Jun 5

30-Day Book Challenge – Days 22-24

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And back to books…

Day 22 – Book you plan to read next

My friend Natalie bought me three books by Laurie R King for Christmas and they are divine, quite the nicest new author discovery I’ve had for a good few years. I was even more delighted when I realised there’s actually more than three of them, they are such a treat to read.

The basic premise of the first book in the series, The Bee Keeper’s Apprentice, seems so unlikely – that after Sherlock Holmes retired to Sussex, he meets an orphaned teenager called Mary Russell and trains her as a consulting detective. Later they marry and continue their detective work as a partnership.

Somehow King brings it off beautifully. Because the style is very different from Conan Doyle’s stories and time has passed on to the Georgian era, you don’t find yourself comparing the writers; you just enjoy having the characters expanded and embellished in intriguing plots.

The next book on my reading pile is the last of my Christmas books from Natalie and is  The Book . If it’s half as good as the first few by King, it’ll be brilliant.

Day 23 – Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t actually finished)

Without a doubt, that’s Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I know it’s a classic, I can see why. I own it, I’ve tried several times to finish it and no, I can’t get to the end of it. I do admit this though, no deception here.

Day 24 – Book that contains your favorite scene

Back to Day 1 and The Crow Road. Iain Banks opening scene in this novel is just delicious. Macabre, funny, tragic, it sets the tone for the rest of the novel. I’m saying nowt more, just go and read it yourself.

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