Hank Howls For Trilogies


We start this blog with a series of questions.  You must answer each question correctly before you are allowed to continue reading.  Cheaters will receive an unpleasant visit from the blog police.  This encounter will begin with a hammering on your door, followed by a severe scolding delivered by our must vicious shelver, Angie the Merciless.

Here are your questions:

How many Musketeers are there?

How many little pigs?

How many Stooges?

How many bears?

How many wishes do you get?

How many strikes and you’re out?

If you answered 3 for each question you may continue reading.

For some reason three is the magic number.  After five minutes of thorough researching, I could find no sensible reason why this is so, but it is.  Perhaps, this is why authors write trilogies, which consist of a long story divided into three novels.  You are probably familiar with The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  Other well-known trilogies are:

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Sometimes a series starts out as a trilogy and then other books are added:

The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Scott Adams

Let’s take a look at a current trilogy.  The Century Trilogy, written by best-selling author Ken Follett, follows five interrelated families through the twentieth century.  Two of the families are from Britain, one each are from the US, Germany and Russia. The first installment, Fall of Giants,  takes these families through World War I, the Russian Revolution and women’s suffrage.  The vast majority of the novel is a page-turner, which is a good thing as it is 985 pages long.  The only part that bogged down a bit for me was the Russian Revolution.

Winter of the World, the second book, concerns World War II.  It is very good.  The final novel will be about the Cold War, and its release date and title are unknown at this point (at least to me).

Ken Follett has written more than two dozen books.  Among them are Eye of the Needle, The Pillars of the Earth, The Key to Rebecca and The Man From St. Petersburg.  He is one of my favorite authors.



From somewhere on the internet:

Tech Support:  “I need you to right-click on the Open Desktop.”

Customer:  “OK.”

Tech Support:  “Did you get a pop-up menu?”

Customer:  “No.”

Tech Support :  “OK.  Right click again.  Do you see a pop-up menu?”

Customer:  “No.”

Tech Support:  “OK sir.  Can you tell me what you have done up until this point?”

Customer:  “Sure, you told me to write “click” and I wrote “click.”


From greatfacts.com

More people are killed annually by donkeys than by plane crashes.  (I didn’t even know donkeys could fly).

No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing its toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries.  In Spanish, Colgate translates to “go hang yourself.”


From The Laugh-a-Day Book of Bloopers, Quotes & Good Clean Jokes by Jim Kraus

Every member of the Mensa organization has an IQ in the top 2 per cent and has to pass a difficult test of logic and reasoning to be admitted.  A few years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco, and several members ate dinner at a local cafe.  While dining, they discovered that their salt shaker contained pepper and their pepper shaker contained salt.  How could they swap the contents of the bottles without spilling them, using only the implements at hand?  Clearly this was a job for these Mensa members.

The group debated and presented ideas and finally came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw and an empty saucer.  They called the waitress over to dazzle her with their solution.

“Miss,” they said, “we couldn’t help but notice that the pepper shaker contains salt and the salt shaker — ”

“Oh,” the waitress interrupted.  “Sorry about that.”  She unscrewed the caps of both bottles and switched them.


George Phillips was going to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the garden shed , which she could see from the bedroom window.  George opened the back door to turn off the light but saw that there were people in the shed, stealing his things.

He phoned the police, Who asked, “Is there an intruder in your house?”  and he said no.  They said that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be along when available.  George hung up, counted to thirty, and phoned the police again.

“Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed.  Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I’ve just shot them.”  Then he hung up.

Within a minute, three police cars, an Armored Response Unit and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips’ residence.  Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.

“I thought you said that you shot them!”  one of the policemen said to George.  George replied, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”

Author: hank

I am married with two daughters and one grandchild. After teaching in the inner city of South Bend, IN for many years, I now work at the St. Joseph County Public Library. I started keeping track of the books I read when I was sixteen years old, and now have read over 1700 books with a page count of more than 500,000.


  1. And don’t forget one of the greatest trilogies ever, Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. Brilliant!

    Thanks for reminding me about this wonderful 3 volume story, Hank!

  2. The Deptford Trilogy. It is an underappreciated gem.

    • I see that we don’t own this trilogy at SJCPL. Even tho it appears to be out of print, we wil try to purchase some copies. Thanks for the tip!

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