That why they call ’em classics

June 29, 2009 at 9:23 pm (Obsessions, Random Thoughts, Reviews, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

I’ve finished Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volume II by Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle.  This is a Bantam Classic Edition, and somewhere out there must be Volume I.  What was the most fun was that I was only really familiar with the first story “The Hound of the Baskervilles”  Most if not all of the short stories were entirely new to me.  What fun these stories are.  It is one the hallmarks of Holmes that he doesn’t reveal his thought process until the very end.  (I sometimes wonder if that was the inspiration for the way they solved crimes on “Scooby Doo”.)  A couple of these are written in Holmes’ first person narrative, which is quite rare as well.   What began as something light to pass those minutes between going to bed and sleep became a bit of an obsession.  Certainly a fun one, though.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m always leery of an author writing a sequel or prequel to another’s work.  An exception to the fear is the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King.  In these books she takes on the Holmes persona and habits, adds a much younger wife who joins in his work and runs away with the tales.  Extremely well done these, in my opinion.  I see there’s a new one out in hardcover-I’m too cheap to buy it, but maybe the library has it.  If not, there will be impatient waiting for the paperback.

Laurie R. King is one of those authors upon whom I’ve gotten hooked.  I look for anything new that she written, whether it is part of a new series or an old favourite.  I can’t wait to read The Language of Bees and see what adventures Mary and Sherlock are up to now.  As I check out her website I see I’ve missed one of her stand alone novels…Touchstone.  Something to look out for!

On the Reader is Magic Kingdom for Sale-Sold! by Terry Brooks.  I’m about 1/2 through and I can’t help but wonder how I missed this series?  Maybe because it began after I finished my Piers Anthony Xanth phase?  It is turning out to be perfect lunchtime reading so far…

And speaking of sexy vampires-how come no-one told me about the HBO show “True Blood” ?  Whoa!  It is something else, in a good way.  Not for the kiddies, for sure.  I think I’m going to have to find season 1 on DVD.  I may even have to find some of the books by Charlaine Harris.  <sigh> so many books to read…if I didn’t need a full-time job I’d get so much more reading done!


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