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Review of ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’

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As a youngster, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs were among the first authors I read. I was overjoyed, therefore, to receive a free review copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This volume, however, is a book with a difference. First published in 1892, the famous detective is back, thanks to Story Cartel Classics, with endnotes and articles showing how the stories offer life lessons that we can all benefit from.

So, not only do you get to read some of Doyle’s best Holmes’ stories, but at the end you’re offered examples of how the story can relate to your present circumstances – and improve them. And, as an added bonus, the e-Book has interactive links to enable readers to talk about the lessons and discuss them with other readers on the Story Cartel blog. Now, how neat is that, folks?

Take for example, the first story, ‘A Scandal in Bohemia.’ The story of the King of Bohemia who comes to Holmes for help illustrates five paths everyone can follow for a better life:  1) pay attention, 2) don’t make assumptions, 3) be authentic, 4) laugh a lot, and 5) prioritize things in your life.

This is an easy book to like, unless you just happen to be among that miniscule percentage of people who don’t like Sherlock Holmes. Actually, even if you’re not a particular fan, you’ll find it a different kind of self-help book, so give it a read anyway.

I can’t say enough good about it, so I’ll stop and say, read it, Read It, READ IT!


Review of ‘Creature Discomforts’

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What could be more normal than a college campus in Georgia? In the hands of author Jenny Peterson, that normal campus becomes anything but. Creature Discomforts is an interesting novella – third in the Descendants series – that takes us along with Rachel Chase, an appropriately named heroine, who, in addition to trying to keep up with her classes, chases demons and half-demons that only she and her kind can see.

I received a free copy of Creature Discomforts for review. My hat’s off to Peterson for her skill at overlaying a weird paranormal environment over an ordinary setting like a college campus. Her characters, demon and descendant alike, except for their paranormal abilities, come across as ordinary people with extraordinary abilities.

Peterson’s use of dialogue – if not for the subject of their conversations, her characters would be your average run-of-the-mill college students – is one of the strongest points of this short work.