Terry Pratchett's "Hog Father." Terry Pratchett is a...

I'm Reading. . .

April 27, 1997|By Barbara Mertz

Terry Pratchett's "Hog Father." Terry Pratchett is a genius. I can't understand why he's not as popular here as he is in England. He's one of the funniest, and the wisest, writers I've read. I adore him, I'm really goofy over him.

Also John Galsworthy's "The Forsyte Saga." It's one of those books I knew I should read, a classic, but I never got around to it. I'm glad I have. I just finished Volume One, it's great fun.

I've always got about half a dozen books about Egypt around. "The Complete Valley of the Kings: Tombs and Teasures of Ancient Egypt's Royal Burial Sites" by Nicholas Reeves and Richard H. Wilkinson is excellent. It's one of the best books about this particular area in Egypt. It describes the tombs and how the sites were found. It has great pictures and is, as we say, very accessible.

Barbara Mertz, a Frederick resident, has written more than 50 books, many under the pseudonyms Barbara Michaels or Elizabeth Peters. Her latest is a novel, "The Dancing Floor," published by HarperCollins earlier this year. Next month a mystery set in Egypt - she has a doctorate in Egyptology from the University of Chicago - will be published under the name Elizabeth Peters.

Pub Date: 4/27/97

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