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Review: The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle

My first entry of the year in the ‘I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet’ column. I’m usually fairly adamant about reading source material before seeing adaptations of it, but with Sherlock Holmes, the many adaptations are so ubiquitous … Continue reading

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Review: The Old Curiosity Shop, by Charles Dickens

I have difficulty talking about The Old Curiosity Shop. This is my third attempt at writing a review for it. It’s one of my least favourite Dickens novels, and that ought to make it an easy topic for review, because … Continue reading

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Review: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

I think I might be a rarity when it comes to Frankenstein readers. I do not, ultimately, feel very much sympathy for Frankenstein’s monster. That’s right, folks, I have a cold, dead heart. And here’s why. Our world, right now, … Continue reading

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Review: The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende

Like most of my generation, I grew up watching the film adaptation of The Neverending Story. I watched it until it was seared into my memory — and probably into my mother’s — and wanted a trip to Fantastica and … Continue reading

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Review: Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens

Although it is the third of Dickens’s novels, Nicholas Nickleby is perhaps the first to feel more than prototypically Dickensian. It dances between comedy and tragedy, with a protagonist who is more than a little autobiographical and a secondary cast … Continue reading

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Review: Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens

The second stop on my tour of Dickens’s novel-length fiction, Oliver Twist is not one of my favourites, but it is perhaps one of his most memorable. Its strengths lie solidly in its opening: Where the first of Dickens’s novels, … Continue reading

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Review: The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens

There’s something about Dickens’s prose which has always made me feel connected. Connected to the past, connected to the country we share, connected to human nature in all its foibles. Because next to his anger, that’s one of Dickens’s most … Continue reading

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