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Lora's Rants and Reviews

My own unapologetic opinions on books and writing. I DO NOT accept review requests but only review books I choose to read and I don't post reviews on Amazon. I'm also persnickity about genre and plot.

Currently reading

Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 6%
The Flight of the Griffin
C.M. Gray
Progress: 40%
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen, Anna Quindlen
Progress: 17%
Gypsy Blood
Jeff Gunhus
Progress: 79%
Unnatural Creatures
Maria Dahvana Headley, Neil Gaiman
Progress: 59%
Don Quixote
Roberto González Echevarría, John Rutherford, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Progress: 66%

October Roundup Addendum

The legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde
— feeling ghost

I read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as planned last night, then followed it up with another Classic, The Canterville Ghost! Both are short stories.


While neither was particularly scary, they were both entertaining and I can tick off two more Classics from my 'I really must read that someday' list.


So, mini-reviews:


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

This is written in an old version of English that reminds me of Quakers. It's the story of a lanky teacher, Icabod Crane, who moves to a small Pennsylvania Dutch town called Sleepy Hollow. He has aspirations to marry a local heiress and there is a tradition in the town of telling spooky stories, especially about a Hessian soldier who was killed by beheading and now haunts the roads as the Headless Horseman.

The story is funny in parts and certainly engaging. There's one exciting bit and I found the ending particularly amusing, as the reader is left to come to their own conclusion as to what actually happened. Well worth the time it took to read.


The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

Again. this is more funny than scary, although it turns rather emotional near the end. An American family moves into an old English manor house and is warned that a ghost comes with the property, which they dismiss out of hand. When the ghost manifests, the family reacts in ways that the ghost doesn't expect and a comedy is born. There is a general Victorian tone to the narrative which suits the story well.


I'll say no more as it would give too much away, but this is short, free from several legitimate places like Gutenberg and I think Amazon, and definitely worth a read.