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Book Reviews:

Bleach Volume 9 by Tite Kubo.
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Marakami.
The Boarder by Alexander Jablokov.
Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry.
Count to Ten Piggy Wiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox.
Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man by Tim Allen.
Exit Strategy by K. D. Wentworth
Forgive Me by Amanda Eyre Ward.
The Four Ugly Cats in Apartment 3D by Marilyn Sachs.
Flush by Carl Hiaasen.
Frogs by Martin Schwabacher.
He Rents, She Rents by Richard Roeper and Laura Viera.
Hotel Cat by Esther Averill
Immortal by Traci L. Slatton.
The Ka of Gifford Hillary by Dennis Wheatley.
Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes.
Leadership Brand by Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood.
Lorna Doone (Abridged) by R. D. Blackmore
Lost Pilgrim by Gene Wolf.
The Magnificent Mummy Maker by Elvira Woodruff.
Manhattan is Missing by E. W. Hildick.
The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Estes.
Mommy Hugs by Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.
The Overseer by Albert E. Cowdrey.
Park by Pierre Pratt
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle.
Q & A by Vikas Swarup
The Rocky Mountain Moving Picture Association by Loren D. Estleman
Rumple What? by Nancy Springer
Sea Turtles by Emilie U. Lepthien.
The Second Descent by Richard Paul Russo.
Stanley in Space by Jeff Brown and illustrated by Scott Nash.
Take a Stand, Rosa Parks! by Peter and Connie Roop.
Tall by Jez Alborough.
Trucks and Diggers by DK Publishing.
Women & Self-Esteem by Linda Tschirhart Sanford and Mary Ellen Donovan

Miscellaneous:
Kirby Went to the Beach by Sean Sammis

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Lorna Doone (Abridged)

Lorna Doone, AbridgedLorna Doone (Abridged): 03/16/08

I don't usually review books twice but I will make an exception for Lorna Doone because this review is for only half the book. I got through BookCrossing a number of years ago a paperback edition of the novel to read after I heard a lovely adaptation of it on Radio 4. Life being what it is, the book got shelved and ignored until I made time to read it because it fit into one of the many challenges I'm participating in this year.

As I was reading the novel it quickly became apparent that the book I was reading was either vastly altered from the Radio 4 version or my memory was playing tricks on me. I remembered the novel being witty, well written and exciting. This version, though claming to be "complete and unabridged" was chopping, confusing and sometimes just weird. A quick search online brought up the Google Books version of Lorna Doone and after comparing a number of pages between my copy and their copy, I realized what was wrong. To get my copy down to 200 pages from the 524 pages, the "editor" had systematically stripped out the last two sentences of every paragraph except for at the ends of chapters.

Other oddities I noticed included huge passages being deleted (like the entire monologue of the author describing his grandson's mocking of his story). The dialogue was rewritten in a strange dialect and the chapters had all been given new titles! How exactly this version from 1993 can count as Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore is beyond me.

So rather than try to review the book in this bastardized form, I released the book via BookCrossing and promptly ordered a "new" copy (published in 1880 something) for myself from Alibris. It should arrive any day. Once it does, I will curl up with the real Lorna Doone and write a proper review.

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