Reviews by Paul Maddox

Queen Lucia

by E.F. Benson

Queen Lucia is the first in E.F. Benson's set of six Mapp & Lucia books, which introduces you to the world of Riseholme, and its self-proclaimed queen, Emile Lucas (known to her friends as Lucia).

The book, and indeed the set, take you on a journey through 1920's and 30's high society, along with its false politeness, cutting sarcasm and short lived fads.

I found the book starts off rather slow, with E.F. Benson providing the descriptive canvas that the rest of the book builds on. This makes the rest of the book much more enjoyable in my mind, and is well worth investment, so don't let it put you off.

Mapp & Lucia is arguably E.F. Benson's best work, and certainly his most reknown. The whole set are thoroughly enjoyable and I found myself reading jumping from one book to the next instantly.

As I mentioned, there are six books, but only two available on ManyBooks, due to copyright issues with Gutenberg Australia. However:

**You can get the rest of the books directly from gutenberg.net.au free.**

Au reservoir.

Reviewed on 2009.08.22

Miss Mapp

by E.F. Benson

Miss Mapp is the second* in E.F. Benson's set of six Mapp & Lucia books, which introduces you to the world of Tilling and Elizabeth Mapp.

The book, and indeed the set, take you on a journey through 1920's and 30's high society, along with its false politeness and cutting sarcasm.

This book, rather like Queen Lucia, starts off rather slow, with E.F. Benson providing the descriptive canvas that the rest of the book builds on. This makes the rest of the book much more enjoyable in my mind, and is well worth investment, so don't let it put you off.

Mapp & Lucia is arguably E.F. Benson's best work, and certainly his most reknown. The whole set are thoroughly enjoyable and I found myself reading jumping from one book to the next instantly.

As I mentioned, there are six books, but only two available on ManyBooks, due to copyright issues with Gutenberg Australia. However:

**You can get the rest of the books directly from gutenberg.net.au free.**

Au reservoir.

* Although some say this is the second book, you may find it referenced as the third. In reprints with Miss Mapp as the third book the set of six possibly flow slightly better. I read it second, and it didn't feel I lost out because of it.

Reviewed on 2009.08.22

Indiscretions of Archie

by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

Although I enjoyed this book I found it slightly disjointed. Although there was an underlying theme, some chapters stood on their somewhat, meaning the story was somewhat shallow. It is still an enjoyable book and is very easy to pick up.

Reviewed on 2009.04.24

The Gold Bat

by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

This was the first Wodehouse book I read, and still holds a special fondness with me. I agree with Leah that it's not as funny as other Wodehouse books, however I still found it captivating, even as someone that doesn't read frequently. For that reason I'm going to give it 4 stars.

Reviewed on 2009.04.24

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