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Thank you so much for having me here, Sierra! I often think of Sierra as my book soulmate, so I’m super excited to be able to take part in her feature For the Classics. On my own blog, Small Review, I mostly babble about the YA books that make me happy (and not so happy), but I do try to sneak in a few mentions about classic books every now and then.
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Working in a library and considering myself a book lover, I know I’m supposed to hail classics as paragons of literature. But I have a secret to confess: the fact is that a whole lot of them just bore me to tears. *Runs and hides*
I often find myself helping kids locate the latest classic they were assigned to read for class. Usually my library kids are a mix of annoyed and apathetic over the prospect of slogging through whatever classic they’ve been assigned.
My heart breaks for those kids, but I also feel bad for all those great classics that get unfairly lumped into the “boring” category. Somewhere along the way “classics” has become synonymous with “boring” for my library kids and, admittedly, me. This is a shame though because so many classics are actually really great stories.
Three rugged British men
A missing brother
Questing for hidden treasure
African safari hunts
A war between the true king and the man who exiled him and stole his crown
Sounds pretty good, right? The three men band together to search for a missing brother and, with any luck, discover King Solomon’s famed treasure. They set out across the African plains where they battle great beasts, the harsh desert, and treacherous mountain passes. Their adventures lead them straight into the middle of a tribal war surrounding a despot and an heir wrongly removed from power.
I should include a warning here: King Solomon’s Mines is a product of its time and would probably offend a lot of people today (HRH’s views of Africa/Africans and women in particular are so NOT PC anymore). If you can get past all that, then you’re in for a rollicking good time. One of my favorite parts is the super-creepy Gagool—an old hag who advises the false king. She is as hilarious as she is spine-chilling. Gagool is a character I absolutely love to hate.
Throughout the whole book I was gasping and giddy over all of the totally kick-butt events. The pacing could be a little better, but I blitzed through the slower parts with no problem because I was completely wrapped up in the adventure and I wanted to see what would happen next. The final showdown toward the end of the book makes the whole thing so worth reading.
And that showdown? Totally NOT boring.
And let me end this wonderful post by saying: "Thank you Small!!!! You rock!" If you haven't visited her blog or followed her yet, do it now. You really, really won't regret it!! :)
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