75. Orczy, Baroness. The Scarlet Pimpernel (253 p.)
76. Ringo, John. A Hymn Before Battle (Legacy of the Aldenata) (467 p.)
77. Clarke, Arthur C. The City and the Stars (191 p.)
78. Christie, Agatha. The Man in the Brown Suit (228 p.)
79. Milne, A.A. The Red House Mystery (211 p.)
80. Baum, L. Frank. The Land of Oz (Oz, bk. 2) (288 p.)
81. Ashley, Robert. The Stolen Train (152 p.)
82. Feist, Raymond E. The King's Buccaneer (Riftwar Saga) (523 p.)
December total: 2,313 pages
2013 total: 27,714 pages
Whew, that was a lot of reading.
I keep running out of time to write this, so I'll keep it short and not worry about covering everything I might want to say.
The Scarlet Pimpernel is significantly better than I thought it'd be, in many ways--including having a female protagonist who is fairly active in driving the plot... up until she gets captured and the Pimpernel himself saves the day and resolves the plot.
The Man in the Brown Suit was excellent. More of a spy adventure with some significant elements of mystery; not quite so much a whodunnit.
The Red House Mystery really is by the author of Winnie-the-Pooh, but if you like locked-room mysteries, this one is a doozy--and all the clues you need to solve it yourself really are there.
The Land of Oz is a fun romp; I think this one and one with the Nome King & the Land of Ev (which I believe is next) are my favorite Oz books.
The Stolen Train is a fictionalized account of a true event from the Civil War--northern spies attempt to steal a southern engine and render its rail line inoperable. I used to re-read this every couple of years, and now have my own copy. Great story.
As for Feist's book--it's good, but its origin in his RPG sessions is more than a bit apparent, and as a result, parts of it border on Monte Haul and/or Gary Stu-dom.
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