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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles -  Arthur Conan Doyle This is a classic novelette. Interestingly, although it came out some ten years after Watson had been married off in The Sign of the Four, Holmes and Watson appear to be sharing bachelor digs in this one. The story involves the moors of Devon, with a convict on the loose, his having escaped from Dartmoor. There's a legend about a hound of hell, loose on the moors and a character is found frightened to death with a giant hound paw print near where he fell. Lots of running around in a mire full of quick sand, lots of fog, lots of ancient ruins, lots of misdirection (some in this review), some young women who weren't treated properly, and so forth. If you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you've doubtless already read this one. If not, you should probably begin at the beginning (A Study in Scarlet), at which point you'll have read two novelettes and two volumes of short stories before you get here. Eventually, however, you will indeed get here, after which, you'll never again feel safe going out at night.