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 …

Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster (reread)

Probably there are some spoilers here! Just fyi. The first time I read this I was all grossed out by both the age difference between the two leads AND by the deceitfulness of Daddy Long-Legs himself– I’m just not into that whole “I am secretly dating you but you don’t know it, haha” thing. (It’s why I have a hard time watching You’ve Got Mail, despite its amazing New York-in-the-fall-ness.) This time around, though, I Read More …

REVIEW: Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

I read the first Anne book last year and liked it a lot! Anne of Avonlea, the second book, was a pretty good read, too– though not AS good as Anne of Green Gables. For some reason it seemed less adventurous than the first book? Maybe because Anne herself is growing up; she’s a Young Adult in this book, not a kid,1 and so though she still gets herself into trouble she handles it like 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 …

REVIEW: Heidi by Johanna Spyri

The first time I read Heidi I was about 9 years old. My copy was that abridged version with lots of illustrations– part of that series that introduced kids to lots of classics, including Dracula and Charles Dickens. You know the ones I’m talking about? They’ve got huge fonts! Anyway, I don’t remember much about that experience, but I suppose I must have been bored out of my mind because otherwise I would have retained 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 …