So should we officially name The Beekeeper's Apprentice our pick of the month?
My copy of it is divided into four different sections, plus a brief "interlude" chapter and a finishing chapter called Postludium. How about if we read one section a week? Bearing in mind that my hardcover copy could differ from the paperback one, here's a preliminary reading schedule:
WEEK ONE (Since it's Friday, I suggest we start Monday 6th. Is that okay with everyone?): The entire first part of the book ("Apprenticeship"), including, of course, the two prefaces.
WEEK TWO: Part two. This segment is slightly shorter than the others, but feel free to keep reading for as long as you like. It's probably a good idea to put plot elements that occur after part two in spoiler tags during week two, though.
WEEK THREE Part three.
WEEK FOUR Part four.
Is everyone up with this schedule? After comparing my hardcover copy to the paperback copy on Amazon, it would appear that the pages differ greatly, so I decided not to include page references in the schedule since it would probably just be confusing. (My copy is 346 pages; the paperback version is 448 pages.)
Excellent choice, by the way! I read it when it was first published some ten years ago and loved it. But then again, considering that Sherlock Holmes was one of my first crushes, that shouldn't come as a surprise. Any other Holmes fanatics in the house?
Can't wait to hear what you all think about it. Great news if you like what you read: Laurie R. King has, since the publication of The Beekeeper's Apprentice, written eight more books featuring Mary Russell and the inimitable Sherlock Holmes. I've read most of them and they all come highly recommended.
Oooh, and according to her web site (http://www.laurierking.com/) there will be a brand new Kate Martinelli mystery out in hardback on May 30th... AND it partially deals with Sherlock Holmes! I don't think words can quite articulate just how thrilled I am right now. See, Laurie R. King hasn't published a book in the Kate Martinelli series since 2000 and while I LOVE the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, the Martinelli series have a special place in my heart (and book collection). Too bad I'm supposed to be at work on an essay... So many books, so little time.