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Books that I read in February

Books that I read in February:

6. Baum, L. Frank. Ozma of Oz (Oz series, 3) (258 p.)

7. Del Rey, Lester. The Runaway Robot (188 p.)

8. Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Green Flag & Other Stories (383 p.)
(Contents: The Green Flag; Captain Sharkey: How the Governor of St. Kitt's Came Home; Captain Sharkey: The Dealings of Captain Sharkey with Stephen Craddock; Captain Sharkey: How Copley Banks Slew Captain Sharkey; The Crime of the Brigadier; The Croxley Master; The "Slapping Sal"; The Lord of Château Noir; The Striped Chest; A Shadow Before; The King of the Foxes; The Three Correspondents; The New Catacomb; The Début of Bimbashi Joyce; A Foreign Office Romance)

9. Doyle, Arthur Conan. Great Stories (256 p.)
(Contents: The Croxley Master; The Man with the Twisted Lip; When the World Screamed; The Lost Special; The Horror of the Heights; The Three Correspondents; How the Brigadier Won his Medal; Silver Blaze; The Fiend of the Cooperage; How the Brigadier Triumphed in England; The Last Galley)

10. Shanower, Eric. Betrayal, Part Two (Age of Bronze, v. 3B) (175 p.)

February total: 1,260 pages
2014 total: 3,502 pages

Ozma of Oz contains one of my favorite bits from Oz: The challenge of finding transformed people among the Nome King's bric-a-brac collection. The heads of Princess Langwidere is also a very notable element. Great stuff.

Having enjoyed many books published by Del Rey Books over the years, now I can say I've actually read a book by Lester Del Rey himself. It's... somewhat dated, and written for kids, but is okay enough.

Doyle may be best known for his Sherlock Holmes stories, and only a little less so for The Lost World, but these two collections of his short stories show another side to his writing. One thing I noticed particularly while reading the first collection is that the first few stories didn't strike me at first as being all that well-written or interesting, but rather somewhat clunky or trying too hard. But as the collection went on, the stories got better and better. I'm used to collections working the other way around or being more mixed. Some of the stand-out stories in these collections: The Croxley Master (slow-moving, but it grows on you), The Striped Chest, The Three Correspondents, The New Catacomb, The Lord of Chateau Noir, The Debut of Bimbashi Joyce, The Lost Special, and How the Brigadier Won his Medal.

Age of Bronze continues to be absolutely excellent. It's not strictly limited to simply retelling Homer's Illiad, either. (E.g. in this volume, there's a lot about Troilus & Cressida's romance, which originated in medieval tales like Chaucer's). When Age of Bronze is complete, it will probably go down in history as one of the classics of what can be done in the graphic novel format.

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