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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Monday, October 5, 2015

Classic Collection: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and Frankenstein



The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving by Savior Pirotta; illus by Jason Juta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by QEB Publishing
Source: egalley via edelweiss

QEB Classic Collection

A very well written story in itself and a well-told adaptation of the classic tale. Many adaptations choose to concentrate on the headless horseman and turn this into a horror story when it is not. This author has kept to the original by presenting a fine folktale of life in New York, a love triangle, and the place ghost stories held in these peoples' lives. The headless horseman scene is the climax of the story which meanders along telling the story of Ichabod Crane first and foremost with moments of humour and a bit of a sense of the haunted. A good introduction to the ghost story.



Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson by Anne Rooney; illus by Tom McGrath
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by QEB Publishing
Source: egalley via edelweiss

QEB Classic Collection


A fine retelling of the classic horror story. Being a novella, in the first place this is not that difficult to adapt and Rooney has done an excellent presentation of the original including all the key elements and exploring the theme of the good vs evil personalities inherent in everyone and the consequences Jekyll creates by separating them from his core being. The book is an easy read for young chapter book readers with a full page of text accompanied by a gorgeous full-page illustration in the style of the Victorian era.




Frankenstein by Mary Shelley by Savior Pirotta; illus by Franco Rivoli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by QEB Publishing
Source: egalley via edelweiss

QEB Classic Collection


A decent rendition of the classic Frankenstein story with beautiful illustrations every spread. The illustrations make this book as they are simply lovely even though they depict the creature akin to Boris Karloff's version which is not how he appears in the novel at all. The text does a good job of simplifying the story while keeping all the major plot points including important but small details such as the murder of the little brother and keeping in mind the whole deprivation of love/revenge-theme. Two points which make this version miss the mark are that the creature is identified as a "monster" immediately and it fails to convey Victor Frankenstein's insanity. These are key to understanding the original novel but still this version does introduce the story to first-time young readers.


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