5 Things: Short Books

Dr Tanya over at Salted Caramel brings us another theme for 5 things. This week it is a literary theme with short books.

Now the definition of short books could well be open to interpretation, so I am setting myself a 200 page limit.

1. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

Possible Hemingway’s best and most accessible work.

2. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain

While it may seem tame now, this tale of passion, adultery and murder was quite a sizzler when published in the 1930s. Without giving spoilers, this is a book where your perspective will change on re-reading.

3. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

The second novel to feature Doyle’s famous detective and for me the best of them. Holmes is in the mix throughout which mars the more popular Hound of the Baskervilles.

4. Carmilla by Sheridan le Fanu

A 19th century vampire novel which predates Bram Stoker’s Dracula by 26 years which, due to the sapphic subtext has been studied (and adapted for screen) many times. What makes this far more interesting for me though is how the titular vampire does seem to have an emotional connection to her victim.

5. The Invisible Man by H G Wells.

While the science is atrociously dated, and there are a number of plot holes in the story, this a solid short novel of sci-fi horror. The titular Invisible Man is very much an unpleasant and threatening man.

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