Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Fictional Detectives

It's that time again; time for the weekly top five list. Feel free to respond with your own lists if you think mine is bunk. This week I'm listing my:

Top 5 Greatest Fictional Detectives

1. Hercule Poirot
2. Father Brown
3. Sherlock Holmes
4. Lord Peter Wimsey
5. Miss Marple

Runners up: C. Auguste Dupin, Sam Spade, William of Baskerville


Rose said…
For me, it's

1) Sherlock Holmes
2) Sherlock Holmes
3) Sherlock Holmes
4) Sherlock Holmes
5) Sherlock Holmes & Watson.
Andrea C. said…
I'm afraid I'd have to agree with Rose =P Sherlock takes the cake! But Poirot is a close second...
Wayne Brown said…
Haha yes.. Don't forget Mycroft, Rose.. he's quite fascinating.