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REVIEW: MR HOLMES (2015)

REVIEW: MR HOLMES (2015) I am always wary of "fan fiction" of beloved characters, but Mr Holmes is brilliant. McKellen strikes a balance between the classic and arrogant Sherlock we know and love and a realistic, pitiable, complicated man. It's 1947 and Holmes has long ago retired to his bees in Devon, with little to entertain his inquisitive mind. When the {read more}

Books for August

Books for August   Summer, do your worst! / Light your tinsel moon, and call on / Your performing stars to fall on / Headlong through your paper sky; -- August by Dorothy Parker THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS by Sy Montgomery   From the publisher: In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional {read more}

GIVEAWAY: Movie Star By Lizzie Pepper

GIVEAWAY: Movie Star By Lizzie PepperWin a book gift pack!   From the publisher: Hilary Liftin is the ghostwriter and co-writer behind numerous celebrity memoirs, ten of which have been New York Times bestsellers. In this, her debut novel, Liftin turns her ghostwriting talent into fictional brilliance with a celebrity “memoir” that is making a splash as the beach-read novel of the year. Dreamt up by {read more}

REVIEW: THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET

REVIEW: THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET This is perfect kind of steampunk. It merely blurs the lines ever so slightly between fantasy and reality. Rather than imagining strange new worlds full of variant species or particle space travel, this book is set firmly in 1880s London. It is foggy, sooty and on the cusp of a new century. The industrial revolution {read more}

Giveaway: MISS EMILY by Nuala O'Connor

Giveaway: MISS EMILY by Nuala O'Connor FROM THE PUBLISHER The American debut of an award-winning Irish writer that brings to life Emily Dickinson and will enthrall fans of Longbourn and Mrs. Poe. Nuala O’Connor’s enchanting American debut novel, Miss Emily, reimagines the private life of Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most beloved poets, through her own voice and through the eyes of her {read more}

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