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Unprofessional Impressions, Books I've Finished (6/18/15 - 7/24/15)

It has been quite a while since I have posted anything related to the books I have finished recently. Decided to start posting them here so that people would not need to scroll past paragraphs of rambling on Facebook. If you have any suggestions for which novel I should read next then please comment. Here. We. Go.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes (The Heirloom Collection) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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I was uncertain just what I was going to get with this collection. I adore the BBC modern day Sherlock but I thought that a lot of it was exaggerated to try and draw in a young audience. What I got, however, was a cocaine addicted consulting detective with a gun toting side kick who actually ended up shielding criminals from the law more often then getting them arrested. It is a great collection with some of my favorite stories being The Adventure of The Solitary Cyclist, The Valley of Fear and The Man With The Twisted Lip.

While the stories are great the writing can get a bit monotonous. If I had to imagine John Watson “ejaculating” a sentence one more time I thought my head would explode. What I also find somewhat disheartening is in the Preface of the final volume. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, where said Preface resides, has a depressing undertone in my opinion. The undertone I feel vibrating off the words are ones of regret. It seemed that while Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did not truly regret writing so many stories about the dynamic duo but it still seems like he would have focused on other ideas he had.

Still a great collection and I recommend it wholeheartedly.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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I will admit I was late to the party on Ernest Cline’s debut novel. But better late than never right? A great novel that while getting the reader to wish they lived in a world where there was an open world Virtual Reality game like the Oasis, it also reminds the reader that true happiness can only be found in the real world. That is what made a great novel into a masterpiece. Its use of pop-culture references were everywhere might turn some people off but I like to think that there’s something for everyone. Midworld, Discworld, Middle Earth, Anime, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. It has it all. Loved the novel.

If it lacked one vital part it would be character development. Everyone seemed like a one note instrument that kept repeating the same tune over and over.



Armada by Ernest Cline

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This novel takes a lot of obvious ques from other books like Ender’s Game. Which doesn’t make it bad nor unique. If anything can be said about it is the fact it feels lazy. But that’s not fair either because it is a good book. In fact, better than most books on this list. With it’s somewhat open ending I am hoping for a sequel. Also it is one of the few novels that had made me stop in the middle to try to prevent myself from crying. This book also is jam packed with references to other pop-culture from the 80’s. This novel fixed one major problem Ready Player One suffered from, character development. It was a roller coaster of a tale.

Also, I need my own Raid The Arcade mix.

Cujo by Stephen King

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While most people picture the story in this novel they think of the movie. But Cujo is so much more. It actually reminds me of the fairy tales parents used to tell kids, like “Honey, if you keep sucking your thumb a evil cobbler will show up and snip them off with his giant scissors.” This books underlying theme is almost akin to those fairy tales. What would happen if you cheated on your husband? Well, your kid will die of heatstroke. What would happen if you do not get your dog a rabies vaccine? Well, it will contract the disease and slowly deteriorate into madness, then killing your husband and neighbor.


At the end of the novel King reminds the reader that Cujo was a good dog. Just a dog who wanted to make his owners happy and proud. Just a lack of sight from the owner’s part caused it suffer, and in turn, caused others to suffer. Please remember to take care of your pets.


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Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

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Now I do not know if this book just didn’t connect with me because my lack of being female or not being old enough to have formed a life long relationship. Either way, I feel that this book is one of King’s weaker novels. I would not recommend it to anyone under the age of 50, or a male reader either. While I do appreciate that Lisey’s Story on the writing style level and that it seems to have been directly to King’s wife Tabitha, I still cannot imagine ever returning to it for a re-read.









The Wind Through The Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel by Stephen King

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King says in the beginning of the novel that you do not need to read the other Dark Tower novels to enjoy this tale. Which for the most part is true. But I feel that the weight carried by Roland’s decision that his mom forgave him, and he her, is wasted without knowing quite why it had been troubling the gunslinger. Also, while Tim Stoutheart’s tale is pretty unique it also feels unexciting. The only redeeming part in his story in my opinion was the Covenant Man’s, AKA Randall Flagg, magic he shows to Tim. We rarely get so much information on the quasi-immortal wizard. I can only really recommend this book to Dark Tower or Randall Flagg fans.

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