Short rounds: Star Trek and Musketeers

It’s been open season on the classics this month: not only did I finish up June ( and take care of July, but I’ve recently advanced into August’s reading, defeating The Three Musketeers, and am about to mount an attack on The Vicar of Wakefield, to start making up for April.      Before moving forward, I wanted to wrap up with some comments.

 

First, on The Sun Also Rises: I read this shortly after A Farewell to Arms, or rather I finished it. I began reading it last year, and had lingered in it halfway through, completely apathetic about the novel’s characters or what happened to them.  I still didn’t care when I was finished.   They eat, they drink, they go to Spain and fish and watch bullfights, they go home.   It must have made some impact in its day to be remembered nearly a century hence, though.

Next up, not a classic, was Star Trek Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel.    Admiral Johnathan Archer and his faithful friends, Captains T’Pol and  Reed, are working to secure Rigel’s entrance into the Federation despite the resistance of natives who find the idea of becoming part of an alien organization frightening, and the fact that Archer is being framed for attempted murder.  Despite that premise and the fact that Bennett’s novels are among my favorite Trek reads, I…didn’t care about the story here. Or the characters.

 

And lastly, The Three Musketeers,  which begins with the promising sight of a young man given three gifts and promptly losing them by getting into a fight with the first person he meets who has an unkind word about his horse — the horse he doesn’t even like. D’Artagnan’s desire is to join the Musketeers, but his youthful bravado gets him into fight after fight — including three duels with men he later learns are musketeers!  Although he cannot join the celebrated corps with a broken sword and a lost letter of recommendation, D’Artagnan’s  swordplay and loyalty earn him the friendship of the three Musketeers, and with them at his side he stumbles into a kidnapping with kingly importance: there’s a scheme to foment war between France and England afoot, aided and abetted by a murderously charming woman, Milady de Winter.    I enjoyed the novel well enough, but it’s…a strange adventure story, where the main character spends a good bit of the time half in love with his adversary and ends up getting promoted by the…..antagonist. Well…OK.

And that catches me up, I think. Now, on to the Vicar of WakefieldThe Education of Henry Adams, and….well, a few more, but not many at this point!

 

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6 Responses to Short rounds: Star Trek and Musketeers

  1. Mudpuddle says:

    i pretty much had the same reaction to Hemingway; i read a lot of his books but the more i read the less i cared about what he was saying… maybe it’s me… i like Dumas, mostly… not his “celebrated Crimes” series though: a bit too gross… i’ve read a couple of Bennetts but i can’t recall which ones know… one i think i liked a lot… Vic is nice: not very twentieth C., tho… no i mean 21st C. where am i, he said, plaintively…

    • Vic is best appreciated in the actual shows, I think. He’s introduced as a holographic character with an innovative intelligence, but his program was used for some interesting stories — some fun, like “Badda Bing, Badda Bang”, which was a heist show, and some more serious like “It’s Only a Paper Moon” where one character uses his bar during his recovery from losing a limb.

  2. This is certainly a classic however strange it might be (maybe in part because of its strangeness!).
    I prefer The Count of Monte Cristo and count it among my “Lifetime Books”.

  3. Marian says:

    Dumas still looms on my list… I’m impressed by your classics club progress!

    Any thoughts on the new Picard trailer? 🙂 I’m not sure what to make of it, personally.

    • It’s much darker than the prime universe should be, in my opinion, and I’m not sure why Picard has a cane when it’s the 24th century. Unless they have this set faaar in the prime future, he shouldn’t be that decrepit. However, I’m utterly delighted by the prospect of seeing Jeri Ryan again, presumably as Seven of Nine. I LOVED Ryan’s character on Voyager….the Borg trying to be human line really struck a chord with me. Ryan is also a fantastic singer, so I hope (but doubt, greatly) that she’ll sing again.

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