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Old January 21st, 2018, 11:51 am
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The Eyre Affair, by JasperFforde - 7.5/10

It looks like written exactly for nerdy bookworms like me.

Elementary, my dear Chaplin, by Rafael Marín - 4/10

A Sherlock Holmes story with a young Charlie Chaplin acting as Watson. It is amusing, but the two sections of the story (one while Chaplin is a child, and another as a young man) are not well-linked, and, as in many "tribute" books, there is an avalanche of well-known characters (from Mary Shelley to Oscar Wilde, not to mention an even more famous one due to spoiler-free policy) that seem to be there just to show how many Victorian characters the author knows.

Fer de Lance, by Nero Wolfe - 6.5/10

My first contact with the Nero Wolfe character. I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship...

The 7 Habits of the Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey - 6/10

As other self-help books, it's well-meant and optimistic, but promises more than it gives. I mean, it contains good advice, but it's not a life-changer. And it doesn't even consider the posibility that you may work in an environment which is hostile to its philosophy.

Madrid, March 11th, 2004. WHO DID IT?

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Old January 31st, 2018, 7:50 am
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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

A delightful read. Effortlessly creepy, with a couple of genuinely surprising and well-constructed plot twists (I was lucky enough to be spoiler-free), and wonderfully atmospheric - precisely what you'd want from a "haunted mansion" kind of book. It has echoes of classic Gothic stories like Jane Eyre. The writing style is flowing and elegant, shining especially in the descriptions of dynamic changes in nature, which are a sort of a barometer for the story's upcoming twists and turns, creating a sense of premonition which keeps you on your toes. My heart actually raced at a few places. No wonder Hitchcock loved du Maurier's work.

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