Monday, October 17, 2005

Reading...reading...and reading some more!

I've thought of something to post on finally!!

The other day Melissa and I made a trip the library, where I checked some really great books! Here's a list:
The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
The Elusive Pimpernel
The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel
The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel
The Idiot's Guide to Acting

Whew! When I brought all my books up to the desk, the guy that checked me out looked at me like I was nuts. I just smiled. When I looked to my side, there was a teenage girl gaping at my pile of books. Gosh, hasn't anyone ever seen a teenager that loves to read good long over two hundred page books? I guess not. I mean, she was holding a pile of Mary-Kate and Ashley's(okay, maybe not, but I'm sure it was something of that sort.) !!
This past month I've discovered that I have a passion for literature. I'm not talking about G.A. Henty books. (sorry my dear friends, but that isn't exactly my favorite author. No offense to you Henty fans!) I'm talking about Alexandre Dumas, Cervantes, Baroness Orczy, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...the list goes on and on! I was just reading The Man in the Iron Mask today and couldn't put it down. Although I was weeping for poor Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Argatan, I just couldn't stop reading on. I wanted so much to shut the book and not have anything to do with my favorite characters (did I mention that some that were very dear to my heart were dying? D'Argatan in particular?). Of course, The Three Musketeers is much more satisfying, as only a few people die, and not the main characters....
oops. I'm giving away the entire book. Sorry. :D What I'm basically trying to impart to you is that you should read the above books. They're simply marvelous! :D


Anonymous said...

those sound like GREAT books!!! LOL that's pretty funny about the librarian... AB

James said...

Glad to hear of your newly discovered passion for literature!

I've never been a big Henty fan myself. They all seem to follow the same basic outline, and there was no real depth to any of the ones I read.

I can see you like Baroness Orczy. I had read the Scalet Pimpernel, but was unaware of any sequels. Have you read any of her detective stories?

By the way, I'm a good friend of the Townsend's, and I got to your blog from Robin's, in case you were wondering who this strange person posting on your blog is.

Have a good one,

Chris Ong said...

I am a friend of Calebs Goforth, and checking out the other blogs he visits.

Anyways never stop reading!! I would suggest giving The Painting of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde a try. Its shorter but very good. I would also suggest Rifles for Watie! Very good civil war book. I agree with that other guy Henty does get boring. Especially if you try and read one right after reading something like the Similrilion by Tolkien. (which anyone should read before reading any of Tolkiens books because it shows how much deep christian insight he really had)

Well, just an encouragement to tell you to keep reading!

Jessica McDonald said...

No, I didn't know that Baroness Orczy had detective books! Awewsome, I'll have to check those out!

I've heard of the Oscar Wilde book, though I've never read it. maybe I'll give it a try, though.\
It's funny that you mentioned "rifles for watie", because I just asked my friend, this Sunday, if I could borrow her copy. :D

Aaron Kracko said...

Ya'll need some help. Henty is definitely one of the best. They are formula stories but you are supposed to enjoy the wars and the battles. But if your not a military historian like some people then suppose I can understand.


"Someday, someone will best me. But it won't be today, and it won't be you."

Aaron Kracko said...

Sir Arther Conan Doyle is one of the greatest too. Has anyone read the Lost World? It is written by him by him you know.

Jessica McDonald said...

The problem with Henty is that he likes to use the same plot for a lot of his books, to quote a friend of mine,<<<< "I have noticed a pattern in Henty's writing style. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I have noticed that a lot of his books contain a main character who always seems to get captured in some way then escapes, finds a girl, kills the main bad guy but nearly dies in the process; after this he gets married to the girl, settles down and lives happily ever after. The End!">>>>
Anyway, that really explains what I think of his books. So no offense, Aaron, but Henty isn't my style.