The Gull Reef Club

3/2/2008

The Great Train Robbery

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:29 pm

Just finished a little book I picked up at the local Goodwill. In all honesty, I wasn’t thrilled with my choice but on that particular day, the book selection at Goodwill was sparse and I was really hungry just to read something. So I dropped a whole fifty-cents on Michael Crichton’s The Great Train Robbery and figured even if it sucked horribly, I wasn’t out all that much.

To my pleasant surprise, I really enjoyed this book. It is a fictionalized tale of an actual train robbery that took place in 1850′s England. If you aren’t big on historical fiction, this will not be the book for you. However, if you enjoy an interesting tale peppered with documented facts from the Victorian era, you’ll really like this one. Some of the reviews I read on the book before I started it complained that Crichton over-researched the book and inserted too much of that research into it, which for some, became a distraction. Myself, I liked that and thought it really helped set the mood for the actual story line.

The other bonus about this book is that it is littered with Victorian era slang. Dollymops, screwsmen, and reeb – were all common English at one time, apparently. Fun stuff.

I’d go on more, but my mouse batteries are dieing, we’re out of fresh batteries, and using keyboard commands are a real pain. Toodles, beachcombers.

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