Friday, November 30, 2012

November Book Report

I reserved the entire month to read Return of the King and since it only took two weeks, I filled in the gaps with some light reading.

Mystery of 31 New Inn (1912) by R. Austin Freeman.  It was interesting to discover that Freeman dominated the field of detective fiction for the first 25 years of his career.  His key character, Dr. Thorndyke, was overshadowed, however,  by more memorable men such as Sherlock Holmes, Peter Wimsey and Hercule Poirot.  Several of Freeman’s titles are available for 99 cents on Kindle if you are interested in a quick, pleasant read (especially if you love quaint old-fashioned language.)

The Harvester by Gene Stratton Porter - I have enjoyed several of Porter’s books, but this was too sentimental for my tastes.  David Langston harvests herbs for medicinal purposes and seeks to win the love of his “dream girl”.(Librivox recording)

Confessions of Arsene Lupin - (Librivox recording)  Another intriguing installment in the life of the "gentleman burglar”.  The reader, Kathy Barrett read without much emotion, but that seemed to fit the genre.  Beside that, she pronounced the foreign words beautifully, something quite rare for Librivox readers.

The Hobbit - review here.  Fun!

I am also listening to Moby Dick on the Moby Dick Big Read.  Yes, all the other bloggers were right. This is a classic worthy of the name.

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