Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane

This book is now on my top 25 list. (I couldn't possibly narrow it down smaller than that!) That is saying a lot because I don't think there are many newly published books on that list.

Why is this book so high on my list?

Because it is fabulous! The characters, the setting, and the plot are all compelling and fascinating. The author is not afraid to use tried and true plot devices, such as
the overly talented group of friends that her the main character into high places. It  might seem too unrealistic, but Sloan does it with such honesty that I was enchanted.

The main character, Clay, is not particularly talented and he knows that. He also has lots of talented friends, Neel, Mat, Kat, and more. They all come together to help solve a 500
year old riddle and save Mr. Penumbra. All of the very best things are in this book too. Eccentric people, a secret society, the very latest technology, and lots of books. Sloan does an amazing job of making the reader feel like he is in a fantasy world that really does exist. You feel like if you walked down the right street at the right time of day then you would see all of these people.

If you like fantasy, read this.
If you like books, read this.
If you are techy, read this.
If you like conspiracy stories, read this.
If you like secrect societies, read this.
If you are looking for something to sweep you off your feet, read this.

I quite honestly can't think of anyone who
shouldn't read this book. Go read it now!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

My whole life had been explained! Or at least the fiction loving part of it. As a kid my two favorite characters were Jessica Fletcher and Scooby-Doo. It is safe to say that I enjoyed, and still do, the logical and observant detective. I have now discovered who that began with, Sherlock Holmes. And I am in love!

I found a free copy of this book when I got my Kindle a couple years ago. It was illustrated and I think that really added a lot to the reading. I read it slowly whenever I had a free moment for a quick story. I think it took me over a year to read it. Not because I didn't enjoy it. On the contrary, it was specifically because I enjoyed it. I read it slowly because I didn't want it to end. Thankfully, I recently found a complete collection of Sherlock Holmes stories for the Kindle. So I can enjoy him for a while.

One thing that I loved so much about this particular Sherlock Holmes book is that there are short stories. There is no large time commitment needed to enjoy a bit of mystery. I also think it is a wonderful introduction to a legendary character that we all know, but may not have read. *sheepishly raising my hand*

Recently I reread this book along with other people from Story Cartel. They wrote several blog posts to go with the book. I really enjoyed them because it really made the book become more alive and more relevant. It wasn't just fluff reading anymore. I was learning things about the book and character and I was learning things about other peopl e. I was applying various parts of the book to my life. It made the book much more enjoyable.

If you enjoy mysteries, get this book. Read it now. Read it often.
If you have read this book, go read it again. You can thank me later.
If the above situations don't pertain to you, get it anyway. You will enjoy it.