I finally finished Humphry Clinker
a couple weeks ago, and enjoyed it quite a lot, despite the preachiness. (I haven’t made much progress on my father’s book about
I then read and really enjoyed The Great Time Machine Hoax
by Keith Laumer
. Somebody on my Friends list, or perhaps on OKCupid, recommended it, so I tracked down a copy. (It was published in 1964 and is long out of print.) Quite funny, in an early-60s-satire sort of way.
I am now reading Oroonoko: or, the Royal Slave, a True History
, published in 1688. So far, it’s more interesting as a document of its era than as literature, but it’s interesting and short. I haven’t gotten to the title character’s enslavement and sale to Europeans yet.
I’m also reading some short stories out of a collection called Oceans of Space
, whose theme is the connection between seafaring and space travel (or other science-fiction themes). The couple I’ve read so far have been entertaining, but not particularly well written.
Oh, and I also read Witches Abroad