Category: Challenges

Review: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I only discovered Sherlock Holmes last year, although I always wanted to read the stories.  I love Victorian literature and classic mysteries, so Sherlock Holmes is a perfect fit.  Maybe I was inspired by the movie with Robert Downey Jr, which I thought was pretty weak – I wanted to see what Sherlock Holmes was…

Review: The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

Spring-Heeled Jack is pretty much what you’d expect it to be – it’s good, fun steampunk set in an alternate version of Victorian England.  The “twist” is that it actually explains how the alternate reality came to be.  It also involves a whole cast of real-life characters, including the explorer Richard Francis Burton, the poet…

Review: Pump Six and Other Stories by Paulo Bacigalupi

Paulo Bacigalupi is the author of the award-winning science fiction novel, The Windup Girl, and a young adult novel called Ship Breaker.  I loved Ship Breaker; but I’ve tried to read The Windup Girl and found it difficult to get into.  Bacigalupi introduces a very detailed alternative world that’s can be compared to the noir-dystopian-Asian-influenced…

2012 Reading Challenges

There are a lot of interesting 2012 Reading Challenges floating around out there.  The blog ExUrbanis has a great listing.  I’m curious, do you sign up for challenges, and if so which ones? Last year I signed up for two, a steampunk reading challenge which was mostly a site where you could post your reviews,…