What I'm Reading Now: 12 July 30

The short version: nothing. I haven't finished a book at all this week-- too many other things on the go. I did get my hands on a few titles I've been waiting for, so I hope to have something interesting here for next week.

In the meantime, I have a different recommendation for you. If you're going to be anywhere near the Manitou Opera House this weekend, go to the Candlewick Players production of the Count of Monte Cristo. I saw it this past Saturday, and it was a great show. Sure, it's an amateur production, and there are occasional problems with audibility, but that's minor. The acting is excellent, the script (an in-house adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' novel) is thoroughly faithful to the book, the stage set is quite impressive, and the plot is twisty and intertwined enough to satisfy the most rococo mind. (When you go, watch for the drunken tailor Caderousse (played by Altona's Matthew Wall) in the back corner of the dance sequence in Act I - that by itself was almost worth the price of admission.) You'll hardly be aware that the play runs three hours, not including intermission. Whether or not you already know this story of betrayal, revenge, and redemption, you'll enjoy it.