Monday, September 17, 2012

A Conversation About Books

We did a quick family clear out of the book shelves yesterday.  Fear not no books were harmed in this process - a few were marked to donate to charity book sales while others were relegated to the basement book shelves.  Any the following conversation took place

Self:  Hey cool, I didn't know that we had a copy of "The Man in the Iron Mask"*!  I've always wanted to read that.

Spouse (much better read than I): Oh yeah, you'd really like it.  It's a great read.

Self:  You know I don't know much about this era.  I've never gamed it but....

Spouse: On second thought don't read it!

So the Dumas has made it to the on deck position in the reading pile.  At bat right now is the Swedish novel "The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared".  It's appealing to my inner curmudgeon and it's nice to see a Swedish novel that doesn't involve nasty murders (I've read a lot of Wallender, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Camilla Lackberg over the last 2 years).

* I do own a copy of the Billy Bragg "Man in the Iron Mask" - love the guitar lines and creepy lyrics!


  1. I have 3 movie versions, none of which resemble the book very much. So, museketeers dueling? or armies besieging a fortress?

  2. (In a sinister droning baritone chant) Read it, read it, read it, read it!!!

    Best Regards,


  3. Stokes

    Will do. As a film guy do you have commentary of the Masked Man movies (please excuse the alliteration - I've been googling Metal Munching Moon Mice)


  4. I have a half dozen or so Musketeers that need painting. Dumas is always worth the read. My last reading was an abridged Vingt ans après, as part of my French language program.