It seemed a dangerous thing read another book, especially an earlier one, in the series when I was so satisfied with the later book. Would the first book seem redundant when the eighth book might inadvertently have lifted many of its veils?
Having just completed the Beekeeper's Apprentice I am pleased and surprised to report that Laurie King's solid writing and diverse array of details kept me entertained and engrossed throughout.
As a literature geek, I always appreciate seeing familiar tales retold.
In this mostly cozy mystery/coming of age story, King draws a winning heroine who would appeal to women who long-ago outgrew (but never quit loving) Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy.
Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, for me, always reads a bit like Encyclopedia Brown: a barely likable know-it-all bolstered by an impossible knowledge of arcane topics. King offers more psychological layers to the old curmudgeon that increase his empathy without redrawing his well-known sharply rational form.
More than a clever sidekick or a femininely compassionate foil, Mary Russell works in graceful tandem with the aging detective. Her shining characteristics are mercifully not her ability to hug or some form of woman's intuition, but instead include her ability to skillfully and brutally throw a rock. Many of her skills are in the same observational realm as Holmes, so this is no sidekick tale.
While this book will make excellent beach and airline reading, I would caution against reading it while cooking or procrastinating on a deadline; the book's consuming distraction in both these scenarios will surely end in flames.(less)
This isn't a book I thought I would love. Bakker's telling of his parents' very public fall from grace offers insight into the American evangelical mo...moreThis isn't a book I thought I would love. Bakker's telling of his parents' very public fall from grace offers insight into the American evangelical movement.(less)