Phil and I both really enjoy the Inspector Lynley Mysteries on TV so recently I bought a Elizabeth
George book secondhand just to see what the stories were like in print.
Firstly, I found it rather longwinded with too many characters in the first few chapters with no apparent connection to each other. I got through that OK but then as I progressed I found the book almost too difficult for my hands to handle. They are out of shape with osteo arthritis and very tender at times so holding a book with 729 (seven hundred and twenty nine) pages can be a problem. I mainly enjoy reading in bed which in itself presents a problem as I can only get comfortable on my right side, but can usually manage with a normal size book.
I did take the book to hospital and managed to read some of it there but by the time I was home and was into the middle of the book I was ready to give it away until I had a brilliant idea.....I had Phil go get our large cooking knife and cut the book in half!!
Worked perfectly and I now only have about 350 pages to contend with. As the book was secondhand anyway I didn't feel we were desecrating it and it can be bound together again with a strong see through tape on the outside and inside as well.
I still think 729 pages far too many to tell a murder story but I will perservere to the end as I've not seen this story as an episode of "Lynley". I am somewhat surprised to find the Lynley character has blonde hair in the novel and yet on screen he is depicted as tall, DARK and handsome. I think on screen they are somewhat kinder with the Havers character than Elizabeth George is in her novel. Havers is a character I really enjoy very much. She's feisty and nobody is going to get the better of her.
We have series 1-3 of the Lynley stories on DVD and series 4-6 are on order so we will enjoy them at our leisure minus commercials.
Have you ever done anything to make your life/days easier that surprised you when you did it?