Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein

Mary Who Wrote FrankensteinMary, Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: August 28th, 2018
Publisher: Tundra Books
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Nonfiction, Biography, Writing, Dreams, Historical


REVIEW:

I had no idea.

Well first I’ve never actually read the classic Frankenstein. Like pretty much everyone else, I know what it’s about and confuse Frankenstein the monster with the doctor, but I’ve never had to read it for school (I went to a francophone high school) and I would much rather read a romantic classic than a scary one. Continue reading

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Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens's A Christmas CarolSeries: Puffin Plated

Publication Date: October 16th, 2018

Received: Penguin Random House Canada

Let me start off this review by saying that if you haven’t read this classic story already, you must do so immediately (or in early December under your Christmas tree). I think this is a tale that every being must know by heart. So many retellings have been produced but the original version is oh so worth it.

What is special about this Puffin Plated edition of the classic is that, as was the case with the Pride and Prejudice Puffin Plated book I reviewed previously, there are recipes inside and different artworks in colour. But although Pride and Prejudice contained desserts, desserts and more desserts, this book balances your diet a little more so it will not make you gain 10 pounds in a week! There are hors d’oeuvres, entrées, side dishes and, yes, desserts. Continue reading

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: A Book-to-Table Classic

Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceSeries: Puffin Plated

Publication Date: October 16th, 2018

Received: Penguin Random House Canada

This is one of the most beautiful—if not THE most beautiful—edition of the classic Pride and Prejudice I have held in my hands or seen in stores. You look at it, and you can’t help but fall in love slowly.

There is an atmosphere to it. Everything inside of it and outside of it just falls into place. Everyone knows that Pride and Prejudice is more than just a romance and so the recipes are more than just recipes—they are meant to be experienced along with a specific chapter.

Even if you’re not one to follow recipes or cook in general, you can still take great intellectual, emotional AND visual pleasure from this edition of the classic because there is art on almost every page. And the team who worked on this Puffin Plated book also included highlighted beloved quotes from the story so those may very well take your breath away.

If you’re someone who collects editions of classics you most definitely need this book in your library. Or if you want to purchase a copy of Pride and Prejudice but aren’t sure which one, you can go with this one if your budget allows you. It’s true that it’s a bit pricy for a classic—34CAN$—but because it’s the sort of book you treasure and the story is unabridged, it can reveal itself to be worth it.

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Review: The Princess Bride by William Goldman

21787The Princess Bride by William Goldman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: 1973
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Love, Adventure, Classic, Kings and Queens, Danger, Pirates

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BLURB:

What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything. Continue reading

Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

17245Dracula by Bram Stoker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Library
Publication Date: first published 1897
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 16+
Genres &  Themes: Adult, Classics, Vampires, Gothic

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BLURB:

The aristocratic vampire that haunts the Transylvanian countryside has captivated readers’ imaginations since it was first published in 1897. Hindle asserts that Dracula depicts an embattled man’s struggle to recover his “deepest sense of himself as a man”, making it the “ultimate terror myth”. Continue reading

Review: The Stranger by Albert Camus

49552The Stranger by Albert Camus

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: 1942
Publisher: Vintage International
Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 16+
Genres &  Themes: Adulr, Classic, Life, Psychological

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BLURB:

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.”
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Review: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: borrowed
First Publication Date: 1905
POV: 3rd person
Pacing: okay
Genres & Themes: Classic, Historical Fiction, Children, Friendship, Family, Love.

BLURB:

Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl’s fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children’s literature.

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