The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

The 39 Steps

Title The Thirty-Nine Steps (#1 in the Richard Hannay Series)
Author:  John Buchan
Length:  136 pages
Genre:  Adventure/Spy, Mystery, Classics
My Rating:  3.5 Stars


About This Book

Richard Hannay has just returned to London and is bored with life. Before he knows it, an interaction with an man named Scudder propels him into the middle of an assassination plot. His life is jeopardized as he finds himself smack dab in the middle of political intrigue. This novel is listed on The Guardian’s 100 Best Novels Written in English.


My Thoughts

This is the second time I’ve read this book and I remember enjoying it the first time I read it. This time around, it didn’t feel as adventurous. And actually, I remember thinking it wasn’t as adventurous as the movie version when I read it the first time even though I did like it. The thing is, though, I saw the BBC 2008 movie adaptation of it before I actually read the book for the first time. Honestly, I think the movie is better. Still, the book is written well for what it is. I gave it 3.5 stars because I thought it *was* good both times I read it; but just not quite on the level of a 4 star book for me. I plan to read the next in the series and it will be interesting to see if my reading experience will be different since I will not have seen a movie based on the book first. 🙂