Contrasting Hans Christian Anderson with Preston & Childs

Now that I finished all of the Agatha Christie books, I try different kinds of books from non-fiction to mysteries to classics and have frequently followed the advice of my younger brother, Jerry, who told me once that if you don’t enjoy a book or get something from it, why continue reading it? Even a classic!

The latest to quit reading is The Complete Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales and Stories. I’m 75% through a large number of mostly boring short stories by a man who seems obsessed with death and failed romances. Of course there is more to his stories as historical or period culture pieces with realistic people, plus some talking animals and trees, so yes, it has been interesting and I do hope to finish it later, but I got tired of predictable moral plots, so I switched to a new book by a favorite author:

In giving Hans a rest for awhile I’m reading the just-released book by Preston & Childs, Diablo Mesa. This is their third adventure/mystery story about a female archeologist in Santa Fe, New Mexico (one of my favorite towns) whose digs all over the American Southwest turn into complicated adventures and mysteries, sometimes involving murder. One even took place in Glorieta, New Mexico, another of my favorite places from earlier years. 🙂

They are a good writing team that I first became acquainted with through Douglas Preston whom I follow on Goodreads and and thus learned of the above series.

That first read of Douglas Preston in 2017 was The Lost City of the Monkey God as a New York Times #1 Best Seller 2017,National Geographic awards+ on a real adventure in the Honduran Rainforests that represent much of the allure of Costa Rica for me and one of the best books I’ve ever read, period! So of course I was drawn to his new series! Not in Central America, but with adventures as good as they get in North America! 🙂

¡Pura Vida!

′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.

~Mark Twain

“Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.”

~Ewan Mc Gregor


5 Replies to “Contrasting Hans Christian Anderson with Preston & Childs”

  1. I loved your Mark Twain quote, but I just love Mark Twain and I have and have read everything he wrote or anyone else wrote about him!

    I LOVE to read!

    1. I too love Mark Twain and enjoyed all the books of his that I’ve read, plus I enjoyed a two-day visit to Hannibal, MO! And quoting him occasionally! He was a lot like Will Roger. 🙂

  2. So true and I never thought about Mark Twain and Will
    Rogers together! Thank you for pointing it out! Love them both!

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