Mini Reviews, Vol. 11

Baker Street By-Ways by James Edward Holroyd I found this slim paperback at Book Vault, out in Mesa. I didn't realize that Otto Penzler, whom I know as an editor of mystery anthologies, had put together a collection of Sherlockania in the mid-90s. I'd be interested in other volumes even though this one was a … Continue reading Mini Reviews, Vol. 11

Super Retro Review ~ Spooky Tricks

Spooky Tricks by by Rose Wyler, Gerald Ames, Talivaldis Stubis (Illustrator) Learn the secrets of these dazzling tricks and put on a Halloween show that's sure to bewitch your friends. You will be able to make cards rise, a girl disappear, and a boy float! (via Goodreads) I'm always a little tickled when I'm browsing … Continue reading Super Retro Review ~ Spooky Tricks

Review ~ Curiosity

Curiosity by Gary L. Blackwood Philadelphia, PA, 1835. Rufus, a twelve-year-old chess prodigy, is recruited by a shady showman named Maelzel to secretly operate a mechanical chess player called the Turk. The Turk wows ticket-paying audience members and players, who do not realize that Rufus, the true chess master, is hidden inside the contraption. But … Continue reading Review ~ Curiosity

Spring into Horror Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews

Hosted by Michelle @ Seasons of Reading Wrap-Up Never got into a good reading groove last week. Maybe it was starting out with a DNF, maybe it was trying to push through an anthology, maybe it was starting a new writing project. I don't know. I bounced from book to book; nothing ever sat particularly … Continue reading Spring into Horror Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews

Rewind ~ The Rope Trick

The Rope Trick by Lloyd Alexander Lidi is a brilliant magician, able to perform all manner of astonishing illusions. But one trick eludes her, the greatest in the world: the rope trick. And only one person can teach it to her: the legendary magician Ferramondo. On her quest to find him, she joins up with … Continue reading Rewind ~ The Rope Trick

Double Review ~ The Houdini Box & Now You See It

The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick Victor is forever trying to escape from locked trunks, walk through walls, and perform any number of Houdini's astonishing magic tricks...without success. Then -- amazingly -- he actually meets his idol, and begs Houdini to explain himself. A mysterious locked box is the magician's only answer, and Victor is … Continue reading Double Review ~ The Houdini Box & Now You See It

Book #21

Odd and the Frost Giants by by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author), Mark Buckingham (Illustrator) A kid's book, but a fun read. I found it witty enough and a nice nod to Norse mythology in its tone. From what I know about Norse mythology, which admittedly isn't much currently. I do know one thing: Loki *always* … Continue reading Book #21