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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 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
On The Beach (Vintage Classics)
Nevil Shute Norway
The Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett
Obscure Destinies
Willa Cather
A Start in Life (The Michael Cullen Novels)
Alan Sillitoe
Mobilizing Web Sites: Strategies for Mobile Web Implementation
Kristofer Layon

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas,  Robin Buss Grrrrr.... Chrome ate my review. I'll try again

This book seemed to go on endlessly, but it was a "good read", so to speak, so I didn't much mind.

Basically, it's the story of a young man who was imprisoned unjustly and forgotten for 14 years. He made an escape and became fabulously wealthy. Then he plotted and wreaked his revenge for the next ten years.

Dumas, it seems (first book of his I ever read), is a good observer of the human condition. The book is filled with little observations and aphorisms which are as true today as they were in early 18th century France.

I found some things about the ending a bit creepy, but I think that's mostly a difference between my 21st century sensibilities and those of a writer in a society almost two centuries removed from my own.