The Grail Code 
Classics I never forgot

Back when I was a teenager and the world was a simpler place (like fun it was!), I used to love to read the comic fantasies of Thorne Smith. I had a collection of his books in cheap paperback editions that I picked up wherever I could find them for a quarter or less, although I was willing to part with a whole dollar for a Thorne Smith book that was particularly hard to find. They all had just about the same plot: an ordinary guy who’s little better than a doormat for heartless women suddenly finds himself up to his neck in supernatural shenanigans, usually as the result of meeting an uncommonly gorgeous woman who’s a little more than human. Farcical mayhem ensues pretty quickly. Some of his books were made into first-rate movies, and really every Hollywood comic fantasy since has been trying to live up to the Thorne Smith standard.

So you can imagine my delight when I discovered that one of our old friends, Julie Davis, who’s had so many nice things to say about The Grail Code, is going to be reading us stories via the magic of MP3, and that one of the authors on her list of “Forgotten Classics” is Thorne Smith. Ms. Davis has the perfect podcast reading voice: expressive, pleasant to listen to, and pitched just right to cut through the ambient noise in a car at highway speeds. I know now what I’ll be listening to on long road trips.

2 Responses to “Classics I never forgot”

  1. Julie D. Says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for those very kind comments … and I’m glad to find someone else who loves Thorne Smith as much as I do. :-)

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