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Ros

Does that come before or after King Solomon's Mines?

Cornflower

I think it's the sequel, Ros (more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Rider_Haggard )

Mary McCartney

Not read any but bought Prester John the other day to add to my growing John Buchan collection.

Mr Cornflower

King Solomon's Mines was one of the first 'grown-up' books I read when I was about 10 or 11, and I remember it fondly. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel (forty years later).

Dark Puss

I think it vastly inferior to both King Solomon's mines and She. If you think it is very good and Mr C is also looking forward to it then I'm sure my views are most sensibly to be ignored by other readers.

Ripping yarns are no longer my thing (perhaps they never were) but having said that KSM is still a very entertaining book and should be read by all who love adventure.

May I point you towards The Man-eaters of Kumaon by "Gentleman" Jim Corbett? Not fictional but certianly ripping. Also Corbett changed from tiger (and other endangered mammals) hunter into one of the first to argue for their conservation and that earns him a star in my book.

Wendy Winkler

Yes! I am currently making my way through "Rupert of Hentzau", having finished rereading "The Prisoner of Zenda". So romantic. Sigh. My copy is from 1898 and has the original plates by Charles Dana Gibson, which I think adds tremendously to the ambience.
My husband is reading all the Quatermain novels on his iTouch, which he downloaded from Project Gutenberg. He was most anxious to relate the plot of "She" at breakfast this morning. I read it so long ago I've forgotten it all, so a treat awaits.

Lindsay

Prester John - John Buchan - is in the same tradition, though without, as I recall, any damsels in distress. But some engaging Scottish scenes as well as South African ones!

Dark Puss

Dear Cornflowers

Well what did you think of this book? Was grumpy DP correct (not likely) or is he once again vanquished by the forces of good taste and excellent literary judgement?

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