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    February 18, 2013


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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - Whenever I read one of your excellent reviews I'm always grateful for the publishers who are making some of these less-well-known classics available again on Kindle. What a terrific way to 'introduce' them to new audiences. This is one I've not (yet) read, but it's just such a good example of the kind of book/author who deserves more fans and can now get them.

    Les Blatt

    Margot, I think reviving older books as ebooks can solve a great many problems for readers frustrated by searching for long out-of-print titles. The copyright laws don't make it easy, and I'm grateful for the publishers who do persevere and get these classics back into electronic circulation.


    That is exactly the reason, Les, why I am considering buying a Kindle - to the great surprise of most of my friends and family. I love paper books, flesh and blood books as I like to call them - but there are just so many hard to find books being released electronically - not to mention, the freebies (SCARAMOUCHE by Rafael Sabatini completely free!) and the 99 cent specials.

    It would be a crime if I didn't get a Kindle. Ha.

    I dislike reading from my P.C. intensely, but with the smaller screen of the Kindle I'll be fine.

    What do you think, Les?

    Oh, great review, by the way. I'm adding this to my vintage list.

    Les Blatt

    I agree completely, Yvette. I'd say the main attraction my Kindle has for me is that ability to get otherwise long-vanished books into my library. As I do some traveling, the ability to take dozens of books along with me in a small, compact package is an added advantage for the Kindle!

    Bev@My Reader's Block

    Great review, Les. I have a Clayton Rawson book on the TBR pile. This review makes me want to move it up. May have to rearrange my plans for the Vintage Challenge to fit it in.

    Les Blatt

    Bev, I've seen mixed reviews for some of Rawson't books, but I've very much enjoyed the two I've read - this one and "Death From a Top Hat." Stage magicians really know a lot about putting together "impossible crime" illusions... ;-)

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