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Old 12-28-2010, 09:20 AM   #16
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I am now looking forward to reading the Moonstone, I am a detective novel junkie and I have never read it. According to Dorothy Sayers, it is the best of them all (and she is definitely one of the best writers herself, so she should know!)

On a side note, Collins and Dickens were friends and I think it likely that Collins inspired Dickens to try his hand at mystery and that was the genesis of Edwin Drood.
First, the Moonstone is one great trip. I enjoyed it and hope you do too. Second, there are ALOT of fictionalizations of the relationship between Collins and Dickens. The published the magazine All the Year Round together and Collins' brother married Dickens' oldest daughter. If you like the flavor, after you read the Moonstone and Drood (if you havent already), try The Last Dickens (Matthew Reily, i think) and Drood (Dan Simmons).
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Old 12-31-2010, 02:25 PM   #17
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I joined, I saw the list, I voted , I read between work and chores, I read before I fell asleep because I have this marvelous light which shines on the page and not on my husbands face. I was only going to read a chapter a night but I had to find out how it ends. So I finished it it in 2 nights. I loved it, and am sorry I never read Wilkie Collins before. Now, since then I have read 2 more full ebooks and 3 hardcovers. Just finished the last of Sieg Larsens" the Girl who kicked the Bees Nest". Loved it also, sorry when it was over. All his books are ebooks and there is on or two movies also. happy Holidays, Syd
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:09 PM   #19
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Astrangerhere, thanks for the recommendations, I will have to check those out. Always looking for something new. Cheers!
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I'm glad to see most people enjoyed The Woman in White. I'd read it in November as my first Collins and liked it a lot. I also wondered whether Fosco would keep his word; I agree that although he thought highly of honor, he'd done an awful lot of things that were dishonorable already!

Coincidentally, I just finished The Moonstone tonight - I tried it after WiW, and it is written in the same style of multiple first person narrators. A good mystery and not quite as long as WiW.
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I read "The Woman In White" years ago, and much of it was a slog. The "mystery" isn't really much of one. Collins is VERY verbose. But that said...there are moments in the book that are purest poetry. I think my favorite one is when Walter has this long preamble of discussion about Laura after learning she has died...and leads up to a simple declaration -- "I loved her." And that hit me right in the gut. And when he sees the woman in white in the graveyard...that spooked me.

It's definitely worth reading if only to see the progression of the mystery-romance novel...but it does tend to go on and on.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:50 AM   #22
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I read "The Woman In White" years ago, and much of it was a slog. The "mystery" isn't really much of one. Collins is VERY verbose. Snip
If I recall, Dickens and Collins both got paid by the word, even when the self-published.
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The vote for January has already taken place, and the winner was The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Thread here. Jump in! I read it before, a long time ago, but I'm really enjoying the re-read!
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