Book Review: The Case of the Gypsy Good-bye

The Case of the Gypsy Good-bye
The Case of the Gypsy Good-bye by Nancy Springer

My rating: 0 of 5 stars

A perfect conclusion to this wonderful series! Enola is once again on the case, this time tracking down the missing Duquessa, while avoiding her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft. All those mysteries that have been niggling at me for the entire series are finally resolved. Why did Enola’s mother run away with gypsies? How will Enola repair her relationship with her brothers without losing her freedom?

I was very glad to see more of Sherlock in this book, especially since the dialogue between him and Enola is priceless!
Enola is spunky and serious-minded and brave. She’s so resourceful and imaginative! I just love her character. She has a no-nonsense attitude, a kind compassionate heart, and an extra helping of independent spirit. Continue reading

Book Review: Las memorias de Sherlock Holmes

Las memorias de Sherlock Holmes
Las memorias de Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Of course I love, love and adore, any story with Sherlock Holmes, but this translation is not the best. First of all, it uses some archaic words, weird sentence structure, and it also has typos and misspellings. It was a little difficult to read at times, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
It’s so sad rereading “The Final Problem” (“El Problema Final”), and it’s just as pathetic and distressing a story in any language.
I adore this book, and will be rereading it many times in the future, in English and in Spanish!
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Por supuesto que me encanta, con mucho amor y adoracion, cualquier historia con Sherlock Holmes, pero esta traducción no es el mejor. En primer lugar, utiliza algunas palabras arcaicas, estructura de la oración raro, y también tiene erratas y faltas de ortografía. Fue un poco difícil de leer a veces, pero lo disfruté, de todos modos.
Es tan triste releyendo “El problema final”, y es igual de patético y angustiante una historia en cualquier idioma.
Adoro este libro, y estaré releyendo muchas veces en el futuro, en Inglés y en Español!

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Book Review: A Sherlock Holmes Devotional

A Sherlock Holmes Devotional: Uncovering the Mysteries of God
A Sherlock Holmes Devotional: Uncovering the Mysteries of God by Trisha White Priebe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adore this devotional based on lessons from the works of Sherlock Holmes! Each chapter focuses on a particular quote, or a quality of Holmes and Watson, or one of their adventures, and weaves a similarity between that concept and the Christian life. Although Conan Doyle was not a notable Christian and Holmes is somewhat ambiguous about his beliefs, there are still lessons to be learned from the stories! Continue reading

What I Read in November

These are the books I read in November! Eleven books in eleven minutes- I tried to keep the video as short as possible, but I get excited talking about books!

Just because a book is mentioned here does NOT mean that I recommend it. Some of these were great, some not so good, and some I didn’t even finish b/c they were just that awful.

Books mentioned in order:
The Storm Before Atlanta- Karen Schwabach
The Writing Life- Annie Dillard
The CaseBook of Sherlock Holmes- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Young Joan- Barbara Dana
Eidi- Bodil Bredsdorff
Things Not Seen- Andrew Clements
Knit One, Kill Two- Maggie Sefton
The First Two Lives of Lukas Kasha- Lloyd Alexander
Shadow Bridge- Gregory Frost
For Darkness Shows the Stars- Diana Peterfreund
Same Kind of Different As Me- Ron Hall and Denver Moore