Friday, August 7, 2009

Book binge

I went on a binge at the library. I suppose if you have to go on a binge, the library is a good place to do it. I picked up four books from the new fiction shelf and put several more on reserve. Of course, they all came in at the same time. Now I have 10 books in my possession. Granted, four of them are crafty books that don't require much reading, but this is still a tall order for someone who reads as slowly as I do. I'm going to employ my sister's ruthless practice of giving a book 50 pages--if I don't like it after 50 pages, I'll quit reading. I'll let you know if any of them are worth while.

For some reason, I was attracted to mysteries. Maybe this trailer has me in a Sherlock Holmes state of mind.

Regardless, I read this book first: The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson. It was an entertaining, fast-paced read. You might pick it up the next time you're on a library binge!

The synopsis:
It’s a well-known and rather curious fact that some people write letters to fictional characters, that fictional creations can become so real that someone can actually believe they exist. Robertson, a first-time author, takes that premise and runs with it. Brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath are a couple of London lawyers whose offices are located in the 200 block of Baker Street. Their lease requires them to answer all letters addressed to Sherlock Holmes, 221B Baker Street. Nigel opens one such letter, and soon he’s gone, disappeared, leaving behind a dead body and a whole lot of confusion. Next thing you know, Reggie is on a plane to Los Angeles, tracking down his brother and solving a decades-old mystery.


Natalie said...

Do you have 2 weeks to read 10 books? Good luck. Do you want to see Sherlock Holmes? Mom and I are going to see Julie and Julia tomorrow. I hope I love it.