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Old January 21st, 2018, 12:51 pm
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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.


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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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SixFour by Hideo Yokoyama -- 7/10

Pretty good read. Liked the twists and turns. Was a bit underwhelmed by the ending but the ride itself was worth it. Enjoyed how he wrote the characters and the environments, it reminded me of Stephen King.


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El Monarca de las Sombras (the King of Shadows), by Javier Cercas, 5.5 / 10

The author tells his own struggle to write the story of his mother's uncle, a young officer during the Civil War, the family hero. But there is a problem: this family hero fought for Franco's side (the winning side), wich he considers a motive of shame and not of pride. So he is constantly torn between the idea of turning this family myth into a flesh and bone character, and the inconvenience of the myth's political associations, which he deplores.

The description of the search of information about an insignificant officer eighty years after the war and the testimonies of the few remaining witnesses are very interesting. But the author's constant need of justifying himself and apologizing for coming from a family with this unsuitable background is quite tiresome.


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6/10 The Poet X - Elizabeth Acevedo

7/10 Roses by Leila Meacham


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7/10 The Cheerleaders - Kara Thomas
6/10 Contagion - Eric Bowman
6/10 To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han
6/10 PS I Still Love You - Jenny Han


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Masters of Rome series, by Colleen McClullough, 6.5/10


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Don't Look Now by Daphne du Maurier - 3.5/5

The titular story is positively thrilling, the rest are of varying quality, but an exciting read nonetheless. Although my overall experience with her other short story collection, The Birds and Other Stories, was better.


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