Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Free E-Book of The Beekeeper's Apprentice

An event worthy of much italics, as seen in the following story:

One Friday afternoon in the spring of 1999, in accordance with the Benchley Law of Working Dynamics*, I went down to the Northfield Public Library in search of reading material that was not assigned for class. I came away with The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King, settled down in an armchair on the second floor of the Carleton library to start it . . .

. . . and four hours later, surfaced in panic, because I was done with the book, it was now 6 p.m., and the Northfield Library was closed. This meant I could not get the sequel until the next day. This was terrible, terrible news. Because I loved the characters, Mary Russell and her mentor Sherlock Holmes; I loved the witty dialogue; I loved the 1920s setting; and I loved the UST**, as I still love UST, and the teaser chapter for the sequel in the back of the book was loaded with UST. I was up at nine the next morning -- allow me to emphasize that I was a college student getting up at 9 a.m. on a Saturday*** -- so I could get down to the library and get the next book ASAP. I think I finished the whole series in four days.

And now you have the opportunity to have that same exhilarating experience free of charge, as the publisher is making The Beekeeper's Apprentice available in free downloadable PDF form, details here. It's only available through April 15, though, so download quick, clear four hours, and enjoy!
* "
Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing." -- Robert Benchley
** Unresolved Sexual Tension. The real trick, of course, is turning this into RST and keeping the story interesting; and Ms. King does this very well too.

*** Though admittedly I was a very boring college student.


  1. I read it a few years earlier, in high school, and it's still one of my favorites. Glad you like it, too. :)

  2. I love this series too!

    May I reccomend the "Maisie Dobbs" series by Jaqueline Winspear if you have not found them yet.

    BTW - just read Moribito and adored it.

  3. This is a fantastic series. I've been a fan for years. Mary Russell is indeed a fabulously unique character, but I also think King succeeds in making Holmes a much more human being than Conan Doyle ever did.