Title: A Study in Scarlet
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Number of Pages: 134 pages
Book Number/Goal: 2/25 for 2012
My Rating: 3.5/5

Amazon Summary: When Dr John Watson takes rooms in Baker Street with amateur detective Sherlock Holmes, he has no idea that he is about to enter a shadowy world of criminality and violence. Accompanying Holmes to an ill-omened house in south London, Watson is startled to find a dead man whose face is contorted in a rictus of horror. There is no mark of violence on the body yet a single word is written on the wall in blood. Dr Watson is as baffled as the police, but Holmes' brilliant analytical skills soon uncover a trail of murder, revenge and lost love.

Review: This was okay? I enjoyed it, but it didn't get me really excited about Sherlock Holmes or make me see what all the fuss is about or anything. I will definitely be reading other Holmes books, though.
I'm way behind on the articles-- 2/20, both for the EpiDoc guidelines push I'm helping with-- but finished my fifth novel yesterday, which feels pretty great.

Short reviews of Cather's My Antonia, Byatt's The Children's Book, Grossman's The Magicians, Donoghue's Room, and Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle below the cut. )

Coming soon: academic article reviews (yes, really). Also: I ordered a Kindle, which I'm pretty excited about. Any thoughts on it from comm members?

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Title: The Saga of Grettir the Strong.
Author: Anonymous, trans. G.A. Hight.
Number of Pages: 288.
Genre: Norse saga.
Book Number/Goal: 59 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Nibelungenlied.
Author: Anonymous, trans. A.T. Hatto.
Number of Pages: 416.
Genre: Literature.
Book Number/Goal: 60 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Njal's Saga.
Author: Anonymous, trans. Robert Cook.
Number of Pages: 384.
Genre: Norse saga.
Book Number/Goal: 61 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Merlin and the Grail.
Author: Robert de Boron.
Number of Pages: 184.
Genre: Literature, Arthurian.
Book Number/Goal: 62 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Death of King Arthur (La Mort le Roi Artu).
Author: Anonymous, trans. James Cable.
Number of Pages: 240.
Genre: Literature, Arthurian.
Book Number/Goal: 63 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Four Ways to Forgiveness.
Author: Ursula Le Guin.
Number of Pages: 320.
Genre: Speculative fiction, short stories.
Book Number/Goal: 64 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.
Title: The Ghost Pirates.
Author: William Hope Hodgson.
Number of Pages: 176.
Genre: Horror.
Book Number/Goal: 50 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The House on the Borderland.
Author: William Hope Hodgson.
Number of Pages: 152.
Genre: Horror.
Book Number/Goal: 51 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'.
Author: William Hope Hodgson.
Number of Pages: 132.
Genre: Horror.
Book Number/Goal: 52 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Red Tree.
Author: Caitlin R. Kiernan.
Number of Pages: 385.
Genre: Horror.
Book Number/Goal: 53 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Sagas of Warrior-Poets.
Author: Anonymous.
Number of Pages: 400.
Genre: Literature, Norse sagas.
Book Number/Goal: 54 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Deerskin.
Author: Robin McKinley.
Number of Pages: 320.
Genre: Fantasy.
Book Number/Goal: 55 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Name of the Rose.
Author: Umberto Eco.
Number of Pages: 502.
Genre: Mystery, historical.
Book Number/Goal: 56 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Arthurian Romances.
Author: Chretien de Troyes.
Number of Pages: 521.
Genre: Literature.
Book Number/Goal: 57 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Thief.
Author: Megan Whalen Turner.
Number of Pages: 280.
Genre: Fantasy.
Book Number/Goal: 58 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.
Title: David Copperfield.
Author: Charles Dickens.
Number of Pages: 879.
Genre: Classics.
Book Number/Goal: 13/20. List here.

Review: Here.
Title: What Katy Did.
Author: Susan Coolidge.
Number of Pages: ~230. (Read as ebook.)
Genre: Classics.
Book Number/Goal: 6/20. List here.

Review: Here.
Title: The Three Musketeers.
Author: Alexandre Dumas.
Number of Pages: 688.
Genre: Classic.
Book Number/Goal: 8/10 (for the week). List here.

Review: Here.
Title: The Thirty-Nine Steps.
Author: John Buchan.
Number of Pages: 119.
Genre: Classic.
Book Number/Goal: 7/10 (for the week). List here.

Review: Here.
Title: Animal Farm.
Author: George Orwell.
Number of Pages: 144.
Genre: Classic.
Book Number/Goal: 48/50 from my list.

Review: Here.
Title: The Great Gatsby.
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Number of Pages: 192.
Genre: Literature.
Book Number/Goal: 44/50 from my list.

Review: Here.
Title: The Jungle Book.
Author: Rudyard Kipling.
Number of Pages: 322.
Genre: Literature.
Book Number/Goal: 43/50 from my list.

Review: Here.
Title: A Kestrel for a Knave.
Author: Billy Hines.
Number of Pages: 208.
Genre: Literature.
Book Number/Goal: 33/50 from my list.

Review: Here.
Title: The Secret History of Moscow
Author: Ekaterina Sedia
Genre: urban fantasy
Book Number/Goal: 61/150

insta-reaction of the rec nature )


Title: The Devil's Dictionary
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Genre: satire
Book Number/Goal: 62/150

insta-reaction )

Title: Poetics
Author: Aristotle
Genre: classic literature
Book Number/Goal: 63/150

insta-reaction )

Title: The Culture of Spontaneity: Improvisation and the Arts in Postwar America [read in Ukrainian translation]
Author: Daniel Belgrad
Genre: cultural history
Book Number/Goal: 64/150

insta-reaction )

Title: Війна і слово. Мілітарна парадигма літератури соціалістичного реалізму [War and Word. The Military Paradign in Socialist Realism Literature - in Ukrainian]
Author: Iryna Zakharchuk [Ірина Захарчук]
Genre: litcrit
Book Number/Goal: 65/150

insta-reaction )
Title: Great Expectations.
Author: Charles Dickens.
Number of Pages: ~854. (Read in ebook form.)
Genre: Classic literature.
Book Number/Goal: 8/50 from my list.

Review: Here.
Title: Sense and Sensibility.
Author: Jane Austen.
Number of Pages: ~543. (Read in ebook form.)
Genre: Classic literature.
Book Number/Goal: 7/50 from my list.

Review: Here.
Title: Persuasion.
Author: Jane Austen.
Number of Pages: ~352. (Read in ebook form.)
Genre: Classic literature.
Book Number/Goal: 6/50 from my list.

Review: Here.
Title: Lady Susan.
Author: Jane Austen.
Number of Pages: ~157. (Read in ebook form.)
Genre: Classic literature.
Book Number/Goal: 5/50 from my list.

Review: Here.
Title: Pride and Prejudice.
Author: Jane Austen.
Number of Pages: 262.
Genre: Classic literature.
Book Number/Goal: 4/50 from my list.

Review: Here.
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Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte
Genre: Romance-Gothic horror-Bildungsroman (a character matures internally through encounters with the external)
Book Number/Goal: 3.5 / 12

From Sparknotes.com:

From its beginning, Jane Eyre explores and challenges the social preconceptions of nineteenth-century Victorian society. Themes of social class, gender relations, and injustice predominate throughout. 

This was a difficult read for me, though not as difficult as it was when I was twelve (I didn't get it at all then). It's quite long and the combination of styles, though done well, is unusual (I'm a little biased here; I don't care for horror stories). It is, however, a "classic", and the themes that Bronte used and the ideas she challenged tell a lot about the society she lived in.
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