Wednesday, July 27, 2011
One of my favourite genres when it comes to reading is the crime novel. For me I suspect it started probably from watching black and white Sherlock Holmes movies on tv as a kid.As I grew a little older I seem to remember moving on to the novels, and I still have the first one, a folio edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
A little older still and I had moved on to The Hardy Boys,
From there I moved onto Dick Francis, Agatha Christie and Robert B Parker as well as many others. For an English Literature project I covered the Sherlock Holmes stories, and have read crime novels ever since.
There are times when I don’t read at all however. Normally they come after I have read several books back-to-back and can’t seem to settle into another one, they don’t pass the 50 page rule. (The one that says if I’m not hooked within the first 50 pages then I’m not going to and probably should give up). They are of course not always crime, my other vices range from natural history and travel to military history and real science to name a few.
After a recent non-reading spell though I was really struggling and I found myself turning to my kindle and opening the complete works of Sherlock Holmes again. I’m not sure how long it’s been since I read Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of the great British detective, and I happened to select The Red Headed League, a little at random. I must admit to not really remembering the story, but it was just what I needed to kickstart me back into a “crime-phase”. From there I went onto reading some newer crime, including a book that I have agreed to review for the authors upcoming virtual tour in September, but more of that nearer the time.
I am pleased that Holmes and Watson can still spark that interest in my reading and drive me back to the genre that I love. In my head I have also plotted out the next couple of books that I want to read, a David Hewson,
a Peter James, perhaps some Parker and Christie too, as well some scenes for my own writing; all from reading that one Holmes and Watson story, so there will definitely be more of the greatest detective due of all time too.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Since the operation he has had to wear a plastic collar to stop him pulling put his stitches. He only has to wear it, if we're not about or able to keep a close eye on him, and whilst it doesn't seem to bother him too much I for one will be pleased to see the stitches come out. Not because of the collar but as a dog with so much energy, it's been hard to keep him from doing his usual mad, crazy things while he's been convalescing. Within two hours of bringing him home from the vets, he was back to his usual self, and couldn't understand why there has been no ball chasing and off leash walks for so long!
Roll on Friday!
Friday, July 08, 2011
I've spent a lot of time on a train today, and have been able to pick up the Wilson pupdate book that has been a current work in progress for some time. As this is in part a book that has many pictures, I've been going back through the back catalogue. It seemed right to share at least one of those here this evening. Not sure if this one has been posted before or not, but anyway....
If you're interested in the book, I am hoping it will be similar in some ways to this blog, but with many photos that have not been published here before, and with more background than has been written. I have no idea when or even if it will make it to publication. It may well be self-published, unless I have any success in finding an agent in the meantime.