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review 2017-09-19 21:41
Does what it does well
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

This is a book about books. Specifically, this is a book about a specific type of book written during a specific time period. I expect that I will refer to it, and have decided that I really need to buy in a physical book as well as have it on my kindle.

 

Themis-Athena did us all a solid by creating, at this point, two separate lists of the books that Edwards mentions in his book:

 

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books (this list is 100 books long)

Books Mentioned - Chapters 1 through 5 (this list presently has 107 books on it)

 

This has been a huge undertaking, and I am so grateful that she has taken the time to do it! Now, to read!

 

 

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text 2017-09-19 14:27
Reading progress update: I've read 98 out of 357 pages.
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

Well, I've read chapters 1 through 5, and I suppose this is what it sounds like when you get a walking encyclopedia talking. Even though it's, in a way, the print equivalent of having your favorite actor reading the phone book (which I expected going in -- the format itself suggests as much), it's addictively compelling, and I am racing through this book much more than I expected I would.  I also know I'll be revisiting it often for reference in the future.

 

When reading the chapters on the beginning of the Golden Age and on the Great Detectives, I also dipped into Edwards's Golden Age of Murder for further background, "met" the members of the Detection Club ... and learned that Ngaio Marsh was not a member (which I admit I'd heretofore taken almost for granted she was), but rather, "dined for weeks" on the experience of her one invitation to a Detection Club dinner.

 

Incidentally, for those who are interested, I've created a reading list for the "100 [main] Books" presented by Martin Edwards in "The Story of Classic Crime" here:

 

Martin Edwards: The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books -- the "100 Books" Presented

 

I've also started a listing of the other books mentioned by way of further reference in the individual chapters.  As Edwards easily manages to toss in an average of 20+ extra books per chapter, I've decided to break up the "other books mentioned" listing into several parts, with the first list going up to the end of chapter 5 (i.e., as far as I've read at present):

 

Martin Edwards: The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books -- Other Books Mentioned; Part 1 (Ch. 1-5)

 

I'm reading The Story of Classic Crime for the free (center / raven) bingo square, as well as by way of a buddy read.

 

 

Merken

Merken

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text 2017-09-12 09:55
Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 288 pages.
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

I'm struggling a bit for two reasons:  First, the small essays are a bit like reading book reviews, and it's hard to read a lot of them at once without them all blurring together.  Second, if I see a favourite story's essay coming up I don't focus on the current one as closely as I should and I feel like I'm rushing through, so I can see what he says about 'one of mine'.  

 

But neither of those things mean the the book is less than interesting and well written so far, just that patience isn't always my strong suit.  

 

(I am SO mad at myself for not buying Milne's Red House Mystery when I had the chance a few years ago in an out of the way used book shop.)

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text 2017-09-12 05:39
Reading progress update: I've read 25 out of 288 pages.
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

Really just getting started, but hoping to catch up this afternoon.  I didn't make it through the introduction before finding a book to add to the TBR, and of the 3 short essays I've read so far, 1 is a title I already own (several editions of, no less), 1 fails to appeal, and the third is a whole series that has me interested (the Old Man by Baroness Orczy).

 

This doesn't bode well for my shelving issues...

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text 2017-09-12 05:33
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards

This is a whirlwind tour of classic crime fiction which is in the process of exploding my tbr.

 

Martin Edwards is the current president of The Detection Club, and was appointed its first "archivist" in 2011. He apparently has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things classic crime, and is the anthologist who put together the Locked Room Mystery anthology which I am currently reading. He has also put together several other anthologies for the British Library Crime Classics series, many of which play off of the chapter titles within this book, including: Chapter Six, Serpents in Eden (murders occurring in rural/country settings); Chapter Seven, Murder at the Manor, Chapter Eight, Capital Crimes (murders occurring in London) and Chapter 9, Resorting to Murder (murders on holiday).

 

I am just beginning Chapter 9. I'm literally reading this with GR open on my chromebook next to me, adding books to a shelf as they catch my interest. With so many out of print books coming back into availability as ebooks, I'm astonished at how many of them I can download for under $5.00.

 

The GR list that I've created while reading can be found here, if anyone is interested.

 

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