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The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This is a collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1903-1904.- This was the first Holmes collection since 1893, when Holmes had “died” in “The Adventure of the Final Problem”.-

– Having published The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901-1902 (although setting it before Holmes’ death) Doyle came under intense pressure to revive his famous character.

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Thought for the Day

‘Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Riveting biography: Ayn Rand and the World She Made

Ayn Rand and the World She Made

~ Anne C. Heller

Anne C. Heller has written a riveting, massively researched biography of the self styled ‘radical for capitalism’ Ayn Rand. “A thoroughly absorbing account of the passion, ferocity, ambition, and humanity.”

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Best books of the nineties?

Joe Sherry at the Adventures in Reading blog has compiled a list of best reads of the previous decade. (I admire his memory!) It is an interesting list. He admits to reading fantasy and sci fi, but the reading here includes some fascinating reads.

Irresistibly compelling – Under the Dome by Stephen King

Under the Dome

Under the Dome

Under the Dome: A Novel

~ Stephen King

King’s return to supernatural horror is uncomfortably bulky, formidably complex and irresistibly compelling.

Watch the book trailer for Under the Dome

Watch the author Stephen King discuss the inspiration and writing for the book

Last speaker of English dies?

DATELINE: 5th February, year 2410. Canterbury, formerly in Britain, now part of The Great European Empire.

Jedd Adams, the last surviving English speaker, died aged 87 last night in his sleep. His death marks the end of a language that once was predominant across the world.

Hmmm interesting thought! Read more about what prompted this idea here

Could we call “Love Story” a classic, or is it trash?

Emily Farrell makes a good case for ” classic”.

‘Love Story’ is a readable classic, she writes, Forty years after it was written, it still draws teens to its universal issues.

Is it better to read “Love Story” by the late Erich Segal, who died recently, or “Hamlet,” by the really late playwright William Shakespeare? The answer seems obvious to most educated people. “Hamlet” is the world’s greatest tragedy; “Love Story” is trash.

But they are both classics. Yes, both. If a classic stands the test of time, “Hamlet” needs no defense. And as this high school English teacher can attest, “Love Story” still resonates with teenagers 40 years after it was written. The boys still identify with the struggle of being independent from parents, and the girls understand the desire to marry a man who is rich and athletic. Everyone cries when Jenny dies and sobs when the Barrett men finally admit, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

A classic deals with universal dilemmas.

… And this is the first of the major points she makes in support of her viewpoint …