First off, let me echo Bill's sentiments about The Prisoner. It's a really cool show and it was good to see it again after all these years. There's action, spy stuff, mystery, and even a chance to stretch your brain. I remember watching it back in the day--it was in the summer and I'd be swimming at the Y all afternoon and then ride my bike furiously to get home and be there in time for the latest episode. I still remembered a lot of them after 30-plus years and they're as good now as back then. Let me say one more thing, though--the ending is just as strange now as it was then too! The last two episodes are Just. Plain. Weird. Watch them. You'll see what I mean. BUT---I liked it that way. As I said, this show gave you a chance to stretch your brain and this ending stretched mine to the max. If any of you watch them, let me know what you think. You too, Bill.
Let me tell you about a couple or REALLY good reads. Since we're talking about mystery, action, and international conspiracy, it's a good time to talk about The 39 Clues. These are the most fun books I've read in a long time and I am always excited when a new one comes out. These two are the newest books in this terrific series.
If any of you have been trapped in The Village the last year or so and don't know the story, here's a brief recap. Dan and Amy Cahill are a couple of kids whose parnets died in a fire 7 years before. They've spent a lot of time with their rich grandmother, Grace Cahill but when she dies, they find that Grace left them an unusual choice--take a million dollars each or join the hunt for the 39 Clues. Whoever finds all 39 of the Clues could become the most powerful person on earth. The only trouble is that they find that the rest of the Cahill family is in on the hunt as well. Not only that, the Cahills have been at this hunt for 500 years, have included every important person in history for the last 500 years, and they will stop at nothing to prevent Dan and Amy from finding the Clues. What chance do two kids (and Nellie Gomez, their au pair) have against THAT? In The Emperor's Code by Gordon Korman, the kids go to China and Dan gets kidnapped! In Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park, they go to the Caribbean to find a Clue left hundreds of years ago by Anne Bonny, a female pirate. These books, like all the 39 Clues books, have slam-bang action, laugh-out-loud humor, and mysterious messages embedded in the books. In other words, these are great guy books! Don't miss them. No one does it better than The 39 Clues!! (and the fun continues on The 39 Clues website. Don't miss it!)