2021 Reading Log: May (+ Writing Update)

Completed reads for May:

  • Zadig or Destiny, by Voltaire
  • The White Bull, by Voltaire
  • Story of a Good Brahmin, by Voltaire
  • Plato’s Dream, by Voltaire
  • The Simple Soul, by Voltaire
  • The Man of Forty Crowns, by Voltaire
  • Jeannot and Colin, by Voltaire
  • The Two Genies, by Voltaire
  • The Treaty of Waitangi (1840)
  • The Princess of Babylon, by Voltaire
  • Candide, by Voltaire
  • The Pilgrimage to Parnassus, by Anonymous
  • The Return from Parnassus, by Anonymous
  • The Return from Parnassus: Or the Scourge of Simony, by Anonymous
  • Virgin Planet, by Poul Anderson
  • The Field Bazaar, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • How Watson Learned the Trick, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Lost Special, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Man with the Watches, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Crown Diamond (Play), by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Adventure of the Tall Man (Plot Outline), by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Adventure of the Two Collaborators, by J.M. Barrie
  • To Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Poem), by Arthur Guiterman
  • To an Undiscerning Critic (Poem), by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Man Who Was Wanted, by Arthur Whitaker
  • The Painful Predicament of Sherlock Holmes (Play), by William Gillette
  • Sherlock Holmes (Play), by William Gillette
  • The Speckled Band (Play), by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • My Evening with Sherlock Holmes, by J.M. Barrie
  • The Late Sherlock Holmes, by J.M. Barrie
  • And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie

Zadig, The White Bull, Story of a Good Brahmin, The Simple Soul (L’Ingenu), and The Princess of Babylon were contained in Zadig and Other Romances, translators Woolf and Jackson. I list the stories separately because I read them alongside other Voltaire stories, which were read individually.

The binge through the Holmesian Apocrypha was also a matter of following up individual works, rather than reading a collection. I would like to take this opportunity to note that The Lost Special is a truly magnificent story, and deserves to be better known. It would make my top five, if I were to include it in my earlier ranking of the Holmesian Canon.

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The month of May saw some decent progress on Old Phuul, with two further Chapters completed, and a further one started. The manuscript currently sits at a tad over 36,000 words.

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