Reviews by Blue

Carnacki, The Ghost Finder

by William Hope Hodgson

I'll echo the other rave reviews for this one, a lovely collection of chilling ghost/haunting stories, where Carnathi is an informed sceptic, willing to believe in the supernatural and protect himself from same with various rituals, yet also on the look-out for hoaxes (some of which are inspired, as you will see). The "stories after dinner" approach of each chapter works well and the haunted bits are pretty scary, much detail and not one to read too late at night!

Reviewed on 2007.05.06

Phil the Fiddler

by Horatio Alger

Rather twee and worthy tale of a young Italin boy sold to a US "padrone" and forced to earn his keep by playing the fiddle on the streets of New York for money. The boy himself is full of life and the characters he encounters are nicely drawn, just skim over the "woe for the poor beggars" asides and the rather dated view of foreign climes. Sweet and engaging all the same, mind.

Reviewed on 2007.05.06

Arsène Lupin

by Edgar Jepson

Oh, great fun this one. A rollicking tale of Arsene Lupin, gentleman burglar and his efforts to outwit the police and detectives hot on his trail - the opening is a little tedious but persevere for the slapstick humour, witty asides, and some unexpected twists, definitely a must-read, I'm on the hunt for more about Monsieur Lupin's exploits!

Reviewed on 2007.05.06

The Mysterious Shin Shira

by George Edward Farrow

Charming little tales about the mysterious Shin Shira, a little man dressed in yellow who appears from nowhere to the supposed author and relates fabulous tales of his magical exploits, and gets the author involved in some adventures of his own. Dragons, magic carpets and rides on model boats, this reminds me of E Nesbit's sort of work, and if a little dated, has humour and some lovely scenes where the real world intervenes to make magical events rather lose their way.

Reviewed on 2007.05.06

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