Frank Denton - The Rogue Raven
- Name: Frank Denton
- Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Agatha Christie: A Reader's Companion
But I digress, as I often do. The book is question is Agatha Christie, A Reader’s Companion. It is beautifully illustrated with dust jackets of the first editions, photos of places Christie used a models for settings, people in clothes of the period. It begins with Christie’s first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles and continues right through the books. The authors, Vanessa Wagstaff and Stephen Poole, say that Christie wrote sixty-six crime novels. I’ve seen lists that were longer but perhaps they listed alternate titles as published in the U.S.. I’ll have to find some way to corroborate that number. But never mind. Looking through the books, a few pages at a sitting, I found I just had to go back and read that first book. I’ll finish it this evening. I read plenty of contemporary crime novelists from Dennis Lehane and Walter Mosely to Anne Perry and Deborah Crombie. But there’s nothing wrong with once in a while picking up a novel by Dame Agatha. Good stuff, Maynard!
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Horatius at the Bridge Reprise
To my gratification I received another e-mail from Sean the other day. Not only had his students memorized Horatius but they had performed it as a play. The poem, by Thomas Babbington Macaulay, relates how Horatius Cocles, a Roman, defended the bridge across the Tiber from the attacking Etruscans. Apparently there were two performances by the cast of eight boys and four girls. Sean attached the program and a photo of the cast. All were in costume. It must have been fun to see this performance.
I profess my profound admiration for Sean for encouraging this activity and I congratulate the boys and girls of the cast. I wish I had been there.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Christopher Fowler is another one. Reviews were so highly receptive of his Bryant and May mysteries working in the Peculiar Crimes Unit of the London Metropolitan Police that I’ve picked up a couple in paperback. The list becomes longer. I was going to write about another book when I sat down to write this blog. You can see how easily I’m sidetracked. So I’ll leave it for tomorrow.
Monday, December 12, 2005
The Herries Chronicles
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Saturday, December 03, 2005
So we decided to have Chinese for dinner at King Wha, a local eatery and very good. Hot and sour soup, prawns and snow peas in lobster sauce, and rice. The fortune cookie said "You will go far, but be sure to come back." I hope so.