The Club Dumas
By: Arturo Perez-Reverte
Lucas Corso, middle-aged, tired, and cynical, is a book detective, a mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found hanged, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas”s The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment.
The task seems straightforward, but the unsuspecting Corso is soon drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do among a cast of characters bearing a suspicious resemblance to those of Dumas”s masterpiece. Aided by a mysterious beauty named for a Conan Doyle heroine, Corso travels from Madrid to Toledo to Paris in pursuit of a sinister and seemingly omniscient killer.
I picked this book up as a result of my search for books with similar themes to Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind: love of books, a mystery, focus on a particular classic—what’s not to draw me in? Spoilers ahead!
This week’s question asks…
Do you ever read a word or phrase that sparks a specific place or setting in your mind and makes you crave to read a book with that type of place/setting in it?
– Just One More Page
This is a very good question. It’s happened to me a few times where I’d be reading something and I’d suddenly crave reading a book that’s completely different from what I’m reading (i.e. while reading a suspense/thriller, I’d suddenly want to read a historical fiction next). Unfortunately, I can’t think of a specific instance at the moment where this has happened! I will say that this has also happened a few times while listening to some instrumental/classical pieces; there’ll be something about the piece that will trigger something in my head that makes me want to suddenly read something with a nostalgic feel to it (if that makes any sense whatsoever).
What books do you have next to your bed right now? How about other places in the house? What are you reading?
– Booking Through Thursday
This is a bit of a tricky question because on my night table there’s some (okay, a bunch) of books that are pretty much set over there: my LOTR box set (guarded by the figurines I got from the extended edition gift sets I got as Christmas presents years ago; totally awesome) and all of Jane Austen’s books (the Winchester edition with the black covers and all sorts of information prior to the actual story itself) =) Other places in the house…well, all my books are in my bedroom: I have a bookcase stuffed to the top and my desk also has books in its shelves and on the desk itself (two massive piles, lol). And there’s also some books on the shelf above my computer, hahaha, but they’re mostly Russian reading textbooks and a book on HTML coding.
What am I reading: I am currently reading Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal (particularly since I heard that BBC adapted it into a miniseries; love Terry Pratchett) and I started reading Timothy Ware’s The Orthodox Church (given my studies in Russian history and my interest in its development after the schism from the Catholic Church).
by: C.S. Harris
I found out about these books from someone on my flist over at GoodReads; the premise of the series sounded interesting so I checked them out. I won’t post the premise for each of the books but suffice to say that they all take place in the early 19th century in England during its time that it was engaged in the Napleonic Wars. There’s plenty of action, mystery, suspence, espionage, family drama and romance to interest anyone who’s an avid reader of historical fiction. Spoilers ahead!
By: Louise May Alcott
In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.
I first read this book a long time ago; unfortunately my copy was abridged so it was a lot shorter and I think geared towards younger readers. Last year I intended to get around to re-reading it but didn’t right away. I’m glad I managed to re-read it again; I understood the premise of the story then but reading it again and given my study of American and nineteenth century history, it really added another layer to the story. Spoilers ahead!