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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

The Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Simon Prebble
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo
Jeff Long
Progress: 11/431 pages
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Carolyn Keene
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis
Progress: 13 %

Five Bloodcurdling Mysteries ★★☆☆☆

Five Bloodcurdling Mysteries - Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens,  Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker

Audiobook of classic mystery/horror short stories, all written between 1840-1910, and all that implies. The advantage of the audio is that the modern reader must experience the stories as intended, but with excellent professional narrators. The disadvantage is that the modern reader can’t skim through the boring parts to get to the good stuff as you normally could when reading the text version.



Adventure of Silver Blaze, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Bill Wallis - previously reviewed


Murders in the Rue Morgue, by Edgar Allan Poe, read by Bronson Pinchot - previously reviewed



The Secret of the Growing Gold, by Bram Stoker, read by John Lee - A violent man cannot escape his vengeful dead lover


The Honour of Isreal Gow, by G.K. Chesterton, read by Simon Vance - A nobleman vows to leave all the gold in his castle to his honorable but literal-minded servant. Mystery ensues.


The Signal Man, by Charles Dickens, read by John Lee - A wonderfully spooky ghost story