The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

Amber’s been reading Poe stories in her English class at school – it’s a shame I borrowed her book. No, I’m not that mean, they have copies to read at school. But I do have to thank Michelle at Castle Macabre for making me pull the Poe stories out. It’s …

Intimations of Austen by Jane Greensmith

Maybe it’s been too long since I read most of Jane Austen’s novels. I don’t remember all of the characters and few of the details, so I think I may have not been the best audience for this book. Out of the collection only two really struck me. The first, “Rainbow Around …

The Shell Game by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Short stories are always tough to talk about – I want people to know why I did/didn’t enjoy it, but I don’t want to give away too much. It’s even tougher when it’s a prequel to a series that I’ve read all the rest of, like this one. The Shell …

Real Elves: A Christmas Story by Helen Smith

Real Elves is my first Christmas read of the year and it was a cute little mystery, a little silly maybe, but it has a light-heartedness that fits Christmas. And I would love to visit the Magic Forest, pick a golden apple,  and see Santa. It’s a short story, only 35 …

Thursday’s Tale: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

I know “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is not actually a folk tale, but it has become so familiar to us, so much a part of our culture, that I think it still fits in my rather loose Thursday Tales collection. I’ve read the story of the schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane …