October 21st, 2012


Book #05 - Novellas of death

Book #05 – Novellas of death

Name of the Book: Novellas of death / Novellen des Todes (German)
Name of the Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Genre: Horror, Drama
Pages: 126
Date: 22.9.2012 – 24.9.2012
Short description: (This book was published in Germany, I doubt that it is available in other languages. But I recon that there are other collections of novellas of Poe’s stories out there and that the content is the same.) This collection contains seven of Poe’s short stories, which all deal with death and the genre horror, which lead to the books name. The short stories featured are “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Masque of Red Death”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “A Descent into the Maelström”, “The Black Cat”, “The Man of the Crowd” and “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”.

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i can't remember the last time i posted, so i'm just going to do the last 19 books as i remember them.

53. 'countdown to lockdown' mick foley
was hugely impressed with his first two autobiographies. this one was a bit rambling. topics all over the place and hard to follow at times, but still an interesting look into the world of professional wrestling.
54. 'smokin' seventeen' janet evanovich
55. 'explosive eighteen' janet evanovich
glad to finally finish this series as it stands. 18 books is a lot, and honestly not a lot was happening in the end. similar stories, similar stuff ups, similar issues with romantic relationships...
56. 'my point, and i do have one' ellen degeneres
not as good as i was expecting. i like ellen, but her book wasn't that good. a very fast and rambling read that i'm still not convinced did have a point despite what the title suggests.
57. 'hitman' bret hart
i missed the whole bret hart thing when i came into watching the wrestling. by the time i got into the WWF (later the WWE), he had already made the move to the WCW and i wasn't watching that. it was very interesting to read about someone who helped make the WWF what it is today. someone who was coming into wrestling from a different aspect to other wrestling biographies i've read. although i'm sure it's completely one sided in a lot of aspects, it was an interesting read nonetheless.
58. 'puberty blues' kathy letts
got this one because i'd missed the whole puberty blues thing when i was growing up. it was before my time really. the tv show has me hooked and i wanted to see where it all came from. there are similarities but the book didn't go into a great deal of detail. still enjoyable, if only for the cringe factor.
59. 'the stone cold truth' dennis brent
loved steve austin when i started watching wrestling. was so disappointed when he just disappeared, i was really interested in seeing why that happened and why he came back. a good biography if you love the wrestler.
60. 'cross rhodes: goldust, out of the darkness" dustin rhodes
yes, another wrestling biography. must be a phase again. loved goldust as well, wasn't disappointed with this story at all.
61. 'the hardcore diaries' mick foley
honestly, see review under 'countdown to lockdown' because it's pretty much the same, just a bit angrier.
62. 'hatchepsut' joyce a. tyldesley
loved this book. aside from wrestling, i love everything egypt. reading about hatchepsut has been fascinating. i learned a little while i was in egypt, but i have a whole new level of respect now i know more about her unconventional life.
63. 'akhenaten: the false prophet" nicholas reeves
fascinating story. the man that tried to completely change a belief system. not altogether a popular decision... the father of tutankhamun and the husband of nefertiti (both names that might be more well known than akhenaten himself) he neglected his duty to the rest of his country and plunged them into chaos.
64. 'nice girls don't have fangs' molly harper
65. 'nice girls don't date dead men'
66. 'nice girls don't live forever'
67. 'nice girls don't bite their neighbours'
an interesting series, easy to read. vampire story though. nothing really new there.
68. 'death and the girl next door' darynda jones
not easy to follow at times. a few things happened that were a bit confusing. interesting idea though.
69. 'horemheb: the forgotten pharaoh' charlotte booth
a little repetitive at times, but at the same time interesting. there wasn't a lot about horemheb's tale that booth could tell us and had to flesh things out a bit and i think that's where the repetition came from, but still a fascinating read about the pharaoh that brought egpyt back into prosperity after the rule of akhenaten (tutankhamun and ay) and who was responsible for bringing the ramesside period to egpyt.
70. 'aquamarine' alice hoffman
a children's tale including mermaids and love. i found the movie a LOT more interesting.
71. 'are you ready? the unauthorised history of DX' aaron williams
it was okay, but not quite what i was expecting. told as if you were hearing it from shawn michaels and triple h themselves, but it was lacking something.
72. 'wallis' rebecca dean
really interesting story about wallis simpson who won the heart of an english prince and changed the course of history in doing so.


Book #63: Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James


Number of pages: 310

This book is a murder mystery set in the world of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, which largely seems to be an excuse to revisit the character's from Austen's (arguably) most well-known novel.

The best thing about the book is the way it is written, with P.D. James knowing a lot about the way Jane Austen wrote, and the backstory, and this is written in a style that is faithful to the original book. the characterisation of Mr. Darcy, who is portrayed as almost Sherlock Holmes-like, is particularly good. The one difference between this book and Austen that I noticed was that there were a few scenes with no female characters (Jane Austen never did this).

The problems I had with this book were firstly that it initially was all about recapping on the events of the original story, and after that it seemed like a rather formulaic story involving a murder mystery, followed by legal procedings, except with Jane Austen characters. However, I thought the concept was good, and this should appeal to fans of Austen's writing.

Next book: Bleak House by Charles Dickens