The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

  “The whole of the Indian’s head was now swathed in thick white bandage, and the only thing you could see was the end of the nose sticking out. He looked like a man who had some terrible brain operation.

  “How does that feel?” Dr. Marshall asked him.

  “It feels good,” the Indian said. “I must compliment you gentlemen on doing a fine job.”

  “Off you go, then,” Dr. Marshall said grinning at me. “Show us how clever you are at seeing things now.”

The Indian got off the bed and walked strait to the door. He opened the door and went out.

“Great Scott!” I said. “Did you see that? He put his hand right on the doorknob!””

This is an excerpt of a book Henry Sugar is reading after he drew the unlucky card to play a game for four with five people. You see, Henry Sugar loves gambling, and he is annoyingly good at it too. He goes to a casino one night, and comes home the same night with thousands and thousands of dollars. (And he never passes off the opportunity to cheat.) So when Henry reads this book about Imraht Khan, the man who sees without his eyes, he is inspired and thinks that he will be able to do this to win at gambling. After three years of training with playing cards, he finally masters the art of seeing through things or seeing things with his eyes closed. But has his personality changed through that hard core training process. Read The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar to find out.

That’s not all! Read other stories like “The Hitch-Hiker” and “The Boy who Talks with Animals”. Read them now in the collection of short stories called The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.

The Hidden Gallery

The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2) Book 2 of Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place

By Maryrose Wood

313 pages of curious mystery and adventure

just fun!

Why is it that some people judge and never see, while others accept and look to understand?  I know it is that way in life, (well at least in life at school) and it is like that in The Hidden Gallery.  Lady Ashton has judged the children are ruinous animals and that is all she finds.  Simon has found them curious and intelligent so he finds artists, writers and actors.

In this second book more pieces are coming together to reveal why the wolf children were found in the woods behind Ashton Manor, why Miss Lumley was selected to be their nanny and why the “hunt” always seems planned for the full moon – but the instigator remains unknown.

There are lots of questions to wonder about – why must Miss Lumley use hair poultice to dull and darken her hair?  When she doesn’t use it her hair is rich and auburn…just like the three Incourrigibles.  Why does Lord Ashton consistently maintain an almanac, disappearing on the night of the full moon while yips and barks are mysteriously heard?  Where is Agatha Swanburne the wise founder of Miss Lumley’s alma mater and why is her portrait found in the British Museum?

Agatha Swanburne’s advice guides Miss Lumley while also offering readers words to live by as well.  “When a big leap is required, a running start makes all the difference – so get moving.”  “You care for children and protect them by having faith in them, seeing the best in them, and teaching them to see the best in themselves.” “ You’re not where you were, and you’re not where you’re going.  You’re here, so pay attention!”

I appreciate the notions of the “fickle fulcrum of fate” – the seesaw balance of your life and the feelings of being “optoomuchtic”

I really enjoyed this book – perhaps even more than the first and I am looking forward to reading the third right way.  I hope some of my questions will be answered and that I will find more wise words to live by.