Category Archives: Classics

A secret hero

Before there was James Bond, before there was John le Carré, there was Baroness Orczy. Paul O’Connor reviews her inventive and rewarding classic. Reviewed by Paul T. O’Connor THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. By Baroness Orczy. Barnes & Noble Classics. Softcover. 252 pages. … Continue reading

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Just in time for the movie

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson I’m hearing good things about the new movie version of Far From the Madding Crowd, and I hope to see it sometime. But before seeing a movie adaptation of a classic novel, I wanted to … Continue reading

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“A true masterpiece”

Steve Wishnevsky, who knows a lot about the subject, takes a look at a classic collection by one of the giants of science fiction and fantasy. Reviewed by Stephen Wishnevsky THE COMPLETE LYONESSE. By Jack Vance. Gollancz. 1,040 pages. Hardcover, … Continue reading

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Reading Hillerman in Hillerman country

A day in June found me in Tuba City, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. My husband and son and I were camping in the Four Corners area where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet. This is Indian country, with … Continue reading

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A classic, worth revisiting

Jane Eyre provided good, diverting company for me recently when I made a quick driving trip to and from Morehead City to take my son a few things he needed before his ship deployed to the Mediterranean. By Linda Brinson … Continue reading

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A tale of today – still

Steve Wishnevsky, who enjoys reading old books on new gadgets, takes a look at another of Mark Twain’s works. By Stephen Wishnevsky THE GILDED AGE: A TALE OF TODAY. By Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner. Public Domain, 1873 It … Continue reading

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Let the debate continue!

Paul O’Connor’s amazing (?) feat of reading Moby-Dick on his iPhone prompted Stephen Wishnevsky of Winston-Salem to write about another classic of American literature, Huckleberry Finn, and to confess to an act of literary heresy. By Stephen Wishnevsky. In the … Continue reading

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Is this man insane?

Paul O’Connor is special. All those who write for this book blog do so because they love books. They like to read them, and they also like to talk about what they have read. They enjoy the thoughtful conversation about … Continue reading

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Jack London, The Road

Steve Wishnevsky of Winston-Salem likes to review many kinds of books, including classics that people may not have read but might enjoy. One of the many things to recommend such books is that   they are now in the public domain, … Continue reading

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