Category: Charles Dickens

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is Charles Dickens’s last and unfinished novel. It was inspired, supposedly, by Dickens’s brush with death while riding aboard a train with his wife. The train derailed, and Dickens and his…

Review: The Haunted House by Charles Dickens

The Haunted House by Charles Dickens Final Verdict: 2.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 24 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens is actually a compilation work, with contributions from Hesba Stretton, George Augustus Sala, Adelaide Anne Procter, Wilkie…

Review: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens Final Verdict: 3.50 out of 4.0 YTD: 40 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens is considered to be his most autobiographical work.  As such, one would expect a certain amount of realism…

David Copperfield Check-In #1

David Copperfield Read-Along Post 1 – Chapters 1-20 (Pages 1 -270) Welcome to the first checkpoint for our read-along of the Charles Dickens classic, David Copperfield.  This is the first read-along hosted right here at Roof Beam Reader, so any questions, comments, or suggestions…

Review: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 9 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful It would be easy to say that Oliver Twist is a Victorian story about an orphaned boy who has to join a gang…

Review: Brief Reviews of Earlier Reads

The Fires of Merlin (The Lost Years of Merlin #3) by T.A. Barron This has been the most disappointing book in the Merlin series, so far. It seemed to lack substance and flair. There are also many repeating themes and events – but not…

Review: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

“It wasn’t until after the first book (50 or so pages) of A Tale of Two Cities that I finally began to sink into the story and to appreciate what Dickens was developing. While there wasn’t as much opposition between London and Paris as…

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