Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Adventures, The Memoirs and The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Three books in one volume, 36 stories, 1099 pages. That was my last project and I liked it. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and The Return of Sherlock Holmes, those were the three parts of that thick book.

It took me a while to read this “brick”. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it, I did, very much. I just wanted to concentrate and absorb every detail. I didn’t have to regret my desicion.

Nowadays, when you watch TV or go to the movies, you meet a cranky, impolite Sherlock Holmes. I cannot deny, I love the new Sherlock Holmes too, especially played by Benedict Cumberbatch. But, in these stories, Sherlock Holmes is not so cranky, not so impolite. Absolutely, he is strange, self-esteeming, a bit of a loner, intelligent and original. But he treats Watson and his customers relatively kindly, appreciates them and wants them to solve crimes with him.

There are many familiar elements too. Moriarty, Sherlock’s brother Mycroft (who is short and a bit fat, by the way) and sharp nose and agility, quick-witted mind and unusual methods. There’s strange crimes and even stranger solutions.

I must say, passing of time has not effected these stories. They are still interesting and exciting. I guess that’s the sign of a true classic. And a sing of a great writer, Arthur Conan Doyle. He invented one of the most interesting characters of all times, who, again and again, comes back to TV and movies and gives us pleasant moments of entertainment.

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Peter Pan Must Die

I’ve read John Verdon‘s books Let the devil sleep and Think of a number and now it was time for Peter Pan must die.

It was like meeting and old acquaintance. You start to read and there he is, Dave Gurney, retired and restless, eager to solve crimes although he shoudn’t. He just can’t stay away, solving crimes is in his blood and he’s good in it.

Dangerous situations, intelligence, death and murders, risks and worry, that’s Peter Pan must die. There’s also portrayal of the relationship between Dave, his wife and his son. And there’s that accident, tragic death of his younger son many years ago that still tears Dave’s heart apart and affects everything that he does. I like how John Verdon pictures the characters in his books. They are real and they could exist.

The crime in this book is complex but Dave solves it, of course. I think Peter Pan must die wasn’t as good as, for example, Think of a number, but it was still a solid and good crime novel and I enjoyed reading it.

I leave here and wait for the next John Verdon’s novel. I will surely read it. Let’s see if Dave Gurney is still solving crimes in that book.

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Magic in the Moonlight

Light, beautiful, funny, extravagant, colorful, childish, lovely, entertaining, easy. These are the words that come to my mind when I think about Woody Allen’s new movie Magic in the Moonlight.

Last saturday I wanted to see something light and entertaining, something not too serious. Magic in the Moonlight was just the right choice.

Magic in the Moonlight was very different from the previous Allen’s movie that I saw, Blue Jasmine (review here). The costumes were beautiful and so was the scenery. The storyline was not the most brilliant but somehow that didn’t bother me. Colin Firth (as Stanley) is a man of great and somehow inexlicable charm and I like him. Eileen Atkins was wondeful as Aunt Vanessa. And then there was Emma Stone, the leading lady, as Sophie. There was something fake about her. She didn’t impress me but I think that she was suitable for the role as Sophie. With her big eyes and lovely smile she was able to play this fake psychic who enchanted almost all the people that met her.

Magic in the Moonlight was fulsome, it was a little naive and silly. It wasn’t the best of Woody Allen, nor was it worst. Still, it was the perfect choice for my saturday afternoon. It made me laugh and it was romantic. It filled my heart with lightness and beauty and that was what I needed.

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Il mercante di libri maledetti

Il mercante di libri maletti, freely translated, The seller of damned books ( I don’t know if this book has been translated into english), was a historical novel. There was a mystery to solve, bad people, deceptive friends, rituals and a lot of action.

I chose this book because of its title, it interested me. The title of the book gives a little wrong image of the book. The main character doesn’t sell anything.

I haven’t got much to say about this book. Il mercante di libri maletti was an average book and I will probably forget the story very soon.

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