her mother, Rebecca, and a strange reporter has been roaming around town and asking questions about her.

Violets sister, Jenny is getting married this summer, and many of the Derby family are going to attend, but there are some unexpected guests, including to brothers from Boston who followed Grace-Mae to Newfoundland. While one of them has his heart set on the blond bombshell, the other, Mathias, takes a liking to Violet. With a wedding and garden party to help organize, final exams to prepare for, and new love on the horizon, Violet is in a summer she’ll never forget.

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This book is for young adults, which is why I didn’t like it that much. Mainly, because the characters are young adults themselves facing young adult issues of school, love, family issues etc. The book is for the eleven or twelve year olds. So the content is amid towards them. But, the book isn’t bad. I liked that it wasn’t full of teen angst, although the teens in the book face all the odd and teeny issues, all teens face. The story was well written and flowed fairly well, although I did find it to have some plot holes. But, this might just be that the book is third in a series, and I haven’t read the other two books, where some of the back story might be hidden. The book captures some of that, Newfoundlander sparkle, which is refreshing, the characters are awkward, but enjoyable to read, although I found Violet to be immature and in need to do some “growing up”, I also realized, that that’s what this book is for, her growing up, and the reader growing up with her, all while learning about the Derby family, and their history.

Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend this book to read, to young adults, but I wouldn’t recommend the book to read for adults. I think most adults, but not all, there’s still those who are young at heart, but I think a lot of adults, might find the book, a little below what they would normally expect, I guess is the words. But for young adults, I think, they could really enjoy this. I think the needed to be more books like this when I was this age, because, it is a good story, directed to the age group, and I would have liked more books like this for when I was that age. The characters are more relatable for young adults.

What to read next: I'm not sure. Likely, the other books, if you're like me and read the third one first, but I'm not big on the Young Adult Fiction, so I honestly, can't say what to read next. Any suggestions?

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, NaJuReMoNoMo, RYOB Challenge

No Cover for the Book yet, as the Book is a ARC! And it's signed by the author! I'll post the story about that later!

Friday, January 30

Book Review: Angels

Title: Angels

Author: Marian Keyes

Pages: 482

Summary: “I’d always lived a fairly blameless life. Up until the day left my husband and ran away to Hollywood . . .”

Unlike the rest of her family, Maggie Walsh has always done everything right. At thirty-three she has a proper job, is happily married to Garv and never puts a foot wrong. So why does she make a bolt for Hollywood and her best friend, Emily?

In the City of Angels, Maggie gets to do things she’s never done before: mixing with film stars, pitching scripts, parrying non-stop. But is this really a once-in-a-lifetime journey of self-discovery, or is she simply running away from married life?

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Although I enjoyed the book, it is not my favourite one by Marian Keyes, and it’s definitely my least favourite of the “Walsh Sister’s Series.” The book had Keyes’ humour and spectacular story telling ability, but I just couldn’t relate to the character, Maggie, as well as I have been able to relate to those in her other, and I also didn’t I enjoy the novel as much I have in previous books by Keyes. The supporting characters, like Emily’s neighbours were far more interesting, with their stories the Maggie’s, for me, her story just fell a little short to what I normally expect from Keyes. Don’t be fooled, it’s still a good book, and I know a lot of people could relate to how Maggie feels, and what she went through. Keyes’ does an excellent job; at bring the emotion, though the pages. Also, the story does pick up quite a lot near the end, and things fall into place and grabbed my attention for a while, but I still felt, it didn’t have that same appeal as her other books.

Would I recommend it to read: Yes, I would recommend it to read, because the book is a fun and light read - a perfect beach read, which is where I read most of the book; on a beach in Cuba! But I think her other books are far better, so if you’re new to Marian Keyes and her writing, then maybe start off with one of her other books first.

What to read next: The other Walsh Sisters Books. Watermelon, Rachel’s Holiday and Anybody Out There? Helen’s has yet to be written (Please hurry up and write it Marian!!) As well as her other books, one of my favourites is Sushi for Beginners, and it’s my favourite Keyes book (watermelon is a close second).

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, NaJuReMoNoMo, RYOB Challenge


Sunday, January 18

Book Review: The Edible Woman

Title: The Edible Woman

Author: Margaret Atwood

Pages: 318

Summary: What happens to someone who has been a willing member of consumer society when she suddenly finds herself identifying with the things consumed?

The Edible Woman, the novel that established Margaret Atwood as a prose writer of major significance, is the witty and diverting story of a young woman whose sane, structured, consumer-oriented world suddenly slips strangely out of focus. As a result, Marian McAlpin finds herself unable to eat: first meat, then eggs, and finally even vegetables become abhorrent to her. In this tour de force, Margaret Atwood presents a striking condemnation of contemporary society and the rampant consumerism that deprives people of both soul and sustenance


My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I have to say, that in the beginning, I didn’t like the book. The book throughout, has Atwood’s amazing style of writing, but it was more of some of the characters, just really annoyed me. I was extremely frustrated with Marian in parts to the point, I wanted to find her scream at her and then shake her. There was the one part, where she acted so silly and off, I almost put the book down, but I didn’t. Which ended up being a good thing, because it did turn into a good story.
The best part of the book, is Atwood’s points on society, especially how society conforms everyone into specific roles, of masculinity and femininity. The book surrounds it’s self on the ideas of consumerism and how it’s taken hold on society, from this consumerism, it takes hold and forms these roles males and females play out, and I really enjoyed almost, parody, on the roles of females then. The book can be seen both as a parody or a series out cry on how woman are defined, many points, they are seen as someone who is consumed by husbands, that once this happens, their abilities to think, work and have free thoughts, all disappear, in order to fit the roles of wives and later mothers. The ideas of consumer built femininity and how society (especially at the time when the book is written and takes place) conforms to it. The message Atwood drives into readers is clear, and after reading the entire story, I’m very glad I stuck with it, because I agree with what she’s trying to point out, and even today, you can still see the similarities in how consumer driven society tries to form us into certain roles and ideas on femininity and masculinity. Which the terms are often discussed and referred to in the book. Overall a good read, with a great message in the end.

Would I recommend it to read: Yes I would, it is a little slow and often frustrating in the beginning, which is about the first 100 pages or so, but once you read the book as a whole, it does become very enjoyable. Maybe it was the entire time, and I was in an irritable mood, so character’s traits or the things they did, made me more frustrated then normal, either way, it’s an enjoyable read, and any Atwood fan, or women’s lit fan, should read.

What to read next: More women’s lit or Atwood books. I’d also recommend The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which also shares a few themes with some of the minor ones, it’s a bit of an outreach, but they have a few small similarities.

Challenges 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, A - Z Challenge, NaJuReMoNoMo, RYOB Challenge 2nd Canadian Challenge


Saturday, January 10

Book Review: Brave New World

Title: Brave New World

Author: Aldous Huxley

Pages: 229

Summary: Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through the clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing, and the recreational sex and drugs, all of its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone in feeling discontent. Harbouring an unnatural desire for solitude, and a perverse distaste for the pleasures of compulsory promiscuity, Bernard has an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress . . .
My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I have to say, although this was an enjoyable book, I didn’t like it as much as previous novels/literature in the dystopian genre although, I did find Huxley’s style of writing to be captivating, throughout the novel, so I can see why, it’s such a classic, and loved by so many. For me, there was so many questions that were left unanswered, at the end, and at times, the scientific theory the author uses to explain things was far to in-depth, to the point it made my head spin and I had to take time to try and decipherer it (I was never any good in science).

Here are a few things that I didn’t like. The character Bernard, was intriguing in the first part of the book, he’s the one oddity in the society, the one who doesn’t conform with the others in the dystopic society. (SPOILERS AHEAD) But, once he visits the “Savage” Reservations, he conforms back to the society, and then that’s it for him. What happened, I get he saw the “horribleness” of what is outside the society he lived in, but there was just a complete turn around. I was kind of hoping for him, John “the savage” and his friend Helmholz, would do some sort of revolt, but it never happened.

Also, these islands, where people like Helmholz and Bernard, go, because they’re too self-consciously individual. What I want to know, is are these islands real, or are theses islands made up, and those who are “sent” to them are really killed off. Because, by the way the book goes, and individualism, wouldn’t these people of the islands eventually revolt, create new humans who aren’t brainwashed, then come and destroy this old society, creating new or better societies? Question is never answered, the reading is left thinking. Perhaps I’m reading to into it.

What I did like was the parallels, and links to the social caste/class systems we see today, and in the past, and likely in the future. Even in this society, built up to be a happy utopia, is filled with inequalities, and certain caste/classes thought to be better. The people are brainwashed into thinking so, from birth onwards, and in society, unknowingly society does the same thing. It’s almost haunting how he is able to portray this. And the possible meaning he wanted to portray by it.

Overall, a good read, but wasn’t exactly what I expected from it, compared to others of its kind.


Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend the book to read, but I prefer other dystopian literature, over this one. It can get a little scientific at times, but Huxley has that ability to capture his audiences, and keep them immersed in his books ( I read the book, and barely put it down from start to finish.)

What to read next: 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Handmaids Tale, The Giver.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, Support Your Library Challenge, A - Z Challenge, NaJuReMoNoMo, New Author Challenge,


Thursday, January 8

Book Review: Fahrenheit 451

Title: Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Pages: 179

Summary: The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight run or the joy of watching the pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do. . . .


My Rating: 9/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I loved this book, I couldn’t put it down. I spent a total of three hours or less reading this book. Sadly at times I did put it down, but it was hard to leave it. The pages just grabbed me and held me in. Bradbury, has a great talent to do that. I love dystopian lit, because there is so much parallels you can connect to society today, or create what ifs. This is no exception, and the theme here is something, any book lover shudders to even think about, book burning. Imagine a society without books? What would people like me do?

The book address a lot of issues, including how, with the lack of books, the inability to read, society losses it’s ability to think, it’s ability to imagine, and ask questions. In the story, no one asks, they all just do the “hows” not the “whys”. They do their day to day lives, appearing as emotionless, humans, who don’t know what life really is, and all because books and reading have been eliminated from society, preventing them from asking, feeling. I just ate the whole idea up while flipping through the pages. He had great use of words to describe his character, especially Montag, who begins to realize, his life isn’t what it should be.

I have to say, it was supsenceful near the end, when you aren’t sure what will happen, and I liked and disliked the ending where you’re never sure what will happen. There is one more thing I disliked about the book, but to give it away, will spoil it for those who have never read the book, but to those who have, know exactly what I’m talking about.

Also, reading this, you see so many parallels with how society is a slave to TV, reality TV and all those shows that make you forgot to ask the why? It’s very interesting to seeing the similarities that he briefly touches upon fifty years ago, in today’s society.

Overall a fantastic read. (Which has put me in a dystopian fiction mood, making me run out to my library and picking up three more dystopian themed books, which are in my 999 Challenge Dystopain Lit category! Oryx and Crake, Brave New World, Clockwork Orange!) Also, the hound, is creepy. Very, very creepy.

Would I recommend it to read: I would highly recommend this book. There is so much to get out of it, not to mention, it’s very well written, it captures the reader in, with a fantastic style of writing and ability to set the tone.

What to read next: 1984, The Giver, Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, Oryx and Crake. I've read both 1984 and The Giver and both share a lot of different themes with this book, and they're are both some of my favourite books.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, Casual Classics Challenge, A - Z Challenge, NaJuReMoNoMo, New Author Challenge, RYOB Challenge (Links to my Lists)

Wednesday, January 7

Book Review: Stancliffe's Hotel

Title: Stancliffe's Hotel

Author: Charlotte Brontë

Pages: 79

Summary: Never before published, Stancliffe’s Hotel is a fascinating example of Charlotte Brontë’s early work, written for the private entertainment of her sisters and brother a decade before she found a public audience with Jane Eyre. In this novelette Charlotte gave free rein to her imagination, depicting with lively irony the exploits and intrigues of the decadent inhabitants of the imaginary kingdom of Angria, at the centre of which is the power struggle between the Duke of Northsngerland and his Byronic son-in-law Zamrona.

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was my first Brontë novel. The Brontë sisters have been on my TBR list for a while, but I haven’t read anything by them yet. I have to say, I really enjoyed Charlotte’s style and level of elegance. I say this a lot with the “old” classics, but she just has that elegance in her words, descriptions and throughout her entire story telling, you don’t see anymore, hers is no exception. In fact, even by this tiny little novelette, I think I favour her style of writing more the Austen’s. I hope Jane Eyre and her other writings, along with her sisters, are up at this same level, because if they are, then I will fall in love with her stories.

This little novelette as it’s called, and the story to how I came across this little “gem” is in the post below this, was a great little read. (No pun intended…well, maybe a little). As I said above the level of writing and descriptive elegance was amazing. I saw a passage in reference to the moon, but I forgot the page numbers, so I can’t give an example, but she’s done a great job. I was also surprised at the imagination of her, because even with my limited, non-existent experience with Charlotte Brontë, I never expected this fantasy like, writing to appear from her. This is part of a mini saga or series of short little novelettes, but this is the first I’ve hear of them, she wrote with her brother (which I never knew she had). It’s told though the eyes of Charles Townshend, who often address the reader directly, for example;
“Really, reader, it is difficult to deal with a man like Macara"
There are a few other times, including the end, in which Townshend address the reader, as “reader”, which I find a little neat, in that it becomes similar to a journal he has left, knowing someone will pick it up, and wants to make his opinions and observations known.
The story is full of irony, and amusing throughout, I never found my self bored at all, the only issue I actually had with it, was that it seemed to start off in the middle, and end in the middle of a larger story. I think it’s because there have been other novelettes written about this kingdom, so I’m missing out on background information or back story on characters. And what happens in the end. But it may also have to do with the fact, Brontë, wrote this just for her and her siblings enjoyment, so there must be some sort of inside knowledge between Brontë, her sisters and her brother, to what they understand of the story compared to the readers of today will get of it, because they made it for their personal enjoyment, either way, a enjoyable read, and I look forward to Jane Eyre and her other novels, along with her sisters.

Would I recommend it to read: Yes, this is a must read, especially for Brontë fans, classics fans, as well as those who love a short, enjoyable read. It’s a quick read, it’s still one filled with Brontë`s wonderful ability to tell a story.

What to read next: There is a collection called Tales of Angria, which will be useful, now that I know about it, my eyes are open for it. As well as anything else by the Brontë sisters. (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Villette, Agnes Grey, you get the idea)


Books, Books, the wonderful Fruit!

I know, the title is corny, but I'm so happy about my recent "Used Book Store Finds!" I had to share, also, my re: "I Love To Read" book bag, I finally manged to get some pictures, they're aren't the best, but they'll do.

But, first my adventures in book purchasing. First of all, on Monday I had to buy books for school. And I spent 244 dollars on school books. They don't look interesting, but they are;
  • Supervision Concepts and Malpractices of Management
  • Workbook for DDC22 (Dewey Decimal Classification 22)
  • Learn Library of Congress Subject Access
  • Learn Library of Congress Classification
As you can see, I'm in for A LOT of memorization, and these aren't nearly as fascinating as the books I bought! But with those books, a literary book accidentally jumped in my pile, (I honestly don't know how that happened....it just jumped right off the shelves, and into my hands,does that ever happen to anyone else?) don't worry, I didn't use my text book money to purchase it, but I did use my change from all my Christmas money left overs to buy it. Fahrenheit 451. So I got that for Monday, which isn't bad, because I've been meaning to read/purchase the book for a while.

So yesterday I went to my used book store, and before I went I went to the Indigo, just to see if they had any post new years deals. They did. I was good though, I was tempted by a gift card I bought for a friend, but haven't given it to her yet, because we didn't have time to meet up, and now we're both in differerent cities, and I need to mail it to her, as for now it's taunting me. Anyways, Indigo (and Chapters/Coles) as a sale on Premier Classics, buy two get one free. Which, had I listend to the card and brought it with me, I could have got! I love the Premier Classic editions, almost all my Jane Austen Books are in those additions. I just like the covers, and they're fairly nice. Anyways, I ignored them, and decided, to go and check in what they had for the Bronte Sisters, to see if the happened to have the book I've been looking for, no such luck. But, I did find something else, something, very unexpected. A "littie gem".

I found a "rare find", something I didn't know existed, and somehting, according to library things, I'm the only one who has added ot, (well atleast on Library Things). I almost didn't see this thing, but I happened to see it shoved in with the other Bronte Sisters books. (Have I got your literary, book loving minds racing? To what I could have found at my local Indigo? what magical, book?)

Suspence, is over, I found "Stamcliffe's Hotel" by Charollette Bronte, a tiny little book, it's only about 14cm tall (5.6 inches) abd 10.5 cm wide (4.2 inches). In case your wondering, the average Mass Market Paperback, is about 18 cm tall and 10.5 cm wide and the average trade paperback is 20 cm tall and about 13 cm wide. So it was an awsome find! I was so happy, amost did't see it because it is so small. I won't write a blurb, because I've already read and reviewed the book, and I'll post that after this! It only cost 3 bucks! So obviously it came home with me.

Then I went to my trusty used bookstore across the street. I had a wonderful time. If I was given a shopping spree in there. OH MY! It would...well make the owner a very happy person, since I'd buy shoppign carts full of books (I'd have to "borrow" one from a grocery store, because he doens't actullly have carts). Anyways I broswed for ever, and I even brought a little list, so I could get some books, I know might be hard to get from the library, or ones that I want to own. Here's my list with pictures to match!
  • Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
  • The Awakening and Selected Stories - Kate Chopin
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman - John Fowles
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The Diviners - Margaret Laurence
  • Unless a Novel - Carol Shields
Six books...and it only cost 20$. Now I'm broke, I don't have any more spare cash, but it was worth it. I got a lot of great books. And they're in fantastic condition (for being used that is) Although the wosrt isa bit of wear and tear on the spines, (not broken or crease/craking) just some wear, and on one book, there's someones name across the top. My French Lieutennent's Woman looks brand new, and it may very well be, not sure, but it was only 7$ the msot expensive book, the others only costing 2 - 4 dollars each. So I did well. I don't have enough room on my book shelves, so I'm going to have to do rearranging, I'm going to double stack my wheel of time books and my three world cycle books, to make room, as my text books, cook books and dictioary, thesuarus, and french/enligsh dictionary are curently on the floor. Here's a picture of them..... sorry it's hard to see, my camera is old and it sucks....like 3 mega pixels old or something like that (or whatever digital cameras go by)

Also, I realized this after I came home, and catalogued my books into LibraryThing and my own personal catalogue, almost all of the used bookstores, except the Diviners, are from the 1001 Books to read before you Die, list.

Alright, Blogger wont work right, it's not allowing me to upload pictures, so I'll have to do it later. Oh well.

Thursday, January 1

2008 Review

I meant to do this last night, but wasn't feeling all to well, so I'm doing it now, so here it is, my 2008 review of the books I read. This was my first year (well I was only here for five months) as a book blogger, and I'm somewhat pleased with my accomplishments. :)
I've read 44 books, which is pretty good considering (I've read more if you include each individual short story from my collections of short stories I read :))

I didn't finish a single challenge. DOH! Although, I did sign up for most of these challenges with only 4-5 months left in the challenges, so it made things a little more difficult. This year will be different!

My greatest accomplishment in the challenge side was the 24 Hour Read-a-thon. I had a blast, although was exhausted the next day.

My greatest accomplishment in the readering, was Les Miserables finishign the unabridged version. It took a while, but it was worth it. It is also one of my favourite reads of the year.

My least favourite reades of the year were:
The Other Bolyen Girl
Pillars of the Earh
Confessions of a Shopoholic

My Favourite Books of the year were:
Les Miserables
Atonement
Watermelon
The Black Tulip
My Sisters Keeper
To the Light House
The Handmaids Tale
The Three Worlds Series

My reads of the year were:

1 - Anybody Out There
2 - Rachel’s Holiday
3 – The Phantom of the Opera
4 – The Girls
5 – The Handmaids Tale
6 – Wide Sargasso Sea
7 – Dark is the Moon
8 – The Way Between the Worlds
9 – WoT: Fires of Heaven
10 – WoT: Lords of Chaos
11 – To the Lighthouse
12 – Mrs. Dalloway
13 – The Other Boleyn Girl
14 – A Place Called Here
15 - Runaway
16 – Winter Moon
17 - Atonement
18 – I am America and So Can You
19 - The Other Side of the Story
20 – My Sisters Keeper
21 – The Black Tulip
22 – Undomestic Goddess
23 – Past Secrets
24 – A Little Princess
25 – Who You Know
26 - Dubliners
27- Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
28-Les Miserables
29 – Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets
30- Confessions of a Shopaholic
31- Sunday Night Book Club
32- Suite Francaise
33 - Frankenstein
34 – Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
35- The Princess Bride
36 – Moons of Jupiter
37 - Silk
38- Bridget Jones Diary
39- Bridget Jones Diary: Edge of Reason
40- Watermelon
41- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
42 – Pillars of the Earth
43 – Ship Fever
44 - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories

And finally, books I started in 2008, but haven't finished
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen, which I will finish, post a review, before I start any challenges. It won't be counted in any challenges, but it still worth reviewing :)

Happy New Year to the Book Bloggers, Readers and book lovers!




Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories

Title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories

Author: R.L. Stevenson

Pages: 223

Summary: In seeking to discover his inner self, the brilliant Dr. Hennery Jekyll discovers a monster. This spine-chilling thriller is a terrifying study of the duality of a man’s nature, and it is the book which established Stevenson’s reputation as a writer.

Also included in this volume is Stevenson’s collection of short stories The Merry Men containing two other sinister tales Markheim and Thrawn Janet.

This collection includes:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Merry Men
Will O’ The Mill
Markheim
Thrawn Janet
Olalla
The Treasure of Franchard

My Rating: 8.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I really enjoyed Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, even though I knew how it ended. Actually, there are very few people in the book readers world who don’t know the ending. So, as I read it I looked at how the author was able to build up the suspense before he actually revealed the ending and the true identity of Hyde. It makes me wonder, back before this story became such a large part of pop-culture, what it must have been like to be one of the first to read the story, one of the first to find out its “surprising end” (I say surprising, because at one point it was, now not so much). Either way, I thought the author did a good job at building us up to the end, and showing the torment Jekyll was actually going through, with out actually showing us. I didn’t expect the story to be told though a third person’s eyes. I always assumed it was Jekyll who told the tale, so it was interesting to see it from a different perspective, because it makes the reader imagine exactly what was happening to Jekyll, from the descriptions of his peers.

I also enjoyed the level of description that went into setting some of the scenes in the other stories that are apart of this edition. It created such imagery, lovely may not me the word, but the level and exact imagery the author created, was amazing, it created very vivid images in my head, and I could almost hear the seas waves crashing, in his descriptions from The Merry Men. Here’s an example
“On such a night of course, he peers upon a world of blackness, where the waters wheel and boil, where the waves joust together with the noise of an explosion, and the foam from towers and vanishes in the twinkling of an eye. Never before have I seen the Merry Men thus violent.”

One of my crisicims is that, some of the characters,talk using old English or Scotish Slang, so especially for Thrawn Janet, the entire story is written like this,
“Fair-guid-een nor Fair-guid-day; but when she buckled to, she had a tounge, to deave the miller. Up she got an’ there wasnae an auld story in Ba’weary but she gart somebody lowp for it that day; they couldnae say ae thing but she could say twa to it”

So that made it a little hard to get through, it added some culture to the book, I give it that, but it also took me longer then normal, to read.

Overall, the writing was elegant and vivid a style which captures you and bring you into the stories. My two favourites are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Markheim. It was a very different and interesting twist of a story, but I don’t want to give much away, read the story, you won’t regret it.

Would I recommend it to read: This is a classic, so yes; I think everyone should at least experience Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, it has so many possible experiences you can take from the story, and it is also a great “ghost” story.

What to read next: Frankenstein, Dracula

This book is part of my 2008 reads. I finished it before 2009, but didn't get a chance to review it until now.