Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Wow so this one is a hard one to review because everyone seemed to love it so much but for me it just wasn't as good as Gone Girl was and personally I wasn't all that "psychologically thrilled" with it! I mean don't get me wrong it was okay but it was all over the place and just not as calculating as I thought it would be, but I guess that is what we all get when we compare books to other books, Unrealistic Expectations. Gone Girl was such a huge hit and I am not surprised that more authors are trying to take advantage of the psychological thriller market right now but credit should not be given where it is not earned and in the case I shouldn't have listened to all the hype. Character wise it was okay at least the female characters which were all quite developed but the male characters lacked so much even Tom that I just had a hard time developing any type of emotional connections with the male characters at all even sad, tormented Scott. It did hold my interest because I wanted to see how it ended but I could still put it aside to do other things it just wasn't one of those "I can't put this down" kind of book. So my final say is that for me it was just an okay book and that pretty much sums up the mediocrity of this book.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: JapanSherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Japan by Vasudev Murthy (Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years #1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Mystery/Historical Fiction

A wonderfully written account of another Holmes/Watson adventure and even though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did not pen this particular account the author Vasudev Murthy did an absolutely amazing job with his prose so that it sounded like Sir Conan Doyle was at it again, regaling us with the adventures of Holmes and Watson! I am gushing quite a bit and even though I didn't give it five stars I have very good reason for it, this particular tale was much longer than other Sherlock Holmes story so there was of course some rather dry parts that is not often seen in the shorter adventures written by Sir Conan Doyle and also the length has given the author more time to elaborate on not so important details and happenings which slowed the story from moving along at the normal more direct retelling that is more characteristic of Sir Conan Doyle's Watson. Though these things stood out they were just minor things I noticed and for them I did take away one star but as an over all read I would say the book was fantastic and any fan of Sherlock Holmes and Watson better be ready to get to the bookshop on the 3rd of March 2015 to scoop up their copy fast!!!

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