Friday, April 17, 2009

The Old Favorites

As you'll see in the next post, "Nursing Reading" - I've been reading a lot, but I lack reading material. So, I've (happily) resorted to reading old favorites to pass the hours spent everyday nursing my baby. Here is what I've Reread recently:

Ogre Ogre by Piers Anthony. This is most definitely an OLD favorite. I think I read it for the first time twenty years ago - at the very least. Since then it's been read by me 4-5 times. The tale of Smash the Ogre and his six female friends on a journey through Xanth... I enjoy this one today as much as I did twenty years ago.

Still Life With Crows* by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. This is the novel that introduced me to (-sigh-) Special Agent Pendergast. Preston and Child, probably most famous for their book, Relic, introduced Special Agent Pendergast as a main protagonist in Cabinet of Curiosities which procedes Still Life With Crows chronologically, but I read SLWC first and of all the Pendergast novels, it remains, by far, my favorite. Another Sigh.

These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer. I love Georgette Heyer's writing, it contains the wittiest dialog I have ever read - anywhere. Other than the fact that I have no idea why this book is titled "These Old Shades" it is my most favorite of all the Heyer books I've read. A romance between red headed French Leonie and the Duke of Avon... I think Heyer really liked these characters too because, as far as I know it the only book of hers with something like a sequel. TOS was published in 1926 and then in 1932 Devil's Cub was published and features Leonie & the Duke's son as main character and all the main characters of TOS make appearances as well. I finished rereading Devil's Cub today and it was like visiting old friends.

If you (are a woman and) have never read Georgette Heyer, try her you might like her. But her books are mighty hard to find...

Well, I'm going in reverse and starting Cabinet of Curiosities (for the 2nd time) today. A package from the US arrived at the local post office and I'll pick it up tomorrow. I think it contains a book for me, an Elizabeth Peter's novel, but I cannot remember the title. Monday I'm going to a big city that has a big bookstore - I already made my list of books to look for.

Old favorites are great, new favorites are even better...

* This one is graphic, not for the faint hearted. Don't say I didn't warn you.


Elena said...

Can you order books on Audible? I listened to two or three in the early days while nursing E. That is, if you're tired of the old favorites.

Rebecca O said...

Like audio books? I've never listed to a book on CD, altho I was thinking Heyer's books would probably be fun to listen to.