I originally came across The 39 Steps when it was listed in the BBC's The Big Read in 2003 as one of Britain's favourite books. Buchan's book came in 138th place.
Having now read the book, I'd like to know how this book even made the list. Just HOW???
Sure this book (published in 1915) was one of the pre-Bond early spy thrillers, sure the story was turned into a Hitchcock classic, but the only reason I can see that the book has made the list is that people who nominated it might have remembered the film better than the book itself.
The book was seriously one of the silliest, nonsensical farces of a spy thriller I have ever come across - and I am saying this as someone who likes a spy thriller that doesn't take itself too serious.
Anyway, I am not going to write a full rant review of all of the issues I had with the book, but instead am just going to list my previous reading vents updates.