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On a whim, I'm re-reading John D. MacDonald's Darker Than Amber. For a novel written in 1966, the story is holding up surprisingly well so far.


Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel.

And as someone whose favourite novel of all time is The Count of Monte Cristo I'm somewhat befuddled at the idea that it's surprising that a book from 1966 holds up.


Now if it were from 1969, though. ;)


For me, it's slightly different for modern mystery stories, insofar as stuff like cell phones, DNA forensics, and GPS/satellite surveillance tend to make a difference in how things "should" play out.

When Dumas tells you that Edmund Dantes' father met with Napoleon in 1814, you don't envision him carrying an i-phone. But when MacDonald tells you, "Just yesterday, I was thinking how much I hate what's happening in Florida lately," it's a little different.

P.S. Love Dumas! I read TCoMC, unabridged, in two nights.


I like Dumas too, but I did not like TCoMC. No buckling and very little swash. The initial couple of chapters are (supposedly, partially) based on the experiences of Dumas' own father, though.


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Kirth Gersen wrote:

For me, it's slightly different for modern mystery stories, insofar as stuff like cell phones, DNA forensics, and GPS/satellite surveillance tend to make a difference in how things "should" play out.

When Dumas tells you that Edmund Dantes' father met with Napoleon in 1814, you don't envision him carrying an i-phone. But when MacDonald tells you, "Just yesterday, I was thinking how much I hate what's happening in Florida lately," it's a little different.

P.S. Love Dumas! I read TCoMC, unabridged, in two nights.

Heh. Guess it helps if you're like me and, to the consternation of a lot of my friends and family, regularly leavd the phone at home - cause if I'm going shopping or sightseeing, or something, why would I want to talk on the phone or surf the web?

Also- Three Musketeers in one sitting which ended with a flashlight under the blanket because my parents kept telling me to turn off the light and go to sleep (I was eight).

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