The Colonel of the Red Huzzars by John Reed Scott

John Reed Scott is one of those authors that nobody seems to know about; he’s doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page! I’m apparently the only one who’s reviewed his books since the turn of the century and it’s very weird because his books are the PERFECT classic adventures. I love classic adventure novels, like The Count of Monte Cristo and Captain Blood. Anything with action, romance, intrigue, attempted assassinations, sword fights is a thing I Read More …

REVIEW: The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

It’s been about 12 years or so since I last read The Princess and the Goblin, and all I could remember was that the cover on my copy is super pretty.1 I don’t actually know where my copy IS, so I had to read the ebook version. There’s something about fairy tales– especially older ones– that makes reading them in paper format more pleasing than doing so in ebook, but we can’t have everything so Read More …

REVIEWS: Mike and Psmith; Psmith in the City; Psmith, Journalist

I am DETERMINED to get these last few reviews up before the beginning of the new year. DETERMINED. So! Yay: much funnier the second time around, maybe because I was in a better mood? I didn’t even mind the huge cricket game at the end. Nay: reading about the trials and tribulations of upper class white boys can be kinda MEH if you’re in the wrong mood. Verdict: it’s Wodehouse! Maybe the plot isn’t as Read More …

The Princess Dehra by John Reed Scott

Sometimes with these old romantic adventure books, the language is overly flowery and the plotline melodramatic and terrible. And SOMETIMES that’s fun, but mostly it’s annoying (to me). When I started reading The Princess Dehra for Distributed Proofreaders’ smoothreading thing, I was worried it’d be one of the annoying romances and I’d get pissed off and then I’d have to back off from the project and feel massively guilty about it for a few weeks. So imagine Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: A Christmas Carol, Agnes Grey, Mike & Psmith

I have a bad history with Charles Dickens. I was forced to read at least one of his books in school– Great Expectations— and it had left a great stain of anti-Dickens sentiment upon my soul. I hate Dickens! I hate his dour stories, his depressing characters, and the whole dank coating of gloom that hovers over his books. I don’t even watch the TV show versions, and I can only enjoy Oliver Twist if Read More …

REVIEW: Across Asia on a Bicycle by Thomas Gaskell Allen & William Lewis Sachtleben

You know, I don’t even really want to review this book. I just want to point it out to you and say “read it yourself.” It’s a fun little book, and I did (for the most part) enjoy reading it. And I especially liked reading about the early days of world travel via an unusual mean. Nowadays, of course, there are hundreds if not thousands of people travelling around the world on a bicycle (some Read More …

Arsene Lupin by Maurice LeBlanc

I’ve been a fan of the Lupid the 3rd anime series for a while now, but never thought to check out the material that inspired it. Then I discovered that a few of the original Arsene Lupin books are available as free downloads, and I no longer had any excuse not to read them. It turned out to be a fairly typical early 1900’s crime novel, but it was charming. I especially liked finding connections Read More …

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

I didn’t really have any expectations for this, mostly because I’m only familar with Christie’s Poirot books and not much else. However, I was immensely satisfied to discover that this is a truly excellent book. I had a lot of fun reading it! The action and drama was kept high throughout the course of the plot, and the twist at the end was marvelously well-done. I didn’t expect it at all– in fact, I thought Read More …