Marie: The Youth of Allan Quatermain

I've been aware of story-teller H. Rider Haggard since I was a kid, when my mom bought me a copy of King Solomon's Mines to take with me on a trip. Alas, the back-cover blurb put me off, and it was several years before I actually read it; but when I did I was enchanted. He's also the author of She, and is thus the source of the title "She Who Must Be Obeyed," applied by John Mortimer's Rumpole of the Bailey to his beloved (?) wife.During a recent Amazon binge that was wholly the fault of … [Read more...]


I see that John Myers Myers' novel Silverlock is on sale at Amazon's Kindle Store for $0.99 today. If you enjoy fantasy fiction and have a taste for classic literature, and you haven't read Silverlock, by all means snag it. … [Read more...]

The Warden

The Warden is the first of Anthony Trollope's Barsetshire novels, which I started reading many years ago during one of my Great Literature kicks. Every so often I figure that there's more to life than genre fiction, and go looking for something more classic. At that time I was a participant in the rec.arts.books newsgroup on Usenet (remember that?) and lots of people were talking about Trollope, so I gave it a go. I got through the first two books in the series, had trouble locating the third … [Read more...]