Aardy R. DeVarque (aardy) wrote,
Aardy R. DeVarque

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Books that I read in May

Books that I read in May:

23. Adams, Douglas. The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul (Dirk Gently, v. 2) (246 p.)

24. Hitchcock, Alfred, compiler. Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbinders in Suspense (206 p.)
(Contents: The Chinese Puzzle Box, by Agatha Christie; The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell; The Birds, by Daphne du Maurier; Puzzle for Poppy, by Patrick Quentin; Eyewitness, by Robert Arthur; Man from the South, by Roald Dahl; Black Magic, by Sax Rohmer; Treasure Trove, by F. Tennyson Jesse; Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper, by Robert Bloch; The Treasure Hunt, by Edgar Wallace; The Man Who Knew How, by Dorothy L. Sayers; The Dilemma of Grampa Dubois, by Clayre & Michel Lipman; P. Moran, Diamond-Hunter, by Percival Wilde)

25. Martin, George R.R., ed. Jokers Wild (Wildcards, v. 3) (374 p.)

26. Baker, Kyle. The Cowboy Wally Show (126 p.)

27. Dahl, Roald. Danny, the Champion of the World (196 p.)

May total: 1,148 pages
2010 total: 7,602 pages

This particular volume of "Hitchcockian", as it were, short stories was a fun read. "The Chinese Puzzle Box" is a brief Hercule Poirot mystery, "The Most Dangerous Game" is the archetype of the "man hunts man" trope, "The Birds" is the story on which Hitchcock's movie was based, "The Dilemma of Grampa Dubois" sets up an interesting ethical dilemma regarding a nearly perfect counterfeit bill and then ends just before it's resolved (a la "The Lady or the Tiger"), and "P. Moran, Diamond-Hunter" shows what happens when a detective is minted via correspondence course while still being a real mystery. For some of these stories, "suspense" was defined as "detective has to solve a mystery", which to me feels a bit like cheating the concept, but I think the only story I didn't really like was Robert Bloch's, due to the "twist" ending.

If you haven't read The Cowboy Wally Show and enjoy dry/wry humor, then immediately add it to your must-read list. The entire book is excellent, but it's worth the price of admission for the "Hamlet: The Movie" section alone. (From which the quote in the userpic is taken.)

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