I am a re-reader and I cannot lie.
The great thing about books is they never expire. They might go out of print, but in these days of electronic abundance, that’s not such a factor anymore. Talk about heaven!
Today I’m going to re-visit some of my favorite oldies-but-goodies. Books which may not be familiar, but just because they’re from the Netta Vault doesn’t mean they’re not still outstanding. I’m never stuck for something to read, but every once in a while I love to go back and visit my friends in literary form who still mean so much to me.
The reviewers of SARGASSO, by Edwin Corley, have not been kind. However, I found it entertaining. Is it because it weaves true events in with the main narrative? Maybe. Is it because of the wild and crazy theories about the infamous Bermuda Triangle? Perhaps. All-in-all, it’s a fast-paced and exciting read. SARGASSO also encouraged me to dive down the rabbit hole in researching Flight 19. Very fun.
First published in 1980 before Michael Crichton hit the big time, CONGO snagged me from the very first page. The movie made based on the book sucked hot rocks, but the story is amazing. I fell in love with Amy, and the story line had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Couldn’t read it fast enough.
I have eclectic taste in books–but I do admit I have a special place in my heart for fantasy. DEERSKIN is based on an old French fairy tale by Charles Perrault. Robin McKinley took this to a dark place, and I went willingly. Her prose is beautiful, transporting you to a world that is believable and unutterably heartbreaking. Lissa and Ash remain two of my favorite characters.
Jack Chalker was an award-winning science fiction writer, best known for his Well World series. I became acquainted with his work through the Soul Rider series. I had never read anything like it in my life, which is saying a lot. I loaned out the first copies I had and didn’t get them back for almost a decade–and in the meantime, I just had to buy them again. I lost the third set in a move–and they were among the first books I replaced. You can bet I will never let them out of my sweaty little hands ever again. Unusual and mind-bending.
I’m not a huge romance fan. But I do love history, and if the romance is done right, I can live with that. RED ADAM’S LADY is all that and a bag of chips. I lost my hardcover copy, which I had since the late 70s, in the same move in which I lost the Soul Rider series, and sadly, it is now out of print and a hardcover goes for much more than my budget will allow. I still cry over losing that book. It’s set in the days following William the Conqueror in 1066, where politics could easily get you killed and treachery lurked in every shadow. Grace Ingram’s prose is tight and her historical facts ACCURATE–something many romantic historical novels show a big fat FAIL. Although this books is billed as a romance, it’s much deeper than that, showing a true and brutal picture of what life was like in those days. Julitta and her Adam have a believable relationship without tipping over into the sappy, over-dramatics of many romances. Oh, and Julitta is a redhead. And she kicks ass. Heh.
Thanks for letting me introduce you to some of my best friends. Of course there’s a ton more, but these popped out at me today.
Who are some of your best literary friends? Introduce us!