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I started reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle many years ago (in school) and some of the short stories in this collection I remembered well. Others I "re-discovered".

I am amazed at how Conan Doyle managed to captivate me as a child and still manges to do the same now.

He was a superb storyteller and this selection is full of unease and mystery.
01/13/2010
The book is divided into two uite different parts, although both full of thrill and adventure.

In the first part one also finds very humorous moments as it prtrays Holmes slightly less sophisticated than what he later becomes.

The second part is moving with drama and action.
01/13/2010
A single story and definitely far from the best of the Holmes' series.
Curious: slightly patriotic-propagandistic although nicely written despite it lacks the Holmes' typical mystery and charm.
01/13/2010
The preface is a bit long and sometimes dense, still it provides very interesting insights on the text.
The Argonautica itself is most enjoyable. The Argonauts' tale was always a favourite of mine (thanks to the 1963 movie), and I was excited to find the original text has the rhythm of the film. First class adventure, although it would have been nice Apollonius Rhodius had gone deeper into some aspects he judges non vital to his story. The portrayal of Medea as a pawn in the gods' games and the remorse that consumes her is moving.
01/02/2010
A delightful classic full of interesting comments and charismatic characters. Witty and fun.
01/02/2010
Wonderful book. Sabatini was a master in delivering the best adventure stories full of action, honor, betrayal, romance and exotic lands.
12/26/2009
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The Zen's loneliness is moving. It is a beautiful story that almost makes you forget the "Because they were so likable and intelligent and adaptable--...".

I loved the story and the emotions it conveys, but was a bit surprised by the "danger" the Zen represneted.
12/21/2009
I mostly agree with R Stephan, but I would like to point out that the author manages to create a very peculiar main character (self-centered, with growing ego, who feels superior to all the rest etc etc). Destiny gives wings to Algernon Weaver's sleeping megalomania and the way this is portrayed is great.
That's what basically saved the story for me.
12/21/2009
I didn't have to much expectations on this troy, given what I had read about it while browsing the catalogue.
It turned to be much better than what I expected. The story developes nicely and Alexander Blade manages to show the world through the child's eyes in a masterful way.
Very entertaining and with a kind end (for a more dramatic one, just stop when Bobby's dad gets home and speaks to his wife)its a great story to share with your kids.
12/21/2009
Colin Falconer - Historical Romance in Spain's Golden Age
FEATURED AUTHOR - Colin Falconer has published twenty-six novels so far, and been lucky enough to have them translated into 23 languages. (Real ones too, not just Esperanto and cockney rhyming slang.) In between leaving school and securing his latest publishing deal, he found time to chase black witches across Mexico, travel the silk road, and occasionally play the guitar in bars. His only claim to fame from those days is completing all the verses of ‘All You Need is Love’ during a bar fight in the Stella Maris… Read more